Kehinde Olawunmi Daodu, a teacher by profession in Nigeria, came to Winnipeg in 1990, initially as a visitor. Enticed by the serene life in Winnipeg and the fact that she had her second daughter on Canada Day (1 July), she decided to stay and settle in Winnipeg with her two daughters. Being unaware of immigration procedures, she ended up in jail and was eventually deported to Jamaica where she lived for three years before her permanent residency papers were processed. During this time, she was separated from her husband who was unable to get a visa to visit her until 1998.
Jacob Daodu arrived in Winnipeg in 1998. He is an electrical engineer by profession who owned an engineering company in Nigeria, but worked as a taxi driver in Winnipeg before becoming a contractor with the City of Winnipeg to run Handi Transit. Daodu was very active in the Nigerian community and supported several individuals and families to relocate from Nigeria to Winnipeg through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He was active with the Nigerian Association of Manitoba and co-founders of the Nigeria Canadian Congress of Manitoba.