In the first of a series about equality, diversity and inclusivity from our energy and engineering colleagues, Dr. Nabila Rufa’I shares her experience of growing up in northern Nigeria and how that has led to a career in energy research.
Techno-Economic and Environmental Impact Analysis of Low Carbon Technologies
Power Quality Enhancement
Advanced Control of Renewable Energy Systems
Passion for Power
One of the first things my daughter said to me when we moved to the UK at four years old was: “Mummy, how come the lights never go off?”
Being a Nigerian woman in Engineering
But now I like to speak to those who question my choices. I explain that everyone has their own interests, hobbies, and career goals, There's nothing wrong with that. Thank goodness we are making progress as a society.
Gender should not be an issue in any profession. If you have the passion, drive, and interest, why not do it? Anybody who wants to do it, can. Working as an academic in the UK, I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who are more aware, who understand gender and other EDI issues. Most of my negative encounters have been in Nigeria.
Integrating into the UK
I encourage people who are being unfairly challenged to be resilient. In life, you will always find people who oppose you, or have different perspectives. But that doesn’t mean you should not enjoy what you are doing.
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