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American Generosity

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  I am delighted to give an account of what I have witnessed about American generosity. Introduction My first visit to the United States was in July 2003. I was visiting a Nigerian friend to spend the summer holidays with her in New Jersey, where she stayed with another Nigerian friend. During my one monyth stay from 1st through to the 31st July, we visited only diaspora Nigerians, so I did not meet Americans from per se. The generosity during that time was, therefore, taken for granted as the kind of generosity I would expect from Nigerians. My second visit in 2005 for another holiday with friends from New York to Denver to Las Vegas was pretty much the same, spending time with Nigerian Green Card holders. My third visit was in 2015, and I was coming to America to receive an award at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, California. It was a short visit; just five days. An all-expense-paid trip and staying in a hotel with