Rotimi

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8,311 kmfrom home
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"I’m always curious to learn from people of different backgrounds. I don’t let my ego get in the way."
Rotimi
Current Country: 
Estonia
Country of Origin: 
Nigeria

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. I didn’t really want to move out of my country, but at one point, I looked at where I was and thought 'this is not where I’m supposed to be, I have to take a step in order to get to where I’m going.' I’m an Electrical Engineering graduate, but I haven't practiced it because of the unemployment rate at home. After graduating, I went straight into business. After working for a while, I realized that I was in my comfort zone and couldn't see growth. For things to get better, I had to get better.  My sister, who lives in the USA, had been telling me I needed to move and do something more. I always answered 'when it’s time.' Finally the time came — I contacted her, she linked me up with her husband who was in Estonia doing his Ph.D., and after speaking with him, I decided to come here.

In Nigeria, I did a lot of things, but the economic situation made it so difficult to leave. This is my first experience abroad, but I’ve not had a negative experience so far in Estonia. Many say they feel discriminated because of their colour, but I haven't felt that. I’m always curious to learn from people of different backgrounds. I don’t let my ego get in the way.

I have found that if you don’t go to the Estonians, they keep to themselves. I have started to move towards Estonians. My fellow black men ask why I do this, but I believe it's what you have within that determines who you are, not your colour. Whether short, tall, full-bodied, colourful — it’s not about your physical appearance, but about who you are as a person and how much you can give of what you have. Where I come from, we share the love but hardly hug each other. Here you have to hug. One of my mentors said if you want to get connected, do more hugging every day. Twenty hugs daily will keep you connected, happy and fulfilled, so I’ve learned the attitude of hugging.

I believe in the possibility of anything. With God all things are possible. Estonia is developing because they believed in the future. Where I’m from some of the leaders don’t see beyond themselves. If a country doesn’t believe in its youth, there can’t be growth. If the youth don’t take responsibility to fight for their rights, nothing can happen. So, I’m heartbroken when I think of the young generation of Africans, because our older generations will one day pass away. What heritage shall we leave to them? I believe wherever we are, a positive change needs to happen to that environment. That’s why I’m here, to learn more, change some of my belief systems and hopefully touch others with my words and purpose. I hope to be a better leader."

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s):

 

https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org