New York Times: “Mfoniso Udofia on Her Immigrant Experience, and Ours”

My profile for the New York Times about playwright Mfoniso Udofia:

After moving to New York City nearly a decade ago, Mfoniso Udofia began to ask herself some hard questions: “Who am I?” and “What does it mean to be both African and American?” She was a recent graduate of the master’s program at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, but the four to five auditions a week she was going to weren’t resulting in work. As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she found it puzzling to be repeatedly told that she wasn’t “African enough.”

“I wasn’t right because somebody else had a different image in their head of what an African woman is supposed to look like, or be,” Ms. Udofia, 33, said, adding that this image was tied to someone “skinnier.”

Read the rest of the story here.


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