Your personal space is your nurture space.

I grew up in Sapele, the headquarters of pidgin, but when I speak pidgin, my friends laugh. They always say, “Your pidgin nor done”, loosely meaning it does not sound right. This is largely because my accent does not support the words.

The friends that tease me the most were my neighbors. We grew up in the same community, but had different personal spaces.

My personal space at home was filled with books, movies, jokes, board games and adults that speak impeccable English. Till date, I am drawn to all 5.

I have also met a good number of people that are nothing like the community they grew up in. Their homes put a screen around them to ensure only what supports their values were let in.

The lucky thing is that we have control over our personal space. Be deliberate about it.

– Osasu Oviawe

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