Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: Race, Identity, and Acculturation, by Ezekiel Ette, attempts to generate an interest in the study of African immigrants by looking at issues of settlement and adjustment of Nigerians in the United States. Ette's work seeks to contribute to the immigration literature and knowledge base as well as document the African narrative showing the flight of Nigerians to the United States. It describes those Nigerians who decided to live permanently in the United States, reviewing the social circumstances and behaviors of immigrants from Nigeria, and noting the stress that affects successful integration and adjustment. Those who are interested in Nigerian immigrants and immigration issues in general will find this book both insightful and revealing.
Ezekiel Umo Ette —
Ezekiel Umo Ette is chair of the research committee and assistant professor of social work at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Ette, Ezekiel Umo. Nigerian immigrants in the United States: race, identity, and acculturation. Lexington Books, 2012. 191p bibl index afp ISBN 0-7391-7039-2; ISBN 9780739170397. Reviewed in 2012jun CHOICE.
There is a need for scholarly studies of African immigration to the US, especially in the post-1965 period. This book, a poorly formatted literature review of immigrant history in the US based on multiple quotations from secondary sources, does not meet that need. These stories of Nigerian immigrants are first-person experiences of unidentified persons, lacking information on time or place, undocumented in any way. Statistics from US immigration sources are missing. Social work professor Ette (Northwest Nazarene Univ.) focuses on immigrants' difficulties, most of them attributed to racism, which unfortunately continues to be common in the 21st century. This topic deserves further work and research based on primary sources and better research methodology. A poorly edited, undocumented collection.
Summing Up: Not recommended. -- N. J. Hervey, Luther College