Growing up in Sapele, a small town in Nigeria, I was not fortunate to grow up with a silver spoon, but I did grow up with a spoon, it was a wooden spoon. It is one I am grateful to God for and my family. My mum and I discussed the possibility of me going to college in the United States after High School, for the best education possible, and she promised to use our farmland as collateral to pay for college. That plan fell short after she fell sick and passed away a few months later. It felt as though my world had suddenly ended. After working for six years to raise money, I eventually ended up at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield Missouri. My journey has been long, hard, and filled with ups and downs, but I have been fortunate to work with people from diverse backgrounds. As the Vice President of the biggest Honors society for a two-year college, called Phi Theta Kappa, I visited several community colleges and I listened to different stories from International students, then I decided to give their stories a global voice.
I believe it’s ideal other citizens get to know what International students go through coming over and how they cope with school/work far away from family.
I believe its ideal for other citizens to get to know what International students go through coming over and how they cope with school/work far away from family. I have been very fortunate to serve in different positions, I am an ambassador of my college, I was a delegate at the United Nations Youth Assembly, which was organized by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, and a delegate to the National Student Leadership Forum, hosted by Members of Congress. I am currently the President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and I pioneered the only chapter in Springfield, Missouri. Most recently I was elected a member of the National Council of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. My greatest joy is to create smiles in the faces of people because I believe no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what your experiences might be, you must Dare to be Different because all things are possible.