“I am not my sister’s keeper, I am my sister.”-Iyanala Vanzant.

Words I live by. I do not just look out for myself, but for the next generation. My desire is to use my experiences, both good and bad to help others make better choices. Hence the blog, The Migrant Corner.

My name is Jamimah Shonekan Manning. I was born and raised in Kaduna State, Nigeria. I moved to the States in my teenage years and life has never been the same. The first few years were immensely difficult. I went through a lot emotionally, mentally and physically. I also went through depression, anxiety and extreme loneliness. I made a promise to myself that if I ever figure out this thing called “adjusting to another culture” I would help someone else.

8 years later, I am in a much better place, not perfect but grateful and the best part? I am keeping the promise to my younger self. I am passionate about migrants, health and cultural sensitivity. I am a proud alumni of MIZZOU and a happy tiger. My hobbies include dancing, running, pole fitness, reading, sleeping, spending time with my husband and writing.


When I am not blogging, I work with and mentor young and new migrants. I have one-on -one sessions with families, teens and adults. I am a migrant intervention specialist, a transformational speaker, a consultant, by default a life and wellness coach and an aspiring international liaison. I also have a podcast called “Christianity on my level” on iTunes.

In a nut shell, I am a woman on a mission to fully live out her purpose.

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