Nigerian-American Says Obama's Path Is Familiar

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Benjamin Ola Akande came to America from Nigeria in his teens to pursue an education. On election night, he wrote a letter to his American-born daughters, reflecting on the the historic moment from the perspective of an African immigrant. Akande says Barack Obama's East African name and his diverse personal history may seem exotic to most Americans, but his path is a familiar one to many first generation African-Americans.

Akande is Dean of the business school at Webster University in Saint Louis.



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