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Read our extended chat with the sisters. We’ve used “CC”for Chidinma, “CN”for Chuckwunonso, and “NkemLife” for their joint responses. 

Chidinma Dureke aka Chi-Chi. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Chidinma Dureke aka Chi-Chi. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Ok, let’s talk nicknames…

Chidinma (CC): Chi-chi is a common nickname used in the Igbo language. ‘Chi’ is often used to abbreviate the longer name. My family members have called me ‘Chi-chi’ or ‘Adanma,’ which means ‘eldest beauty,’ since I could remember. And outside of my family, it began in elementary school when teachers and classmates couldn’t pronounce my name and it’s stuck with me ever since. People have found many ways over the years to shorten my first name Chidinma, which means ‘God is good.’ Another fun fact, ‘Chi’ means God in the Igbo language. 

Chuckwunonso (CN): Throughout the years people have always found a way to chop and screw [up] my name. I use to hate when substitute teacher would come to class because they would always yell and say “CHUCK. Is CHUCK here,” and when I would raise my hand and say, “Present,” they would look confused and say, “Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you are a boy.” Now that I am older, I feel like nicknames were made to make the other person feel better about their relationship with you. ‘Nana’ is the one nickname I hold very dear because it is a term only the closest people call me in my life. ‘Angel’ who most people assume to be my first name, is my middle name. As a Nigerian-American I know that nicknames come along with the territory.

Chuckwunonso Dureke aka Nonso or Angel. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Chuckwunonso Dureke aka Nonso or Angel. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

Does having and sharing aspects of your Nigerian heritage make your blog stand out?

CN: We talk to our mom about everything.

CC: And so we talked to our mom about different names for the blog because we wanted our blog to reflect who we are. And we wanted to show that we still valued our culture.”

CN: So yes, using that perspective, using our culture makes more of a difference.

Creator & managing editor of Strangers With Style. Happiest when her work allows others to shine, too. Lover of collabs, social media, blogging, fashion, food & the color blue.

  • Nas

    Moravia Rd!! (Although I’m not sure if the contest response should be posted here or on IG

    • strangerswithstyle

      Nas! You need to head to to answer. Go, go, go!

  • Zadia

    12 lived on Moravia rd. Cool

  • Amma Mama

    Love them, their authenticity, confidence and overall blog! It’s actually one of my FAV blogs to read. They’ve accomplished a lot in one year of blog life. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for #Blessings <3

  • Bisola

    I enjoyed this post about the sisters from I’ve been following them from the beginning. It’s definitely refreshing to see the expressions of Nigerian-Americans on a digital platform. It encourages my own writing on my blog, Gidi & Pearls. Olivia thanks for this series!