My name is Udochukwu Anidobu and I am a sophomore in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was born in the US and grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago but my family is from ENUGU State Nigeria. My hobbies are reading and cooking. Fun fact, I used to be a football goalie in secondary school 😊.
I have been involved with architecture since secondary school and fell in love with the design process and how architecture can solve a variety of problems with one thoughtful design. African architecture is a passion of mine because I love how it truly “takes a village.” Eurocentric architecture tends to glorify the individual designer whereas African architecture focuses on the community and its involvement in the process.
I recently decided that I wanted to pursue an uncommon path. I wanted to be an Afrocentric architect. Most students my age aren’t thinking so far in the future, but I love my people and I love my heritage. So much of it has been lost but with the help of individuals such as Nmadili and initiatives like CPDI Africa, our history is slowly being regained. I’m truly grateful for this program. For all the things I’ve learned, for all the people I’ve met, and the courage I’ve gained to ‘take the path less chosen.’
Join me this week as CPDI Africa features my journey of self-discovery through the architectural heritage of my people, the IGBO of Eastern Nigeria.
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