Could you tell us something about you? Like how old are you and where are you from, what are your hobbies?
My name is Olileanya Amuche Ezugwu, people call me Lili, I’m 26 years old and currently a master student of international relations in Nigeria. I’m from the eastern part of Nigeria.
Is this your first time at the OLMUN?
Yes, yes, this is my first time at OLMUN, my first time in Europe and my first time in Germany. It has really been a wonderful experience in this new environment with everybody and a lot of bicycles. So, it’s a really great time.
I heard that you have already participated in other MUNs before, is that right?
Yes, Nigeria has a lot of MUN organisations and I started when I was 17 in Nigeria. And then I have been going to many MUN conferences in Nigeria, in Ghana, in Benin Republic and I also had one other MUN in Prague but it was online, so I wasn’t there.
And what where the positions in which you participated?
I participated as a Delegate, as an Organizer, as Chair, Vice-Chair and Vice-President. I have also participated as the Secretary General of Conference Services. And currently my country is organising an MUN in Abeokuta, a state in Nigeria, and I will be serving as the Secretary General.
What is your motivation to take part in so many MUNs and the OLMUN this year?
My motivation is, I think, the leadership, public speaking and maybe adventure. I like to travel and I want to be engaged in more Model United Nation conferences and see how different Europe organises MUN conferences. I would want to experience that on top of Africa. So my motivation is more about modelling the United Nations and advocating the system.
Up until now, what did you like most at this year’s OLMUN?
I think what I like most is that I ride bicycle from the place I stay to the venue. It’s really long but I love it. The breeze, the cool air and seeing everybody else riding bicycles because it’s very different from Nigeria. In Nigeria we don’t really ride bicycles. And that I can to do it here, I think, is really good. And then I had fun yesterday during the barbecue party because I got to dance to so many German music and I was taught some really good moves. So it was really really fun and I liked it.
And in general, what is your all-time favourite MUN-moment?
Ooh, ok. … Like I said I think it’s the barbecue party yesterday because even there I was still wearing my suit and I had to remove it and join those dances. It was really fun and I loved it.
What are the biggest differences between your life in Nigeria and the life you experience here in Germany?
Hmm… Bicycles. Bicycles because I think the longest bicycle ride I had in Nigeria was maybe 30 minutes but I rode a bicycle for the stretch of an hour here. It’s really fun for me because it’s what I love. In my school I’m practically the only one riding bicycle. I think that is the biggest difference. But I see it as fun, I am having real fun being here riding bicycle.
What are your plans for the future? Could you imagine going into politics?
I think so, but I would say more indirectly because I want to be a feud researcher. That has to do with peace and conflicts so it’s related to politics but not fully into politics. I don’t want to be a politician consisting for election. Maybe a consultant, an advisor or a search in a political organisation but not fully into politics.
Ok, my last question is: What is your message to your generation?
My message to the generation is that there is no planet B. This is our planet and whatever we do is what is going to be for the future generations. So we have to sustain this one planet - we have to work. And it’s something we cannot do individually it’s something we have to do collectively. There is no Planet B and this is our planet we must sustain.
Thank you very much for your time.
Thank you for having me.