Martin Luther King Blvd Wilshire Blvd

L.A. Has Been Good to Me but I Miss Everything About Africa

Maria Mafufano

I want to be a teacher or maybe a social worker. I’m figuring it out as I go. I’m from West Africa. I moved to Los Angeles six months ago to study child development at Cal State Northridge and to be with my mom. I didn’t see my mom for 10 years. It was good seeing her again.

L.A. has been good to me but I miss everything about Africa, especially my dad, my best friends, and nature. It helps that there are a lot African restaurants and markets in L.A. They remind me of home.

I can’t wait to go back to Africa. If I had the opportunity to leave today, I would leave today.

Map: Martin Luther King Blvd to Wilshire Blvd