Move Back to Nigeria: Coming Home Because of Family Pressure, Uzo Obichere Shares Her Experience with the Challenging Job Market After Returning

36986_1536540612829_4213734_nMove 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.

Movebacktonigeria.com‘s mission is to showcase stories of Nigerians abroad who have moved back home and are taking giant strides, often against all odds and to serve as inspiration to others. This, however does not preclude us from sharing stories of the people who have moved back and are facing various challenges.

This week, Uzo Obichere, lawyer and blogger shares her experiences since moving back. The difficulties she’s faced and how she’s choosing to overcome them. Read on to find out more.

Let’s begin with introductions. Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Uzo Ada Temitope Obichere. I am a lawyer with expertise in banking and foreign investments, oil and gas contracts, and arbitration. I recently moved back to Nigeria after nearly 3 years of living in the UK.

Tell us a bit about your educational background.
I attended Igbinedion Secondary School in Benin after which I attended Igbinedion University then moved on to Law school in Lagos. I served in Lagos for my NYSC at Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers and went ahead to work with UBA in the legal department while waiting to finalize arrangements for my postgraduate degree.

How was your experience working with UBA?
It was fantastic! Admittedly, working at UBA was stressful for me physically but I enjoyed the job. At Rotimi Williams, it was not as stressful but Rotimi Williams was a core litigation law firm and I am not as interested in litigation as I am in soliciting/corporate commercial practice, so, it was a bit difficult. Whereas at UBA, I always looked forward to work the next day.

At what point did you leave Nigeria?
After working with UBA for a year, I went to the UK to undertake a Masters degree at Durham University, graduating with a degree in International Trade and Commercial Law with core focus on banking and foreign investments. After graduation, I moved to London and got a job at Abraham George ILP Camden – London an Immigration Law Practice, where I worked for about 3-4 months as a legal assistant offering legal advice through my prior legal experience, drafting letters and attending different meetings. It was a pro bono work and so when the time came for me to move on to another job, my transition was easy and I moved on to work with Sky. Sky had training sessions for new employees from 2-9pm daily and Abraham would allow me work from 8am to about 1pm, giving me enough time to make it to my training session. I worked on several roles with Sky within a 6 month time frame, including as a social media consultant, editor and also as an assistant to the supervisor. After that, I moved back to Nigeria.

Why did you move back?
I came back because my parents wanted me back in Nigeria. They felt Nigeria had more opportunities for me given my results, work experience and profession. In England, I would have had to take several certification exams (which were expensive) to be able to practice as a lawyer whether at a firm or in-house. Furthermore, even though SKY offered to apply for a work permit for me, the existing Immigration Law (newly changed) wasn’t going to make it a breeze so I declined their offer under pressure from my folks to come back home.

How long have you been in Nigeria and what has been your experience?
I have been in Nigeria for about 10 months. Since my return, I have applied to several companies and think I have even run out of companies to apply to. Companies that would even consider hiring me often say they cannot afford to pay me. I think that some Nigerian SME employers are often intimidated by graduates who went to school abroad and only big organizations feel they can hire such graduates. I was away from Nigeria for about 3 years and the unexpected culture shock for me was overwhelming. The way businesses were run was so much different from what I had been used to. People were so aggressive compared to where I was coming from. We all know so much is constantly being said about the infrastructural and lifestyle challenges at home. Some things do get special mention though such as Customer service and Electricity. Until you actually live somewhere else, you don’t get to see the flaws, little basic things such as garbage disposal services that do not work properly in Nigeria.

What has come of your numerous job applications so far?
I’m still waiting for a positive response from the companies I applied to.  I found out quickly from personal experience that the majority of positions advertised by companies are positions that have already been filled months prior. So it feels like most of the time you are just throwing your CV into quick sand.

Do you intend to keep applying, or plan to explore other career options?
Right now I am still job searching but I have also began legal consulting. I review and draft financial contracts; as a legal consultant on contracts if you will. A lot of times people get into contracts without really knowing what exactly they are getting into. I firmly believe that something more stable like a day to day job would come up in the near future but in the meantime, I consult and run my own blog which chronicles my passion for menswear and Arsenal FC; it is called Misterspruce.co.uk.

Is it safe to say that you are back to Nigeria for good despite your labor-market challenges?
Global immigration rules particularly in the UK, have become so stringent that I presently do not see anything that would pull me out of Nigeria.  Also, being a lawyer also makes relocation a little more of a challenge as the profession can be quite region-limiting.

On a different note, have there been any positives to your move back to Nigeria?
There have indeed been a lot of positives for me moving back with regards to my family. I used to be an only child but my parents recently adopted two kids and I am now close enough to be able to watch them grow. They are my rays of sunshine for whenever I start to feel down or despondent.

If you had known what you know now after being back for 10 months, would you have moved back?
No. Not without a concrete job offer or a viable entrepreneurial plan.

On a final note, based on your personal experiences, what would you advice other Nigerians who may be considering the move back?
Do not make the move back without having a job in place, let there be a job waiting for you before you return. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, make sure the necessary structures are in place before you take the leap.

Many thanks for your time and best wishes moving forward.

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78 Comments on Move Back to Nigeria: Coming Home Because of Family Pressure, Uzo Obichere Shares Her Experience with the Challenging Job Market After Returning
  • Dame December 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Interesting. I am moving back in March 2014 and lord knows I have nothing in terms of jobs waiting however I believe just as our names are different so is our destiny. All the best Hun . Hope u find a job soon

    • Felinda1 December 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      March 2014? Whao, me tooooo.whao what a coincidence

  • amaa@yahoo.com December 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Erhm 3 years is not enough for you to fill the shock of moving back I suggest bellaniaja if it is not 10yrs upwards I do not think it fits this colume because the whole essensece of the titl is for us to meet people that have been gone for a while sttled in a foreing country and decided to take the plunge and move back and survived despite all odds.

    • Zane December 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Thank you jare. You took the words right out of my mouth. She worked in UBA for crying out loud! Abeg sit down!

      • Tanwa December 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Yeap I agree, 3 years !culture shock?It not even enough time to assimilate a new culture, talk less of forgetting your own.

    • laide December 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

      really?.please pple like me would like to know,whether 2yrs, 5yrs or 10yrs. if things have changed since the last time you have left somewhere, you can still experience culture shock.

    • Lucylink December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I disagree. 3 years away may not be significant but it is certainly something. Also, it is important to show the other side of ‘moving back’ – people in the process of making it and committed to making it in spite of the odds. These kinds of people have valuable advice to give and experiences to share.
      @Uzo, I hope you find a job soon!

    • mama mia!!! December 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Amaaa, an experience is an experience! Please, as long you’ve gone out of the country to study, for better opportunities in your home country, your experiences thus far are welcomed. Do not care if it’s just a year master’s programme we all have something to learn from… Good luck in your job search, you will find something soon… cheers!!!

    • Chuchu Anochie December 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Just weighing in, Lagos is an ever growing and changing environment, a year is enough to see some significant change, maybe not in terms of infrastructure or economy but through the eyes of individuals, changes occur in corporate culture, business systems, even in basic business interaction…we are talking about Lagos here….the city that never sleeps

    • i no send December 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      O se @ amaa……i was keenly reading until i realised that she schooled ,lived and WORKED in Nigeria ( in stressful banking industry sef)and only went for post graduate studies thereafter…..i stopped reading after that…Bella naija una no try o at all. i don’t see where the culture shock for someone with this amount of exposure to Nigeria comes in..and pls this is a personal opinion make yours and move on.

  • Vics December 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Word!

  • babylove December 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    amaa alot can happen in three years……i believe stories like this can also give us an insight into jobhunting and other issues…..i recently returned to nigeria from the UK after 2 years doing a masters programme. despite knowing the work culture in the civil service before i left home those two years exposed me to a diff learning culture and work environment such that coming home has made me see a lot of setback in the way things are done…we practicaly have no systems in place whatsoever for certain management practices….i wont say am finding it hard adjusting back to the beaurecratic bottlenecks but its making me want to seek for a more multinational or contemporary work environment where you can be more proactive and test your skills…..all experiences are valuable…

  • I lost my grandfather Madiba last night December 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Honey boo, like I say to myself I will say to you ” Parents most often mean well, but they don’t know best”. All the best though.

    • Mz Socially Awkward… December 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Preach. My own parents are cool people who just want the best for their kids but my plenty “aunties” & “uncles” are a completely different story. All I hear is the repetitive chant of ‘come home, come home!’. When I counter with, “To do what, do you have anything for me?”, the response becomes very vague. One uncle had the audacity to dictate I should just quit my job and relocate so my parents can look after me until I find a husband. I was aghast. In 2013, kwa?

      All the best with your professional future, Uzo. Legal consultancy is a great way to start, you should get on to all the international commercial legal groups on LinkedIn so you can get the benefit of all the active discussion forums where lawyers share ideas on current legal issues. It’ll keep your mind sharpened for offering services to clients, plus give you some knowledge you can impress with at interviews.

      And keep abreast of articles floating around the web which relate to your field. The internet truly is everyone’s friend.

  • NIRA December 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Nigeria didn’t change that much in three years, biko!!! If you had lived abroad for 10 yrs, I would have agreed with you.

  • Chi December 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    She was away for just three years… not qualified to be categorised as someone moving back.

  • Kay December 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

    What a lovely interview! it shows that moving back to Nigeria is not without its other challenges, and I love Uzo’s optimism. I hope something turns up for her soon. I’m about to check out her blog. Also love the part about now spending more time with her family, and about her parents adopting. All the best, girl!

  • frances December 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

    And she’s a lawyer like moi.
    Thanks for sharing your story and for the advice.I pray u get your desired job soon,and while waiting,hustle some stuff as a sole practitioner,Lawyer nor dey carry last.
    Your signature and seal is worth a lot.
    I pray for better contacts and favor upon ur endeavours IJN,amen!

    imperfectlyperfect92.wordpress.com

  • amar December 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Err going to the UK for education and coming back to Nigeria does not constitute moving back to Nigeria. She would have not been able to remain in the UK anyway unless she married a citizen or continued doing more courses. so this story isn’t a Move back story its simply I finished my masters and came back to Nigeria end of story

    • Wooooo December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      She had a work permit

      • Hot sumtyn December 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        she did not have any work permit. Can you read?

      • Ij December 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        @hot somtyn, she probably had a student’s work permit or else she wouldn’t have been able to work at all in the first place. She was then offered a proper work permit which might have led to residency had she stayed on the job for a couple of years; she refused. Mistake on her part I believe.

        I’m assuming she didn’t just go Masters and come back as she stayed back to work, had access to all the facilities to know the difference. Answer me this question though, if you live in Lagos and get a job in abuja and stay there for 3 years, do you qualify as having lived there? I don’t understand una again o. If you’re going to see somebody in abuja, it’s different. Same thing with going to school in abuja, you will know about the people and topography better than someone that just comes to look for contract and go back.

        Una standard high o!

  • Sisi December 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Seriously the thought of moving back is scary and I mean scary. Even worse if you ain’t got a job offer waiting for you and even when you do working in Nigeria is totally on another level…Not to worry Uzo with prayers and persistence you will surely get that job that has got your name on it.

  • tokunbo December 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Biko 3 yrs is NOT moving back to naija! Especially going for Masters in the UK…where you know u are definitely NOT going to get any permanent residence whatsoever! U leave naija with the mind of Home Office sending u back kia kia! So yea….this doesn’t fall in that Moving back to Nigeria crew.

  • Product of public Education December 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

    WORD….amplified!!!

    BN pls when will you start airing plans or plots of moving out of naija. BANS

  • Ij December 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Sometimes, it’s not all rosy for those who get a foreign degree as many would want us to believe. From my experience, visiting is different from living abroad and getting used to the comfort which is non-existent here. It’s good you’re trying your hands on entrepreneurship, all the best.

    NB: whether 1 year or 50 years abroad, moving back is moving back.

  • darkchildlovethyhair December 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Just hang in there,your efforts will yield success sooner or later (hopefully sooner)

  • dee December 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This one no follow sha…only 3 years and you forgot there was no garbage disposal in naija?? oga oooooo!!!

  • Tivara December 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I think there’s a lesson or two to be learnt here. Why not focus on the points being made and stop beefing about whether she’s been away for a year or fifty years . Gosh! All the best girl.

  • meee December 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I really can’t believe some people. Three years is not enough to classify as moving back? Gawd! Y’all need to re-orient yourselves.
    I hope she finds a job soon.

  • ogeAdiro December 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Even 3 months outside of Naija is still moving back. The difference between Naija and the west is just too stark. 10 years na emigration moves.

  • Abana December 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    3 years definitely qualifies as moving back. In fact one year qualifies. I am actually happy to read about someone who went back to nothing concrete. This move back series sometimes makes it seem like you move back home and gbam! you are dead set for life. As someone moving back to Nigeria July 2014 after 5 and a half years away to start law school, I dread it! I keep my gaze fixed on the belief that the plans God has for me are far beyond whatever I can imagine or ask. I pray the same for you Uzo.

    • Idak December 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Amen!!
      May the lines fall pleasantly for you.

    • Eve82 December 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

      You are the only person who has made sense here so far. Folks are busy worrying about how many years she spent abroad…like seriously???

    • larz December 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Most of the other ppl that moved back to Nigeria planned their move. What we see if the result of that plan. This story didn’t seem to have the same detailed planning that most of the others had. I will probably recommend that you read learn a little from it

  • Baker Street December 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hh my and i am planning to move back next year. Please oh ndi akpo it is moving back oh. Even one year outside Nigeria is moving back.

  • Berry Dakara December 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I give this same exact advice to people – Do not make the move back without having a job in place, let there be a job waiting for you before you return. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, make sure the necessary structures are in place before you take the leap.

    I hope you find something soon. Best wishes.

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

    • TA December 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      My thoughts too! Unless of course you are moving back to start your own business in which case she also advised that make sure the ‘necessary structures are in place’

    • Idak December 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      My advice is slightly different:
      As long as you have legit papers and have a decent job overseas, do not come back unless you have a job waiting for you at home.
      If you do not have one or both of the above, please come back home.
      For both classes, it is more complicated having a job waiting for you before return for the simple reason of excess supply.

    • jaguarnana December 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

      I am lost here….. so you would rather wash plates
      & do security menial jobs because you haven’t clinched a
      job back in naija first?!!!! Do you know how freaking hard it is to
      get a decent job over there & how much harder once your
      student work permit expires it is for the company you work for to
      process a work permit & declaring you were their only
      option due to lack of citizens experience in the role you hold.
      Please stay there you hear & be cleaning toilet &
      enjoy your crummy one bedroom you rent from some dudgy arab
      & constant electricity whilst you constantly hide when ever
      you see approaching police all because you have not got a job back
      in naija…. To the rest of you out there please come back home, it
      will be tough, it will be rough but I promise you with
      determination you will catch back those lost years of job searching
      in naija, I did and I have never looked back.

  • Baker Street December 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    *meant OH MY

  • Felinda1 December 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    But I have been applying for 2 yrs and every one keeps saying, “when you get here”, as in when its Extremely hard to get a job offer over there as u live here abroad. I dont know many who got job offers living here in usa, its few and far btwn unless u r in engineering or sciences or u got an offer in Careers in Africa job fair inhHouston . That job fair is a waste of time to me. Unless u from the 2 background I mention. You got 50 companies, and 500 candidates all attending in hopes of getting a job. But reading your story I have absolutely no doubt some foreign company will hire you. I am very confident for u, if only I can have same confidence in myself to get a job offer while abroad.

    • ccc December 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I’m guessing you’re in the States, so I’ll put this out there. There are a number of programs Canada has to attract both skilled immigrants and temporary foreign workers, which you could look into. The province of Alberta, for instance, is experiencing a job boom due to the Oil sector, and there are knock off effects for other sectors, to the extent where you’ve got Canadian employers going to places like the UK to hire skilled tradesmen. Then there’s service sector companies in smaller towns in provinces like British Columbia hiring workers from places like the Philippines through the Temporary Foreign Workers’ program (because they can’t find Canadian workers). Those temporary workers can then go on to file for permanent residency after working for a number of years, if they qualify. Then there’s a class of immigration just for foreign students in Canadian higher education (get a post-study work permit and then immigrate if you wish). In short, there just might be something for you. If you’re interested, you could start with the official Canadian government immigration website, cic.gc.ca, and google to your heart’s content. Cheers and all the best.

      • ccc December 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        …the above is predicated on the assumption you’d be willing to consider something else if neither the US nor home are panning out…

  • Aibee December 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hmmm. She has a Masters in Inter. Trade and Commercial Law but her work experience seems a bit “all over the place” to me, especially her “abroad” career path. Immigration Law for a little while, then Social Media Consultant for another brief period. So she spent less than 3 years abroad, of which one year was spent in school for her Masters. So the remaining “almost 2 years” she has worked at jobs which have little or no apparent correlation to each other.
    I know for a fact that the new wave of FDI into Nigeria means that there are a lot of Investment Banking/Asset Management Firms setting up shop in Nigeria. So her Masters degree (she didn’t specify whether its an LL.M or not) should stand her in good stead with prospective employers.
    I think this lady needs to sit down and re-organize her CV, highlighting the portions of her work experience both here and in the UK that may be relevant to those companies she is targeting. 10years is a long period of time to be out of the job market, “foreign masters” or not. In that time, foreign universities have turned out at least one set of graduates, both in first and second degree categories. So she already has competition even for those firms that want foreign degrees on their website. Gone are the days when a foreign degree automatically got you a good job in Naija. Now, its about what you can bring to the table. Meanwhile, may I suggest you look to the Power Sector and the newly formed DisCos. You’ve been in Nigeria long enough to know the trends in government policy and how they directly affect business and indirectly employment. Put that knowledge to good use and may God crown your efforts with success. Cheers.

    • Nike December 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Na 10 months she talk o.

    • Mariaah December 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Well said Aibee.. I agree with everything you have said. When my ex-BF and I were planning to move back, our CVs were re-written to perfection (well almost) His infact had two formats. I will tell you why.

      CV 1 had to be written in line with project management/business management and CV 2 Urban and regional Planning.

      He had worked in both sectors but fact is his CV was all over the place and as a recruiter, you will definitely pick someone whose career path veered towards your job offers.

      Uzo, read Aibee’s comment well. Goodluck!

  • Great Portland Street December 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Well, good luck dear with your job search, something will click very soon. For me, Not planning to move back in the near future. Coming for Christmas to see family and friends. Biko where is the happening spot in Lagos jare?

  • Nana December 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Great story. I appreciate what she shared. However, I want people to know that in Naija one shouldn’t think entrepreneurship OR job. Think entrepreneurship & job. My bro in law lived in UK for 20 something years, got a job and moved back. Was let go within months after he restructured their IT dept. and had things running like it should. You know Naija, they felt they could continue with the junior staff and not have to pay him anymore after he had applied his knowledge, so they cut the fat, which was him. He wanted to sue. He was advised not to because he was told it easier and cheaper to get hired killers to kill a person than to be in a long drawn out money guzzling law suit with the person. He was tempted to return, but stuck it out looking for other opportunities. He and some friends began a business working in the oil industry and they are doing fine now. Cousin by marriage lived in NYC for 20+ years. Went to Naija and got a job in a bank. It didn’t last. Was let go. Now a housewife with no job or even business for now. Again, moral of the story is that in Naija you need plan A, B, C, D, E…..because many companies no send you oh, but as the Yoruba saying goes, “Your palms don’t deceive you…”

    • Agbejoro December 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

      I wish there was a like button, in fact love button, I
      would have liked your comment multiple times. The fact that you get
      a job does not mean it will last have a business or investment of
      some sort (Real Estate is the best; land never depreciates) by the
      side. If some bankers knew this years ago, they would not have been
      seriously affected by the massive downsizing after the
      recapitalization policy that affected that sector negatively. There
      is no job security anywhere, except your father is the chairman or
      owner of the company… (jokes). I have a Maters degree in Law too
      and still searching for a ‘good job’ and not a ‘job’. And I know
      I’ll get that good job. All the best in your search learned
      colleague.

  • Ngozi December 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    ADVICE PLEASE!!!

    I’m loving these move back to Nigeria posts as it gives a better view into finding work out there which is what i will soon need to do.

    I was born and raised in the US by Nigerian parents but have only been to Nigeria on annual holidays, for a month at the longest. My Fiancé is Nigerian born but moved to the US just over 10 years ago. He now plans to move back and settle by the end of next year. And of course as we are getting married in the Summer i will also be moving to Nigeria. This is a very scary thought for me as I have never lived there before so the thought of me raising our kids (when we do have) and working there is daunting. I have a really good job as head of marketing for a well known international company and wonder if I will ever be able to find anything like this out there. My husband to be has very good business prospects in Nigeria but would still like for me to work out there.
    Where do i even start???

    • Idak December 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Start from the beginning.
      If there is no option to moving back,due to your husband’s business then sort out your head about the idea. It can be done and it has been done by lots of folks. Surviving the change and move is largely down to a mind set malleable to this specific change. Really, there is nothing to be scared of. As long as you do not overcome that fear, you will be traumatized on every side by the space called Naija when you return.
      Once that is done, try to network with folks who work in similar space in naija. Linkedin and contacts from friends and colleagues in the US could be useful. The marketing space in naija is well developed so i am sure you can make decent contacts in similar organisations, they can keep you informed of openings and general going ons. As long as you are in the loop, the power of knowledge that such loops bring can not be overestimated.

      • Ngozi December 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        Thank you so much

    • Tumi January 28, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Please don’t move back. I studied and worked in both Nigeria and the UK. I worked for a multi national investment bank in the UK. I am currently in the US studying and this is my honest advice. All of a sudden this craze of moving back to Nigeria infiltrated the atmosphere and every Nigeria in diaspora felt the need to move back home. I understand the situation in the UK, or even anyone who moves back as a result of immigration issues.But for you, who has a good job. Please keep your staying power and rise. In my own opinion, Nigerians who have lived in the Western world for years complain too easily. For people who are looking for life partners I understand. Location for me is also spiritual. If God is not leading you there sta and if He s go.

  • NUR December 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I love reading this part of BN as moving back to Nigeria is in the back of my mind after living, schooling and working in UK since my pre-teens. I do not agree with people saying that 3 years is not enough. Once you leave Naij to live and work elsewhere, believe me you start to realise how backwards naij is (no offence). My sister moved a few years ago for law school etc. She got a job after NYSC in a naij law firm but quit for an international firm consulting in Nigeria purely because the mentality and work ethic is different. She was so frustrated when she first moved but by God’s grace she stuck with it. So sweets, keep the optimism something will pop up soon. Plus if you’re not on Linkedin, I would advise to join as it gets your CV out there. You never know who is watching.

  • bNigerian December 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Dear readers, please take out of the story any lessons you feel applies to you.
    Uzo, thanks for sharing your story. I like how you have gone into consulting while you wait for something more stable, very smart of you, young woman! I wish you all the best and hope you get something great very soon.
    I’ve been away from Nigeria for over 10 years and I feel those dabbling with the idea of moving back should try the NYSC route, as it will provide a sort of “soft landing” for you. All the best!
    Thanks for sharing, BN.

  • Ronke Ade December 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I recently moved back after living in the UK my whole life (25 years)! I made sure I had a job before I came because noone wants to be caught in the unemployment trap! Lagos is hard enough without having that as part of your challenges. Getting a job is not easy so diligence will pay! ps- 3 years is defintely not ‘Moving Back’! Haha!

    • stbbabe December 10, 2013 at 3:05 am

      Hahaha! Since we’re being precise as to who qialifies for what, you don’t qualify as having moved BACK to Nigeria either – you simply moved TO Nigeria, seeing as you have never lived there in the first place.

  • Idak December 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Let us not get hung up on the 3 yrs thing and whether she qualifes to ‘move back’.
    The part i am interested in is this issue of getting a job before moving back. It is more of a case of chicken and egg. You often need to be on the ground to get a job. The recruitment space in Naija is growing but it is still not that sophisticated that you have to rely solely on the internet. If you have a job already abroad, it makes sense to have an offer before returning but if you are without a good job abroad, you may have to come back and pump fists and see faces to increase your chances. The truth is that, the supply overwhelmingly trashes the demand for skilled labour.

  • Err ok December 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Stopped reading the article after realising she moved back ‘after 3 years in the UK’.
    …. That’s not moving back ….although these people tend to be worse that people who never lived in Nigeria with their “that’s why I like the UK etc”. Just sad…

  • Jay December 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Three years qualifies “move back”, even six months does. As soon as you land MM, you will feel the difference. Work ethics, communication, infrastructure, mindset of people etc. Naija has a long way to go abeg. Wishing you the best in your job hunt my dear. I don’t have plans for now, maybe in the future! My opinion.

  • babysco December 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    #hissing,so you feature only rich kids ehn?The chick went to Igbinedion Uni.Of course,moving back is gonna be easy for her.Please showcase average pple if possible.smh

    • babysco December 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      My bad ,she is not having it easy o.I take back my words

  • Chigbo December 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I think we should stop encouraging people to move back.

    What are they moving back to do? From an ordered society to a disordered one. From sanity to insanity. If you have a job where you are please stay there

    My brother moved back to do NYSC and worked for a year thereafter . Nobody told him to find his square rot after that.

    I won’t even advise my enemy to move back to a society where you leave your house in morning and may not come back. Look at this Lovely girl who retuned from USA to do NYSC, left her house in morning since and hasn’t been seen.

    No sane person can function here, na only manage you go dey manage. Advise yourself

    • nene December 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

      aunty we have heard. stay wherever you are. please don’t come back biko. smh.

    • Idak December 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      So you just use the example of the lady who left home and
      has not been seen since them to build an entire theory? What about
      the lady who was murdered by her flatmate in the US? Are you also
      starting a campaign to stop people from moving to the US? Making
      the sort of sweeping generalization you just made to not contribute
      to an intelligent discussion. Nigeria is disorganized and chaotic
      but some have managed to organize their lives in the midst of the
      chaos. Many more have willingly given up the places you brother
      found his square root to in order to live in Nigeria for various
      reasons and are doing very fine here. Some people are willing to
      give up an ordered society to live in a slightly less ordered one
      as long as they don’t have to live with the subtle racism and lack
      of communal life that you have in some of those your ordered
      societies.

      • Kina December 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Yes o! Please run away from racism with a system in place to fight it, to tribalism with chaos in place to support it.

      • aj December 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        Kina God bless you jare!! Like Nigerians dont have
        classism, tribalism and nepotism to contend with. Nigeria is
        worse!

  • Nike December 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I know the babe o! We went to school together, smart kid, don’t know why she’s getting all this stick from you guys. SKY wanted to keep her real bad, that much I know, I nearly slapped her when she said she refused the permit because she was not ready for all the attached wahala.

    @babysco So, if you go to Igbinedion Uni, you’re a rich kid abi? Do you know whether her family sold beans to pay her fees? lol. And she didn’t say moving back has been easy, please read through.

    • babysco December 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      @Nike u’re right my bad.I didn’t read the whole story o

    • Angry immigrant December 7, 2013 at 3:50 am

      Which yeye attached wahala comes with a sponsored work permit????

      Please we know how these things work so we won’t fall for any made up stories.

      Employer sponsored work permit is one of the best immigration categories in the UK. it is hassle free with no drama. All your employer has to do is ensure you meet the minimum wage band for the SOC code. If she was previously on PSW, she is exempted from the resident labour market test. She doesn’t even need to show the 90days maintenance funds. Her employer can sort that out with a mere letter.

    • ohwell December 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      As in, I wanted to slap her from my laptop screen. This one
      that there’s now a quota on work permits per year, SKY wouldn’t
      have offered to apply on her behalf if they weren’t confident of
      her getting one. The how many years experience the work permit will
      allow with sky would have looked good on her CV and increased her
      prospects. Dunno how it is now but I think after a number of years
      on work permit she can apply for residency.

    • Idak December 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      you are not helping your friend’s story with the holes you
      are puncturing in it. Which kind attached wahala? You are not
      talking to the uninitiated here, you know?

  • Angry immigrant December 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you oh @ idak and ohwell

    I don’t believe that crap about SKY wanting to apply for work permit for her and she decided to reject it.

    Such offers are not easy to come by AT ALL these days and any PROFESSIONAL immigrant with prospects will jump at the offer. After 5 years on an employer sponsored work permit, one can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). So tell me, what else beats that?

    I hope she was not working in one of SKY’s numerous call centres and she has come here to ‘glorify’ her job title and job description. I worked briefly for SKY during my student visa days and believe me, there were PHD holders at their phones attending to SKY customers.

    Lastly, SKY will NEVER apply or even offer to apply for a sponsored work permit for a call center agent.

    • Chika December 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      LOL! Please oo..make una easy on the chick! Actually, I can identify with her story – I mean I had almost same experience (finished my studies, got a VERY nice job and all). Only problem was that David Cameron and his evil team made the immigration laws so unfriendly that it was practically IMPOSSIBLE to get to switch to another work permit (from PSW). Believe it or not, my job paid me 28K pounds/year but even at that, they couldn’t process a work permit for me. Not because they didn’t want to, but the staff at H/R, after several meetings with me, told me the immigration laws have made it hard for them. So I had to do one of the most difficult things in my life – resign from that job! Thank God for His grace…I moved back and have since got a very nice job here too and getting married soon lool. So yea, I wish ‘yours truly’ the very best.. I believe everything she said, save for the bit about SKY offering her a work permit which she turned down. That just takes the cake for me..maybe I’m silly! lol!

      • sideyeblankstare January 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

        u will easily make thar £28k in Naija without HMRC taxing
        the hell out of u. well done for bailing out

  • Ij January 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    @sideeye….. Ur kidding right? With the statement about easily making 28k.

  • Winnie February 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Uzo!

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