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My family history culture or environment has taught me torespect other people but mostimportantly respect myself Inmy culture respect is emphasized greatlyI spent only two years of my life in my homeland before myfamily moved to America Theticket to America to my parents was an open door leading tonewopportunities earned by hard workand patience Though they continued to live their lives awayfrom Nigeria they never dismissed their culture or where theycame from They raised me the way any other African parentswould placinggreat emphasis on respect Respect meant acknowledging thefeelings and interests of other people andtreating them in a way I would like to be treated I was 12 andstudying in Nigeria about 3 years agowhen I learned that respect had multiple meanings in my cultureMost of the time it was directed towards the elderly peopleWhen an elderly man or woman stepped into the room we fell onour knees and curtsied to express courtesy towards them Myculture not only taught me to respect others but mostimportantly myself Ibuilt self- respect by developing a senseof worth Self-respect isthe foundation for a life of integrity Without self-respectthere would be no respect and withoutrespect we will live in a world full of savages violence andissuesResponsibility plays a big role on my family and culture Youcannot escape theresponsibility of tomorrow by evading it today he fatherwould say after I pointed multiple fingers on my siblings forsomething under my name I never thought about what hemeantuntil I moved to Nigeria Responsibility was mentioned athome in school everywhere As a child my responsibility wasto get the little things done but that changed As you ageyour responsibility evolves and advances to more seriousthings Over timeI developed a definition of responsibilityIt meant understanding your obligation to get things doneAs you age your responsibility evolves and advances to moreserious thingsWaxing responsibility meant becoming a matureperson
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