5 Reasons to Think Twice Before Moving Out of Nigeria

Immigration

Yesterday was an interesting day for me. I was at the bus stop for a while and even made a new friend (Hello Rukky 🙂 ) Yes, making friends at funny places is one of my super powers. After waiting for a while, an ex-colleague (this sounds funny to me) saw me and picked me and my new friend up as we were going in the same direction (Thank you Koko! Was so good seeing you :-)) Then we did catch up a little and we started to talk about Nigeria. And it was really just heartwarming to hear Nigerians talk about Nigeria like that. That discussion inspired this blog post.

A lot of people find it weird when I say I don’t want to live abroad. I just want to go for study and vacations and come right back. This of course is subject to my future family. I just am not one of those people really freaked about the ‘abroad’ life and I find it really funny when people make it seem like I am silly or I hate the good life for wanting to not japa (run away) from Nigeria.

Here are some of the reasons why I think you should think twice before moving out of Nigeria

  1. There is nowhere like home. I know this sounds cliché. But that’s the truth. No matter where you go and how long you are away for, this remains your root. At least some of your family remains here – your root remains Nigeria. So somehow whatever becomes of Nigeria has happened to you too.
  2. There is hope in Nigeria! I’m going to act like I didn’t see you yinmu (turn your nose up) at me. And I know Nigeria is neck deep into trouble but I still believe in Nigeria. I see so much potential in Africa and particularly Nigeria and that’s why I speak the way I do of Nigeria. Many people complain of no money and no job, yet some people are milking away millions of naira from the same country. Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural resources. Also, her population is huge and growing with over 65% aging under 35. These two features are common features in emerging economies.
    If we play our cards right, in the next 50+ years, Nigeria would be one of the most desirable countries to live in. No jokes. Opportunities abound everywhere, there is lots of money flying around in the streets. These definitely come with their challenges but once you are able to go past those, you’d find gold.

    Nigeria, giant of Africa
    This definitely means something. The cards are in our hands
  3. Because Nigeria needs Nigerians. You see, Americans built America… Romans built Rome. If we keep running away from Nigeria, please who would build Nigeria? If all our smart professionals keep running away, what then becomes of Nigeria? I mean, from the way an average person speaks of Nigeria, you’d realize Nigeria is really on her own. I have a couple of blogger, twitter friends in other countries and every time they say the love Nigeria and would love to visit, I find myself doing kpekele kpekele (wondering) in my mind. Even I…. I don’t always believe in Nigeria but I am making a conscious effort to see my own bit of Nigeria as my own – as a personal project and make it better. If everyone can own their bit of Nigeria, at the very least, the roads would be free of litters and life would be better.

    My friend’s face when he realized no one brings you party rice or ram meat during sallah
  4. Because of the Nigerian vibe! I promise you, you’re gon’ miss this country when you leave. We are extra as a people, too extra if you ask me but we are fun! We are warm and bubbly .A friend was saying the other day how that when she got back from her masters in the UK, she kept asking everyone she knew schooled abroad, “Why didn’t you tell me that is how it is???” She narrated how on Christmas day, she ate pizza on the floor in her room all alone. No neighbors to bump into or bring you food as we do here… everyone minding their business and not bothering about you and it was a huge culture shock for her. Nigeria is extra but we are one of the warmest and the most dramatic people ever. If you live in Lagos, you’d get what I mean… even if you don’t live in Nigeria, you can catch a glimpse of it when you tread upon our streets on Twitter. Or what other country can you crash a wedding at like Nigeria? Who is going to do aso-ebi or give you owambe rice in Canada? And have you been to Lagos…. Have you seen the men from my city??? lol..
    See enh, whatever it is, there’s no people in the whole wide world like Nigerians!

    Forget it! Nigeria is home to some of the most fun people in the world!
  5. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I know of professionals who left their 500k+ jobs and sold out their thriving businesses only to go and start over in ‘the abroad’ Some had to wait tables and do funny jobs while studying again or gathering ‘relevant’ experience enough for them to work in these countries. These are people who wouldn’t have driven a cab in Nigeria, yet when they get to Canada or the UK, waiting at tables isn’t such a big deal for them. We need to tell ourselves the truth. Some of these countries don’t consider your experience as enough experience and your qualifications don’t exactly count. So why exactly would you leave your not-so-bad life in your fathers’ land and go and struggle over there? Why not invest that sweat here and let’s make a beauty of the current mess called Nigeria? Again to be very honest, when you work as a professional in a country where you are not a native, there is often times the ceiling factor: Where to get to the peak of your career is a struggle, you get to a point and you are just pegged there.

Now, I am not saying Nigeria is rosy, at least not at the moment. Neither am I saying ‘the abroad’ is hell. All I am saying is do not be in such a hurry especially if you considering permanent relocation. Calm down, think twice. Relocating abroad works well for some people but truly not for all.
Nigeria can be great again but that depends on YOU and ME. Let’s forget our leaders for a second, every one of us needs to stand up to the monster called corruption and take our beautiful country from its clutches.

I believe in Nigeria, Do you?

Please leave your thoughts, stories, arguments for and against in the comment section. I realyyyyyyyyyyy would love to hear from you!

Cheers! 🙂

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32 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Think Twice Before Moving Out of Nigeria

  1. Loveeee it Ozioma and I couldn’t agree more!
    I look forward to every holiday I can get to come home(Nigeria).
    People don’t completely get it tbh that there’s no place like home.

    It’s lovely to make your acquaintance 🙂
    I’m Rubie.
    You can follow my blog too, I blog at http://www.fochwoman.com

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    1. Heyyyyy Rubie! Thank you for this….. Lovely to make your acquaintance too 🙂
      Checked your blog… You’re doing a really good work over there honestly… well done!
      Hope to see you around here more often.. Cheers!

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  2. I think there are two groups of people. Those who are well aware and of the reasons listed above and still make the informed decision to leave for their own personal reasons.
    Then those who haven’t really thought of these reasons and don’t have full knowledge or understanding on what life outside Nigeria would mean to them but still want to leave.

    People will always have their personal reasons for leaving and staying and it is alright. A 500k professional leaving, with the knowledge that they might not have the same job capacity opportunity, would definitely know have their cogent reasons why they are taking that step and it’s okay. It is their life and their decision.

    I think the term greener pastures can connote differently for each individual.

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    1. Hello Tamie! Thanks a lot for this.. You’re right. For some people, relocating is a very informed decision. But I speak as concerning people who just want to get out of Nigeria…. no information… no plan, all based on the assumption that the grasses are greener on the other side.
      Immigration is okay…. happens everywhere also… but it becomes an issue when everyone just wants to leave.
      Thanks a lot for sharing Tamie 🙂

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  3. Yes! I believe in Nigeria 😁. Anyways, those are definitely valid things to think about, especially with people who just assume that their lives can only get better in the abroad.

    Sha, migration is a part of human existence, regardless of whether your country is developed or not. So what I think matters is that we should be supporters of Nigeria, wish our country well & do what we need to do for her betterment regardless of where we reside.

    P.S I want to comment on sth in this piece that really caught my attention: the eating pizza all alone on Christmas Day in the abroad. Yes, oyinbos will be oyinbos with their oyo (*on your own) behaviours, BUT, honestly I think when a person moves abroad (or makes any location change really), they ought to make an effort to reach out to the people/ communities around them and I’m not saying ur friend didn’t do this. But what I’m saying is if we move to the abroad and we put in the work to integrate, and get to know, study & understand the people around us, and actually make an effort to be a part of their lives, then they in turn will reach out to us more & during holidays, we won’t have to be all alone eating pizzas. I just wanted to say this because it’s something I’ve observed Nigerians lament about so much, when living in the abroad. And I know for a fact, it doesn’t have to be that way. Now, I’m not saying the reason you should reach out to people is because you want them to invite you over for Christmas and other holiday stuff, that would just be plain selfish. But I’m just saying we often get what we give. And I know it can be daunting to reach out in a strange land, but just do it! Oyinbos can be the nicest, caring & most loving people ever albeit in their own way.

    Phew, I think I’m done. But Ozzy see what you’ve caused o, I have now ended up writing an essay. Ewoooo😂🙆 Anyhoo, looking forward to your next post. ✌

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    1. Lol… Besi!
      Thank you for sharing this…
      You’ve raised valid points… Wherever you are, do well and wish Nigeria well.
      Also, whenever you are in the abroad, (its funny how we all saying the abroad now… looool) reach out to people around you as the oyinbos may not be used to reaching out first…. but they can be nice and warm in their own way. Thanks for sharing… this isn’t an essay na. Anyways, looking forward to reach more from you in the future posts… Cheers Besi 🙂

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  4. Great post Ozioma. I definitely agree that there’s pros and cons for the stay and departure. If everyone leaves their country, how can the country and its people progress. There’s so much in stored for Mama Africa but everyone want visa to leave and never return. If everyone will help each other, change will come but it will always begin one door step at a time. If only people will do their part. I really enjoyed this post 😊. I love your humor.

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    1. Oh whao… Thank you on behalf of my country people! Lol…
      Where are you from? Sure you guys would be nice people too.
      I see you’re new here too, thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you more often too 🙂

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      1. Oh nice… I had tried the one on your gravatar and I couldn’t get through. I just checked this new one and whao… so much work you’re doing there!I’ve followed already… Well-done 🙂

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