After spending 12 years in UK, I miss home - Nigerian lecturer reveals

After spending 12 years in UK, I miss home - Nigerian lecturer reveals

- Emmanuel Mogaji, a Nigerian academic making waves in UK, has said that he misses the human interactions in Nigeria

- The PhD holder has a degree in architecture from UNILAG before going abroad for further studies

- Emmanuel said that he was able to acclimatise quickly in UK because he asked questions and took responsibilities, among other things

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Emmanuel Mogaji, a faculty member of the University of Greenwich, UK, is one of the many Nigerians representing the country well abroad.

An Efon-Alaye indigene in Ekiti state, he bagged his first degree in architecture from the University of Lagos before proceeding to the UK for his MA and PhD.

In an interview with Rasheed Adebiyi on Tekedia platform, the Nigerian said he has been in the foreign country since he went there to school.

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"I came to the Uk to study my Master's Degree and after Master's Degree, I stayed back to work and I went in for my PhD studies and since then I have actually been here. I came in through education route, that’s why I have been here. Well, the journey so far, I can say it has been fine,” he said.

A collage of Emmanuel and a busy market in Lagos. Photos sources: LinkedIn/Emmanuel Mogaji/Aljazeera

A collage of Emmanuel and a busy market in Lagos. Photos sources: LinkedIn/Emmanuel Mogaji/Aljazeeraals
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On why he moved from his architecture background to advertising and marketing communications, the Nigerian said he had to switch because an MA in architecture was expensive so he had to settle for the arts.

When asked how he was able to adapt fast to the education terrain in the UK, Emmanuel said that it came with “taking responsibility…, asking questions, meeting people like interacting and knowing how they went about it”.

The academic said that what he misses about Nigeria is “the vibe and bustling”. He said he missed the human interactions.

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“I guess what I miss more about Nigeria is the community, the vibe, and the bustling. I will say I miss the excitement of life in Nigeria, the engagement with people, the buying and selling in the market. I mean the interaction and even the street food,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that another Nigerian who flew the flag of the country high in the diaspora is Chika Eze who was sworn to the State Bar of Georgia on Monday, June 8.

The ceremony was performed by Judge Emily K Richardson of the Fulton County Superior Court.

With the swearing-in, Chika’s name can now be found in the Georgia attorney directory and also the Nigerian Bar Association. She is under 30 years and has two bar licenses in the US and Nigeria.

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