Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm Nigerian!!!

For some reason, there seems to be a lingering question of my origins. Why? What does it matter? I have no idea what the big mystery is. Anyway, to clarify matters, reduce endless speculation, and clear the air; allow me to re-introduce myself.

My name is Tosin Ola. I was born in Nigeria, raised in Nigeria, bred and buttered (as they say), in Nigeria. I came to the United States when I was 4, returned home to Naija when I was 10, and came back to the US when I turned 18. I'm assimilated into the US archetype, but am 100% Nigerian.

I actually have 13 names listed on my birth certificate; and yes, Jennifer is one of them. 

Vixen is a nickname, coined from my first blog, which did not talk about sickle cell at all but delved more into the mysteries of dating and relationships. Since I used the same blogger profile when I set up this blog, the pseudonym carried over into this blog.

Sickle Cell Warrior, or SCW, is actually the pseudonym for this blog. I refuse to accept the label of sickler, sufferer or any other name that incites pitying looks and shunned whispers. I do not think that sickle cell is something to be ashamed of, and people with diabetes are not called diabeters...so why should I be called a sickler?

Anyway...now that that is all cleared up, let's get on to more important matters:)

3 comments:

Nutty Jennifer said...

you rock girl...

So this makes you yoruba. Thats nice. Anyways you've got a fan in me

Cheers

Becky said...

I'm not sure where the issues came from, but I will just say THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and life through this venue. Yours was one of the first sites I found after our baby girl came home and I was searching - without much luck - for real-life information on SCD (not just the stuff in the medical-jargon books that the hematologist handed over with her diagnosis), and I've been following you ever since.

Wishing you health and blessings!

Stubborn Diva said...

Why is that an issue? You're a blogger and have the right to remain anonymous. You're doing a great job and an inspiration and support for your fellow warriors. Keep it up!