I was born in the minority English speaking territory of Cameroon. Richard is not my birth name. My birth name is Ayeah Nsom, named after my mother's polygamous father. I chose the name "Richard" for my Christian name when I was baptized under the illusion that I will become rich someday. I always wanted to be associated with the name of the President of the United States, Richard Nixon. I share the same birth day as Neil Armstrong and Patrick Erwing.