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Ola Tony-Obot

Lagos, Nigeria

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

MA Social Work


Choosing to continue the education she was denied growing up, Ola loved the idea of studying in a city by the sea. That's why she decided to study BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care at the University of Sunderland and continued her education with a Masters in Social Work. Ola now works within the Child Protection Safeguarding Team at Together for Children in Sunderland.

Studying at the University of Sunderland for me was not planned. I attended a UK universities fare in Lagos, Nigeria and I was looking at a university that will offer me a place to study nursing. As I was talking to other universities, contemplating offers, somebody at the opposite stall asked me, why not have a look at what his university is offering? He was canvassing for the University of Sunderland. 'Whereabouts is Sunderland?' I asked. He told me that ‘if you are looking for a city that is friendly and by the sea… then Sunderland is for you’. Since I was looking for somewhere outside London (which is too busy for my liking); I loved the idea of a city by the sea. So why not?

I used to be a sports journalist and I choose to come to university to continue the education I was denied as a girl growing up. My BSc in Health and Social Care opened the world of health and social care. This assisted me to understand the construction of medicine and the failures in social care. My MA in Social Work entrenched my personality whereby I could touch lives and effect positive changes to children and family lives.

Be open-minded, don’t be ruled by your unconscious bias. There is help if you seek it from lecturers and students. I am currently working as a social worker within the Child Protection Safeguarding Team with children services at Together for Children, Sunderland.

Studying at the University of Sunderland was the best time of my life and I plan to come back to the University for my PhD in a couple of years."

Published 5 December 2019

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