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" Before 'Insecure,' I was a wedding emcee - a host for weddings. That's a world that a lot of people are not familiar with. "
" By the time I got to George Washington University, I had been a straight-A student in high school. "
" For me, I just stuck to school. I thought you can't be bullied and dumb, so books and I will be friends. "
" For me, comedy was deftly terrifying. "
" I'm just gonna talk about being Nigerian-American. I'm gonna talk about being single. I'm gonna talk about what happened to me on the train today. I'm gonna talk about so many other things that, as a comic, you're able to talk about because you see the world in sarcasm. "
" A lot of people hustle differently, and I was like, 'You know what, let me hustle and create, and let me have something to show,' cuz my hustle led to opportunity. "
" I was so focused on advancing in my career that I didn't have enough emotional capacity for dating. "
" Black girls can make the best girlfriends. "
" I have immigrant, African parents. They would say, in their Nigerian accents, 'So you want to be a jester?' And I was like, 'I don't want to be a court jester, Ma. I want to be a comedian.' "
" A healthy smile has always been important to me. "
" I grew up in a place called Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the youngest of four. What I remember most about Nigeria was the ease. I would play by the pool, have fun with friends. "
" I don't know who I'll end up with, but whoever he is must have a strong religious commitment, must be someone who loves God. "
" I knew I didn't want to be a doctor but didn't know what I wanted to do. I prayed, and all I heard back was: 'Do comedy.' It was something I had never done before, but I gave in, tried comedy, and the rest is history. "
" I don't know how often white people look around and think, 'Wow, there's really a lot of white people here; we should fix that.' But I know black people often look around and think, 'Wow, I'm the only one here - why?' "
" It's only in acting where I've heard in auditions, 'Can you black it up a little bit? Can you make her a little bit more urban?' And it's just like, 'What?' I don't even know the word for that. "
" People are surprised I do comedy! And I'm like, 'Guys, that's all I have been doing. For, like, forever.' "
" I had my masters in public health, and the goal was to be a doctor, and organic chemistry let me know that that was not going to happen, as did my fear of blood. "
" I came to America when I was six. In true African form, my parents wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer or engineer. "
" There's this idea if you are a woman of colour, that you must never let them see you break down. That we've got to show ourselves in the best light, always, as the 'Strong Black Women' and bring that 'black girl magic' all the time. "
" On a man, I love Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. But I wear Orchid Soleil - I love a sweet smell. "
" I believe in being diligent but also cut yourself some slack. It's okay in the grand scheme of life. "
" I was supposed to be the doctor in my family. "
" Everyone has met or seen or interacted with a Nigerian in America because we leave Nigeria for here. We're your doctors. We're your lawyers. We're your child's best friend. All of the above. "
" I want to own a comedy club. "
" My father just instilled in me that either you're going to be No. 1 or nothing at all. "
" I was bullied because I have this thick Nigerian accent. "
" My actual desire is to be able to comfortably walk out of my house without any makeup on and feel as beautiful as I do when my makeup artist beats my face. "
" I want to do more good work. That's very much my parents' influence in me. "
" A lot of times, especially in the black community, where therapy is talked about, it's like, 'Just go to church.' "
" I can only see what's in front of me, but God can see what's behind, what's ahead of me, what's beside me, and it just makes it so much easier to release control, cuz at the end of the day, if He brought me to it, He's gonna have to bring me through it. "
" You can't tell me no, because you can't tell Jesus no. It doesn't work. "