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15-year-old living life of adventure in Nigeria

At 15 years of age, Adeyemi Rashaan Stembridge has seen more of the world than most people.

The son of Mathews native Yvette Gaither and the grandson of Raymond and Arma Willis of North, Adeyemi has traveled to North Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, and is currently living in Lagos, Nigeria. He is spending part of the summer with his grandparents in Mathews.

With degrees in criminal justice and business, Adeyemi’s mother works for the U.S. State Department.

In Lagos, Adeyemi goes to an American and international school with other children whose parents work for the State Department or in other U.S. Foreign Service jobs, or who can pay the steep price for tuition. He said he has American and Nigerian friends, as well as friends from Pakistan, Korea, India and other countries.

U.S. workers live in government compounds in Lagos, said Adeyemi. There are two buildings in each compound, each of which is made up of three large attached homes. The compounds have pic...

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