Chris Otisi: from Nigeria to Canada

Chris Otisi: from Nigeria to Canada

Chris Otisi left Nigeria for Canada about five years ago. When he got to Canada, he understood what he called football is soccer in Canada.

Chris Otisi liked to play soccer when he was living in Nigeria. His sister went to Canada to get an education. After that, the guy started thinking about moving too.

His first impressions of Canada were very controversial. Chris arrived in the middle of winter and did not expect it could be so cold. It was about -40 when he came to Canada.

Otisi says Canada is a much more developed country than Nigeria, here you can get a better education, and a better life in the end. The guy misses his home, but he says that the Nigerian community in Winnipeg helps him a lot.

He speaks very warmly about his sister. He said that they live in one apartment and she really helps him. After a while he understood what football in Canada is and liked this game. He played his first football season with the Transcona Nationals.

During Recruit Ready in the winter he met Scott Barbour, one of the coaches of Bisons. That meeting turned his life upside down. Chris told Barbour that he wanted to get to the football team of Manitoba, and Barbour said that everything was possible and he needed to train hard and to believe in his dream.

That meeting increased his self-confidence and after a while Chris decided to send a highlight tape to Bisons head coach Brian Dobie. Otisi was really surprised when he got his reply. Now, he is a first-year defensive end in Manitoba Bisons team.

In addition, he heads the International Student Organization and helps people learn in Canada by example.

His mother works as a lawyer in Nigeria, and the guy is considering the option to continue her business one day. At the moment he is not completely confident in his future, but he is sure of one thing - Canada is definitely colder than Nigeria. However, it is not so important for him because it is not the first year as he arrived to Canada.

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