Damilola Oyedele's essay explores language as both a barrier and a tether. Her accent and diction - influenced by the various Nigerian languages and dialects she speaks - shapes her interactions as an immigrant in the United States and South Africa, and tethers her to Nigeria, her home country.
He usually writes about his routine
rising before 5:00 to weak coffee
scrubbing floors, painting walls
his one hour in the exercise yard,
or a dream from the night before
a fishing trip with his father long dead.