AFRICANGLOBE – A west African prince has decided to make a permanent home for himself in Taiwan after moving there 18 years ago to learn Chinese.
Focus Taiwan reports that the island’s National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Rotimi Onifade, of Nigeria, has officially immigrated and set-up residence in the country’s capital, Taipei.
NIA’s director-general, Hsieh Li-kung, said Onifade’s example offers a beneficial paradigm of how immigrant families can make the transition into new cultures.
The Nigerian prince was on promotional duties with NIA, and appeared at a local school song contest with his 9-year-old daughter, Rosemary.
Onifade was inspired to learn Mandarin Chinese because of his sister, who worked as a travel agent and regularly flew to Asia, according to NIA.
Having studied in Britain before moving to Taiwan, Onifade met his Taiwanese wife Chuang Han-ju while studying the Chinese Culture University in Taipei.
In addition to deciding to make Taiwan his home, Onifade began his own business a year ago – he exports recycled vehicle parts to the continent of his birth.
According to Onifade’s wife, who calls her husband “King of Children”, due to his fondness of playing with his two kids, her Nigerian spouse is from a royal family that runs a private school for children of royal heritage in the West African nation.