Nigerian Alumni Group (new!)
About the group's founder
(By Babatunde Odeyemi, Chemical Engineering, 2001)
“I am Babatunde Olisaemeka Odeyemi and I arrived in Bradford in October 1996 from Lagos, Nigeria. I chose Bradford because my chosen course (Chemical Engineering) allowed for industrial attachments in a number of reputable global organizations. I graduated in 2001 with BEng, MEng Chemical Engineering degrees, and during that time had internships with Akzo Nobel in Holland, Purdue University in the USA and BP in Sunbury, UK.
“I arrived 5 weeks after the semester began due to bureaucratic logjam in obtaining a visa from the British High Commission in Nigeria (thankfully, the visa process is not as stressful now). Even though I arrived late the lecturers were very helpful and always had their doors open to provide answers to any enquiry. At the end of the semester my grades were the second highest in my class and I attribute that partly to openness from the teaching faculty. During my second week of class a student told a joke and the entire class laughed, even the Professor!
“I enjoyed my experience at Bradford so much so that I stayed behind to continue my Masters degree. I currently work for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port Harcourt, Nigeria as a Completions Engineer. In my spare time - when I am not stressing my wife - I read, meet up with friends and try as much as possible not to get dragged into debates on the state of regional and global politics.
“One of the reasons I loved Bradford was because it was not London. It was quieter, cabs didn't cost more than £5, and I got to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds. It would be interesting to see how the Bradford experience affected other people.”
How to get involved
“This alumni group for Nigerian graduates will bring people from various walks of life together for networking. It would also provide opportunities to let prospective Nigerian students find out more about the University of Bradford. The group is informal, an e-group where a meet up is arranged on occasion as the members see fit.
“People can help by contacting me with ideas on what they expect from the group. As we progress we will need meeting venues and content for our website and are looking for people who can volunteer some support in these areas.
Being part of the group is a way to contribute back to your alma mater and it’s an opportunity to catch up with old school mates and make new friends and contacts.
If you are interested in being part of this new alumni group, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook page or find us on Linked In.