I hope the new year is treating you well thus far. Firstly, I must apologize for being MIA for the past couple of days. Sadly, I was down with travelers diarrhea after returning from a trip to Dubai with my family.
I feel much better now and to be honest, I am kind of glad nature assisted as a purgative for all the “ijekuje” I ate whilst abroad.
Obviously, my trip is what inspired today’s post because it reminded me of when I was much younger and people would apply for an American Visa Lottery and literally spend their last in hopes of going to the land of “greener pastures” where they ignorantly believe manner falls from heaven.
It was and still is a bad story because we presently still have horrendous cases where people die trying to cross the Sahara desert in order to get into Europe or even go to the extent of selling their kidney just to raise enough money to pay for their ticket and visa.
Bear in mind that a large chunk of these people probably do not even have family, friends or even acquaintances in this so called “greener pastures” which they are clamoring to go to. So they most likely have no means of survival whatsoever when they successfully arrive but for whatever reason, they assume life abroad (outside Nigeria) should automatically be better than life in Nigeria. Even if it means being illegal in a foreign country.
You have cases where some Nigerians who finally made it into the foreign country they fought so hard to get into would be working miniature jobs like washing plates, mortuary attendants, cleaning toilets and what have you all to make ends meet. These are the kind of jobs they would never in their wildest dreams consider to do if they were living in Nigeria.
Afterwards, they would return to Nigeria and wear their heads high as big boys and girls who live “abroad”. Smh!
Luckily, I have had the opportunity to live in and out of Nigeria and I hereby say unequivocally, I WOULD NEVER PERMANENTLY RESIDE OUTSIDE NIGERIA. Not even if I was paid to. Except Paris of course as I have always had a thing for the French and it has kind of always been my dream 😉
On a more serious note, life here in Nigeria is so much easier than life abroad. Granted, it has its disadvantages but I would never trade the typical Nigerian lifestyle or Nigerian food for the regulated, overly organized and structured white man way of doing things.
This might mean that I am comfortable with the Nigeria of today but I guess it has become a bitter-sweet habit that spells HOME.
Let’s even forget about the over-regulation of the Western world and ask ourselves these questions. Is life really easier abroad? Are jobs readily available? Are poor people extinct abroad? Are there problem in Nigeria that do not exist abroad (poverty, terrorism, corruption, etc)?
If the answer to any of the questions above is NO then I ask again, what is the big deal with living abroad aside from the “efisi” that’s attached to it?
Granted, the education system is a lot better which is why I would STUDY abroad but not LIVE there. I would visit two, three and maybe ten times a year if I can but I still would never permanently reside any place other than Nigeria.
Simply put, I would much rather be a king in my village and take crap from my own people than slave for an oyibo. Or like my Nigerian brothers and sisters call them, CHINKO!
Why do you think people clamor to live abroad?
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