Todun Spotlight is a campaign to showcase Canadian International Students and Immigrants and their views on life in Canada.
This week’s spotlight is on Femi Odutola, an Engineer/Product Manager. He is also a co-founder at jarostreet, a platform for emerging African designers and independent labels to share their creativity and products with a borderless audience.
What made you choose Canada?
I chose Canada for my university education because the little I knew about the country at the time was it was safe, peaceful and inclusive. 11 years after, I’ve stayed behind and called it home because all of those reasons have become even more profound.
What is your favorite Canadian Slang?
Loonie/Toonie. Represents the $1 and $2 coins respectively. I love it because I think it is unique and I’ve never heard anything like it anywhere else.
Have you faced any challenge? How did you overcome it?
The winters in many parts of Canada can be long and very challenging and I certainly found it tough when I first arrived. I’ve learnt that it is part of what makes this country unique in its own way. Having said that, I’ve picked up winter sports like skiing and snowboarding that I actually enjoy and now I look forward to each season.
What advice would you give a new immigrant?
Take time to get to know Canada, its history, and its people. You are now part of building the future of this country and our continued success. Canada is a country that prides itself on multiculturalism, so don’t be afraid to bring your culture along with you. We are just as excited to share many elements of them with you. Oh, and try to actively volunteer.
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