A King’s Quest

“I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Mom raised us—a brood of seven—all by herself,” says Kingsley, an IT manager for a Tokyo-based firm. “I was blessed enough to get awarded with a scholarship at a Japanese university so I jumped at the chance to come here, knowing there was no way I’m gonna get the same quality of education back home at practically zero cost.”

Finding employment after college proved difficult for him though.

“No one wanted to hire me. I couldn’t even get the jobs I didn’t want,” says our frustrated interloper who turned to English-teaching to make ends meet.

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Kingsley overflowing with gratitude for all his blessings

“But I wasn’t cut out to be a teacher. I’m not a very outspoken guy you know.” It was then when Kingsley decided to go back to school, pursue a master’s degree, and follow his sempai’s advice of entering the wondrous world of tech.

“I got into IT, which landed me in my current role, where I continue to grow even now.” Today, after rising through the ranks, Kingsley couldn’t be any happier as a proud husband and father. “I never had high hopes nor expectations so I’m just eternally grateful for everything.”

Nobody rock the boat please.


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