A teenager from Nigeria got the shock of his life when his mom surprised him on Christmas with a letter announcing his US citizenship.
In a video that has since gone viral, 19-year-old Prince Ogidikpe looks quizzically at a letter before jumping up and and down, shrieking with unbridled joy.
The Nigerian native moved to San Bernardino, California, and waited six years to receive his citizenship, telling ABC: ‘It means a lot to me to finally say I am American.’
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In a video that has since gone viral, 19-year-old Prince Ogidikpe opens a present on Christmas Day, and receives a letter announcing his US citizenship
Ogidikpe said his mom often gives him gag gifts for Christmas, so he thought his mom was up to her usual tricks when he opened a box touting a diet plan
Ogidikpe said his mom often gives him gag gifts for Christmas, so he thought his mom was up to her usual tricks when he opened a box touting a diet, he told ABC.
The video, which has gone viral on social media, starts with Ogidikpe unwrapping a present saying: ‘I swear, ya’ll keep playing. I already know what it is – it’s just like the socks.’
It isn’t before long that he comes across an opened letter, and asks, ‘Man, what’s this?’
While it’s apparent the letter is from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, it takes a while for the realization to sink in.
Impatient family members can be heard off camera, saying, ‘Did he get it? Did he get it?’
Ogidikpe starts reading the letter inviting him to obtain his certificate of citizenship, and suddenly shrieks when it dawns on him that the long and protracted process had finally come to an end.
The 19-year-old can be seen waving the letter above his head as he jumps around the room in excitement.
While the citizenship application process is usually processed by the California branch of the USCIS in less than a year, Ogidikpe says he’s waited six years.
The teenager, who graduated high school when he was just 14 years old, has majored in biology at California State University in San Bernardino
He told ABC: ‘Time and time again, there was always something.
‘After the last time we applied for it, I stopped thinking about it. That thought just left my head.’
The teenager, who graduated high school when he was just 14 years old, has majored in biology at California State University in San Bernardino, and plans to go to medical school and continue his studies.
Ogidikpe, who considers himself lucky to be an American, is glad to receive his citizenship while his hero Barack Obama is still in office.
He’ll attend a swearing in ceremony later this month, and told ABC: ‘I’m now part of what is called the greatest nation on Earth. It means a lot to me to finally say I am American.’