I was born in Canton, Ohio and lived in Canton through first grade where I attended Pleasant view Elementary school. After first grades we moved to Perry Heights in Massillon, Ohio. There I went to Watson Elementary, Edison Junior High and Perry Senior High (Perry Local Schools). I graduated in 1977. During my childhood I participated in the Girl Scout Program. My mother was active, but not a leader. She was the “to count on Mom.” By the time I reached my final year in high school, I was voted Senior Planning Board President of the Great Trails Girl Scout Council. I was also enrolled in ballet and tap lessons as a child. During my high school years, I participated in Volleyball and Basketball. Academically I was interested in the Medical field.
My family was quite active in weekend activities. We began camping when I was still in elementary school. By the time I was 11 I had learned to water ski behind my Father’s speed boat. During my junior high years, my Father changed interest to motorcycles, which I hated. After a couple of years, he was into racing 4-wheel drive vehicles and we joined the Tri-County 4-Wheelers in Lisbon, Ohio. This is what we did nearly every weekend of my high school years.
Once I graduated from high school I was anxious to leave my hometown and explore the world. I had originally wanted to get to college, but hence had no money and no support from my Father. So I began in Cold Springs, New York where I lived with my Aunt Doris and Uncle Tom while attending Westchester Community College. My desire was to become an x-ray technician. I did not complete my degree at Westchester. My aunt & uncle moved to New Jersey, I moved back to Ohio. I met Paul Nickel, married and we moved to Dayton, Ohio. There I had my first two children; Elizabeth Eileen Nickel, November 23, 1982 and Brandon Thomas Nickel, July 13, 1984. I attended Sinclair Community College for a degree in Drafting and Design when Paul and I divorced. I then married Edward Ellis Rollins and had no children. Ed and I divorced in 1989. I met and married John Usiosefe Oriakhi in 1990. We had three children; Osaze (because of God) Jonathan Dumbilli (stay with me) Oriakhi, May 9, 1991, Omorese (a child is a gift) Jessica Uchene (mother’s wish) Oriakhi, October 31, 1992, and Uyigue (I have respect) Josua Iyoha-Oriakhi, January 27, 1997. In 1993 Efeomo Jennifer Oriakhi, John’s oldest child came from Nigeria to live with us. In 1995 I graduated from Sinclair Community College with a degree in Computer Information Systems and began my career working as a contractor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. On December 31, 2000, John left the US for Nigeria to build a secondary education boarding school. In August 2003 I moved from the Dayton area to northeast Ohio to begin a career at Kent State University as an Administrator of a Master’s Program. In 2004 I divorced John and was awarded custody of our three children.