Emma Lou Andrews and Amina Adesiji
AA: My mom is from here. Her parents were from Ironton. My dad grew up in Nigeria. My mom went to Africa in college, and they met. Then they moved here and they had me, and so we’ve been here. My dad moved here in the winter. He’d never seen snow and he hated it, because it was super cold that year. He still doesn’t like winter.
ELA: We’ve been together since we were five all the way to being sixteen now. So we experienced the hippie, kinda artsy side at Indianola, and we met a lot of people who go to ComFest. And then at Ft. Hayes, there’s a lot more people who are interested in the arts more seriously, who have bands and write poetry. When you get to high school, there’s a lot more independence, so I feel like we were more exposed to people who were trying to find their way in with the professionals in Columbus, trying to be writers, and artists, and musicians. A lot of our friends know a lot of adults and they’re going to work their way into that world.
AA: There’s a lot to do here. There are always performances and festivals and new things coming around. It seems the same, because I’ve always lived here, but it’s also always growing a lot. My uncle writes about city planning, and he’s always writing about the new developments, which is really cool. I feel like if I stayed here it wouldn’t be like I would feel stuck.
AA: I’ve always thought about leaving Columbus for college and coming back. That’s what a lot of my family has done. While you’re younger you can go and live wherever you want, and then come back here and live the rest of your life.
ELA: Amina and I… I’ll always remember walking around this area, and by her house. You see all the fun parts of Columbus, all the arts shops and fun places. When I walk around here it makes me feel like I’m home.