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With the implementation of new policies in CBN to maintain the Naira’s value against foreign currencies, some Nigerians in the diaspora have been thrown off their balance.

Precious of BattaBox chats with some Nigerian students in Canada where some are complaining of not being able to graduate in time and others speak of the embarrassment of having their cards declined in public.

Watch it here!



  1. Rabblerouser

    April 27, 2016 at 11:19 am

    BN Canadians, please let’s hear from you too.

  2. DAIZY

    April 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

    You better finish with your education and come back home or better still take up some menial jobs over there…. home is not as bad as you left it. people here are moving on fine . if you now eat 1meal per day good health to you, at least it is good to eat healthy! or your credit card is blocked from nigeria just do one thing- e pada wa le o in (sound sultan’s voice)

  3. poison ivy

    April 27, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hehehhhehe, oya stay na.
    Madame with the big hair, that cannot graduate, sell your iphone that will go a long way in sorting your fees out.
    BN, I refuse to sympathize with students abroad, it’s hard on everyone jooor.
    At least they get light, biko shift.

    • Tunmi

      April 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      There is no point selling the phone if it’s already paid for and it’s use is far greater than the money she would get from selling it.

    • slice

      April 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      U know some of these “Madames” are as young as 16, 17. They are children!!!!

    • Lady

      May 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Please what’s your point?

  4. Big Tee

    April 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Nigerians are usually unsympathetic with folks living abroad, the kind of hardship Nigerian students face abroad because of the forex issue is not a joking stuff, but if you complain now, our people will say we too talk.

    • ElessarisElendil

      April 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      So we should devalue and suffer the attendant inflation for less than 1% of our population…………..because???

      My sincere sympathies though.

    • Tunmi

      April 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      They do. I have a friend who could only take one class, making her a part time student. That means a lot of scholarships would be closed to her because many scholarships require you be full time.

      But there are some jobs one can do. Tutoring, all it takes is adequate knowledge and flyers. Another is hair braiding.

  5. LadyWithoutTheAfrolocs

    April 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    @Big Tee, i guess its bc we are also facing hardsip here…no fuel, no light, no roads, foodstuff has gone up at least 50-70% ….everything is expensive here too. salaries are still the same but the children’s school fees have risen and every other thing too. i got my usual pen for 150 bucks instead of the normal 100naira. ko easy mehn…na d feathers no allow u see say chicken sef dey sweat…if u hav to eat once to be able to pay ur fees, it is to an expected end and a good one too i blv…everyone’s laulau has reduced. lets us all cut out cloth according to our material biko…God help us all.

    things wont change overnight, it is a process. we will get there. please lets stay positive and never stop praying for our motherland…

  6. Accent

    April 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Funny observation, Nigerians in Canada speak with a clear Nigerian accent in this video but some people for Naija dey blow Americana everywhere. How come?

    • Olanma

      April 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Just wait till they visit for Christmas, or move home finally, the accent will change.

  7. slice

    April 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Nothing shows how stupid this govt is as much as implementing a policy that leaves young students stranded abroad. After the initial outcry this govt sd it wasn’t true and that students wld hv their money. But here we are. Still no exception for them.
    If they find a wrong way now, we will say they are embarrassing us abroad

  8. DinonMC

    April 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn…if you hate the height that your neighbour attains, you might never get there…cos God is the Judge and our hearts are the exam scripts. Selah

  9. iyke

    April 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    A friend of mine did a post grad in a college where the tuition is above €35k,per annum….parents couldn’t afford it…he didn’t lament….he got busy…..washed plates in hotels,did portering,cleaned plane interiors and was able to save more than enough to see himself through post grad.Many people are like that….they never threw away opportunities despite their struggles.
    My parents….my parents….that’s all I hear with these bunch. You are in Canada for feck sake.Show your parents that you are ready to be adults and quit lamenting.Get a job with your student visa…sales jobs,cleaning,kitchen Porter whatever…*get busy and stop being lazy.Your parents will not respect you if you keep pestering them.
    Be a man and get busy!

    • mo

      April 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Sir, most people are already doing such but it’s still difficult. They aren’t lamenting and I know this cos i’m living and feeling it here too with my brother. If your parents paid your fees while you schooled I don’t see why they shouldn’t rely on their parents as well (fyi most of the ppl featured in the video are undergraduates, I know cos I recognize some faces). They were asked questions and are simply answering them truthfully. It’s hard over here (another man’s land with no family/immediate help) that’s the message being passed across.

    • slice

      April 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      U sure say na plate ur frd dey wash for that hotel

    • Nahum

      April 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Iyke. I am sorry but I find it strange that Nigerians abroad are complaining when their student visas allow them to do some work. It may not be enough for school fees but definitely enough to survive on. When I was in undergrad, all students were working except the Nigerian students. They were forever waiting for money to be sent to them. We need to change this mentality and encourage our students abroad to work and stop waiting for handouts. SOME work, but most don’t.

    • slice

      April 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Haba what sch did you attend. Naija students I know worked but how much is the money. It wobtvpay school fees unleyoure talking abt taking one of two classes per semester

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 28, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Iyke, working your way to pay fees is a massive financial and psychological burden to take on. Especially if that was never the plan in the first place. I know people who did it but they had no other choice, very different to a child whose parents suddenly stop supporting them without warning.

      That option comes with sleepless nights, constant worry about the financial burden, intensely packed working days and the danger of being told to stop your degree because you can’t balance the job(s) and the course-load. And there’s a good reason why the schools want to know you can pay at least a portion of your fees, because they’re aware of how tough each academic year is going to be.

      Rather than staying and possibly failing, I would recommend stopping the degree temporarily in order to sort the financials out. Of course, it depends on exactly how much is owed – has 70% been paid and are you looking for just 30%? That’s an easier undertaking to consider …. But, if it’s the 70% you don’t have, that’s a massive hole to plug and your studies are sure to suffer. I take it your friend came with at least half of his tuition, as opposed to working for every penny during his academic year… Or else, he wouldn’t have had time for actual school.

      My advise to students is that even when your fees are being paid anyway, always find opportunities to work when you have spare moments. Structure your schedule so that you can fit in a part-time job during semester breaks, after exams finish, weekends, etc. Earning that little change when the sun is shining can make so much difference if (Heaven forbid) a rainy season suddenly appears.

  10. Tolani

    April 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Wash plates, do this, do that.. And earn what $7.25 an hour? College is not beans and dodo! The grading here isn’t 70! Most classes have an A as 93 in my school for instance. I have classes till 6:15 pm, projects upon projects, presentations and I’m still trying to be sane.. When now can I work? ?Even if I do, it’ll probably be $7.25 an hour and that’s worthless in trying to pay for any tuition.. Don’t just jump into conclusion! Your friend did all this work, don’t compare your friend to any one else! International students aren’t even allowed to work off campus and there’s a minimum to how long you can work! So if you work 20 hours a week and earn $7.25 per hour, that’s $145 a week. Lowkey that can’t even buy most upper level textbooks! Life isn’t as easy as it looks

    • honey omo lekki

      April 27, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Eeeeyah…… Ajebota

    • iyke

      April 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Excuses excuses excuses….Nobody says life is easy…..we completely understand the struggles but it’s doable.Are you going to quit because popsie isn’t able to wire you your tuition?
      We all went through these struggles and came out better human beings.It’s called setting goals and realigning with the current situation rather than complaining.
      Most quality colleges abroad have flexible study are done with your weekly courses by thursday afternoon every week…you can work and study Thursday-Sunday…people did it…..and still do it.why waste money on books when an up to date library with current books,articles,case studies and scholarly reviews that you need are there?
      Build yourself dear,create a story that could motivate your future kids…Nobody had it so good even your own parents.
      You ate for only a day….in Canada?Even if you did,did you die?
      Be appreciative of where you are,set goals,realign and make the best out of your current situation.It will only make you a better person.
      And if you are really academically sound,and hitting an excellent grade,talk to your career coordinator,Dean of ur college….colleges take pride in helping out indigent students(at least mine does) who have distinguished themselves academically.

    • Tolani

      April 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      This is not an excuse.. If you go abroad and your grades are suffering cause you’re doing more than you should, then what’s the point of being there in the first place? Secondly, the books I’m referring to come with access codes which allow you to access them ONLINE only and also do homework that is of course required, so, idk what you’re talking about, and okay I work on the weekends, where? I sure as hell cant work off campus, so if you could perhaps share your friends full story, I’ll be happy to take cues.

    • Nahum

      April 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Tolani, most of us schooled abroad so don’t try and give us lame excuses abeg

    • slice

      April 27, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      This immigration battle has affected everything. Its nt like before when companies looked the other way whenbu didn’t hv the proper papers
      Now those jobs students relied on are nt that easy to get

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

      @slice, true that. Especially here in the UK.

      Feel so sorry for students now, can’t believe how different it is from when my academic year of international students landed. Was registered with an agency for office admin roles and a catering company for waitressing and once they knew I was reliable and competent, they were always in touch to find out whether I’m available for one gig or the other. Work was looking for us, we weren’t looking for work.

      The immigration issues plus high unemployment have changed so many things for international students.

    • mo

      April 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      God bless you for this reply. People that have not felt the burden will just open mouth gba (in this case be keyboard warriors) to contribute negatively to situations they know nothing about. We get what the administration is trying to accomplish but that does not take away from the fact that people are suffering.

    • mo

      April 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      This was for Tolani.

    • Manny

      April 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Why do you need to buy textbooks? I studied in the US and your library will have a reserved copy of each required textbook. More than 1 for a large class.
      It’s not easy but $7.25 an hour IS NOT WORTHLESS in trying to pay for your tuition. Go to the tuition office and get on a payment plan. $7.25/hr will do something.

    • Nahum

      April 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Don’t be lazy jor!!! Most of us worked, went to school full time and still graduated with top notch GPAs. Other students do it so stop looking for excuses

    • Boyy

      December 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Where did you school?

  11. Chiemeka

    April 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    @iyke please kindly confirm from your friend the real story of how he managed to complete his tuition fee during his postgraduate study. Am saying this because you just made a complete fool of yourself after reading your comment. For your information there is no way that your friend would have completed his tuition by just doing that kind of menial jobs in the UK where there minimum wage salary is £6.50 or £7 something depending on the job. I did my postgraduate in the UK and boy did I have a chance to work during studies. The answer is absoulutely NO. Some cheap schools in the UK are flexible but the IVY league schools are very tough. You will be occupied with so much course work, essay, presentations, deadlines that you won’t even have time to think of work self and by the Tim you remember how much you paid as an international student then nobody will advise you tha t you need to be serious with your education. people usually work as students mainly to add to whatever the receive from home. Let me ask you something, did this your friend also tell you how he was paying for his rent also? So from the money he received from the jobs, he managed to pay for his rent and comport his tuition fee as well. Sometimes if your not too sure about something please dont just say anything. I hate Nigerians thinking that because it is obodo oyibo then things are very much easy. Dont be deceived. To also let you know i worked for a little while after my studies before I came back to naija but I did it because I needed to pay for my rent for the remaining months I had left before my student visa expired.

    • mo

      April 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you Chiemeka. Uncle did not say if this friend received scholarships/bursary especially since it was a post graduate degree. Undergraduates usually don’t have such grace especially in this Canada. $500 scholarship (usually the type of scholarships available to international students) doesn’t not even pay for half of one class ($1,500 and above). Highest $1000 and that still doesn’t cut it for one class. We are all suffering simple, this is not a race to who’s suffering more there’s no prize. They were just answering questions.

    • iyke

      April 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      @chiemeka, made a fool of myself?Fair enough!…your opinion.
      Honestly you wouldn’t say that if you knew that everything seems impossible until it is done.
      Kid cousin,as an international student was a graduate assistant (commerce for 1st ur business students )while studying for his postgrad at one of your so called EU Ivy League colleges.
      And you know what he managed it very well and lectures there today full time as a doctorate student.
      Was it tough???Absolutely!Was it doable?Sure!!
      I advise you to put your ignorance on a leach or I may taser it.

    • Naomi

      April 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Oga Iyke swallow your spit.
      You dont know the full story. I
      f you work work work and gather money and neglect your studies, the UKBA will bounce you asap!!
      So all the money u gathered is now for what? when the main reason you went there is truncated.

    • Boyy

      December 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Undergra is way different Mr.

    • The real D

      April 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Which post grad una dey go? I don’t know about Canada or UK but in the US most post grad offer work study, research or some sort of scholarship. Scholarships may not be full but it is usually tangible. When I was in school, minimum wage was $5.15 but I found way around housing to drive cost down with God’s help through scholarship, I was able to make it all work on my $5.15/hr pay check until God showed up again and I was able to work off campus once that happened, I carried full credit, including class projects, study groups and all, and worked a full time off campus jobs and a part time on campus. For the person complaining about projects and deadlines, I tell you it is because you still have an option available to you, I did too but chose to act like I didn’t and you would be surprised at what you’d accomplish, the scholarships you will dig up and means of making it work. A certain acquaintance said the same thing in undergrad, daddy retired shortly prior to completing undergrad and somehow she was able to put ourselves through post grad as an international student. My point is like Iyke said they are all excuses, if you really had no where to turn you would find a way.

    • lacey

      April 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you dear! If you are studying in the UK,don’t even come here to yarn rubbish! The scenario in Canada and USA is different. When I did my masters in the US I could not even work for 10 months,my college 93 is a A-,A is 96! Tuition about 60k, no books,feeding and rent o!
      I studied in the UK as well and there you can work outside your uni,but not in the US. Living expenses here in the US was about 1k a month cos my city has an ivy league uni as well as a top private university! So$7.25 cannot do jack,as if your GPA is less than 3.0/4, you will be asked to withdraw! In all God was just overly faithful as I will not go and chase $10 job and have a bad grade, and then be asked to withdraw after paying heavy tuition. It is well!

  12. Prince

    April 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Get a job and be busy and stop the complain. If money isn’t coming from Naija, make money over there.

  13. MrNaijaD

    April 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I am a Naija boy studying in Canada, there is struggle everywhere, but any time I remember the kinda struggle I did in Lagos for the Canadian visa I smile and keep going all the struggles will end one day. Not all of us are seeds of Otedola or Dangote but being alone here in Canada has taught me not to rely on anybody. lowest minimum wage in Canada is CAD10.45 do many jobs you can when on break and during school sessions do few and you might be blessed like myself to get a well paying job then you can start giving back to your people back home! Hey the bills are too much, tax, rent not joking sturv but save more when you get more, be wise and strong!

    • Besos

      April 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Mr.NaijaD.. I will be coming over to Canada next year for my masters (humanities).. kindly advise which uni’s and cities are best for new comers.. I was advised by many to move to smaller towns such as Edmundton, Regina Etc..because apparently jobs( part time nothing fancy) are easier to get and student life is generally more affordable than bigger cities such as vancouver. is this true? what are some of the things to look out for when choosing a university.. Please advise.

    • MrNaijaD

      April 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Hello Besos, If you haven’t gotten an admission yet I will advise you to look into these schools Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and University of Saskatchewan (UofS) cheapest graduate programs tuition as low as CAD5k yearly. You can also seek for scholarship if you have a first-class. Those who advised you to move to smaller cities didn’t lie, it is easier to settle in small cities with less employment competition which makes large job availability and low living expenses compared to bigger cities. Once you’ve been established with many years of work experience you can then seek employment in bigger cities to enjoy and chop life!

    • Besos

      April 28, 2016 at 4:44 am

      @Mr naija D You are a big help.. thanks so much… I will definitely be doing that.

  14. nene

    April 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    it’s not by force to school abroad. nigerian here are also suffering. pick ur battles.

  15. Paulmirabilis

    April 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    @iyke: your comment actually shows that you are ignorant and totally rely on hearsays. Trust me bro, I lived and graduated with degrees in Nigeria, Europe and the US and can categorically tell you that no student truly attending school and working abroad will make anything close to 35k pounds or its equivalent. When I was studying in Europe, I had friends who left school to concentrate on working menial jobs and guess what, after working up to 18 hours per day, they still struggle to earn up to 2000 Euros after tax. Now, compare that to someone like me that was serious with school and was still working; my guy, I can’t remember ever earning up to 1000Euros in any month.

    Now, if we talk about schooling as an international student in the US, it is even worse because you can’t work outside of your school facilities, except you have the opportunity of getting an internship during summer holidays. I worked as a graduate assistant in my department and even with my monthly stipend and the opportunity of paying half of the tuition, I struggled financially all through my graduate program, having to borrow money from friends to make ends meet.

    So my guy, stop saying what you don’t know on public spaces like this. It’s not cool at all.

    • iyke

      April 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      @paulmirablis, can you point to me in my comments where I said you could make up to
      €£35K while working and studying?I think you are over-reacting and not seeing my point.
      Relying on hearsay?????smh!No bro,I don’t do heresay…I am a living testimony.
      Anyways,shout out to all the students in UK,Europe,Canada and the US who despite all the challenges,are still grinding it out one way or the other.????.It’s not easy but it’s doable.A lot of people did it……a lot are still doing it…And I know you can do it without relying on your folks.

    • slice

      April 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Maybe you shd clarify cause it seemed you were saying the guy did his post grad studies full-time and was making 35k per year at the same time

  16. nunulicious

    April 27, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    What did that girl have on her head? mbok, as though life is not hard enough, you go carry that one join. Hian!

  17. mdb

    April 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    The comments just show how much Nigerians lack empathy.
    That these students say things are difficult does not make your own hardship irrelevant. This video is just to show how the policies have affected a different set of people. That you can’t relate does not mean you have the right to disregard their experiences.
    This is not a suffering competition!
    If you can’t be polite or at least show some empathy when you’re “advising” them then don’t bother.

    • mo

      April 27, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      God bless you mdb for this comment. I don’t understand why simple question and answer has turned to competition of who na we suffer pass. Again there’s no prize at the end of the argument. Their answers and suffering certainly doesn’t negate or diminish yours, so don’t diminish the suffering of others. Battabox sef should word their titles properly.

  18. Pretty girl

    April 27, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I stay I canada and u can work off campus with ur study permit and u are allowed only twenty hours in a week and different province pay different minimum wage. And there are some factor work u can do if u want to work more than twenty hours u can just that they will have to pay u in cash. If u are here on a post graduate program the work load isn’t much but if you are doing masters then u will have to face ur books.

    • Besos

      April 28, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Ha.. thank you.. when they were saying you cnt work off campus I fear… cus thts not what I heard.. me I’m planning to work as muh as I can.. I already do where I live currently.

  19. Pretty girl

    April 28, 2016 at 12:08 am

    U can earn up to 10,000 dollars if u want to go back to school again u can move ur admission letter to another months then u can now work as long as u want and even pay ur school fess like I said it depends on the province u stay like me I stay in st catharine and minimum wage here is 12 dollars per hour but if u go to other province they pay higher

    • Treseme

      April 28, 2016 at 12:47 am

      minimum wage is $11.25 per hour in Ontario, of which st Catherine’s is a city of. Please don’t give out wrong info.

    • Mo

      April 28, 2016 at 5:27 am

      Please how would you explain to Canadian government that you want to work instead of the schooling that they gave you study permit for?
      Also can you please elaborate on how you can move your admission once you are in the country? To my knowledge you can’t even work in Canada as a study permit holder without taking minimum of 18 credit hours a session (except you want to do things illegally)

  20. St Catherine liar

    April 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    @pretty lady since when did st.catherines become a province biko?
    Make una dey fear God for una lie abeg

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