My name is Ogechukwu, but most people call me Oge. I am a sophomore at the Bronx Center for Science and Math. I have lived in the Bronx for most of my life, but I am originally from Nigeria, a big country located in West Africa. I came to America with my parents and my older brother when I was a baby. Since then, my family has grown to incorporate two more brothers and a sister. Being part of two unique cultures has been an advantage all my life because it forces me to open my mind to different ideas and concepts, and influences the way I think about everything from school, art, and sports, to life itself. I have been blessed with amazing family, friends, and teachers who have all had a hand in who I am today. It is often said that it takes a village to raise one child, and I guess I am living proof of that.
Writing and art have always been pertinent parts of my life. They serve as a way for me to express my opinions, ideas, and feelings freely, without the fear of being judged. They are what brought me to Youth Insights, and have given me the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with other artists and writers. One very inspiring artist to me is Bruce Holwerda. His ability to create a portrait through a collage of other images fascinates me and keeps me thinking about the meaning of the other images. The most inspiring people to me aren’t just famous artist or writers, but those who can take a certain situation or experience and make it into a work of art. If you are able to make me think of something in a whole new way, you have succeeded in inspiring me.
Along with writing and art, I enjoy watching television, hanging out with my friends, playing basketball, and performing on stage. My dream is to become a well–known obstetrician and be able to work all over the world.
Although I am not going to pursue a career in art, I am sure it will remain a significant part of my life.