Send Me Home to Nigeria

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Oche Bridgeford  INDIANAPOLIS, IN

When I was six years old, my mother revealed my father's identity to me. Even though she had raised me without any help from him,  she spoke of him as one of the most genuine and noble men she had ever met. For the next 20 years, I was obsessed with connecting to the man whom I admired, but didn't know. The truth is that, my father didn't even know I existed until I was 27 years old. Thousands of prayers, Google searches and Nigerian news articles later, I found a living person with my father's last name.

It showed up in the strangest of places. I found the last name, IGBOYI, on Facebook. The first Igboyi I found was my cousin. Afterwards, I met my little sister. Then I met the rest of my family. This marked a new era of my life. Now, I would be forever be connected to Africa, directly through my family.

It has been 3 years since I first connected with my sister on Facebook. She has graduated from college, started a career, and found love. She is now preparing to marry the man of her dreams and I want to be there! Help me make it to Nigeria for my sister's wedding. I will be leaving on Monday, October 15, 2012. This will be my chance to meet my father face to face as well as the Nigerian family that I have never known.


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Casey Bridgeford is an award-winning American hip hop artist and community activist. Professionally known as "iLL Holiday"; his music drives listeners to live healthy lifestyles. He runs a blog that is quickly becoming a medium for sharing new music, fashion and culture from around the globe. 


Casey's community work has allowed him to develop his city's first and only city-wide peace tour. He currently works to develop young professionals who have an interest in working in the non-profit sector.


Learn more about Casey "iLL Holiday" Bridgeford at the following links:

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/caseybridgeford

Facebook: www.facebook.com/illigans

ILL Holiday Dot Com: www.illholiday.com

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Update 10
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51 months ago
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Update 9
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51 months ago
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Thanks again to everyone! Stop by the site learn more about my stay in Nigeria: http://www.illholiday.com/2013/01/04/day-2-in-africa-so-this-is-where-im-staying/
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54 months ago
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BIG NEWS!!! We just received a big donation and are at 69% with 3 days til lift-off.

That pushes us well over our 55% mark.

So, that means I must share a special message from the Nigerian Embassy.

At first, I was amazed to be getting a personal welcome from a Nigerian Official.Then, I was astonished that they would chose to greet me in such a personal way. Next, I became appalled that they would expect me to ride a zebra without a saddle. Lastly, I was cracking up thinking about how gullible I must be to believe that any part of this message was real.

Some friends donate, some just impersonate foreign diplomats via voicemail. Which kind of friend are you?

You can help me reach my goal by donating today!

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54 months ago
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Yes! We just hit 40%!!!

Thanks to everyone who has made a contribution to my dream!!

Fun Fact: Where is the world's most diverse haven of butterflies? That's right, Nigeria has the most diverse array of butterflies on the planet.
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Ill Holiday
54 months ago

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$2,862 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 40 people in 54 months
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Created October 3, 2012
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53 months ago
$15
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54 months ago
KL
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Kia Lanae
54 months ago

Super excited for you!

$100
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54 months ago
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Erin Cartwright
54 months ago

I wish you the best, Casey! Have a great time.

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54 months ago
$250
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54 months ago
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Caitlin Hannon
54 months ago

Amazing story! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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54 months ago
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Mame Keita
54 months ago

I am so excited for you. I wish you the best and I cannot wait to hear more about your trip. God bless. Cheers

Ill Holiday
54 months ago

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