Fortunately, in 2001, Bitrus began teaching part time at Iowa Wesleyan College and was awarded the coveted Green Card. (It’s not green, by the way.) Then, in 2005, they became permanent residents. Citizenship came this year. They can now vote in an election! They don’t have to carry their passports! They can even pledge allegiance at Rotary Club meetings! (Bitrus is a past president of the Rotary Club in Mt. Pleasant, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.) In short, citizenship has made them feel complete.
According to Bitrus and Bisi Gwamna, one thing that makes the United States great, is that there is hope. Hope for a better life, hope for improving one’s self, hope for a better world.
“You only get out of life, what you put into it. It is through people that you see God. We need to be appreciative of our opportunities. It was because of an anonymous donor that we were able to get our PhD’s. To show our appreciation, we are ready to fully serve in any social-political capacity. If the United States ever goes belly up, the rest of the world has no chance of success.”
The Gwamnas would rather see the United States use it’s “soft power,” in helping the world, rather than it’s military might. They also wish that American politics wasn’t so polarizing.
Olabisi Gwamna has a collection of short stories, “Dancing With Shadows” that is available at Amazon.com. Issues regarding women, especially how they are depicted in literature, is one of her main topics. Another of her books, “My House is on Top of My Roof,” is a must read for expectant mothers. She has also co-written a play, and is working on a novel.
Have a good story? Call or text Curt Swarm in Mt. Pleasant at (319) 217-0526, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.