Akin Afolabi, 28, Nigeria

“Some of the hardest times can be the most rewarding.

The Nigerian state-owned boarding school that I was sent to as a little boy was seen by many as a military boot camp. I resented my parents at first. It was a tough experience. But now I realise it was a great training ground and really instilled self-discipline into me. It helped me become very independent, organised and meticulous. All the things I need to be in my job as a Business Support Officer and Administrator in the NHS, here in the UK.

I look back at my childhood in Nigeria with fondness and still stay in touch with friends and family there. In fact, when my neighbour’s son got married there recently, I sent him the money to cover the costs. Weddings are really quite expensive in Nigeria. I couldn’t be there – but at least I felt connected to the celebrations.” 

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