Interview with Boyd Npho Hayes, July 6, 2016

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Boyd Npho Hayes was born in 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa to American parents who were then living in Botswana. He began school in Maun, Botswana but the family moved to Zimbabwe where he attended Hillcrest Prep School for classes 3, 4, and 5. The family returned to Kentucky where he continued fifth grade and attended middle and high school in Jessamine County. He describes considerable difficulty with making the cultural and school transitions in Botswana, Zimbabwe and the U.S. He describes how adjustment to the University of Kentucky was eased by friendships with African students with whom he found cultural commonalities and an understanding of being different and a lifelong struggle over cultural identity ("Am I African or American?"). He describes the personal and professional growth afforded by two summer journalism internships in Cape Town South Africa. He talks about his motivation for joining the U.S. Peace Corps and his anticipated assignment to Senegal in September 2016. While he identifies as American he also sees himself as a citizen of the world and anticipates relocating to southern Africa at some future time.

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2016oh270_aitb031

Interviewee Name

Boyd Npho Hayes

Interviewer Name

Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2016-07-06

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Hayes, Boyd Npho Interview by Jack Wilson. 06 Jul. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hayes, B.N. (2016, July 06). Interview by J. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hayes, Boyd Npho, interview by Jack Wilson. July 06, 2016, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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