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Muhammad Ahmad | Nigeria‚Äč

What do you do in your home country and what do you hope to do upon your return? In particular, with the integration of your experiences here?

In Nigeria I work as a nurse in a teaching hospital and I also run a non-profit organization called Rural Health Mission Nigeria that focuses on improving access to quality healthcare to women and children in underserved communities.

When I go back home I hope to focus on my non-profit organization and I also hope to use this collaborative experience and skills to see how I can engage other organizations that are working within my field to be able to increase coverage and impact we are making. Particularly also I want to engage other younger people like me who may have ideas that have not found an opportunity to become reality. I want to create a platform that will give the youth opportunities to plan ideas and collaborate with each other.

What is your favorite thing about your home country? How about Philadelphia?

My favorite thing about Nigeria is the passion and energy that the youth have towards developing the country. The architecture of the city looks very nice and my favorite thing about it is the historical background of the city and the relation to Old City neighborhood. That is something I have noticed, you can feel the history of the country here. I appreciate the character and the values that the citizens have towards each other. It's interesting to observe public places like shopping centers, gas stations and how people conduct themselves.

Do you have any hobbies or an interesting fact you wish to share about yourself?

Making friends, networking, searching for new ideas. I can switch off and switch on. I can be friendly now and if I notice something I don't like about you, I switch off automatically.

If I were to come to your home country, what is the first thing I should eat?

Rice and stu. Jollof Rice.