Nigerians surprised I chose to live here, while they leave — Swiss married to Igbo


Janine Udogu, fondly known as Nwanyiocha, has become a cherished figure not just to the people of Isuofia in Aguata, Anambra, but to millions across Nigeria, particularly among the Igbo community.

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Bestowed with the traditional title “Lolo Anyanwu Ututu I” by the people of Isuofia, Janine embodies the essence of a rising morning sun, radiating warmth and inspiration wherever she goes.

Her journey into Nigerian culture and community began unexpectedly in 2008, when she met Ezenwa Udogu, a Nigerian, at a club in Switzerland. Initially hesitant, Janine’s encounter with Ezenwa blossomed into a deep connection, leading to their marriage in 2012 and a subsequent traditional ceremony in Isuofia in January 2014.

Janine’s commitment to Nigeria deepened as she navigated misconceptions about the country from abroad. Her decision to relocate with her family from Switzerland to Nigeria last year was driven by a desire for her children to embrace their roots fully. Despite concerns about security and healthcare, Janine saw an opportunity to challenge negative narratives and celebrate Nigerian culture firsthand.

Reflecting on her integration into Nigerian life, Janine emphasizes the importance of cultural pride and language fluency for her children. She has actively engaged in promoting Nigerian values and traditions, leveraging her platform to share her positive experiences and bridge cultural divides.

At the heart of Janine’s journey is her profound love for Ezenwa and her dedication to family. Her enduring commitment to nurturing a multicultural identity for her children underscores her belief in the richness of Nigerian heritage.

Through her actions and advocacy, Janine Udogu exemplifies a bridge-builder, inspiring greater appreciation and love for Nigeria among its people.

By Naija247news
By Naija247news
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