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Bahama Joe

Joemeko Culmer, City College football player known as Meko, was born in the Bahamas and came to the United States to play football. Photo by || Vincent Fernandez || [email protected]

Imagine traveling more than 2,775 
miles, spending 12 hours on a
plane and leaving family to follow your
 dreams. It is a risky move, but well worth
it when it comes to football for one City 
College student.

Joemeko Culmer, 19, also known
 as Meko, was born in the Bahamas and
 made his way to the United States for his
senior year of high school in 2008. He decided to start an adventure on his own, leaving his mom, dad and two sisters back home.

America is known as the land of 
opportunity; it promised him a better 
education, a job and freedom to make 
his way as an adult. Most importantly,
he says, it gave him the opportunity to 
play football.

“I always wanted to be a linebacker,”
says Meko, with a slight accent, which 
is what he became on the City College 
football team.

Weighing in at approximately 215
 pounds, Meko has a lot of muscle and a
lot of heart to offer the game. When he came here, it was the first time he had played football on a team. Only recently has football been played in the Bahamas.

“America’s more spacious, like bigger then home, but I don’t like how far everything is, all the driving,” says Meko.
“They drive on the left side of the road in the Bahamas, so that was weird.”

It took some time, but after living here for about two years with his aunt and uncle, Meko says he feels comfortable.

“Meko is the happiest person on earth and really quiet as a teammate,” says Stephen Jaeger, a fellow football teammate.

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When Meko first arrived in the
 U.S., he attended Capital Christian High 
School. While there, Meko was on the football and baseball teams, but his true dedication was always football. He hopes one day to make a career of it.

“I remember I was the first person to show him around school when he first go t
here,” says Darren Pulley, a high school football teammate. “He was kind of shy, but even that first day I met him he told
me he couldn’t wait to play football.”

Though his cultural transition has been fairly smooth and he enjoys living
 in the U.S., he often misses things about
 home. He says he misses family, friends,
the beach, and his favorite food indul-
gences: conch snack or conch and fries.
Conch is an ocean shellfish commonly
eaten in the Bahamas.

“When it gets hot, it reminds me 
of home,” he says. “I think there are
 pros and cons to living in both places,

Meko says people are more open in 
America compared to the Bahamas. He also finds it humorous how often people
here say “like” and “hecka.”

Whether he is in the U.S. or the 
Bahamas, Meko has pleased many with
his quiet, uplifting personality.

“He is just this big teddy bear, fun to
be around and really well-rounded,” says 
Kari Tall-Domingos, a close friend.

Meko says he lives by his own 
motto: “My standards are higher than
 your expectations.”

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