Anthony Ikechukwu is a smiling American of Nigerian origin. By age 35, he had visited several countries and has been living in Kyrgyzstan for the last five years.
— Why did you come to Kyrgyzstan?
— I came to work under the contract. Before that, I had visited the UAE, Nepal, India ... I began to work in my homeland, in Dallas.
I teach English both to children and adults who need it for work or, for example, for a trip abroad. My students are capable — they learn the program well.
— What surprises you in Kyrgyzstan?
— There are a lot of such things, for example, water. In some places which I have visited, people often get sick because of poor-quality water. And it is clean in Kyrgyzstan.
And these are the people. I have many good friends here. My relations with one person are so warm that I can call him my second father.
I love football since childhood. In Kyrgyzstan, I found like-minded people and we play in the amateur league together every weekend.
My goal is to see the world. Therefore, sooner or later I will leave Kyrgyzstan. But I will definitely come to visit my friends.
— Do you miss something here?
— I have been living here for a long time and I feel at home. For me, everything is fine in Kyrgyzstan. And it will be even better over time. This is a young country with a great future.
— What in Kyrgyzstan reminds you of your homeland?
— It is food. I had problems with it in other countries, but I have not any here. It is very diverse, there is a plenty to choose from.
Some dishes are similar to those I’m used to in the USA. For example, it is plov, kuurdak and beshbarmak, but they are called differently.Anthony Ikechukwu
— What national dishes do you like and which are you afraid to try?
— I like kuurdak. I do not like borsch — there is a lot of liquid. It is important for me to have as much meat as possible.
— Do you have a favorite place in Kyrgyzstan?
-It is Issyk-Kul lake. I go there every summer.
— What qualities of the local population do you like and what disappointed you?
— I noticed that there are a lot of educated people. Young people give place to elders in public transport, although they are not obliged to do it.
I can not remember anything that disappointed me. It is difficult to find mutual understanding with some people, but this is everywhere. Most of those whom I meet, show themselves in a positive way.
Kyrgyzstanis are hospitable. They willingly get acquainted and treat you like a relative. They are ready to help. It is very nice.Anthony Ikechukwu
— One of the foreigners we talked with said that he faced racism in Kyrgyzstan. Do you encounter it?
— Yes, I do, but seldom. One drunk man once expressed himself in this vein. Then he apologized.
— Would you like to change something in Kyrgyzstan?
They say salaries are low here. I would invite many international companies here to create jobs and pay a good salary.Anthony Ikechukwu