Interview with Miss O 1
This is the fourth in a series of interviews with the new arrivals. For no reason other than Mr O’s brain is taking a well-earned break after so much studying, we have started with the youngest we are working up the line.
Welcome to the teenager of the family, Miss O 1!
Do you think you have changed in the last 6 months?
I haven’t changed much, like the others, because of my age. They have grown taller so much, but I am already grown. I grew out instead of up, but I have lost some now, because Mummy is punishing me to eat some vegetables I don’t like, e.g. broccoli. I didn’t like peas much to start, but they are OK now.
What would be your perfect hair style?
I have several options. I want it to be longer and curly like ringlets, not as curly as mine is. I do love braids, because braids make me look totally different. I also like dreadlocks!
What was the biggest surprise for you when you arrived?
My biggest surprise when I arrived at the airport was the weather: it was really cold and I was asking Mum “Please did you bring some jackets with you?” In Nigeria the weather is almost the same all the time, it doesn’t change much at all. It is freaking me out now in the summer because it is much hotter than I thought it was going to be when I first arrived. It was really cold, how could it change to be so hot?
What do you miss most from Nigeria that we do not have here in Australia?
I miss all my lovely family and my school mates and my social life in Nigeria.
What do you like the most about Australia so far?
Nothing! No, I am joking! I like the school and the environment. We are not too many in the class so we can understand what the teacher is saying and we can concentrate on our education.
Do you feel you are starting to be part of Australian society?
When I first came here I felt like a stranger and didn’t talk to many people. Now I have friends and I am not shy any more. I can call friends on the phone and they call me and we can meet up during the summer holidays and go out. So I feel much more comfortable than when I first started.
What is your favourite food in Nigeria?
Efo ati eba which is a dish made from tripe, pepper stew, silver beet (but it looks different in Nigeria), meat and it is served with garri (cassava tuber).
What is your favourite food in Australia?
Roast potatoes and green peas. I don’t like too much meat, but I like a little roast lamb and thick gravy.
Did you enjoy your Year 10 Formal?
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! Mum, I really enjoyed the Year 10 Formal Party! Why? Because it was all the Year 10 students and one of my classmates said I was a “little legend” and a good dancer, so I was happy about that!
How was the first party you went to in Australia?
My first party was a great opportunity for me to get to know the girls from school much better and to learn how Australians party. The told me I looked like Rihanna because of the hair style Mum did for me! Thanks Mum!
Who did you like the best on X-Factor?
Firstly when the competition first started, I liked Mitchell Callaway because of his tattoos. When Mitchell was sent home, I decided to support Johnny Ruffo because he is a great dancer. I didn’t Reece Mastin because of the holes in his ears: I think it is really disgusting .
Are you looking forward to Year 11, which is the start of VCE – the BIG one?
Mum, I am really looking forward to it! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I was really careful about the subject choice for next year. I do not want to regret any subject choices. Once we are in Year 11 it is very hard to change any subject, so it is important I get it right.
What is you favourite thing to do?
I like dancing and would LOVE to learn to play the guitar.
What is your favourite sport?
I loved playing tennis at school and would like to learn more. In Years 11 and 12 we do not do any sport (to allow us to concentrate on our VCE subjects) and I am sad about that.
Thank you Miss O 1 for sharing your thoughts with us!
Do you have any questions for Miss O 1? Ask away!