- Brenda Okorogba, a Nigerian immigrant in Canada, has been listed as one of the 25 immigrants in 2019
- Okorogba who relocated to Canada in 2013 is a youth education and engagement specialist, grant writer and community builder
- Apart from the top 25 immigrants award, Okorogba has bagged at least five key awards in Canada since her arrival six years ago
Brenda Okorogba, a young Nigerian lady, has been named one of the to 25 immigrants in Canada in 2019.
Okorogba is a youth education and engagement specialist, grant writer and community builder who lives in the Canadian city of Winnipeg.
The young Nigerian relocated to Canada in 2013 to pursue a bachelor of science degree at the University of Manitoba.
Canadianimmigrant.ca, the organisers of the award, described Okorogba as "many things — an emerging leader, an influencer, a youth educator, a community builder..."
Speaking on how she has been able to overcome her challenges in Canada, Okorogba said: “I learned to go out of my comfort zone to network with people by attending workshops, summits and youth impact hubs. This has really helped me improve my communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.”
Okorogba is also a resourceful social media influencer who has helped many Nigerians and others get scholarship opportunities across the world.
Through her Momentswithbren Scholarship Series and Skills Training, she helps to empower people with the tools and resources required for professional and personal development.
With her Twitter handle, @momentswithbren, Okorogba matches students with scholarships, freelance jobs, e-learning and mentorship opportunities.
According to the award organisers, she has helped students gain more than $2.2 million in scholarships in Canada, Africa and globally.
Okorogba is currently the STEMScholar lead and grant co-ordinator with the STEMHub Foundation.
She has also worked with many non-profit organizations such as Black Women Honors and Empowerment where she helps to ensure women are educated and empowered.
The award which is sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada is a people’s choice awards program that recognises inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada.
It is reportedly the first Canadian national award program which recognises the achievements of all immigrants including community advocates, volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, cultural icons.
Meanwhile, since her arrival in Canada, Okorogba has garnered not fewer than five major awards, according to a tweet she posted via @MomentsWithBren. They include:
- RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award 2019
- Top 100 Black women to watch in Canada 2019 CIBWE
- Mayor of Winnipeg Volunteer Award 2019
- Top 9 Future Leaders of Manitoba 2019 Finalist
- *UofM Emerging Leader Award 2014
In a similar development, Legit.ng reports that four Nigerians have been appointed into an African Diaspora advisory board inaugurated by Prince Georges County in the United States.
Prince Georges County is reportedly the richest black county in the US and arguably in the world with an annual budget close to $5 billion and a population close to a million people.
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