I came to the UK in 2002 from Sudan, fleeing persecution and now live here with my partner and child.
In Sudan I studied Economics and Political Science, but I studied further in the UK and did a Master's Degree in International Business at Coventry University graduating in 2009.
After completing my degree I worked for several companies including for Tesco’s as a customer services worker in Solihull and as a marketing consultant for an accounting firm.
I then worked for a private College in Walsall in their marketing Department promoting their courses in the Middle East and the Asian subcontinent, until they were taken over by another college.
I worked in Wolverhampton as an operations manager and controller and then joined Euro car parts in Tamworth, a company founded by another migrant who started it with £5000. The company now has assets over £550 million. I simultaneously work as a Business development Manager at Ruhaan and Co Accountants in Birmingham where we give advice on setting up your own business.
We are immigrants, coming as entrepreneurs and we have a lot to offer to the communities here. We use our experience and knowledge in order to better life here as well. It is beneficial for us and for the country. It is a successful story.
I am grateful because without the British people we would never have had the opportunity for a successful life.
I came here as a human rights activist and have also joined many Sudanese community groups here. We work to better ourselves and also to combat all the differences and introduce a better unity so we can take that back home to establish a stable future.
We would never have been able to become real voices for our people back home without the support, passion and open arms we met from the British people here.
This interview is part of a series of stories of migrants in Birmingham produced by participants of Migrant Voice's 'Many Faces, One City' project. The project celebrates the contribution of migrants to life in Birmingham. It brought together migrants and host community in Birmingham to build their skills in telling stories of migration through text, photo, film and social media.