In the past week I’ve been obsessed with getting curls into my hair. After watching almost 3o YouTube videos on products and Bantu knots and twists, I can categorically say that I am an expert in this part of hair manipulation. Unfortunately, my hair has refused to look like the ones in the videos, the curls have refused to form. Anyway, in the course of trying to unravel why my hair won’t just obey the laws of the YouTube instructors, I blurted out to my friend that I just need to relocate to America. Maybe then, my hair will adapt to the atmosphere there because that seems to be the only difference between me and my YouTube lecturers… abi?
Actually, the issue of what makes people relocate to and from Nigeria is something that always piques my interest. Running a random sample of why people move back to Nigeria, I’ve gotten an interesting range of responses. The most common of them is “there is MONEY in Nigeria.” Some people said they moved back because they were tired of living in temperate regions and the true patriots say they came back to implement the CHANGE they’e longed to see so badly in Nigeria.
Interestingly, you hear such things and still hear of people committing suicide just because there’s a possibility that they might be deported. On the contrary, every day you also hear of people who are trying so hard to emigrate because of the harsh realities of living in Nigeria. The inadequate power supply, security issues, lack of infrastructure, corruption, ignorance and the complete steeping of the mindset of the people in religious beliefs makes one wonder if Nigeria is really the green, buoyant place some people perceive it to be.
To people who say there’s a lot of money to be made in Nigeria, I often respond that a lot of times, you’re spending that money on providing amenities for yourself which ideally shouldn’t be the case in a system that works. My cousin who lives in Chicago keeps complaining about how she badly wants to move back to Nigeria because it is home and she feels like a second-class citizen. With the loud buzzing sounds of the generators all around me, I say to her that she’s always welcome home.
Honestly guys, what do you think? Is Nigeria really it’s wrapped up to be? For those who are here, do you want to run away? You guys abroad, do you want to move back to Nigeria? If so, why?
If you have moved back to Nigeria, tell us why you did it and if you are happy with your decision. If you went abroad to school, would you move back to Nigeria if you didn’t have immigration restrictions. Did you move back because you absolutely had to or because you had no choice.
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