- A Nigerian lady known as Nikkita Duke has made herself, parents and country proud
- The young lady who has a flare for the creative arts recently graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, USA
- At her graduation ceremony, Duke displayed Efik cultural heritage as she rocked a dress designed by her mum
Talk about double blessing, a Nigerian lady identified as Nikkita Duke recently made herself, parents and country proud as she graduated with a master's of fine art degree in screen and stage writing.
Duke who wanted to mark her career milestone in a special way rocked a stunning Efik outfit to her graduation ceremony at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA.
The outfit popularly known as onyonyo was designed by her mother, Victoria Duke, who is known as a successful designer has gained international reputation for most of her custom designs.
Nikkita who spoke to Legit.ng not only made her parents proud but had glorious words to say about her mother for not only being there for her but also designing the beautiful piece. She said: "My mum's work is phenomenal and she made such a beautiful gown as usual and her designs always make me feel perfect. I also had the brass combs in my hair (edisat ukwak) and the staff (esang) all to be culturally visible as an Akwa Cross person and encourage others to be proud of their culture! I was lucky to have the support of both my mum and dad, Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, at the ceremony and it was a wonderful day."
Asides proudly displaying her culture, Nikkita also flew the banner high for Nigerians. It was gathered that the Northwestern program in which she graduated only selects 12 people per year and she was one of the lucky elite and the first Nigerian to take the course.
Speaking on her inspiration and drive, Duke said : "One of my main reasons for writing is to raise awareness about my ethnic group, the Efik and Ibibio people who are rarely represented in literature. I am also tired of overdone stereotypes like the 'Nigerian Prince Scammer' and want to include my Nigerian people, their names, culture and quirks in most of my stories and always allow room for fresh and captivating narratives."
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In like manner, a Nigerian lady named Rabea Abubakar recently dazzled Nigerians with news of her academic success. The said lady who is a Muslim graduated on top of her class at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Hence, she was recognised as the best graduating student of 2019 set in the prestigious university.
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