I’m an awkward soul, so for those who care to dive into the weird world of Ify, let’s go:
- My full name is Ifeomasinachi Ike. My first name is from James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” My last name in my parents’ tongue means “power.” Right…no pressure to be great.
- I used to be a kinda child stage kid, sang classical and oprah, and loved the taste of Communion wafers and wine (all the faults of a Catholic school upbringing). I was PigPen in the musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” Really the only lead for a brown person. No comment.
- I’m ambidextrous (and I used to be a lot more ambi when I was younger): This probably is why I am equally into the arts as I am books. It is also probably why I am confused all the time. But yup, if I ever messed up my right arm, I could technically get by with my left (although it would look kind of slanted…and sloppy…you may have to tilt your head a little).
- I actually was considering getting my PhD in psychology before I went to law school. How and why people communicate is fascinating to me. I wanted to created a special discipline called “urban psychology,” to explore how communication norms are different based on environment and culture.
- I am somewhat of a hoarder. I get it from my parents, I think–especially my dad. Everything has meaning…when I find out what each thing means, I will let you know.
- The first experience I can remember knowing that God was real was when I was 5. My Uncle Mike visited from Nigeria, and taught us a children’s gospel song that I couldn’t get out of my head. I would sing it over and over (I still hum it once in a while) and every time I sang it, I felt closer and closer to God. Some people’s first encounter with God is through pain…mine was through joy.
- I was a major athlete growing up, and in my head that will never change (even though my belly says otherwise). Yup, basketball, tennis, track, soccer for a season. And don’t sleep on marching band! My knees are 65 years old.
- I have gone through many trials, but God… I am more and more comfortable talking more about my trials than my achievements. I am not a spokesperson for perfection. I’m evidence that if you keep sticking with Him, He’ll keep sticking with you.
I think that’s good for now…until the next #GettoKnowUs Series