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Raymond Kogolo


Raymond Kogolo

Interviewee: Raymond Kogolo
Interviewer: Ogonetojoh Okoh
Date of Interview November 11, 2005
Summarized by Christian Rivera

Raymond Kogolo Jr, a Fordham University graduate and an aspiring football player, was born in Lagos, Nigeria on October 16th 1980. Raymond’s mother, Edna Kogolo, worked for Nigeria Airways for twenty years and raised Raymond in his youth. Kogolo lived on Valentine Ave. near the Grand Concourse with his mother and three siblings. During his childhood in the Bronx, he had Spanish and black friends within the Bronx neighborhood. Further, he and his siblings attended St. Simon Stock Church. The family resided in the Bronx until he was eleven years old, then returned to Nigeria for boarding school at the Federal Government College Ijanikin.
The Federal Government College Ijanikin was an intense experience for Kogolo. His first year of boarding school was brutal. Seniors would force underclassmen to wash their clothes and get their meals. If an underclassman refused to comply with the Senior they would beat him up. Unlike American schools, water was not a constant resource at the Nigerian boarding school. In order to take a shower, Raymond had to filtered water from a dirty well in the nearby forest.
After graduating from boarding school in 1997, Kogolo decided to find employment in Nigeria. He stayed with a friend and worked for a woman in the Catering Business.  She would cater for Nigerian senators. He and his friend were her drivers and bodyguards. In addition, they assisted her by carrying bags of money to the local bank. He describes working for the catering business as hustling because the work was freelanced.
Kogolo and his family finally moved back to the United States in 2000. He attended Fordham University in the Bronx. While at Fordham, Raymond majored in Political Science. He chose Political Science because he liked the idea of having power, being a good talker and planning strategies. Further, Raymond connected his experiences hustling in boarding school and the catering business with the art of hustling in Politics.
Finally, Kogolo discusses his desire to become a professional football player. He claims that an educated athlete has a higher standing than an athlete that attended college and did not take the experience seriously.

To the Researcher: Raymond Kogolo Jr. is critical of the relationship between Nigerians and African Americans regarding educational opportunities.
Keywords. Nigeria. Waffi Talk (Pigeon English) Valentine Ave. Federal Government College Ijanikin  African Americans. Lagos, Nigeria. Fordham Rams. Football. Political Science. Hustling. Educational opportunities. Fordham University. Edna Kogolo. Grand Concourse. St. Simon Stock Church. Catering Business. Brian Purnell. Imolite Sisters. Nigerian Airways,


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