My name is Aminu, and I live in Sokoto, Nigeria.
Coming to the United States has always been a dream for me hoping to become true. It has almost been 6 months since I and my colleagues arrived. We are 16 in number distributed through different parts of Iowa. It has been a challenging task to get use to the environment, but then it takes a very short period of time to start having fun with totally new people. School in America has been interesting. Even though there is a change in the communication between teachers and us, we all got to understand our teacher and of course, have a lot of homework.
The most important part of it is that religion is not forgotten. Twelve out of 16 of the Nigerian exchange students living in Iowa are Muslim, and 3 out of the 12 are female. Even though Friday prayers are not compulsory for the females, they still seize an opportunity of coming to the mosque every Friday they are free. As for the boys, it is a compulsory act, so they have to come every week with no exception. The program has provided a means of transportation to the mosque for everyone. Some even take part of Friday off from school. This is really nice effort to support the Muslim student. The other regular five prayers have to be done individually by the student, as there is no possible way to provide transportation five times a day. Same goes for the Christian students, as they have an opportunity to follow their host family to church.
Most of the students are in one sort of sport or the other, with the exception of some of the females, as sport is not expected from girls in Nigeria. On a personal view, I never knew I was going to like American football. If I were to stay more years in the United States, football would have been something I will go out for. Most of us think of it as a fighting game. But it is interesting when you get to understand it. It just like some people's life, you will never get to understand it until you get deeply into it.