Nigerian man living in Russia's coldest district hired to teach Chinese

Nigerian man living in Russia's coldest district hired to teach Chinese

Mark Babatunde, a Nigeria national resident in Russia has been hired to teach Chinese in a village after moving from China to live with his wife in Russia.

A Russian-based man with origins from Nigeria, Mark Babatunde, has been hired to teach Chinese in Russia’s Far East- Oiskaya secondary school.

He has been living in the city of Khangalassky District, Yakutia, Russia coldest part for four years now.

The father of three, said to be the only African living in the city has survived with his family and has found a teaching job.

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Mark met his wife while studying in China and got married in the country.

After their first ten years in marriage, the woman proposed that they moved to Russia because she wanted their children to receive an education in her native country.

Babatunde, at the time had no plans to live in Russia but his love for his wife urged his decision to move with her.

I was curious, nervous and a little afraid; I feared people might not accept me,” Babatunde said.

He disclosed that he was embraced by locals in the town upon arrival and not long after they invited him to a local English club for a seminar.

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Subsequently, the director of a school in a nearby village asked him to tour his institution.

I was at a school in a village and they [asked] will you be interested in teaching Chinese here?”

Soon, Babatunde began teaching Chinese in Russia’s Far East- Oiskaya secondary school.

I never expected anybody to hire me to teach Chinese there. Most of my students have not traveled out of their region. They are very interested in China, Nigeria and about other countries.’’ he said.

Babatunde has also launched his YouTube channel to share some of his personal experiences in the Russian town including the raw meat and the legged houses of the locals.

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