Move Back to Nigeria: For U.S Trained Chemical Engineer, the Hardships Make For Great Stories! Read About His Interesting Professional Journey

Move Back to Nigeria is a series on BellaNaija which aims to encourage young and not-so-young professionals in the diaspora who are trying to make the decision of whether to move back to Nigeria. In collaboration with the brilliant team at MoveBackToNigeria.com, we hope to bring you a weekly interview with individuals who have successfully made the leap, considering the leap, as well as those who have tried it and realized it is not for them. The idea is to share their successes and their challenges as they made the decisions they did. A lot of Nigerians in the diaspora have questions about making a change at home in Nigeria. Many suggest really good ideas on how to make things better; others would like to contribute to making a difference back home but are just not sure where to begin.

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This week, we have a chemical engineer on the hot-seat! Although he has chosen to tell his story anonymously, it’s quite detailed and highlights his interesting experiences since he moved back and also what life as a chemical engineer with a highly reputable oil and gas organisation is like.  We hope you enjoy the interview.

Thanks for speaking with us: Can you briefly introduce yourself?
I attended secondary school in Nigeria and then moved to the U.S to study Computer Engineering. However, I discovered after my first year that it was not exactly what I had hoped it would be, so I switched to Chemical Engineering. I finished my first degree in 2007 and moved back to Nigeria after that for NYSC, but for personal reasons I had to return to the U.S. I then decided to go back for another degree which I did, graduating with an MSc. in Chemical Engineering. After about 4-5 months, I made the decision to move back to Nigeria.

What was your experience moving back to Nigeria?
Moving back to Nigeria was a huge culture shock for me despite visiting Nigeria annually since I left. I moved back after graduate school and served in Iseyin, Oyo State for my NYSC and I would say it was a major eye opener for me. I should add here that although a lot of Nigerians believe the NYSC scheme should be eliminated, I find it really helped me settle in and also exposed me to people that I ordinarily would not have had the opportunity to meet. It was a humbling experience for me. I got posted to one of the major oil producing companies after the 3-week orientation program. I only started actually working about 3 months later and that’s where I still work today as a Chemical Process Engineer.

Why did you feel the need to undertake the National Youth Service Corps?
I always knew that it was something I had to do if I planned on moving back to Nigeria. I made the switch from Computer to Chemical Engineering because at the time, technology in Nigeria was not what it currently is; and I needed a degree I could work with in Nigeria. When I left, I knew I was going to come back and contribute to the change in the country. I always knew I would move back, I just didn’t think I would move back as soon as I did but I certainly don’t have any regrets.

What inspired this yearning to move back to Nigeria?
Growing up I didn’t travel much, everything I knew about the U.S for instance was from the experience of others. Nigeria was the country I knew for the most part, my friends were here and my family was here. I was excited to leave when I did, but I also came back every Christmas. Nigeria is home!

What does your work entail on a daily basis?
My typical day starts at 7 am when I get to work. My major tasks involve drill and well work coordination. This basically means that before a new well is going to be drilled, all the engineers/functions come together to ensure the wells can flow. This includes a lot of phone calls, face time, etc. I get to interface with the General Managers and Executive Director every week, submit proposals and give presentations; exposure that is more valuable in the long run than most technical work. Anyone looking to work in the same role can make anything in the region of $8- $10,000 a month at entry level.

How long do you see yourself in this role?
A few developments in the global oil & gas markets and within my company make me a little apprehensive about the future. The environment in Nigeria is not particularly stable at the moment, operations are being moved further and further offshore, and many of the large oil companies are divesting. Investors will always look for areas where they can get the most returns for their money and the discovery of much more profitable reserves in North America means that with time, these oil companies will have to reallocate their resources (which are finite) in a manner that can maximize shareholder value. With this knowledge and the opportunities that are available, I am working on several aspects that have not been fully explored. I am monitoring the trends and watching for the best time to move on but I don’t see myself in my current role for more than another year.

What has your experience been since you moved back?
The biggest issue for me was the lack of respect for personal space; I found people to literally be very touchy. Another issue for me which may not hold for others is the relative lack of freedom which has made me a little less adventurous. I used to love to travel while in the States but with all the happenings in Nigeria, I haven’t been able to do so. Then there are the regular issues of traffic, electricity and the likes. I think that if you can afford to insulate yourself from all of the “hardships” then you will be okay.

It can be easily argued that if you have to insulate yourself from the core of the environment, then you may as well stay somewhere else isn’t it?
In my opinion, no matter where you are, there will always be the inner feeling that it isn’t home 100% and this may not be the case for everyone. There was always a sense of being a second class citizen while in the States and I don’t get that at home, you really can’t put a monetary value on that! Some of these “hardships” make for great stories, the kind of things people bond over. In spite of all the chaos, there is something calming about being home especially with family and friends.

What would you say are the positives for you since you moved back home?
There are quite a few: close proximity to family and friends, the opportunities for starting a business and having the kind of support system that would help the business grow.

On a final note, what tips or advice do you have for people considering the move back to Nigeria?
When you are moving back, if you haven’t already gone through it, I would advise doing the NYSC. The experience is extremely valuable, one that I cannot over emphasize. If you are moving back, move back for the right reasons; don’t move back just to make money because you can make money anywhere.

I think Nigerians that go to study abroad and come back home have an advantage over a majority of Nigerians that study in the country at the tertiary level due to the challenges they face (strikes and so on), I believe we are obligated to generally improve things with our different insights and ideologies.

My next tip may sound very counter intuitive and most people would argue against it, but I think if you’re going to move back, you should have a solid exit strategy. Have an exit strategy because moving back isn’t necessarily for everyone and if it doesn’t turn out to be what you want with no exit strategy you can easily turn out to be very resentful.

Thanks for your time and best wishes moving forward.

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72 Comments on Move Back to Nigeria: For U.S Trained Chemical Engineer, the Hardships Make For Great Stories! Read About His Interesting Professional Journey
  • Adeleke October 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Quoting him: Anyone looking to work in the same role can make anything in the region of $8- $10,000 a month at entry level.

    I sure would love to know what oil company that is. I guess it’s oil and gas all the way.

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  • Ms Catwalq October 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Finally, someone who has actively moved back and is living….the other stories always seem to be from people who tested the waters and have gone back and have not made Nigeria their home base for an extended period.

  • kkk October 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

    This guy should av given his name. He sounded quite intelligent and I think I like him, now that’s nt a bad thing. I easily admire intelligent minds, there re like my inspiration.

    • Analyst October 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

      of course he sounds quite intelligent and you kind of like him. Of course you do. Smh

    • Mz Socially Awkward… October 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I have kinda suspect it might be Okechukwu Ofili…

      • ms lala October 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        naaah i don’t think Ofili did engineering…. HOUSTON!!!!!!!! REPPING ALL DAY LOL

      • Mz Socially Awkward… October 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Okay, just saw what I typed there… started with “I have strong suspicions” ended up with “I have kinda suspect”. It happens to all of us…

        @Miss lala, au contraire, I believe Ofili addressed himself as an engineer in that TedEx talk he gave. Abi na Esco I dey think of?

  • Analyst October 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    When I read the anonymous bit, I thougt okay politician of big man pikin. Especially when I scrolled down to major oil company NYSC posting. We all know it takes serious leg to serve in an oil company. Then I got to the part about salary and it hit me. Of course he should be anonymous. Nigerian girls are not playing and the poor guy is still too young to have barracudas after him. I don’t know why but I think this person is male, not because of the picture attached. I could be wrong. It could be a female. Nevertheless, Gold digging does not know sex. Lol

    • zi October 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Sure! Its easy to ‘glossify’ the naija story when u are anonymous, in public or a big man pikin.

      How many pple easily get posted during NYSC to a good oil and gas company without pulling strings?
      U got ur first degree in the year 2007, so u probably left naija in the early 2000 and u claim to change to Civil engineering from Computer cos u wanted to be more marketable in the labour market. Excuuuuuuuuuse me, we aren’t still ‘climbing trees like monkeys’ u know. IT became a hot cake in naija from late 90s and its still burning hot.

      Tell us another story pls and one most pple can relate with

      • slice October 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        but IT money and oil and gas money are not the same now. there are always exceptions but in general IT money is good money but the real life life oil and gas money is Woah.

      • Tosyn Html October 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        LOLS @Zi am into IT and starters don’t make $10,000 a month
        ! pple who earn that much in IT are the professionals not
        starters….and to think of it, if starters could earn that much,
        how much would professionals in oil industry earn ?

  • Tincan October 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    ‘It can be easily argued that if you have to insulate yourself from the core of the environment, then you may as well stay somewhere else isn’t it’ – Really great question and an equally great answer. This chap sounds very logical especially with the idea of having an exit plan. He seems to have all bases covered. As an aside, it worries me a bit when he talks about the developments in the global oil and gas sector. If or perhaps when Nigeria begins to lose revenue from oil, what happens next? I am not aware of any strategies at the moment to diversify Nigeria’s revenue sources with the exception of agriculture… hmmmn

    • Miss Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      That’s because Nigeria has no plans for when our oil revenue starts to dwindle. As usual we adopt a fire brigade approach. In the US they are beginning to produce shale oil which may be the next big thing while we have refused to take advantage of other natural resources. The other day I was reading some south west state Governor blaming his inability to pay civil servants on the delay in receving state allocation from the federal government. I thought to myself, “what happened to internally generated revenue”? How long will we sit and wait for handouts from Abuja?
      I agree with the writer 100% on the importance an exit plan. I wish I had one!

    • Mz Socially Awkward… October 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      What happens next after oil stops paying out enough to boost the Naija economy? Absolute chaos and panic as politicians abandon ship to move countries so they can run their hotels/hospitals/businesses which they’ve built in Dubai and SA.

  • Thatgidigirl October 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I concur with the bit about exit strategy, frustration would most likely set in if you don’t have one especially if moving back turns out to be a bad decision for you. I know some ppl wld come here now and say he hasn’t stayed out of Nigeria long enough or that his umbilical cord isn’t buried in America so his experience doesn’t count.

    • Dee October 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Lol @ umbilical cord not buried in America.

  • Baker Street October 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Planning on moving back to Nigeria too. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Great Portland Street October 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing lol

  • elleven45 October 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Planning on moving out of Nigeria

    Meanwhile we’re back on elleven45.blogspot.com

  • slice October 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    not picking on him but i’ve heard so much about feeling like a second class citizen in America or the U.K. please don’t let anyone make you feel second class anywhere. citizen or not, rich or not, fine or not. we are all from God. i live outside nigeria and don’t feel second class in anyway

    • Tincan October 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I know what you mean, I always wonder about that but I have seen what some of my friends and even family members have been through because they didn’t have ‘stays’ in the UK. I think if you are not a citizen (not saying the chap above isn’t), the game is different o! Also I guess it depends on where you grew up, where your roots are etc. I personally enjoy my time in Nigeria but for some inexplicable reason I actually don’t feel at home there i.e. I know I cannot live in Nigeria full time at the moment.

      • deltachik October 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        You actually spoke my mind. Even though i grew up in naija for the first 17 years of my life,everytime i visit, i enjoy my stay…but, doesn’t quite feel like home to me, and I definitely do not feel like a 2nd class citizen. It all dependsmon your experience. I remember when i finished college, my uncle in Nigeria thought it would be a great idea to do this NYSC thing, but Lord knows I would have been miserable.

  • ijescorner October 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I’m a fan of this move back to Nigeria piece. Yes, you should definitely have an exit plan. I sure do, so if things don’t quite work out how you’d like. You do not want to become resentful. You can always try again later when you have a stronger foundation to fall back on.
    @Baker Street – good-luck if you really want to move back

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  • jcsgrl October 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t understand this “Moving back to Nigeria was a huge culture shock for me despite visiting Nigeria annually since I left. How can you have culture shock when you damn near lived in nja your entire life? He only came to do 4 year college and went right back. Then came back to do 2 year masters and went right back. anyway, good for him shaa

    • e-bukun October 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Welcome to something called “reverse culture shock”. If he had remained in isolation or an enclosed Nigerian community while abroad, he may not have experienced it much. But reverse culture shock is very common for returnees. Not unless one’s flying back every holiday, there’s going to be some measure of it.

  • mujer casada October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Nobody makes me feel like a second class citizen in America. But then I live on the east coast where liberalism rules and I don’t do a menial job. Here is the thing abou tthis writeup. He hits on a few key points. The companies are moving farther offshore. This is because they are tired of responding to greedy selfserving militants and dead beat chiefs who never deliver to the communities. Until our people start seeing and working with companies as neighbors, and until companies view communities as shareholders, they will have to find themselves in international waters in order to get oil. Second point is about dwindling dependence on oil. Nigeria is such a country with diverse opportunities. However, we have allowed ourselves to be clobbered into the oil corner because our government has been unwilling to provide a conducive environment for other sectors to grow. In oil, if you can get that shipment packaged and ready, the margin is so much that it is all too okay to pay the gazillion bribes you have to pay. Put it this way, one tanker will pay the bribe for 10 tankers, and with some change left. I am personally praying for a drastic reduction in the demand for oil so that our communities can return to their roots and seek out other businesses and occupations. It will also teach us a lesson as a country about the need to diversify. Because we are so self serving and greedy and don’t care for each other and have lost all sense of patriotism, nationhood and community, we don’t even know what it means to ask the question of how to ensure that we continue to remain relevant as a nation and the best opportunities to prosper our people. We are invested in optimized foolishness and mediocrity and we rarely think of ourselves in terms of all that other stuff and people that are directly or indirectly connected to us. NIgeria is a microcosm of the world and there is what I call the principle of interdependency that rules our existence as humans. This principle in my opinion is the premise of common good. Until we refocus on the common good and appreciate interdependency in all its might, we will continue to operate as a very selfish group of people in some geographic entity called Nigeria. Interdependency means that everyone is your neighbor in one way or the other. Say you live and work in VI. You ought to worry about what is happening in some godforsaken slum outside of the island because your driver, staffers or the next kidnappers may come from there. We do not exist in isolation. We co-exist with all in society. What happens to a John Doe in Owerri has consequences in the long or short term for perhaps some rich dude in Lekki. If someone in Aba becomes destitute because of your greed in Abuja, and resorts to say armed robbery, at some point in time you are touched by that person’s conversion. They might become a role model for crime. They might graduate to lead a nationwide gang, they may move on to higher stakes deals in Abuja, a trainee of theirs could become the next kingpin in your safe haven, they may google rich folks and decide you are their next source of bread, perhaps your wife’s sister’s brother’s daughter is serving in bayelsa and they have an offshoot copy cat gang there that robs her, etc. We are all connected. Let us think beyond ourselves. Bella Naija, please pardon the length of my rant and publish this.

    • Tincan October 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      *Applause*

    • ms lala October 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I stood up and gave a round of applause…sweets you hit the spot…my dad has been ranting on this ideology but it’s the truth no one cares until it affects them and unfortunately somehow it does.

    • jcsgrl October 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      My God, please can you write for BN??? Mehn you PREAAACHING hunnie

    • Analyst October 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      We all know the problem with Nigeria. A good ol’ speech will not solve anything. Writers have come before you and many will come after you. Writing about it from America takes your level of passion for the problem down a notch, whether you agree or not, history will point that out. I suggest you Move Back To Nigeria and start something to effect a change. Then I will be glad to read about you on Bella Naija under the Move Back to Nigeria series. Till then, I give you the award for the best Keyboard Activist. Hip, Hip, Hurray.

      • guest October 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        Why don’t you start the grass root movement since you are currently leaving there????
        You should be happy that this person cares enough to type about it in great details….This silly response about important issues is what’s annoying about your attitude and post here.

    • Mz Socially Awkward… October 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      God “blex” you. The international operators in Nigeria are definitely moving production further and further offshore, which makes me wonder whether the Nigerian government is paying any attention to how this affects their fiscal income? We used to support those operations and lately, we’ve had to shift our focus from bidding for work in Nigeria to looking at new opportunities in other West and Central African countries (make una no begin thief our clients, oh).

      I know some abandoned fields are being sold to national independents but (and someone correct me if I’m wrong) these new entrants have a while to go before they can start major production. And they need a lot of investment to keep going once they start but how do you attract investors when oil & gas operations attract sabotage, piracy and kidnapping? You can’t even trust your own employees who will gladly set you up for a quick buck.

      All these ministers seem to have hired quite a number of Havard/Oxford type wizkids as special advisers, so why isn’t there more enlightenment in the way the government manages the country’s resources? Abi everybody dey hope on their exit strategy (and if you have one, I can’t blame you at all, country get as e be)? We literally have millions of human beings who can start new business ventures and move the economy in other directions, if there is more stimulation to grow the different sectors.

      I repeat what I said earlier, all those criminals in power are the first rats that will disappear once things start looking shaky. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing if letting the oil go means ridding ourselves of too many old rotten carcasses occupying seats of power.

    • Aaaa October 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Bravo! excellent points.

  • That African Chic October 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Nice article. I agree with him on most issues except the part where he said he felt like a second class citizen. I know in the states, you are treated with respect and you actually have rights, so far as you are legal, so I don’t understand how you should feel like a second class citizen. Yes you might feel like a stranger, maybe that’s what he meant

    • ides of march October 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Dude racism is alive in the States, it may not be overt but it is very present

      • timiNY October 14, 2013 at 2:49 am

        Yes it is in your mind…wake up, this is 2013. Wonder if you know that the CEO of American Express is black and many more

  • D’Mamma October 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Analyst is right. could be female! and about the oil wahala, sooner than we think US n UK will make this shale oil the ish and this might reduce the value of our crude. Hmm! Nightmare indeed! Maybe that is what we need to learn OUR lesson(s)

  • patoses October 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    please can we get an article on moving out of Nigeria.

  • agaracha October 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Mujer casada thank you so much for your contribution i wouldnt have said it better.But i doubt if people really think this deep anymore…

    cheers

  • Joshua October 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Now this piece was interesting and very logical. I’m compelled to think it’s different from other accounts because of the anonymity. If this will give us more logical and truthful accounts, then we can entrust the integrity of the news to movebacktonigeria.com. Thank you

  • Ohmine October 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    @patoses LOL. For real! we need an article for moving OUT of Naija sharp sharp.

  • mujer casada October 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

    To those who have compliments – thank you. To those who have criticisms – thank you. Dialogue is the genesis of progress. There is some presumption in some comments that I have not attempted to return to Nigeria. I have and for what I do and how I operate, the environment is not yet conducive. I lived in Nigeria for 20 years. My parents are Nigerian. I LOVED and still LOVE Naija, which is why I constantly visit sites like BellaNaija. In fact. I refused to come to America until advancing in the oil sector meant (as was conveyed to me by 4 different managers) that I needed to date a father to my junior in secondary school who was a manager in this multinational oil company. There. I said it. I had a passport, brains, belief in myself, and money for a ticket. So I left. Many don’t have the opportunities I had. So they are stripped of their dignity and made to crawl on their hands and feet for sometimes what should rightfully be theirs. If Oxygen was to become a commodity, many would die in Nigeria. I have seen the underbelly of Nigeria. We are a nation that thrives on injustice in all its forms whether you like it or not. Many who abhor injustice can neither right it alone nor work within these systems. You cannot fit a square peg in a round hole. We must change how we think and that will only come from facing and examining our demons; having a frank dialogue about it in terms of defining it, calling it by name and identifying a solution that works for society. My view may trigger eyeball rolling for you but you needed to hear it because now you will think about it or talk about it even if its point out what you don’t like and someone else will have the opportunity to read it, comment and THINK about it. So @ Analyst – Since things are so great at your end of the woods and talk is no longer important, how about you provide strategic information to those interested in investing in Nigeria about specific opportunities, what works and specific information about how to get involved so that we can contribute? In fact, how about you become a broker and even make money from establishing successful transplants? I will patronize you if you demonstrate that you know what works without compromising my standards.

    • slice October 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      you said there is some presumption in some comments….biko which comments are you talking about?

  • Alagbede October 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This guy jumped from Oyo state to serve in an Oil & Gas company in Lagos. Ladies and Gents, pause.
    That’s some serious “legwork”. This is very atypical of Nigerians who come from abroad. I know a few guys who struggled because they didn’t have the right connections.
    One should be careful into not buying all this sweet and easy way of thinking

  • D October 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    @ Analyst smh at you…so your pastor or imam that preaches against selfishness or learning to make decisions based on the good of a whole is not effecting a change because the pastor or imam is making the speech from a pulpit ???? Point being you can be in China, UK or even Timbuktu and still effect a change, we don’t have to be on ground in Nigeria before we can do our own bit. I am really fed up of people saying “you can’t say anything or you don’t know anything because you are not in the country”, at least I am doing better than some in Nigeria. i.e learning not to criticize when people are saying things that I should know already and learning from them and making better decisions that I hope is making some impact little or not. Who cares what mujer casada does in the privacy of his or her own home? The point is he/she made a good point…you can take from it and start making better decisions based on what you have read or sit down in your home and keep sipping on that “hatorade” that I am sure will take you no where. And if you know already well good for you but others can learn from it too so please save us the sarcasm and let those who have something to learn from the write-up do so.

  • mujer casada October 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Exactly Alagbede. An oil sector job that pays that well “no be moin moin”. You need some very serious connections to even be shortlisted for an interview. That is how it works even back in the nineties, not to talk of now. However, one thing folks from abroad have that is a serious edge is a foreign degree. If you go to a multinational company in the US with a foreign degree and indicate willingness to serve in Nigeria, your recruitment chances are extremely high. I have personally experienced that. Why? They trust the education received from here, it cuts the overhead they have to accrue to re-train “educated in Nigeria” intakes. This re-training is a standard procedure by the way these days because many of our home brewed graduates don’t have the requisite skills to perform as technical scientists/engineers. In the past, after re-training, chances are the new hire stayed with the company for a while. These days, you re-train and they become extremely marketable and jump ship. So from a business perspective, it is not so good an investment any longer to re-train. This raises the level of marketability of the person who shows up with a much desired degree. So what happens is if your pops and moms have money to send you abroad to get a bachelors and/or masters degree in relevant engineering fields, and you contact their recruitment office about working in Nigeira, you have a relatively high likelihood of being recruited. I would peg it at a 60% chance given other factors such as your ability to pass the interview, how you submit your application, timeliness of your application, and of course the clout of the program you graduated from.

  • NNENNE October 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Should I decide to move to Nigeria, I would do the research and get the job myself.
    Probably an international job.

    • Rileigh October 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

      I think you hit a bueyslle there fellas!

  • Caro October 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I live abroad and travel regularly to Nigeria. The country is still in the Dark Ages. I cannot consider coming out of civilisation into backwardness. It’s just the fact. I understand the second class feeling he is talking about but in Nigeria there is no Human rights. Nobody to take your complaints to. The justice system is a Bad dark age joke. The Police you’ve got to be kidding. You experience more rasism from foreigners in Nigeria than they would Dare show you in their own countries. Healthcare system , let’s not even go there. I do get that feeling of home is home when I get to Nigeria but I always can’t wait to get back to my adoptive home. No electricity, no security, no water, no healthcare system questionable education what’s to love. Nigeria wasn’t put together to work. It’s dysfunction benefits a few powerful cartels. And it’s in their best interest to keep it dysfunctional.

    • meme October 13, 2013 at 1:29 am

      likeeeee Caro thank you. Haven’t been home for 8 years but I get nervous when my dad wants my siblings and I to come visit. I mean I think it would have been fun if we lived in lagos (i’m guessing) but the ancient city of Benin!! I do not want to go back to Edo state for a long long time!
      Apart from that, Health care is something i do not play with. Nigeria needs to step up! and I wish those moving back home the strength and ability to live well.

    • Chigbo October 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you for this…….well said. Nigeria is a mess and the few who survive in it are well connected like the writer in this story.

      I wouldn’t advise my enemy to move back to Nigeria cuz nothing works and human life means nothing . Please stop all these articles advising people to move back from frying pan to fire.

      Good people of Nigeria please settle where you are safe and comfy and stop rushing to return to a house that is on fire.

  • dee October 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Please tell us the name of the company

  • All style October 14, 2013 at 12:34 am

    So much wrong with this writer….get over your local NAIA self,talking bout culture shock when u
    only left Nigeria for just a college degree and back..that’s not considered moving back,u ain’t
    a permanent resident or citizen of wherever you went to school, u just came to school thus,likely was on a student visa and must return home shuuu..stop fooling yourself,and readers learn to read and analyse.

  • Atlstyle October 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

    NAIA should read NAija..hey u iPad of mine,stop correcting what u don’t know of…it’s NAija

    • Miss Anonymous October 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

      @ Atlstyle, when enrol in a school, the idea isn’t just that you pass through the school, the school should also pass through you. When that school happens to be in a foreign country (be it even Benin Republic or Cameroon), you learn a about a new culture, way of life, way of thinking, you make new friends often of various nationalities, see things and life from a different perspective, and generally unlearn old ways and open your mind to how things are done – in the writer’s case in a more civilized setting. Whenever you return to your original home, be it after four months or four years, there is bound to be a culture shock. Culture shock is not the sole preserve of people with permanent resident visas or blue or burgundy passports.

  • Wale October 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I support the motion for the “articles on moving out of Naija” lol…buh serzly tho …like @caro puts it certain cartels benefit from the dysfunctional nature of Nigeria … hence things are not gonna get better … either find a way to penetrate n join these cartels or move outta Naija …. lmao

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  • Culture shock my backside! October 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Are you kidding Ms Anonymous? Culture shock over a culture that you grew up knowing??Innate culture?? Even after 15yrs overseas and returning to Nigeria, there’s no such thing as culture shock. Nigeria bearly changes…just more businesses and buildings..culture, behaviour and all are still same as the 80’s my dear!

  • Culture shock my backside! October 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    PS Ms Anonymous, what i’m saying about the residency point is that this individual was not residing wherever for the purpose of making a living but was only there to study and return..so whats the relocating back to Nigeria story about?? you hv no choice but to go back home.

  • GirlOnTop :D October 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I look forward to going to work in Nigeria in a couple of years. I know it’ll be challenging but I’ve missed that country too much abeg!

  • Concerned_Boyfriend October 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    A friend sent me a link to this video and thought I’d share with those of you planning to move back…. Check it out and let’s discuss – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TA4AYQ2mFU#t=390

  • Dandelion October 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I am also a Chemical Engineer studying in the US and it is
    refreshing to hear from someone who feels the same way as I do
    about moving back home. This post made me realize why I haven’t
    been radical about moving back home: MONEY; you can make plenty of
    it in the US and anywhere else. Perhaps rethinking my core values
    will be best for me and my home country.

  • Mercy November 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Intelligent and well trained professional, the kind we need
    to progress as a nation. My only concern with all these people
    claiming to have voluntarily “moved” back is twofold. 1. A lot of
    people who school here in the states have to self deport after
    their opt time is done as not many American companies are filing
    for professionals again. It will be nice if all these folks are
    completely honest. All my nigerian based friends who came here for
    college had to return unless they were born here or somehow got
    permanent residency or H1 visa. 2. Why are people acting like they
    “returned” when they were born and bred in Nigeria and even went to
    high school there. Going abroad to attend college does not make you
    a citizen of the university and so you are technically not “moving
    back” I think we are invariably encouraging classism when 2 people
    both attend high school and one has parents who sent him overseas
    for a few years suddenly pretends he “returned “. The reality on
    the ground is most of these people have NO choice. You cannot work
    here even if you attend Harvard or Yale unless you get an employer
    to sponsor your H1b visa and green card. It is becoming difficult
    because of the unemployment rate here so a lot of these folks have
    to go back to their country.

  • Mercy November 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    My comment is not directed at this person but I read a lot
    of the “moving back to nigeria” stories and someone who remembers
    watching papa aluwe or zebrudaya schools abroad for 5 years on F1
    visa and really has no choice (if he or she were honest about it)
    acts like he grew up abroad. There is a vast difference between
    growing up in Nigeria and in another country. Nigeria is a “bubbly
    owambe society” that is corrupt and detached from the socioeconomic
    realities of the vast majority of its citizenry. I grew up in
    Nigeria and I always miss it but my teenagers do not understand and
    I doubt they will suddenly wake up and move because they do not
    have memories of life there like I do. No matter the flaws of
    Nigeria or any other citizenship, I always miss Nigeria. Not so for
    kids born and raised here. Most of the move back stories are
    misleading

  • Mercy November 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    As for racism in the western countries or the us to be
    specific, it’s there but let us take out the log in our eyes before
    we remove the speck in their eyes. I visited Nigeria last year.
    Everyone including someone riding a Honda City ( a brand I’m sure
    Honda dares not sell here without modifying it) has a chauffeur and
    a maid and some have a human being whose sole existence is to do
    the job of my garage opener! Talk of black on black oppression,
    it’s worse in Nigeria. I hear it’s in other African countries too.
    Nigerians hire a maid (sometimes younger than their kids), pay her
    the equivalent of $50 to work 18 hour days 7 days a week. Every
    time in hear nigerians talk about racism I cannot but remember how
    we treat the less privileged. Some of the drivers are not paid for
    months, no court to take their employer to. I know McDonald pays
    minimum wage but have you noticed that most of their employees are
    college or high school kids? I don’t enjoy it when I’m overtly
    discriminated against but I think if we are honest, it’s worse in
    countries that still have slavery (such as ours). You may say the
    maid is not a slave but from what I hear, they have dealers who
    collect their stipends and move them around like animals. Some of
    these maids cannot eat on the table with the family and some sleep
    in the worst part of the house and don’t attend school. As for our
    fellow nigerians who do the work of an inbuilt car garage door
    opener , it’s worse because they are older and have children, the
    cycle of poverty continues for them. Let us start by paying living
    wage to fellow humans then we can talk about racism. A chauffeur in
    DC makes about $3000 a month. How many of these chauffeur driven
    folks should enslave others? We need to ask God to give us a
    conscience as a nation! To think Nigerians are so
    religious!!!

  • Tony November 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Mercy said it all. Please enlighten people about some of these “moving back” folks . This guy should also tell who arranged the Exxon job in Nigeria for him. We all know how transparent the recruitment process is nowadays in oil companies. If you don’t know anybody , you are probably wasting your time applying. This guy did not move back , he had to because he did not have the papers to work in the US and also could not get a company to file H1b visa for him. He is lucky he had someone that helped him get into Exxon in Nigeria

    • Dandelion November 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      You guys are so cynical. Its true that it is difficult to find a company that will file H1-B visa or permanent residency, however, as difficult as it seems, people still find jobs here. An engineer or scientist will get filed for before someone in the liberal arts field; the more your career is perceived as lucrative, the better your chances. Now I am referring to how things are in the US, I cannot say the same for the UK. Also the university you attend matters (from personal experience, I can attest to this) as well as your degree level (PhD, MSc vs. BSc). It is also true that connections will get you a job in Nigeria but its the same in the US…it is called “networking” .

      Regardless of if you moved outside Nigeria as a toddler or after high school or even after your bachelors degree, you are a potential talent Nigeria has lost to another country. I think that’s the underlining point of these move back to Nigeria series, highlighting those who have returned and sharing their stories to encourage or warn others who are considering moving back home.

  • The Senator December 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    ThiS is def Eleanor, I admire your gut, peculiarity and intelligence. Great story!

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