I was born in America, but both my parents and my older brother were born in Nigeria. I love my country and my culture. It is a huge part of me and I feel connected to my fellow Nigerians. However, when I tell people that I am not African-American I am Nigerian-American, they tell me that since I was born here I am not Nigerian. Why can a 5th generation Chinese in America call themselves Chinese-American and I, a first generation Nigerian in America, cannot be Nigerian-American? It bothers me, but I do not budge in my catagorization of myself.