Hardwork, they say pays; hardwork indeed works. This is the overwhelming testimonies of two Canadian immigrants from Nigeria, after they made the the list of top 25 Canadian immigrants awardees.
It’s quite something of a joy to see Nigerians in the diaspora making the country proud and putting smile on the faces of the citizens despite the continuous global embarrassment from the Nigerian leaders in tarnishing the image of the country through injustice, corruption and maltreatment of citizens.
The two of them are Ajibola Abitoye and Dr. Adeola D. Olubamiji. They were nominated as one of the Top 75 finalists of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award 2020. They eventually emerged part of the 25 people with the highest votes and ended up clinching the Award.
See Details Of Ajibola Abitoye below:
Ajibola Abitoye, popularly called Jibs is a City Councillor and fashion designer residing in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. She’s a proud citizen of Nigeria.
In Oct 2017, barely five years after immigrating to Canada from Nigeria, she was elected as a city councillor of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
Jibs were born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria to a journalist father and an information technology mom.
In search of a greener pasture, She relocated to Fort Saskatchewan from Nigeria in 2012 after getting married to her husband, Joshua.
Prior to her immigration, she has a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Lagos, Akoka. She is certified as a project management professional and a fourth class power engineer from NAIT.
She was the project cost controller at Dow Chemical, financial services representative at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), and credit risk analyst at the Guaranty Trust Bank in Nigeria.
Within her first year of immigrating to Canada, Abitoye volunteered on the Family & Community Support Services Board, Navy League Cadet and chaired the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association. She took her involvement within her community to another realm by contesting for city council. She ran against 14 incredible candidates and got the third highest votes. She currently is serving a four-year term as city councillor until 2021.
She began a fashion business called Divineity Fashion in November 2019, after she had her daughter. This idea came as a result of rising demand to economically help women in Nigeria. In 2017, her family came home to visit their grandparents. She saw the economic circumstances in some areas and wanted to do something about it. She decided to start designing clothes and get them produced in Nigeria, afterwards bringing the business to empower women and families. Part of the profit also goes to a local organisation in Alberta, supporting victims of domestic violence.
Less than three months after starting her fashion line, precisely in February 2020, she had the rare opportunity of displaying her collection at the prestigious New York Fashion Week. She showed eight designs on the runway with other designers from various parts of the world and has had a lot of success after that. She has been featured on CTV, Global Edmonton, CBC and various newspapers and radio stations, among others.
See details of her compatriot, Dr. Adeola D. Olubamiji
Dr. Adeola Olubamiji is a native of Ijare, Ondo State. She has a bachelor of science degree in Physics / Electronics from the Olabisi Onabanjo University.
In 2011, she had her masters of science degree in biomedical engineering from the Tampere University of Technology while she had her doctor of philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016.
In the space of 2 years, she worked as a lead material scientist at Burloak technologies.
She founded STEMHub Foundation in 2017. She’s an advanced manufacturing technical advisor at Cummings Inc. till date. She’s a board member – organizing secretary at the health and science innovation.
Overwhelmed by their nomination to receive the award, the duo took to their Facebook page to appreciate their fans and supporters.
According to Dr. Adeola, she expressed her gratitude as a 2020 Winner of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards!
She was so short of Words. Arriving to Canada as a PhD student, living in a basements and worked as a sales girl.
She said everyone who heard that she was studying Biomedical Engineering / 3D-printing felt she wouldn’t be able to secure a job with such an “absurd degree”. So, they pitied her.
Explaining her experience, she tried to quit her PhD degree a couple of times when it got really tough. She rejected an engagement and at every birthday above 30, she would cry and queried why she didn’t just settle for that guy.
“Sometimes I look back at those memories and can’t believe how much have changed since I finished my PhD in 2016! To all researchers, your innovative work may confuse laymen but it’s needed. Keep going!”, she added.
She appreciated STEMHub Foundation and proud of the work they are doing to impact the immediate communities and beyond. She further appreciate volunteers and directors who continued to deliver impactful work! Her life has a deeper meaning because of all they do impacting lives!
She further wrote, To every new Canadian immigrant trying to figure it out, this award is dedicated to you! Find a mentor if you need one. Network like your life depends on it. There is a reason why Canada chose you, it’s time to manifest your potential! I believe in you and I am rooting for you! Keep going! Take up space! As far as you can see, you truly can possess!
To my social media family, I know I can count of you! Thank you for voting!
Also, her co-awardee, Ajibola Abitoye wrote on her social media page.
She thanked everyone that voted for her,describing them as the real MVP. She further announced that she’s a proud winner of the 2020 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award.
Looking forward to what the year has to offer Admist all circumstances she said, “Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2020 holds, it’s been a tough year for all of us but I tell you the best is yet to come. Cheers to this unprecedented year 2020. I’m not giving up on you, I still have a lot of faith and hope in this year.”
She also encourage her fans and supporters that” The best is yet to come! You are unstoppable! In this same year that people have completely written off is coming a NEW DAWN! The best is yet to come for all of us. Only believe. “