AWARD WINNING UK BASED JOURNALIST, POET AND GLOBAL ANALYST SHARES HIS STORY FROM DIASPORA

   I LEFT NIGERIA BECAUSE I WAS TIRED AND FRUSTRATED, MY PARENT WANTED ME TO DO MY MASTERS DEGREE IN NIGERIA BUT I DECLINED,TO HAVE MY WAY, I TOLD THEM THAT NOBODY CAN TEACH ME IN NIGERIA ANYMORE


Tunji Offeyi is an award winning  UK based Journalist, Poet and a global analyst, he was born in  Lagos state Nigeria, attended Lagos state University where he obtained a BA in Literature in English and in 2009 he moved to the United Kingdom for further study, where he also obtained a master’s degree in International Relations from Staffordshire University. Tunji began his career in journalism in 2003 through the week magazine (Now defunct) and rose to the rank of Special Correspondent (Lagos) , as an experienced Journalist he had the privilege to interview great personalities like Izi Codron the producer of the Hit movie Hotel Rwanda, Nigerian legendary flutist Tee Mac Iseli, Professor Liz Barnes-Vice Chancellor Staffordshire University, and several Nollywood Stars such as Segun Arinze, Stephanie Okereke-Linus, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) amongst other notable names in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

 He has written several poems and short stories notable among his story is the pleasures of the night, this story caught the attention of the government and influences their decision to take action against prostitution and other vices going on around the night clubs in Lagos. Tunji is also the author of the book Echoes from The Soul (A collection of poems) which was launched at The Albany Centre, London in 2009. He has received several awards for some of his write ups, his poem ‘Chapta two’ was recently published by the prestigious Cake magazine, a Poetry magazine based in the University of Lancaster, after being mocked by a poet in a reading club in London.  He is married to a Hungarian woman Kitti and they are blessed with a lovely son Noé , also known as Eniola. Tunji loves traveling with his family and they have been to 15 different countries of the world.

Tunji shares his story on how he moved from Nigeria to the United Kingdom and how transition was for him, he left Nigeria because he was tired of the country and frustrated about the situation of things in the country; his parent wanted him to do his master’s degree in Nigeria but he declined saying to them that he is too intelligent to be taught in Nigeria and those who can teach him are in the UK. of course, this was to provoke his family so he can have his way to leave the country. Like every other youth in Nigeria, he had tried all he could to succeed in his career but all to no avail, he was famous but has nothing to show for it, he got the opportunity to come to the United Kingdom, it wasn’t an easy journey for him starting out in the UK, as he came into the country with just twenty pounds which lasted for just one week after his arrival and his dream was almost fading out after one week in the UK. He got some support from the pastor of the church he attended when he first arrived until he was able to get a job. He was kicked out from where he was squatting with a family, he  moved in with some friends in a single room and continued to struggle to live his dream, he got a job with more hours and was able to rent his own apartment and life began to evolve from there for him, he met his wife they got married and moved to a bigger apartment he no longer lives in the hustle and bustle of London and now he is living his dream. He advised those who aspires to leave their country to pursue their dreams abroad to plan it right, get the right documents in place,  so they can have a peaceful  migration , because if they don’t get it right from the beginning, they might spend the better part of their life running from immigration and might even be deported after spending so many years without achieving nothing.



3RD RUNNER UP MISS UNIVERSE GHANA 2015 SHARES HER STORY FROM DIASPORA

I WAS BULLIED, CALLED A BOOTY SCRATCHER AND VERY NASTY NAMES, BEING CALLED AN AFRICAN WAS AN INSULT, I STRUGGLED WITH IT FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND I WAS NOT PROUD OF MY GHANAIAN /AFRICAN ROOTS. 

3RD RUNNER UP MISS UNIVERSE GHANA 2015,  SHARES HER STORY FROM DIASPORA

Marie Louise Ocran is a Ghanaian American, she is a model and was the third runner up Miss Universe Ghana 2015, she is also a food entrepreneur, a computer programmer and the founder of more to life international; a non-profit organization that provides mental health education to youths in Ghana,  her personal experience as a suicide attempt survivor inspired her to set up her organization. As a young girl she attempted suicide twice because she was constantly bullied and oppressed by her school mates and also, due to other life situation such as living in poverty which lead her to a state of despair that forced her to almost take her life. she started her organization, “More to Life International,” to raise awareness about the need for programs addressing mental health issues and wellbeing in African.

In 2016, she was recognized for her work by the International Association of Applied Psychology of United Nations as she was a keynote speaker for an SDG’s event. She has also worked with International Center for Research on Women.

Today, she is co-owner of MAMA, Tulsa’s first African & Caribbean, food business alongside being a full stack developer. She believes that being a full stack developer helps her bridge the gap between her passions.

On our story from diaspora she tells her story on how she moved from Ghana to American and how transition was for her.

Marie came To American at the age of seven, her father won the visa lottery and he filed for her and her siblings to join him. She had the opportunity to attend middle and high school in American, middle school was very tough for her as she had a difficult time adjusting to the system. She dealt with a lot of self-hate, she was bullied because of her accent and was called names like booty scratcher and other nasty names, being called an African was an insult, she was ashamed of her African/Ghanaian root for a very long time and she struggled with it, and so, she decided to work on her accent to change the way she speaks so that she can be accepted in the community, she bought some training tapes to learn how to speak like Americans without a trace of any accent, this went on for a very long time, it was recently that she came to full acceptance of who she is and where she is from and to begin to love her culture.

On why Africans look up to migration as an ultimate goal, she said it is because of how the media portrays African and the western world. African is being portrayed as  poverty stricken, while America is seen as as a land of gold with so many skyscrapers, because of this, even as a little girl in Ghana, migration was her first goal in life and  many  in African still wish that even if they could get to American airport and die before stepping their feet on the soil they have made it in life, to her migration is an ultimate goal to Africans because they feel that there is no opportunity for them in African or perhaps, they do not know how to take advantage of the little opportunities that are available. She advised young people who aspires to leave their country to pursue their dreams elsewhere to wait on any opportunity that is too good to be true, and to research on such opportunity before jumping into it and not to take any risk if they are not sure of what lies ahead of them.

 

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 TUNJI  TELLS HIS STORY FROM DIASPORA


  I am Tunji Offeyi-a UK based Journalist-Poet,born in the Coastal city of Lagos,Nigeria.I wrote the book Echoes From The Soul (A collection of poems) which was launched at The Albany Centre,London in 2009.My highest qualification is MA International Relations from Staffordshire University having initially bagged a BA(Literature in English) from Lagos State University.I also retrained in Journalism through a program I participated in at the University of Derby and Guardian UK.Prior to all this I practised for several years in Lagos Nigeria writing mainly for The Week magazine(Now defunct)and rose to the rank of Special Correspondent(Lagos).As an experienced Journalist I have had the privilege to interview great personalities like Izi Codronthe producer of the Hit movie Hotel Rwanda,Nigerian legendary flutist Tee Mac Iseli,Professor Liz Barnes-Vice Chancellor Staffordshire University,and several Nollywood Stars such as Segun Arinze,Stephanie Okereke-Linus,Richard Mofe Damijo(RMD) amongst other notable names in the NIgerian entertainment industry.Some of my career highlights was writing a story titled Pleasures of The Night which caused the government to take actions against prostitution and other vices going on around Lagos night clubs at the time.I have done Collaborations with Television for Enviroment(TVE)UK-which informed my story Filming Against Poverty.My poem titled Chapta Two was recently published by Cake Poetry of the University of Lancaster.My blog link is tunjiwites.wordpress.com. My personal life revolves around my Hungarian wife Kitti and our Son Noé also known as Eniola.We love travelling and have visited over 15 countries at the last count,when we are less busy we tend to our vegetable garden allotment near our home in Stoke-on-Trent.

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PATRICK'S STORY FROM DIASPORA

WHY I CAME TO KENYA: A CHINESE MAN SOLD HOPELESSNESS ABOUT THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY TO ME, I STARTED DOING MATH; MY CURRENT SALARY WAS GOING TO DROP BY THE MERE FACT OF DEPRECIATION OF THE NAIRA SO I STARTED LOOKING OUT FOR OPPORTUNITIES.



Patrick Idemudia is from Edo state Nigeria, he is a graduate of Electrical Engineering, a seasoned professional in the Port terminal industry and has built experience in the last 16 years spanning 10 countries across the globe. He has an expertise in the automation of port terminals by deploying cutting edge technology in driving the business in the right direction. He currently works as the Head of Operations of one of the largest grain handling facilities in sub-Saharan Africa that supports 5 countries around the sub-region and lives with his family in the port city of Mombasa in Kenya.

Given his background, Patrick believes that as an employee, one is tied to the apron’s string of the employer and as such, over the years developed a passion for building business ideas and pushing them to fruition. Patrick’s interests are current affairs, wildlife reserves, football and travelling.
Patrick shared his story about what motivated him to move from West Africa to East Africa, he started his career in Nigeria with a subsidiary of AP Moller ~ Maersk group known as APM Terminals where he got the opportunity to be trained in different countries; after obtaining vast trainings and experiences in his field, he was transferred to Benin republic branch of the organization to head the operations team, and later returned to Nigeria to head the operations team . Years later, he learnt about an opportunity in Kenya to flip the operations of a port grain terminal, the company needed to introduce technology to change its business operation. He saw the prospect of advancement and expansion and he left Nigeria to take up the offer in Kenya.



On why he actually left Nigeria, in the line of is job he met a Chinese investor who sold hopelessness about the Nigeria economy to him. During their discussion, he was told that the way the Nigerian Government is running the economy was not sustainable and will lead to the crash of the local currency. This got him thinking and made him start researching about their discussion. He realized that if this happens, his current earning was going to drop significantly by the mere fact of the anticipated depreciation of the Naira and so he started making contact to pursue his dreams elsewhere.

AMIDST ALL THESE, I OVERCAME AND I CONQUERED... DOC ZOE SHARES HER STORY FROM DIASPORA



IT WAS NOT AN EASY ROAD, I MADE FRIENDS, I LOST FRIENDS, I ENCOUNTERED MANY OBSTACLES, GOT LOTS OF EXPERIENCES AND I LOST MY MOST PRECIOUS MUM DURING THIS JOURNEY, AMIDST ALL THESE, I OVERCAME AND I CONQUERED


Prisca Onyegwara popularly known as Doc Zoe, is from Imo state Nigeria, she is the CEO of Excellent Health for Africa Initiative (Exhela Initiative), a non-governmental organization that aim to create a
Prisca Onyegwara popularly known as Doc Zoe, is from Imo state Nigeria, she is the CEO of Excellent Health for Africa Initiative (Exhela Initiative), a non-governmental organization that aim to create a healthy and disease-free Africa, through health education and medical outreach. She is a Public Health Consultant and an Influencer, she obtained her masters degree in public health in 2018 from the prestigious Monroe college in Bronx New York, she is also a certified health education specialize.
In our story from Diaspora, Doc Zoe shares the story of her journey so far in diaspora, she spoke about how she came to the United states of America to pursue her dreams, the difficult moments in her life and how she was able to overcome them and thrived. Doc Zoe came to the United states of America in 2014 as a visitor, she was invited to a conference to speak about the health challenges in Africa, after the conference she decided to remain in the country to expand her knowledge and to gain more exposure in her field, and so she searched for opportunities to go to school to obtain her masters degree. Fortunately for her, she got admitted into Monroe college to study public health.




She spoke about the various project she has been involved in, in the rural part of African, creating awareness on various health issues, educating the people on how to stay healthy and providing free medical screening and medication. When she first started out in New York, things were going on well, she was working hard to ensure that she actualize her goals, and was also looking forward to complete her master’s program so she could move on to the next stage in her career, but in 2017 things began to turn around for her, in January 2017 she lost her mum and this threw her into a deep state of depression and things came to a halt for her, because her mum was the closest person in her life, she was her biggest fan and a big source of inspiration who believes in her even when she think of doing the impossible.


After her mum was laid to rest, she struggled to get back on her feet again, she tried to take a break from school but with encouragement from friends and faculty members in her school she forged ahead even though it was not easy, but she turned to God in prayer for strength to move on. To overcome all her pains, she channeled her anger and frustration into her passion, her study and other things she wanted to do. In 2018 she graduated with honors, she was the best graduating student and also received the dean's award in her faculty. She also rebranded her organization, acquire more trainings in her field and also worked hand in hand with the SDG 2030 goals to ensure good health and to promote the wellbeing of the people in the rural areas. Although the challenges were still there, with her team members, accommodation problem, and other issues, She recalled how she was almost raped by the boyfriend of someone who accommodated her when she was having accommodation issue and a whole lot of problems and it got to the point that she almost gave up on everything and wanted to returned back to Nigeria, but she tried her best to overcome all these, and today things are going on well. Her advise to those who aspires to leave their country to pursue their dreams elsewhere is to make their research before they make the move to leave their country, to learn more about the country they plan to move to, have a game plan and also have the right mind set.











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