🏫 Kulaanmmi Mamgin Danboyi, Teacher, Nigeria

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

I was born in Nigeria and grew up and am still resident in Plateau State, in central Nigeria. 

WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP, WHAT SORT OF OCCUPATION DID YOU ENVISION YOURSELF DOING?

I thought I was going to be a medical doctor because my parents are both nurses. 

WHAT JOBS CAUGHT YOUR EYE WHILE YOU WERE LITTLE? ANY SPECIFIC MEMORIES OF THE IDEA OF “WORK”? 

I admired doctors a lot, as well as military personnel. My idea of work was that it was rewarding. My parents are both nurses. My grandfathers were both farmers and my maternal granny was a cook. My paternal granny was a housewife. 

What is your present job title? How did you reach your current profession? How long have you been doing this work? 

I did not pass mathematics in my 0 levels, so I had to do a year of remedial studies at the university, after which we were made to choose different courses of study from five departments. Within the Education Department, I chose chemistry education, and I was placed as such. I ended up studying it and loving it. So now I teach. 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADJECTIVES YOU WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

I am curious, intelligent and creative. 

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR WORK FITS YOU? WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT IT? WHAT IS DIFFICULT OR TOOK TIME TO MASTER? WHAT WERE OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY TO OVERCOME?

My work fits me in the sense that I am playful and a good listener. Being a teacher entails the use of such attributes. I enjoy the progress I see each child making with each passing day. I enjoy seeing them grow in knowledge and understanding. I found it hard to master taking each child as an individual. I had to overcome an obstacle called fear of failure. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS? 

My achievements are my students. Many of them are graduates now and are doing well for themselves. I have also gone back to school, earning another degree in Early Childhood Education. I have also done some training in accelerated Christian education. Presently, I am trying to start a daycare service in my community. I intend to also provide after-school services to help children with homework and any areas of challenge they may be encountering. I am also a volunteer teacher at an internally displaced camp in my community. 

What elements, events and/or people have influenced your life choices? Who inspires you? 

My parents have been a great influence, and my secondary (high school) girls school Gindiri has played a major role in my life. Education there was wholesome. I would also love to state that the environment I was raised in enriched my experiences and helped shaped my choices. Books I got to read gave me a broader perspective on life. I am inspired by children, by their need to know and their innocence. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO A YOUNG PERSON EXPLORING his/her INTERESTS ABOUT FINDING a CALLING OR TRYING OUT DIFFERENT PATHS? 

My advice is to choose that which makes you happy and makes you a better person, that which allows you to be a positive influence to people around you, and that which affords you the opportunity to give back to your community and the world at large.