By Haleemat Bello
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Learning is living, some scholars have argued. Learning broadens human perception and opens the mind to new exploits. Through learning, individuals position themselves to be exceptional personalities in the societies. Perhaps, this is a reason why Nwobodo Favour Chisimdi has become exceptional today in Nigeria with her expertise in six foreign languages without leaving the country.
Nwobodo Favour Chisimdi is a 200 level medical student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Despite not being in the humanities where language arts holds central position, she has developed her capacities to speak Korean, Swahili, Shona, Indonesia, Filipino and Spanish languages fluently.
According to the polyglot, she started learning the languages at the age of 13 and her dad was really supportive to her mastery of the languages. With this rare expertise, she is able to interact with people of different nation; and able to make friends from different countries since communication won’t be a barrier.
Meanwhile, she learnt the languages on her own without leaving the shores of Nigeria. In fact, she has even started teaching people who are interested in learning any of the languages. Likewise, the languages learnt have exposed her to other cultures around the world and how best to accord them their peculiar respect.
Ms Nwobodo disclosed that, I like making impact in people’s life and I want to be able to communicate with people who don’t understand English. Speaking further, she said part of the reasons why she chose to learn those languages was to enable her to make friends with people globally. Importantly, learning those languages will also expose her to job opportunities outside English speaking countries because she will be able to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.
Even though she got tired of learning those languages at a point but she didn’t quit because of the challenges. According to her, “The wise one is the one who falls seven times and still rises again while the foolish one is the one who falls once and still remains there.”