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What are you doing in Abuja and what brought you there from RUB?
After a youth exchange year in Sierra Leone, I decided to study civil engineering at the RUB and one day work in Africa. I implemented this goal ten years ago via Australia, Canada and Germany and switched to the Julius-Berger-Nigeria company.
My colleague Achim Becker and I switched to the newly founded “Strategic Business Development” in 2012 in order to open up new business areas for the company. An exciting task in a country that wants to be one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020 and that has one of the highest economic growth rates in the world.
When you tell someone about RUB: Which four words would you use with certainty?
Traffic jam - as a daily occurrence when I didn't live in Bochum. Dormitory - because of my time in the dormitory at the Uni-Center. HZO 20 - as a place for numerous cinema evenings with fellow students and friends. Internationality - because of numerous contacts with people from different cultures.
Our symbiosis with the company reminds me a lot of reports about the life of Krupp workers in the early days.
Why are you posing with the RUB cube in front of the Julius Berger Nigeria museum train? What is the significance of this place for you?
For me, the train symbolizes the dynamism of the company, which is an integral part of my family's life in Nigeria. Our daughter goes to the German School Abuja, which is run by Julius Berger. My wife works in the camp administration of the company's own 700-inhabitant village, in which we also live.
We shop in the company's own supermarket and can easily be identified as a member of the “Berger family” with our vehicle anywhere in the country. Our symbiosis with the company reminds me a lot of reports about the life of Krupp workers in the early days of the company.
If the Cube were to travel again, which places in Abuja or Nigeria would you choose for more photos?
Perhaps one of our outstanding construction projects in recent years, such as the parliament building, the Abuja city motorway or the new Niger Bridge. But I've also thought about a landscape photo of the savannah during one of our mountain bike tours or a photo from the Abuja Carneval.
Boko Haram is just one of the sources of danger.
What is it like to live in a country where a terrorist organization is very drastically directed against the values of the West? Does terror affect your life as a European in Nigeria?
Even before the terrorist organization Boko Haram came back to life, Nigeria was a country in which one had to be aware of the dangers and only moved with appropriate security concepts. Boko Haram is just one of the sources of danger. We became aware of this again in two very sad incidents in the past few months: colleagues of ours were killed by cattle thieves during a kidnapping attempt during a bush tour.
I am sad that in areas where I was able to move freely with my family years ago and were warmly welcomed by the population, not only have we lost our freedom of movement, but the population lives in fear and hundreds of thousands are on the run.
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