Move Back to Nigeria: Dumping the ‘Aje-Butter’ Mentality & Trudging On! Ngozi Medani Tells All About Her Transition

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 9:30 AM

By Titi Adanne Owoyemi

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.

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, Ngozi Medani is on the ‘hot seat’. A recent, young ‘returnee’ to Nigeria, she’s very much optimistic about her move back, sharing with us her educational background, reasons for moving back and interesting experiences so far. Read on for a peek into her sparkly, positive world as she dishes all!

Let’s begin with Introductions: Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Ngozi Obiageli Medani. I recently completed my Masters degree in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton and moved back to Nigeria shortly after, in September 2013. I have embarked on my NYSC programme and only just completed the 3 weeks orientation camp in Issele Uku, Delta State , relocating to Abuja afterwards.

Have you always lived abroad?
I was born in Lagos but left with my mother and sisters in 2004 because she was of the opinion that Nigeria was just very corrupt at the time, and didn’t want her children growing up in a place where they won’t have equal opportunities. I left Nigeria at 14 and initially I never foresaw my return as a possibility. I had a lot of white friends in Secondary school and Sixth form and I guess I just got lost in the English lifestyle, leaving returning to Nigeria totally out of my plans. However, by the time I began my undergraduate degree, my social circle became a bit more diverse and my Nigerian friends painted very fun images of Nigeria to me. Moreover, I started following a lot of Nigerian blogs and I must confess I was captivated by the glitzy images of Nigeria (predominantly Lagos to be fair) I was seeing. All in all, I just felt an increasing desire to move back to Nigeria and be part of everything that was happening there.

Tell us a bit about your educational background.
I attended 3 secondary schools in Abuja (trying to escape boarding wahala); completed my secondary education in Maria Fidelis Convent Roman Catholic (RC) School in Euston. I then went on Our Lady’s Convent High School where I undertook my A’ Levels in Government and Politics, English Literature and History. My first degree was in Law and politics from University of Hull, graduating in July 2012. Immediately afterwards, I went for a Masters degree in Maritime law at the University of Southampton, after which I moved back home.

Why maritime law?
In a way my dad influenced this, because he is in the Navy and is very concerned about the low number of lawyers practising in the maritime industry. Maritime law for me is the perfect combination of commercial, environmental, private and public international law and after doing some research I discovered there aren’t many lawyers trained in that field in Nigeria and that for me is a massive opportunity for me to exploit. I enjoy the environmental aspect of maritime law and I think this an area that in Nigeria needs more attention. To elaborate, while writing my LLM dissertation (which focused on a comparison of liability for oil pollution from Offshore Structures in Nigeria & the USA), I discovered that our legal instruments governing the protection of our marine environment are relatively weak and are in dire need of reform especially when compared to the stringent laws governing environmental damage in other countries. I hope that I’ll be counted among those who will bring effective change to this area of law in Nigeria.

Truth be told, maritime law is very lucrative and also is an area of law that is bound to remain relevant for a very long time; goods are still transported by sea, these goods have to be insured, the vessels transporting these goods must not be hazardous to the marine environment, the crew on board these vessels must not be made to work in adverse conditions, the vessel should be free of liens, my point is maritime law is so so broad thus my Dad strongly encouraged me to go into this area of law and I must say, I am very happy I did.

What was the major inspiration for your move back?
While I was in the UK, anytime I looked at my educational background, I just felt I will be able to contribute more in Nigeria. That was the driving force. However, apart from contributing to my fatherland, I admittedly was also wowed by the glamorous images of Nigeria I saw on sites like BellaNaija. Based on my experience, I would not advise anyone considering the move to use what they see on blogs as a yardstick to move back; chances are you’ll be too shocked when you touch down Naija. Moreover, the “happening” city is Lagos and seeing that I don’t live there, the Nigeria I came to was significantly different to “blog- Nigeria” where there’s a party or an event every evening and life is generally more colourful.

Can you tell us what your experience has been, despite only been back a couple of months?
The only thing I miss about the UK is it’s convenience and adherence to protocol. Moving back to Nigeria makes me realise how much I took constant electricity for granted. One thing I sure don’t miss is the “mandem”.

For me, Nigeria hasn’t been that bad. I have met some fantastic people since moving back, I’ve started volunteering with a charity, ACE Charity , and I’ve started my NYSC programme. Although I’m not in Lagos (where everything seems fantastic), Abuja is proving to be a nice place to live in and build professional networks.

Any negative experiences since moving back?
Personally, I haven’t had any nasty experiences. The only thing I would term a negative experience for me, would be in the form of infrastructural shortfalls like electricity, internet and road hazards. But apart from these, my personal relationship with people has being great so far.

Seeing as you had not been to Nigeria in a while before the eventual move, do you think a visit or two would have eased your transition, in terms of expectations?
I have heard several people say that, but I really don’t think so because I believe it only works if one has never ever been to Nigeria. I have friends who returned to Nigeria for holidays and anytime they came back there was always one story or the other. We live in the social media age and that means that information is freely available, so keeping oneself in the loop of Nigerian events isn’t that difficult. I for instance watched a lot of Nigerian videos on YouTube to enable me keep myself updated on events transpiring in the country so that albeit my physical absence, I was kept abreast with everything happening in Nigeria.

Furthermore, when I moved back, I wouldn’t say anything shocked me, because I knew what to expect in certain instances. I feel that when you come back, Nigeria becomes what you make Nigeria. If you complain all the time, then the country will be very terrible, but if you try and make the most out if it, then Nigeria can be a really nice place to live in. There are so many parts of this country that should the almighty allow me, I plan on visiting places like the Yankari Game reserve, the Obudu cattle ranch, experiencing the Calabar carnival, I mean even Christmas in the village! Nigeria can be a really nice place to live in if you want it to be.

Are there particular habits you’ve imbibed that you feel have made this transition smoother for you?
I would say the one habit that has helped me a lot is to be street-wise, and this I picked from watching Nollywood movies and my friends. I was forewarned that if I returned with an “aje-butter” mentality, then I would struggle a lot in certain circumstances e.g. NYSC orientation camp. For me, coming down and accepting the way certain things run in this country has eased the transition.

Are you back for good, or do you see yourself going back?
I would not return abroad to look for a job, because my plan is to set up something for myself here in Nigeria. My plan is to stay here, this is my country and I feel that no matter where you go in this world, there is not going to be a place like Nigeria. Although some people might not like Nigeria, (and I can understand why, because it could be frustrating sometimes) you have to be positive, prayerful and very hardworking and then Nigeria can work for you.

What are your plans after the NYSC service year?
Law school and then I really want to practice maritime law. Most of our laws are outdated and if you look at something happening in Nigeria, take for instance the oil spill in the Niger Delta and compare with the Gulf pollution, the way the Gulf pollution was handled reveals several deficiencies in our laws and I believe that if we have more people competently trained to tackle these, amongst other problems, then we as a people can begin to resolve some of these issues for our own good. I also hope to go into academia at some point, but like it’s popularly said, everything is a step at a time

On a final note, do you have any tips for people considering a move back to Nigeria, as someone who’s recently made the move?
I would advise anyone moving back to humble themselves and realise they are no longer abroad. I am not endorsing our infrastructural deficiencies in Nigeria but these problems aren’t going to vanish immediately; gradually, things are bound to improve. So for anyone moving back, it is best to accept that services will not be as efficient as you’re used to.

Also be realistic about what you’re returning to. If you are not coming back to a job waiting for you, just prepare yourself as money management is key in Nigeria, especially Abuja. Things are very expensive here, so cut your coat according to your size. Do not be shy of public transport, trust me, you’ll save a lot of money. Don’t be fooled by what you see on the blogs, chances are, you are going to have a very different experience compared to the photos on these blogs.

When you move back, you realise that you have to hustle for everything in Nigeria, so be realistic and not wait for someone to do everything for you. All in all, I have no regrets whatsoever about moving back. I came back with a goal, to make a difference and with hard work and diligence, I know I will contribute my fair quota to this country!

Many thanks for your time and best wishes moving forward.

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    • FunkyW December 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      :) Thanks so much for sharing! I schooled, work and live in Lagos so trust me you’re not missing so much. The traffic and hustle of a regular work day is enough to make me cancel any party that will hinder my peaceful weekend. Welcome Home!

      • TA December 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Several hundred likes for this. :-) @ Ngozi,if you are not
        living in Lagos,not to worry dear,you are not missing much. Abuja
        is a lot saner though more expensive as you already know.

    • cestmoi December 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      thumbs up Bellanaija this is a brilliant interview and I commend the initiative.
      I also say God’s grace to Ngozi she has a beautiful attitude and am sure she will do great.

    • Endo December 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Nice interview. Love her positive mental attitude. Really wish her all the best in her future endeavours

      Pls share your endometriosis stories @ endochallenges.wordpress.com. Let’s beat endo together!

    • Amaka December 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you!

    • Jo! December 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      SO what’s she doing now?

      • Tee December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Did you read the article? She is serving!

    • Thatgidigirl December 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      I looove her energy and optimism!

    • Berry Dakara December 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Very good interview. Best wishes dear!

    • williams odionye December 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I rily admir d positive energy and optimism of miss Ngozi I must compliment if every Nigrian in disapora tinks and acts lik her i believe this country will change…….thumbs up NG

    • mercy December 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      wow!her positive attitude…I cud defntly learn a few things. kudos girl!

    • sam December 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I’m studying law at Southampton University as well, but i’m still in my first year tho, and i would admit Nigeria is where my future lies whether i almost turn oyinbo or not.

    • smh December 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      You can’t go to Nigerian Law school with a degree in law and politics it has to be straight up LLB law!

      • AW December 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Really? I was under the impression that Bar part I was meant for people with foreign Law degrees who wanted to attend the Nigerian Law School(which happens to be Bar part II)? Perhaps things have moved on since 1999 when I attended the Law School.

        • whocares December 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

          I think smh is right. I was considering law school in Nigeria ( and I haven’t taken the bold step like Ngozi has) but its LLB Law that’s required, and even at that the Bar 1 simply core 5 modules they think you need to know and that’s it. I think. Im not sure I have to ask round again. That may not be a problem though as we could be wrong.

          Goodluck Ngozi, you will be just fine, and Maritime law is a fantastic choice.

      • viviloqy December 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        The degree given to her was LLB as most of her courses were
        law courses

      • NUR December 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Erm yes you can. As long as it is LLB combined honours where Law is the major so you must have completed all 12 mandatory modules over 3-4 years. If it were a BA combined honours where it was half and half then it’s a no no. I know a few people that went to NLS with LLB Law and Business Studies.

    • temi December 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Wooow wat a determined girl…wish u d best hun..

    • Akin December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Rock on Ng….my fellow soton colleague..

    • Blaqgurlrock December 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      @smh of course she can go to the Law School, what are you on about. All she has do to is the Bar part 1 before taking the actual bar exams.

    • Wumz December 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Speaking of nysc, Bella could you do a piece on the nysc program? So that people abroad can understand it more. Things like day to do activities, people’s experiences etc

    • Jirla December 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      This refreshingly different from all the other “aje butter …cant help myself ” returnee stories! Quite interesting!

    • Seyi December 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I love her enthusiasm! All these stories are really inspiring me to move!

      more-than-one-love.blogspot.co.uk

    • ifeanyi December 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I have nothing against people moving back to Nigeria;isn’t
      it funny that a lot of people that ran away to the UK back in the
      day are also hussling their way back to Nigeria. The situation is
      so bad that people that have lived in the UK for over 20years are
      joining the last flight back to Naija. Life must really be hard in
      that UK o. Anyways, moral of the stor is east or west home is the
      best. me sef wen this Yankee no work again i will quietly join the
      last flight to Lagos or is it Abj that they are sharing money
      theses days, lol

      • Zara December 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Uhm you’re missing the point. People are not moving back home because living abroad has become difficult for them to bear, they are moving back home because they want to help improve the motherland.
        Me, I plan on moving back after my Ph.D to help improve the heath care system.

    • Gbemmy December 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Thank you .. Love your attitude .. She has been out of the
      country for a while and yet she has not experienced any cultural
      shock while someone that only went for masters would come here to
      say she was totally shocked..

    • Chigbo December 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      I love her enthusiasm but I must say that this interview
      was conducted way too early …….she just moved back in September
      2013 and she ain’t seen nothing yet. Give her a year or two and
      then we can talk. It’s really no wonder that the people who are
      living here know how tough it is and are always looking for the
      nearest exit. If you are not ‘somebody’ in this country then life
      can be unbearable. The lady must be well connected to have worked
      her posting to Abuja . By the time you ve seen the decay in this
      country….and I am not talking about the 0.1%of Nigerians you see
      on blogs throwing party left right and centre…………you will
      use your leg to return from whence you came

      • larz December 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Thanks you!!!!! It is still honey moon period. It is kind of like a newly wedded couple (of 2 months) giving an interview to say, “marriage is easy I don’t know why ppl complain abt it being challenging”.
        Wait until the real hustle begins. Sexual harassment, corruptions etc. I personally would like to go back to Nigeria n I commend her moving back but I thot this was to inform/ educate ppl on the pros & cons. Something, you can better do when you have experienced it a bit longer and can talk about challenges u came across and steps u take to overcome dem.

    • frances December 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      She was so real! No forming ajebo here.I wish you the best
      Ngozi. And @WA,yes,students that did their first degree abroad
      still have to go through bar part 1 before bar part two
      programme.it hasn’t changed.
      http://imperfectlyperfect92.wordpress.com

    • Chigbo December 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      BN please tell people the truth. Returning to Naija to do
      what? People should really tell each other the truth. If where you
      are abroad is good for you please stay there and limit yourself to
      visits because Nigeria is tough even for streetwise people talkless
      of ajebutter. Will you give birth to your children on Nigeria? Do
      you trust Nigerian healthcare?Will they attend school here with
      AsUU unending strike? You yourself have changed secondary school
      thrice because of boarding wahala. What does that tell you? Things
      that are supposed to be straight forward have somehow been turned
      upside down and designed to frustrate the living daylights out of
      even the most stoic Nigerians. Things like getting transcript after
      finishing from school. Things like getting a place to do house job
      after graduating over a year ago. Things like entering a taxi or
      driving your car safely to its destination without being attacked
      by touts/ police/agberos. Things like going to bank to voice
      concern over account discrepancies without being attended to by
      rude uncaring customer care and wasting half your day there That
      you see 0.1% of the population having a good time in Lagos blogs
      doesn’t mean that’s how it is for majority. Please tell people the
      truth so that they can make an INFORMED decision.

      • Chichi December 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        You have spoken well….been living in Canada for 7 years
        and when I talk about coming hone to settle my parents almost want
        to chew me. They are comfortable but they remind me that online
        life is fake life. I guess that advice is what keeps me from
        daydreaming

        • Chigbo December 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

          Please listen to your parents abeg! Listen to their advice

    • Purpleicious Babe December 14, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      well done. My prayer is you will fulfill that very wish your heart desires.
      Keep on the positive energy. x

      lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Tanwa December 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      There is racism abroad, but a system to fight it, because
      there is accountability. As a human being you have basic rights to
      live . In Nigeria there is all types f corruption, tribalism,
      nepotism and all the isms you can think about with no system to
      fight it. There are no human rights. To me that is the basis of any
      society. With no human rights your life is not secure. Assu has
      sent students home for several months, what kind of a society is
      that, doctors not paid. Fake medicines that kill rather than cure.
      No accountability in any section of governance .Please if home is
      hell it is not the best. And yes people survive in Nigeria. For me
      life is more than just surviving it’s for the living.

      • Chigbo December 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        You talk like someone I know! You can say that again

    • Nana December 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Chigbo. Tell it! I appreciate that you are real. Centuries ago, I used to watch CNN in Naija and thought I’d be living “CNN life” in Yankee. I carried my two left legs to Yankee. Uweh! My eyes opened kia, kia. So, anyone going to Naija based on Bella Naija’s glamor shots, I sorry for you oh! Life is about lessons. I learned my own when I came to Yankee. You will learn your own if you go to Naija based on Bella Naija and without rich relatives backing you and hooking you up oh. No try am. This girl doing Youth Service, I think we should follow up with her 5 or 10 years from now. I won’t be surprised if she has dusted her passport and left Naija again. Strengthen Martime law in Naija ke? I’m sorry for you. The naiveté of youth is deceiving you. Do you know people are bribed daily to keep the laws weak so oil companies can get away with so many things in Naija that they dare not try in other places? I have attended too many seminars where such information is shared about Naija. Oh girl, I don’t know you, but if you are not an “all talk and no action babe,” and you are real about your plans, you better know what you are doing before you are “eliminated” in your youth oh. There are reasons why things are the way they are. Don’t be so naive to think you can change things like that in of all places Naija. No be so oh!
      Bella Naija, please post my comment oh, it is the truth…

      • Chigbo December 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        My brother returned to Naija because he felt he could change things. We gave him two years and before we knew it he was back abroad. His eyes had opened. Well, she has to experience it to believe it just like my brother I guess. I still remember that beautiful girl who returned from USA to do NYSC and then left her home in VI and was never seen again……this is a recent occurence o. Still no news on her whereabouts.

    • Chigbo December 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      I ve tried to phathom the reasons why anyone would move
      back and the only ones I can think of are 1) you re young and a
      female and you think there’s no better Naija husband abroad and you
      wanna come see what Santa has for you this Xmas 2) you re loaded,
      your family is loaded, your great grandparents are loaded and you
      wanna come take over the family business since you re assured of
      employment and stressFREE lifestyle 3) you re retired and the birds
      have left the nest. You wanna come relax and enjoy your house you
      ve built ,eating Naija delicacies and seeing loved ones. To each
      his own. I still advocate for staying put abroad provided you have
      a decent job and its putting food on your table. Bella Naija pls do
      something on the appalling state of Nigerian high commissions
      abroad. Staff attitude and treatment of fellow Nigerians.
      Cheers

      • Tanwa December 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Loooool. Yes o! To each his own. I personally think it’s the nostalgia dat draws people back. It’s often cured after a good dose of cerebral malaria .

      • canadian igbo December 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        the husband issue is real biko! some us hehe are coming
        back for reason 1 and just general chilling #holidaysonly

      • Zara December 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Don’t get me wrong, I agree with some of the points you’ve made but if we all think like that what would have been our contribution to Nigeria? Nigerians are the most educated in the US, most of us are very successful here yet we have nothing to show for it back home. Our villages, health centers, schools etc are in ruins. Yes, the govt should work on these things but the govt aren’t so that means we as Nigerians need to start bringing in the change we so much desire in Nigeria. If we are all afraid of what might happen when we bring in change then nothing will be done. If MLK, Nelson Mandela etc were afraid of what might happen to them they would never have brought in the amount of change they did. Improving Nigeria lies in our hands. Lets be the change we want. You don’t even have to move back home to cause change to happen in Nigeria but you need to have the passion to improve Nigeria and not be afraid of the consequences.

      • OMA December 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        For me I am just extremely impressed by this move back to Nigeria movement. I think it is probably one of the best things that has happened to Nigeria. I am in one of @Chigbos categories- I am young and still extremely ideological so pardon my relative naivete which I choose to think is enthusiasm. Firstly I think one of the primary things hurting Nigeria and benefiting these countries we all want to go to is the brain drain- our best people choose to be abroad because ‘their fatherland is not serving them’. It is a cycle, the more the best move abroad, the less positive and change minded individuals there are and that is a fact and we all know it. The point is are we willing to make that sacrifice- to stay home despite the economic hardships and etc. For me, I believe it is worth it and I wish I saw more positive comments to this regard on this post. These countries we are all trudging to were not firstly ‘served by their fatherlands’- they made their fatherland serve them (a look at history will tell us that!!) We have to make Nigeria serve us- and it is going to be hard and take longer than a few decades but it is achievable because if we look at the number of intelligent Nigerians outside of the country and imagine them in the country, then Nigeria will be close to an utopia. And that is what we have to look forward to- what Nigeria could look like after we all decide to contribute- not the usual Nigerian mentality of entitlement- What has Nigeria done for me? Instead it should be: What have you done for Nigeria yourself???

    • Tee December 15, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Chigbo you too much!!!!!!hmmmmm omo u dey yarn my mind.You
      know wats up.I hate the suffering in silence mentality our people
      have with a passion to the extent that they see it as normal,no
      wonder the govt treats them like trash and employers owe them
      9months salary,when u ask them Y,they are quick to defend the
      employer,timid and foolish mentality.Another thing is the way they
      think ppl moving back have no options and as if naija is the best
      thing that cud happen to them.I won’t forget their defensive
      attitude when u point out all these factors affecting the growth of
      the country.Chigbo,u said my mind joor.Pele Ajeboor
      Ngozi,corruption will be your best friend by the time you join
      Navy,this no be UK o where policies work and a system in place.I
      pity you,unless u have a change of mind to start your own biz,a
      terrain u can control the affairs a bit and shun corruptn.

    • soso baby December 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Hello All, please I need your advise ,After schooling,
      working and living in Canada for over eight years, I want to come
      and do my NYSC early next year. Where is the best city to serve ,
      in terms of the living conditions in the camp ?, which will be the
      best place to serve out of Port Harcourt , Lagos or Abuja ?, and
      where is the best location with the possibility of serving
      somewhere that will provide valuable work experience , I am a
      junior accountant , and I would prefer to serve somewhere that will
      add value to my career. Does anyone know whether corpers are now
      posted to private corporations , or is it reserved for only people
      with long legs. I would love to serve in a multinational
      corporation but I don’t have connections. please advise
      me.

      • Idak December 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Your case na serious prayer point o! In the absence of long
        legs,you need to add fasting to the prayers. You all keep preaching
        love of the fatherland here,why not go teach accounting and maths
        and Book Keeping in one of the state schools during your service
        year? On a more serious note, consider the camps in Rivers and
        Lagos. I hear they have better facilities.

        • whocares December 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

          lmaoooo. serious prayer. @soso.. my cousin left for nysc
          ;ast year and she swears that Abuja is the best.. comfort wise. my
          family we are middle class, so no long leg was involved but she got
          into a camp in Abuja.. but that may because she is asthmatic (do
          you have any underlying medical issues?) loool. I think nysc is
          waste of time and is the main thing deterring me from going back to
          Nigeria; that and the fact that I feel like I need a lot more
          experience before I consider moving back. but everyone says Abuja.
          and believe me I have researched this issue. lagos is supposed to
          be more fun, but less convenient. and Abuja is convenient but
          boring. I don’t know anything about PH really. let me ask my
          peoples.

    • Tee December 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      NYSC my foot especially for people coming from abroad with a world of experiences unlike their counterparts here that have no job experience and NYSC is the only ticket in securing a decent employment.if you have no experience abroad then you are welcome,cus I heard its fun for young people not older folks that have made millions in employment abroad all in the name of serving your fatherland.Come to think of it Is your fatherland serving you,they only use you for one year and throw you back on the street to join the unemployed.Did I mention that they don’t care about your welfare in the camp,US prison is 100% better in terms of hygiene.Suffering and smiling of my people.we need to fight and stone them to win this war.As for me I don’t owe my allegiance to Naija govt.If you doubt me,how come there’s a flaw in the NYSC system,some only do 3wks and travel abroad for Masters while they hire some1 to do d rest,is dis the system you are coming to serve where there’s no law,policy or procedure that works.I rest my case,have fun

    • eddyo December 18, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      All this people talking they have come back because of love of their fatherland and contribute their quota is all fa fa fa lie. They have alternative A, B, C and even ….Z> Stop pretending… it is for your own personal reasons. No body see comfort and leave am to come suffer except they know their condition is different from the masses. I have seen so called power brokers saying something else but camping all their family abroad. Even if they beg me i no go anywhere near naija except for short holiday. I rest my case.

    • Soulful January 26, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      OMG….She went to my secondary school…Maria fidelis….looool…hardly relevant I know…would love to get in touch!