However, to understand these reasons, we have to start from the beginning:
Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat
I was born in Aba, a commercial city in Nigeria. Aba, often referred to as ‘African Japan’ to describe the ingenuity and technological/engineering innovativeness of the locals, is a popular manufacturing hub and arguably the commercial capital of Eastern Nigeria. Back in Aba, you would definitely get to know about countries like China, Japan, America, United Kingdom and the likes but without any reference to Sweden. This is simply due to the very high business relationship between Aba traders and their counterparts in these countries. Almost the same case with Awka Anambra where I had lived during my Bachelor studies at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Sweden has not always been the abroad study destination for Nigerians, and some say it is because Sweden is generally viewed as a quiet country, which may be true. Okay, back to my journey to Södertörn- I moved to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria one year after my Bachelor studies to work, and I worked here for three years both in the private sector and in an international organization before my ultimate progression to Sweden. It was during my employment in Abuja that I had my first real exposure to Sweden even though I had always known about the country, and when I decided to pursue international studies, I started my search. First search destination is Google. And in my search, Södertörn University wasn’t among the first ten institutions in the list of loudest study places in Sweden, a curiosity that led me here.
Young and Modern
In Sweden you will find universities that are over 200 years old. Yeah, many of them. And without being told, you should know that traditions and ‘way-of-doing-things’ will be the order of the day there. I choose Södertörn University. It is one of the youngest institutions in Sweden, and modernity has its way allowing dynamic and innovative thinking, especially in our ever-changing technology-driven world. That is what I needed for international studies, and Södertörn University gave it to me completely.