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Move Back To Nigeria: “If Your Values Are Already Warped Then You’re in For a Tough Time” – Rotimi Thomas Shares his Thoughts on Moving Back

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Move Back to Nigeria is a new series on BellaNaija. The aim is 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. The idea is to share their successes and their challenges as they made the decision.

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.

The energy space is under focus this week as we feature a Canada-based young professional who has aspirations to contribute to the development of the power sector. Rotimi Thomas shares his experiences so far and his dreams for the power sector in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Read on for an insight into his interesting life and his take on the process of moving back to Nigeria. We hope you enjoy this edition.

Thanks for speaking with us. To start off, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Rotimi Thomas and I’m a young professional who comes from humble beginnings. My goal in life is to help democratise electricity in Nigeria, in the sense that I would like to give ‘power’ to the people, as it were, so they can be more productive and can ultimately experience true economic development. I’m very focused on empowering people and that’s my dream in a nutshell.

That’s very ambitious but certainly doable. When did you originally leave Nigeria?

I’ve left Nigeria at various times for huge chunks of time. I was born in Port Harcourt but we moved to Holland when I was a year and half old for about 6/ 7 years. We then moved back to Nigeria afterwards where I spent the bulk of my childhood but around the age of 15 my parents moved us all to Canada. They were always very focused on us being international citizens and always wanted us in a sense, to act as a bridge between Nigeria and the rest of the world.

Tell us about your educational history.
I earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance with a minor in international business for my first degree at the University of Alberta, Canada. After which I worked for a few years and then went for an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management (with a focus on energy and environment) at Duke University. I just finished this in May and I’m now preparing to move to Germany to work with an integrated technology company focusing on the power sector.

Finance, Commerce, Energy, the Environment… What inspired these choices?
It’s interesting especially considering the fact that I initially thought I was going to do Chemical Engineering following my dad’s footsteps, but I just was not a good chemistry student. So I started to look at the alternatives and went into finance due to its always relevant and forward looking nature. I also thought I would end up doing investment banking. However, I ended up in wealth management as an investment representative with one of the larger banks in Canada. I did that for about 4 years and then decided to go back to school. I was inspired to get into the energy space (more specifically, the power aspect of the energy business) because I believe power to be a significant missing link in Nigeria’s economic development. Show me one country that is considered a developed nation that achieved that status without the power or electricity to be productive? I studied the intersection of energy and environment combined with the MBA because I look forward to helping Nigeria democratise electricity but in a manner considerate to the environment. The environmental piece speaks to a responsibility that we undoubtedly have, to future generations.

So your career started in wealth management. What did your role entail?
I executed trading strategies for clients, provided market analysis, and also conducted private banking for clients. Eventually I got promoted to the high value accounts desk, which meant that I had to get pretty sophisticated with options, tools, equities and fixed income products as the high value clients were more demanding. So it was a mix of private banking and trading mixed into one job. Initially I enjoyed what I was doing as the learning curve was very steep. I had to write courses to get different licences so I could eventually trade options. Once I completed all my course requirements, the job became routine and I found myself seeking new challenges. I had also realised that every client I was dealing with was very money-focused. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I felt there had to be more to life. So I started thinking about what my passions were, and how I could affect life in Africa and Nigeria in particular. I thought about what type of legacy I sought to leave behind in my time and how I could have impact in Nigeria. I considered the aspects of Nigeria I wished were improved and the power or electricity poverty situation overwhelmingly grasped my attention. I then decided that if I could get into the power sector and contribute to its growth, it would be a fulfilling short-term life goal. This is why I pursued a dual degree with the energy focus.

That, if achieved, will indeed be a fulfilling life goal. You have mentioned a few times your desire to contribute to development in Nigeria. What drives this desire?
My allegiance to Nigeria is because I am from that land and my intention to join the power reform initiative is a derivative of that. Retail, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Telecoms are just a few of the sectors that will benefit from stable power.

How exactly do you intend to effect this power reform you speak of in Nigeria?
A multi-pronged approach. First, my Masters project was focused and the comprehensive research involved was very enlightening and will ultimately prove useful. The next step will be working for an integrated technology company to understand the power business a bit better from an insiders’ perspective. In the next 2 or 3 years, I would love to go work with the company in the Nigeria office, helping with the build out of power plants, building efficient and optimised power plants to hopefully supply electricity and optimise the electricity grid. The company has a lot of technology that can be applied in that space so hopefully I can work with them there. I am really looking forward to creating ideas that will lead to power generation for people, particularly in the villages and in rural parts of Nigeria and the rest of Africa. As things are right now without reasonable access to electricity, Nigeria and a lot of other African countries are really selling themselves short. Whilst there are a lot of schemes that are being devised to alleviate poverty these schemes will fall short if people still lack the electricity to be productive. The awesome thing is there is a lot of room for innovative people to develop business models in this space so I’m very excited to see what models emerge to provide reliable access to electricity.

Does this imply a plan to move back to Nigeria soon?
In a way, yes. I plan to have one foot in and one out.

Interesting concept but how does that work in reality?
Nigeria is a special place. The Nigeria I know is not the sort of place one just dives right back into after living for so long elsewhere. From what I have observed, there are a few reasons why people moved back to Nigeria in recent times. Some people went back to seek the famed millions everyone is supposedly making there. Others exited the diaspora when the global economic crisis hit and a lot of people got put out of work. Nowadays, it’s kind of a mixed bag as people are hearing about the different opportunities that exist in Nigeria. Everyone wants to go and hustle and make something for themselves, especially people in search of a land that does not have a ‘glass ceiling’. However, one has to be careful. I would also love to move back to Nigeria for these reasons (who doesn’t love opportunity), and also because it is my homeland, but I’d prefer to do it in a measured and sustainable manner. As much as I love the country, it can be a very hectic place. Accordingly, I’d love to do business there weeks or months at a time and then leave to do international transactions, and then do it all over again. In essence, never permanently remaining in the country. However, whenever I do have kids, I would love them to know where they are from. This might all be wishful thinking but we shall see.

Don’t you feel you may be better placed to make more of an impact if you joined the government or ran for public office?
Not necessarily. I believe more in the private sector and that the job of the government is to enable the private sector. The government’s job is to provide strong, healthy honest institutions that monitor, regulate and stimulate private companies to hire people and do business, to produce income that moves the country forward, essentially providing GDP. So I feel the private sector would be where my skills are best served. I completely feel the private sector is the way to go. I also feel I do not have the civil service bone in me. You clearly support capitalist notions, so in that vein what role do you think the private sector can play in revamping the role of Nigeria internationally?

I think as Nigerians, we have a huge PR problem. All over the world, once Nigeria is mentioned people cringe and that negative reputation obviously affects our ability to gain people’s trust It affects our ability to be a desired investment destination – though this is changing with the opportunities that exist in the country. shoot ourselves in the foot with the contentious reputation we create in many places we frequent and also in our own nation. We are really intelligent people but need to move away from being defined by such negative connotations as con artistry, kidnapping etc. We need to start being known for the brilliance that we possess. This is slowly happening and those in the private sector are playing a large role in this. For instance, the tourism industry if taken over by the private sector and supported by the right government policies could serve Nigeria well and promote a more positive image for us around the world. Promoting tourism in Nigeria, however, is useless without enhanced security. A secure country where people are not getting kidnapped and the police force is effective would really help our case. Which brings us to options like a private police force and so on. There are a lot of things that the government should be doing but is not and this is where capitalism, like it or not, might be more beneficial. If people are incentivised, they will provide needed services at the lowest cost possible hoping to maximize their profits.

On a different note, what are your general thoughts regarding moving back to Nigeria?
A lot of us are moving back in search of money, which is a good thing as it helps us become responsible members of society. However, when you move back to Nigeria, due to the very unique nature of our society, your value system might be affected to a certain degree. For instance, if you’ve worked in the west, you are probably used to due diligence and doing things a certain way but out in Nigeria, things don’t exactly go the same way. You don’t just show up and expect everyone to respect who you are or value your education or expect people to follow rules. Though I have never worked in Nigeria, I have a feeling that rules are not always followed – more blatantly than is the case in the west So you have to think about what part of yourself you are willing to sacrifice. Will you be happy with the person you become when you have to work in that sort of environment? These are a few of the softer things to consider when thinking about moving back as opposed to just thinking about the tons of money potentially to be made. Consider how you will safeguard against an attack on your value system.

While that may be true, it can be argued that who you become is probably who you really are in the first place…

You need not accept who you feel you are destined to be – you have choice. Even if you move back to Nigeria and you are destined to fall prey to corruption or malpractice, you can safeguard yourself to an extent – I have no advice on this other than staying true to your values. If your values are already warped then you’re in for a tough time.

Finally and for our readers benefit, do you have any tips for people considering a move back to Nigeria?
Yes I do. My first tip would be that a preferred way to move back should be with a multinational organisation if possible. This allows you enter the system seamlessly and it helps soften the blow of the hardship you may be about to endure, basically a soft landing.

If you can’t do that, then cultivating your network is a vital part of the process. You need to take advantage of everyone you know to do this successfully: family, friends, classmates, colleagues and recognise that there will be a lot of unexpected issues.

Also, it is a good idea to take a good chunk of time out to go live there. Do not just go at festive times like Christmas holidays and think what you experience then is the daily reality of life in Nigeria.

Social media is also useful. Sites such as Linkedin can be an amazing resource to meet lots of Nigerian professionals. Also, there are groups like Young African MBAs on Facebook, set up by people who went to really good business schools and are connecting people all over the world. I’m sure similar groups exist in various industries. Leveraging the alumni network of wherever you went to school is also key, as there are likely to be Nigerians in those networks, seeing how much we love education.

The last thing I would say is something someone once said to me when you move back to Nigeria, things will certainly not go as planned. That means that when you move back, you should adjust your expectations accordingly about how quickly you can effect change and how quickly change will be effected in your life. This will help avoid or manage disappointment when things don’t go your way. That’s it.

Thanks for your time and best wishes moving forward.

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41 Comments

  1. Oyinade

    July 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Hi Bella,
    Your article says, “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.”

    This series has not featured anyone who has actually made the leap, so how are you encouraging those considering the moving back to Nigeria?

    • Oyinade

      July 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Sorry, I meant this guy, ‘Rotimi Thomas’ has not moved back

    • ms lala

      July 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      exactly….like word!!!!!!

    • ovuoke

      July 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I totally agree, expect for the first one with Ada Osakwe.

    • nene

      July 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      as in…the “story” is just vexing me.

    • YC

      July 23, 2013 at 1:51 am

      The dude is obviously not in touch with reality….how many nigerians have the luxury to have one leg in and one leg out?…..Poor kid he is obviously confused!

    • tbn

      July 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      My thoughts exactly, i expected advise from those who have successfully moved to Nigeria, not someone who is planning to take a job in Germany and have one foot in and one foot out of Nigeria. I mean, what experience can he possibly give to those in the diaspora wishing to move back, when he has not actually moved back to Naija himself. smh

  2. TA

    July 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

    My best part in this interview is in the last paragraph; That means that when you move back, you should adjust your expectations accordingly about how quickly you can effect change and how quickly change will be effected in your life. This will help avoid or manage disappointment when things don’t go your way. That’s it.
    And life sometimes throws us pleasant surprises! Moving back may even be better than you imagined except of course for the Power problem. 🙁 That is a guaranteed kill-joy anyday.

    • Annyaya

      July 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Rotimi, which kain humble beginnings? Moving to Holland for almost a decade should not be classified as “humble beginnings” in a strictly Nigerian sense. Abeg go siddon. When you actually move back to Naija, come give us update!

  3. Impeccable

    July 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Very good write-up. He is right, think twice before moving to Nigeria. A support system/network is key. The viability of having one leg in and one leg out is another thing that would be firmly tested. I think in Nigeria you have to ‘Go Hard or Go Home’. Nice article.

  4. pynk

    July 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Lol @ moving back with a job in a multinational organisation. If that were the case 90% of returnees wouldnt have come back.

  5. prim

    July 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

    He apparently is fresh out of school with great dreams. As a regulator in a western nation, , want to see how he thinks govt Can effectively monitor, regulate and stimulate. Not to say it does not happen but the first 2 and the last one areoften not in agreement because the negotiators at the table for both categories are different, rarely cross paths and have widely different philosophies and motivations. But, good luck and know that whatever you transfer to Nigeria has to be done with a deep sense of understanding for the Nigerian Culture or← element as some Call it.

  6. Concerned9ja

    July 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    True we need more articles from those who have actually been back…those who have succeeded and those still trying to succeed but have still made the move back.All the rest sound like pipe dreams everyone has those same ambitions!!

  7. Lana

    July 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Another one who isn’t based in Naija!

  8. Daniel

    July 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Good interview but really do I speak for most when I say the expectation from these interviews is to hear from those who have actually moved back, the challenges they faced and how they are navigating their careers in Nigeria.

  9. Bella

    July 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    BN can we please get a write up from actual persons that have permanently moved back, not those that are thinking about it or have one foot in and the other out! I feel that it doesnt give us a full perspective of their trials and successes, because truth is we all can be interviewed about our “wishes/desires” to come back home but that doesnt give us a reality into how things are at the moment. Thank you.

    • laide

      July 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

      i know rite! all of us (in the diaspora) can actually be interviewed for this move back to Nigeria articles..we all have dreams to move back 2. I just finished my degree and considering moving back..I want to read from pple who have moved back already..not those planning to in 5 yrs time.

  10. Dee-USA

    July 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Pretty much everything he said is on point, not moving back notwithstanding. I understand the series is about moving back so it should include everyone: those who have, those who don’t want to and those who are contemplating/in the early stages of moving back. Everyone knows at least one person who has moved back, so instead of complaining about the lack of returnees, why not persuade the person you know to share his/her story. It’s not like Bella Naija or the original site can force people to share their stories or make them up. The site already pressures people to share their wedding story, I’d like the integrity of this series to be protected.

    People like Rotimi are the ones we should be courting to lead the country into a better state, instead we try to silence them or mock his ideologies as those of someone “fresh out of school.” This is why Nigerians are still waiting for another 50 years to roll by before we can crawl into the list of developed countries, despite the evidence of our brilliant intellectual capacity.

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  11. Hilda

    July 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I agree that the piece should be centred on those that have ACTUALLY moved back.
    Documenting their failures and successes.
    I moved back after years of living in the UK.
    I have few friends who did same.
    I work for a new online shopping firm, write a blog at naija-biz.blogspot.com/ and learning a craft now.
    Everyone home or abroad just have to determine what is important to them.
    Im happier in Nigeria for sure.

    • laide

      July 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

      pls share your story na

  12. Ada Ada

    July 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    do you mind asking all these MOVE BACK TO NIGERIA candidates you interview, “ARE YOU MARRIED? or ARE YOU SINGLE ,- just squeeze that question in there. It wont hurt. it will really help you know 🙂

    • ccc

      July 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Hilarious! Love your style, girl!

    • Mebo

      July 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

      He is single, been talking to my friend for a while , don’t know what the deal is with them .

    • Mrs Ada Thomas

      July 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Oh he is SINGLE abi? okay thanks – thats all i needed to know.
      Thank you INTERNET

  13. Dee_deeY

    July 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Nice article! He’s obviously highly intelligent and seems to have the passion necessary to effect positive change! Correct me if I’m wrong but I seriously felt there was chemistry between the subject and the person asking the questions! For real!
    I think it’d be a great idea to convince that person we all know in the neighborhood to share their recent experience of moving back. Moved back to Naija when I was a teenager so I know that a paradigm shift must occur in the mind of every person intending to move/ has moved back to properly flow with things.

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  14. Chigbo

    July 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    How is it that someone is thinking of moving back when there are long queues at the embassy every day of people itching to get out?

    He said move back with a multinational company and have one leg in and one leg out…………that’s the perfect truth cuz Nigeria is hell.

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  15. KOOL OLA

    July 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE BOLD AND READY TO FACE THE CHALLENGES MANY NIGERIANS FACES ON A DAILY BASIS TO SURVIVE, WHICH INCLUDES READINESS TO BRIBE PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO HAVE YOUR WAY. I AGREE TOTALLY WITH ROTIMI THOMAS BUT THERE ARE MORE TO THESE EFFORTS……IN THE BACKGROUND. I VISIT NAIJA EVERY YEAR AND I SAW WHAT IS ON GROUND. BAD GOVERNANCE HAS MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GOING THROUGH UNTOLD HARDSHIP. I WANT TO RETURN TO NAIJA TOO, TO CONTINUE TO HELP THE COUNTRY IN MY OWN LITTLE WAY.

  16. Sammy

    July 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

    It is quite unfortunate. Living in diaspora has it’s pros and cons. Moving back to Nigeria should be a decision based on your current circumstances abroad. Most people abroad enjoy having all the simple/ basic amenities of life. However, most live paycheck-paycheck, which eliminates any possibilities of building wealth. A lot of ppl abroad also live on credit. The house, car, furniture e.t.c all on credit(financed). Insurance and other safety nets are costly but necessary. The moment you lose your job, a person can be homeless within months. That is why a lot of ppl want to come home. I call it systemized slavery. You work for the system. It is all covered under the blanket of masses having basic amenities and living decent lives. Wealth building is a task. Most Nigerians seek to build wealth and that is why most want to come back home.
    The decision to return shouldn’t be based on other ppls experience. Everyone has a different destiny. You must have measurable goals, realistic plans, achievable strategy and much more. You need a relevant social circle, this helps a lot.
    The problem with Nigeria and Nigerians is that we are all cowards. Including me. Everybody just wants to run away, but at the expense of what? It is at the expense of our culture and heritage.
    Nobody wants to fight/ die for what they own and what rightfully belong to everybody. Most ppl just want to exit. If ppl in countries like USA never fought for independence and freedom or ppl Martin Luther king never fought for right of black Americans, ppl like you and me will never have the opportunity to run abroad. Let us stand up and fight. Enough praying, heaven helps those who help themselves.

    • Olawande

      July 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      i think this post will have made more sense if you were the one interviewed…so on point!

    • lovenaija2pieces

      July 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Good Response it very true! I believe in Nigeria even though i was Born in USA, and this plc is runned by system that make you or fail you. I go to naija often and i believe if we all stand together the nation can have great stability and be a country that we are all pround of

    • Precious

      July 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Oh lord!!!! it’s like I wrote this!!! So on point! Do you mind if I publish this on my blog, i’ll be checking for your approval.

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  17. Soraya

    July 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Moving back is not a problem BUT what about the narrow-minded attitudes of those back home, especially in government? I have met some of these so-called powerful people which makes me realised that these people and their hangers-on are nothing more than elected thieves elected to their offices by the dear people of Nigeria. No wonder we have such a huge task ahead of us convincing investors to come and invest in Nigeria. My prayer is that those who are not straightforward will face the facing squad one day

  18. Concerned9ja

    July 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    This navigating back to 9ja is not rocket science…whilst in the Diaspora save..save..save..instead of living an ostentatious lifestyle in the diaspora..
    9ja from what I noticed you need a minimum 6 months to test the waters…you would need 6 months..rent money if not living with Daddy..6 months money to move around..some money for chops…to boot…and if you have a mortgage or renting(In the Diaspora) you have to factor that in…and it helps if you work independently..so you wouldn’t lose your job whilst away!!
    If you haven’t taken on board this financial responsibilities you better start TODAY!!…the other option is to be head hunted by a Reputable firm from the diaspora if you persevere enough and have solid practical experience not just paper certificates..this is for those with papers to live and work abroad..the students who’s visa is about to run out…better off returning home instead of suffering in vain…Western Home Grown Grads are not even getting any gainful employment!!

  19. Mrs Ada Thomas

    July 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    nice one

  20. Anonymous

    July 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Timi is a great guy! He’s made a lot of good points. Really nice to hear from intelligent young nigerians. Well done Bella!

  21. Yetty

    July 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    AS much as i love to agree with him . There are actually realities in moving back compared to the myths people in the diaspora usually have. Firstly not every one ever gets access to the millions of Naira people claim to make in Nigeria unless you have strong connections. Secondly, almost everyone from the diaspora dreams of landing the fantastic job with a multinational, sadly this is far from reality as there is already a very long queue existing.
    He is however right about you guarding your value system. I also studied the same course Rotimi did so I am talking from an experienced point of view as a returnee

  22. London girl

    July 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    He is a cutie

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  23. YC

    July 23, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I know this cat from when he was in Toronto…..I just don’t like ppl that think they have earned a bragging right or something…..who cares if you moved to holland when u were in the womb or if your parents moved you to canada or if you have a job lined up with the queen of england…. Get a life and let those who have moved back to 9ja (without the assistance of their rich parents) give us the true facts about how they circumvented the hardship and trials they encountered. Nuff said!

  24. quarter2go

    July 23, 2013 at 3:34 am

    The “moving back to Nigeria Train” ,which I’m about to “board” is not gonna be a “One size fits all” kind of solution. Having said that, I think for Nigeria to truly move forward, we have to move away briskly from the archaic idea of being an employee. As an Intending returnee, I do not have any plan whatsoever to work for any Multinational. The idea of working for Multinationals served some of our parents briefly in the 70’s & 80’s before things turned south. Drastic problem often needs drastic solution.
    Having been in United States for well over a decade, with wealth of experience in my chosen field of endeavor, it will be foolish on my part not to follow my passion & be an employer of labor instead of being employed. But I get it,that’s just me.
    Also, the idea of one foot in,the other foot out doesn’t cut it. Like someone rightly opined, its Go hard or Don’t even bother.

  25. Clearminded fella

    July 24, 2013 at 5:57 am

    YC, as much as I tried to wade off your arrogant comment about the interviewee, I couldn’t. Nothing seemed like a brag in his comments,rather he was giving a background information about himself as asked by the interviewer. Besides, as far as he is concerned, his early days were humble beginning to him…end of!

    I really dislike the way people say things and some of us Nigerians are ever so quick to condemn, accuse, beef, disregard, hiss, twist the nose, roll the eyes, and mock others. It’s such an aggressive attitude that I always find disturbing. Can’t we see the good in people/things sometimes? I’m sure we can

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  26. Newbie

    August 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Interviewer: Does this imply a plan to move back to Nigeria soon?
    Bobo Diaspora: In a way, yes. I plan to have one foot in and one out.
    …then later
    Interviewer: Finally and for our readers benefit, do you have any tips for people considering a move back to Nigeria?
    Bobo Diaspora: Bla bla bla…….

    The interviewer should be flogged sef for that final queston. Someone answererd you with ‘in a way’ and then you’re asking them for tips on moving back. Tips from where?

    Meanwhile bros, irrespective of how you’d like to think of it, to democratize power means to make power subject to democracy. We don’t need that in Nigeria. Abi you want to start having to vote for NEPA officials? Power is a utility and should be provided regardless. As a matter of fact. Even crazy dictatorships around the world manage to have better power supply than Nigeria. We just need our (already existing) power supply authorities to do what they are paid to do, cikena. It’s not rocket science, there is no reinvention of the wheel required – just less corruption and more efficiency. No need to misuse words either. Thank you.

    Good luck as you consider which foot to keep in and which to keep out 🙂

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