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Moving from one country or another is a difficult one unless for a very very good reason. For most people, it’s kind of a whole start-over affair. The story of Moji Olasupo Baruwa, a young Nigerian man will inspire you.

This young man actually left his well-paying Central Bank of Nigeria job just to be united with his wife and daughter in Canada. That was his inspiration for the move, something his friend thought was a crazy idea. Just follow through as he shares his ordeal, what he had to learn and the values he realized stood out for him in the process.

He writes;

“Exactly a year ago from today on the 16th of June, 2020, I landed in Canada as a permanent resident from Nigeria after resigning from my job at the esteemed Central Bank of Nigeria. Some of my colleagues and friends thought I was crazy leaving a job so grand and desirable. However, I thought differently and most importantly, I needed to be with my wife and daughter.”

“Well, it hasn’t been easy but I have surely and truly loved the journey. So here’s a list of a few things I have learnt and done so far in Canada. I have learnt;”

1. to clean a warehouse and how to plow snow
2. to drive a forklift, and learnt to strap and wrap skids
3. to work outside in the cold at -20degrees or even colder.
4. to repeatedly lift items weighing almost 165lbs (~75kg) and also learnt offloading and on-loading a flatbed/truck.
5 about fire hydrants, water valves, N12 pipes, pipe restrainers, water main/PVC pipes and a variety of other products.
6. to do deliveries and how to strap cargo securely for deliveries, amongst many other things.

“While doing all of these I was also preparing for exams, job interviews, and applying for jobs. Lool. I would be lying if I said I applied for less than 250 jobs, but I have always been an optimist anyway.”

“To cut the long story short, I currently work for the Central Bank of Canada called Bank of Canada. How did this happen? I call my formula the 3Ps:”

Perseverance by persistently striving to be better, not settling for less, and keeping my eyes on the end goal despite the difficulties, numerous rejections and neglect from job applications.

Patience by acknowledging that delay is not denial. Also knowing that with consistency, hard-work and focus, the end result would come out favourable in the long run.

Prayers by realizing that one needs spiritual assistance and a supernatural being to lean on and talk to when feeling down and need encouragement.

“While working at the warehouse, I was so optimistic that I told myself I should take a picture of myself working so I could store it in my archives. Lol..(picture attached). In contrast, I would have loved to show a picture of myself at the Bank of Canada but it’s against work policy so let your imagination do justice. Lol”

“In summary, I would like this to inspire the next person thinking “he/she is at the peak and can’t go further”, or the person thinking to “settle for a job or anything below their capacity or desire”, or the person who thinks “dreams don’t come true” because, in reality, I wished I could get a similar job like the one I had in Nigeria and voila!!!”

“In conclusion, I initially wanted to keep all the story to myself but I felt it would be a disservice not sharing how hard work and tough experiences only makes you stronger.”
 

 

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