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Senior Nathaniel Oppong Born Abroad

Senior Nathaniel Oppong was born in Ghana, Africa, a land that is as distant, as the culture is different. When Oppong moved to Virginia in eighth grade, he had to learn to adapt quickly.

By Tiana Kelly

Imagine flying on a plane for sixteen hours, getting on numerous planes flying to America, from Ghana, Africa. Ghana is located in West Africa with the Atlantic Ocean to the south of it.

Senior Nathaniel Oppong, periodically visits his family in Ghana. He was in the eighth grade when he first came to Virginia, and now he’s been here for four years. His mom is in the military which is why they are stationed here. When Oppong first found out he was coming to Virginia he was excited, because he had thought it was going to be fun.

“The culture over here is different, we do everything differently,” Oppong said. “Different culture, different way of living, the things you do here I did not do in Africa.”

Here in the winter it is usually cold, but in Ghana there is no winter. Ghana’s winter season usually sees a lot of rain. According to, the dry season runs from November through April. The rainy season starts in May and ends in July when temperatures get a little cooler. Then it is hot and dry again.

“Weather is usually 83 degrees and it never snows over there,” Oppong said.

In Ghana there are about nine different languages: Dagaare, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gongja, Kasem, and Nzema with French being the main language. Oppong knows three different languages: English, Frate, and Asante.

“In school English is mandatory. My mom’s side of the family doesn’t speak English that well, so if I had wanted to talk to them, I had to learn Asante,” Oppong said.

Food is a necessity and in Ghana family meals are very important. They don’t have a lot of fast food restaurants as seen in America. Instead they eat a lot of prepared meals like rice and fried plantains, which is like a fried banana, with mostly everything.

“I like Subway – we had a place similar to Subway in Ghana, but it wasn’t as good as this.”

When Oppong first came to Virginia he tried to adapt as well as he could. Moving to America was not that hard for him, because he had family already over here.

“Sometimes I try to assimilate and try to talk like an American.”

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    Nelson LearyMar 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Learning about where the students of PGHS come from is a very enlightening experience. It’s a great thing that our newspaper staff did and I think they should continue to do it, because we can learn so much from other cultures by just talking to one person. Throughout the school year, Prince George gets new students almost on a regular basis due to Fort Lee and it would help intragrate them if we open our arms and ears to what they are used to so that we can help them get used to how things are here.