Successful Nigerians Living in Canada

Here is a Canadian immigration success story about twin brothers from Nigeria that you may find inspiring.

Uwakmfonabasi and Mokutimabasi (who go by the nicknames “Whak” and “Mo”) moved from Nigeria to live in Canada in May 2015.

At the time, these teenage siblings had no idea that their images would be displayed across a building in Toronto’s city center in the future.

Not long after moving to Canada, the brothers began their studies at a secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area.

Although the twins tried to fit in with the other high school students, they were sometimes teased because of their Nigerian accents.

Despite the occasional teasing and the colder weather, Uwakmfonabasi and Mokutimabasi were thankful for the opportunities they had living in Canada.

The Canadian and Nigerians flags

After living in Canada for a while, Whak and Mo discovered a passion for photography and posted on social media several of their photos.

The brothers received many positive responses to their photos from their fellow students and other people who liked their work.

Then, Whak and Mo started receiving offers to model.

Vogue-Italia hired the twins to model in 2019 and in 2020, they began modeling for NEXT Canada, which is one of the top Canadian modeling agencies.

Only seven years after moving to Canada, these Nigerian-Canadian brothers went from being new immigrants adjusting to a new home and new high school in the Toronto area to being successful models who are recognized and have a lifetime of opportunities ahead of them living in Canada.

There is even a 60-foot image of the 22-year-old twins covering most of a building in Toronto’s city center.

If two Nigerian teenagers can immigrate to Canada and become Canadian models after graduating from high school, imagine the successes you could achieve living and working in Canada as skilled foreign workers with a post-secondary education and work experience!

Nigeria is the #5 top source country for immigration to Canada, after India, China, The Philippines, and the United States.

Over 52,000 Nigerians are living in Canada, with around 50% residing in the province of Ontario, according to recent Canadian Census data.

A poll conducted in 2021 found that 70% of Nigerians would be willing to relocate to Canada or another country if they had the opportunity.

Thousands of the Nigerian middle class are doing just that, including 6,357 people from Nigeria who were granted Canadian permanent residency in 2020, according to a 2022 report by the Government of Canada.

Whether you are from Nigeria or any other country, the good news is that you may indeed have the opportunity for a brighter future living in Canada.

There is a high demand for skilled immigrants in Canada and several Canadian immigration programs for different categories of workers, such as immigrants with a university education and those who work in skilled trades.

Examples include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Provincial Nominee Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Canadian Visa Expert has been collaborating with a team of authorized immigration consultants for over a decade, offering clients eligibility assessments and step-by-step guidance during the procedure.

More than 400,000 people from around the world will immigrate to Canada this year – you and your family could be among them if you qualify for a Canadian immigration program and complete the procedure successfully.

If two Nigerian-Canadian youth can become successful photographers and models living in Canada, what might you do?


DISCLAIMER: This guide is not and shall not be considered as professional or expert advice.

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