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Diaspora Chronicles: The I-Just-Came- Backs



They are all over the happening lounges, clubs and eateries in Lagos and Abuja.  They are still trying to keep up appearance while pretending that they are sitting in Starbucks in Manhattan. You cannot miss them; they are quick to engage you about life in New York or LA or any backwater town in the US they have lived in while punctuating their discussion with “It’s so freaking hot”, “I just came back” and “When I came back”. They try to differentiate themselves from the rest of the crowd by making sure their American accent is more pronounced than those of the Americans. They wear their college rings and other college memorabilia so conspicuously and wave their hands so enthusiastically when talking so you see the ring. They act like they are the messiahs Nigeria has been looking for. Welcome to the world of the “I just came back” a.k.a returnees.

Do not mistake them for deportees, as they are not. They are mainly in their twenties with a few in their early thirties and many of them are children of the rich and middle class who schooled in the Western world. Some left as early as secondary school age and never returned until they finished their first and second degrees. They are like aliens in their own country – confused as to where they belong. Many did not return because they love Nigeria but because of one or all of the following reasons;

  • They did not get the jobs they thought they would get with a Western degree
  • They had immigration challenges
  • They were blackmailed to return by ageing parents, with dwindling resources, who were tired of paying for a lifestyle that did not seem to be taking them anywhere.

Upon their return, they spend their time on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat following the lives of their friends or classmates still living abroad and posting pictures of their own lives, but only reporting locations and events that make it look like they are finally living the life.

When they are applying for jobs, they never want entry level positions because they feel that with their Western education they deserve better than other applicants trained in “the useless Nigerian universities”.  When you hear them at interviews, they act so arrogant that you feel they should be on the opposite side interviewing you.  Alas! When you finally hire them, they have such an attitude that if they do not get with the program and realize that their situations have changed, they do not last more than 1 year in any given position.  In fact, I hear that some companies in Nigeria have started kicking back and have unofficially decided not to hire returnees, until they have worked at least a few years in Nigeria. After all there is a limit to which being a wiz in Excel and Powerpoint can do for any company.  The last resort is that those whose parents have businesses just end up working for them, and the nuisance value is then retained in the family territory.

I think what shocks them most when they return is that Nigeria has moved on, and then they realise that schooling in the US is not the be all and end all. The fashion or party scene that is supposedly big in America turns out to be bigger and crazier in Nigeria… if you know the right people. The cars that maybe only celebrities drove in the US are being driven by regular people in Nigeria, who even paid cash!

The friends and classmates they left to go school abroad have vaulted past them, so it makes them start second guessing if it was a good decision to school abroad. I know the son of a friend who refused to take any job his parents helped him to get because the entry salary was N250,000 a month and it couldn’t sustain his lifestyle. Efforts to make him understand that many entry jobs in Nigeria were less than N250,000 did not make him alter his decision. This was mainly because he was converting N250,000 to dollars;  of course that will not also make sense to me if I were in his shoes too.

I remember meeting one of them returnees at an event in Lagos recently ,and when he went on and on about the London party scene and how he lives the luxury life and I just said “nice; so what were you doing over there to afford all of that?” His stuttering confirmed my suspicion that he was probably another flunky who had come home to show off.

Life is hard enough in Nigeria without them making it harder on themselves by being under so much pressure to keep up appearances. Where these returnees are now is not where they probably thought they will be at this time, but life is in stages and things can change at any time. With the right mindset, one can achieve that good life in Nigeria, even better than those abroad! Live according to what you have, make the best of the “bad” situation, rather than spending all that time faking it.

For you still in diaspora, pity them, sympathise with them, but never laugh at them… as you never know when you will also become an “I just came back” too.

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Story written by Kiki Daniel of Diaspora Chronicles.

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  1. koins

    September 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You sound so bitter


      September 6, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      i think it’s more of annoyance than bitterness. When you see the suffering in this country, people who would be more than grateful to receive the 250 000 naira these “returnees” discard with so much disdain…..people here hustle so hard for so less. ..i mean, one has every reason to be upset.

      I don’t blame those who liked the “bitter” comment. Most commenters are not parents yet… Some of you have not really witnessed your parents hustling , the hard work, sleepless nights, the tears, the sacrifices…you’ve seen and enjoyed only the perks.

      When u will become parents, especially if you’ve toiled like a horse, starting from the bottom, to provide the best for your offspring, only for the entitled snotling (with his fancy degree) to arrogantly declare some things are below him ….abeg, whether you like it or not, you go craze.

      That is when you will appreciate your parents’ efforts and give a shout-out to those who wake up at 5 a.m to go about their grind tirelessly without being discouraged ….for less

      You say 250 000 is small? Abeg hustle your own, from scratch make we see how much you can bring to the table.
      Before the “Not all” crew pops up, yes i know, not all are like that!

    • ***

      September 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Can you explain this ‘bitterness’?

      Nigerians always have a hard time digesting truths, one of the reasons our problems linger for ages
      Points the writer made describe a good number of returnees (me inclusive)
      Entitled, malcontent, arrogant, critically judgemental, unwarranted display of IQ ‘superiority’ among other despicable attributes
      I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that my earnings as a college graduate in nigeria was significantly meagre compared to what I made doing shifts and planning parties as an undergrad. It was hard and my parents excused my sulky behaviour for some time … I eventually pissed everybody (especially my dad) off and they cut me loose, as in no calls no extra allowances etc life compelled me to live within my income at the time or improve it … it took self-discovery and humility to get to the point I currently am … I give God the glory today I have a career that keeps me fulfilled and comfortable
      So people who fit the description should have a rethink and be pragmatic … nobody owes you anything … embrace humility, learn, effect the positive changes you want to see in the nigerian ugly system, complain less and wear a friendly countenance … you will be fine

    • iyke

      September 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      LOL …That was why I said that all the 20s folks are entitled to get all excited and drown in an overload of superiority complex. Lol. I see them all the time. They have never worked and paid rent abroad.I don’t mean, shared accommodation ooo.
      By the time they settle down and take up responsibilities (rent, utilities, credit/loan debts, transportation costs )et al and perhaps accommodate/feed a guest for a week, accent and shakara would vamoose. Lol
      Life is hard for a black man abroad talk more of the unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves.
      Somebody refusing 250k Nigeria? God have mercy! How many companies in all honesty could pay that wages in Nigeria for an entry level graduate from one stupid metropolitan college in UK forming UK returnee?
      It’s always those ones that live/d in South East London or those ones that attended Greenwich college that no dey allow us rest for Lekki. Lol

    • Uloma

      September 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks everyone for reading! Our articles drive conversation and when we do that, it makes it worth it. Have a good evening.

    • Elle

      September 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      @*** you are calm today and not fighting. Nice.
      Very valid comment too.

  2. Asa

    September 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Some of them are really good though. Those who grew up in Nigeria and then got their Bachelors and Masters degrees outside the country are better. I know one that just got back as well. Lives with his brother in Lagos and has just landed a job with a multinational. When you grow up in naija and appreciate that your parents work hard for every penny then they sweat and send you abroad, you don’t need a soothesayer to tell you to get your sh** together. You get it together really fast so that they can focus on your siblings. All the ones I know, did this. Not all IJGBs are unrealistic. Te ones I know don’t have accents either. Their 9ja accents were fully formed before they ever left Naija.

    • Eve

      September 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thank you so much for this comment. I don’t think the writer was being very objective. The writer just wrote about a few entitled IJGB that he/she has had experience with. There are so many others that have a vision to build something sustainable in Nigeria and humble themselves and learned the Nigerian way(Me included). Next time, please do better research before you generalise abeg, Oga/Madam writer…

  3. nuna

    September 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    LOL I cant wait for the comments

  4. 112104

    September 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I didn’t need to read this vile article this morning. Where is the love, madam? *hugs*

  5. Tolu

    September 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Na wa o. It’s like you were denied visa. Pele

    • dora the explorer

      September 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm


    • Sade Twyse

      September 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      He or She was denied visa more than once sef. Bitter angry writer.

    • Joromi

      September 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      She is also an IJGB. Pele to you too and your fellow shortsighted comrades and commentators who think every piece of satire is cause to call the writer “hater” or “bitter”. Jeez. Nigerians open your minds. Expand your horizons. Life is not a battle. There is more, more, more. Chai. Love you Kiki. Been a longtime reader of the chronicles. This article is 100% apt. No minuses or add-ons needed. Keep being fab!

    • Ottawa Queen

      September 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      ? you people and ur bad mouth sha.

    • Will

      October 13, 2017 at 3:55 am

      LMAO!! hilarious!!

  6. Tolu

    September 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Pele o. It’s like you were denied visa.

    • Annelisa

      September 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      She’s quite on point tho

  7. A Chosen One

    September 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Ouch. Sooo harsh. Still, the spelling and grammar is quite good, considering the writer didn’t school/live ‘in the abroad’ like us Chosen Ones (just joking oh. I found it quite funny)

  8. Sunshine

    September 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Some valid points were made in this article but they got lost in the writer’s delivery. The generalisation was also a bit overboard, as not everyone that returns to Nigeria does so with fake accents or a condescending attitude. Consider the fact that the individuals you are referring to are struggling to adjust to a new reality, regardless of how short or long their stay was, and with that comes its own fears and insecurities. It’s very easy to focus on shortcomings but remember that empathy is key when writing about people you know nothing about. God bless.

    • Flo

      September 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      I completely agree!

    • Observaunt

      September 8, 2017 at 5:01 am

      And this writer clearly knows nothing about the people she is writing about. How this person believes “I know the son of a friend” and other random appeals to hear say qualifies as substantive writing is WOW. No intellectual rigor whatsoever. I don’t know where you learnt to write but please ask for refund–Nigeria or abroad, they failed you.

  9. Anon

    September 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Diaspora Chronicles: How “returnees” deal with judgmental “non returnees” that group bunch of people into a very narrowed box because of one of two experiences.

    You just don’t sound very bitter, you ARE bitter. Get a life and improve your writing skills while you’re at it.

  10. Summer

    September 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Where do I start from?

    1. Oga Sir, isn’t it hot?
    2. We can only talk about our experiences, I’m sorry I don’t have stories to tell you about my days in UI or Nsukka
    3. Which serious graduate in Nigeria actually aspires to entry-level positions? That one is a general millennial issue.
    4. ‘Good life in Nigeria better than those abroad’ LOL at what cost?
    5. Why are you advising people to pity or sympathise IJGBs, when they can ‘achieve that good life in Nigeria’?

    I don’t deny that some people return home expecting the system and everyone to bow to them. However, that is not the case with everyone. I find articles like this divisive. So the next time we meet IJGBs, we should regard them with derision, abi?
    Even if someone moved back because of career/immigration/financial issues, what exactly is wrong with that?

    Give people a chance. If you meet someone that is doing one kind, swerve. Do you know the work and sacrifices a lot of parents have endured to give their children better lives? We really need to stop begrudging people the opportunities they’ve had in life. They are not responsible for your misfortune…unless their parents are politicians ?.

    I didn’t mean to type so much and I don’t even consider myself a proper returnee. I just don’t like sweeping generalizations.

  11. Wunmi

    September 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    OMG ? who is this writer?
    Who do you?you are so bitter and jealous
    What is wrong with ppl living abroad and just learning how to climatise (not sure the spelling)to their new environment ?It’s not showing off as ur low self esteem thinks,it’s them adjusting to their new life.Damn….I can’t even waste my battery on this nonsense

  12. Tee

    September 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    So much bile in an article. You probably just met less than 5% and just concluded.

  13. missdodo

    September 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I struggled to find the message … the article appears judgmental … it’s really not that deep!

  14. wendy

    September 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    why una dey chew the writer head???? There are lots of valid points in this article. naija people like class alot. So, Some of these people believe that they have to do the stated to belong or differentiate themselves…

    abeg she dey talk the truth. She is not being bitter… how many of u can attest to not being guilty of the above…
    Make una free the girl

  15. Flow

    September 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Lool, dear writer, you don pissed off a lot of dem folks you writting bout, and they coming for your head! I don’t know them so I do not know how to feel about this article.

  16. iyke

    September 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Writer is a bit harsh and judgemental though I get where she’s coming from.
    Oh well, like you said, they are in their 20s – that excited behaviour is expected.
    N250,000 for an entry level job in Nigeria and someone is refusing it? That’s like £28k per annum job in UK right? What kind of useless lifestyle is he used to that he would refuse a 250k job in Nigeria?
    Fake lives everywhere!!

    • Anon

      September 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      #250000 = approx. 526.32 per month. £6315.79 per annual. You can’t live on that in the UK except you are getting council benefits. And I doubt their council is as generous as some other European countries. So that money will be hard to live on in the UK. But you might be able to in Nigeria depending on where you live and what resources you have or what you are willing to adapt to. Some people can’t jump on danfo. Cultural shock.

    • Tolu

      September 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Ah please where did you get this your exchange rate from??

    • Anon

      September 7, 2017 at 12:10 am

      @tolu Last I checked £1 to naira is sold for #475. But that was few days ago.

    • Tolu

      September 7, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Anon. I was referring to Iyke’s conversion rate. £6k sounds about right. Not sure where he got £28k from.

  17. Soso

    September 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I know your type and I have seen them. You’re just jealous and bitter. Smh!

  18. oprah

    September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This was so good and soo true! I am a returnee…left Nigeria for Alevels and came back with two degrees….I must not lie, it’s not easy oh. After your parents have paid so much for your education, your objective is to find a job that justifies the cost, regardless of your actual market value and skill set.

    Also, when you graduate with similar degrees and grades as people from foreign universities (both Nigerian and non-nigerian), you will be concerned about what your average fellow foreign graduate makes and want to make the same amount of money, regardless of what the condition of the Nigerian economy is and what the average nigerian graduate makes……….. which I think is a fair expectation. What life then has to offer is a different matter entirely.

  19. Big Tee

    September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    The writer is angry, bitter, insecure, and probably a witch or wizard. I see the aggression in your “no drama’ attitude. Face front biko…

    • seuntyb

      September 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      lmao you are the one that sounds bitter brah

  20. Toluwalope

    September 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Wouldn’t have been better written.
    Nice article

  21. Ajayi Oluwabukola

    September 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    She made serious valid points, most not all who return to Nigeria believe they are better than those who schooled here, please just have an encounter with the am above ur class ones and you feel the urge to strike them in the face. She did not generalise in my opinion, she only used the phrase above as a satire to mock the ones who fall into this particular group. Annoyingly the ones who form are those from middle class homes like myself. Please, if you are better than the average Nigeria why did you come back? At your level you shouldn’t be breathing the same air with me.

    • justsaying

      September 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      But we are though ????????
      1000 times better in work ethics and everything else.

      We came down to help people like you and help make the country better cos left to you unexposed ones this nation will be a shit hole to eternity. Jealousy blocks your blessing. Stop it and also stop instead of watching and emulating the west in foolish things like entertainment and fashion and wanting to be Kim Kardashian, I suggest you emulate their better common sense and work ethics and make Africa better.

      We are and forever be better than you when it comes to work

    • Nguyi

      September 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      @justsaying so you just proved the writer’s point. Way to go!!! Common sense isn’t common o!!!

    • Uloma

      September 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Ajayi kissess! Kiki someone understands satire! Thanks!

  22. Babatunde Denton

    September 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    The writer is extremely bitter and jealous. This piece shows that she is not exposed. People that studied/lived abroad are used to a certain lifestyle that the average Nigerian would not understand (constant electricity,good transport, internet etc). It is difficult for to adjust as it’s similar to living in a different planet. Of course these guys will act a certain way. That’s what exposure does to you.

    The “fake accents” bit i understand as it’s a bit annoying. Regardless,if you left Nigeria at a young age (teenager) and assimilated into a foreign society, your accent will change. Why should they feel guilty over speaking in a way that they have been accustomed to from a young age?

    In regards to their mates in Nigeria having passed them by career wise, you are having a laugh. Unless you studied in a private university, the average age for graduates in Nigeria is 25 due to strikes. Whereas, the average age of graduates from foreign universities is 21. The job market is a young man’s market. A lot of graduates in Nigeria have successful careers no doubt.

    I am not saying that foreign graduates are better than home-based graduates but the fact of the matter is that a foreign degree puts you in front of the queue not just in Nigeria but many countries so the writer is just bitter and not exposed.

  23. You are a bitter soul

    September 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    You are simply bitter. Arrogance has very little to do with where one has studied. There are Nigerians, who have studied in Nigeria, who are equally arrogant, condescending and have a sense of entitlement. Go get a life!

  24. Observer

    September 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    BITTER and JEALOUS Nigerians everywhere. The writer sounds angry and very bitter a the not being able to match up to the IJGB people. I am tired of these kind of articles that take pride in taking digs at us. Go and apply for visa and leave us alone.

    • Kanzi

      September 6, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Relax. It’s never that serious. The writer may not even live in Nigeria

  25. G-Force 5

    September 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    This article reeks of jealousy and ignorance. Yes, there are quite a few foreign graduates who are arrogant but the writer tends to generalize a lot of them. The fact of the matter is that studying in an advanced country gives them a level of exposure that makes them selective of who they socialize with.

    Yes, a lot of them have high expectation which is not always realistic but their level of education and exposure means that they cannot start at the bottom. How the hell do you compare studying in the US to studying in Nigeria? Are you nuts? Nigerians are delusional.

    I doubt the writer has studied/lived abroad because if she did she would not have made such ignorant statements.

  26. Papacy

    September 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Lol, The case(s) of the IJGBs. The stories will never end. The one that went for 1 year masters programme in Uk and came back to form we are going dutch, after dragging me out of my house for drinks. Chai! I dont blame them sha, Hung out with some foreign guys and paid for the drinks, i became the “nicest guy I’ve ever met”. For just beer? How do you people in the abroad hang out sef?

  27. Sade Twyse

    September 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    The vitriol in this write up. Naija people can act like it’s successful people that kobalize them. Live and let live. I live in be US so no. I am am not a returner but these kind of beef is reason to not even want to mess with una

  28. seuntyb

    September 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    just speaking facts. the ppl who wont agree are the the ppl the writer was talking about. its always funny when diaspora ppl try to throw shade and all they can say is your spelling is bad or you have a yoruba accent.

    i dont always agree cuz bella naija articles have shit lately but this one make sense. i go around lagos seeing diaspora kids that can even pay for their drinks coming to tell me about the good life. kids that still dont pay for the cloths on their back, rent, food or have never even bought a plane ticket before.

    pls someone explain how do spend 20 years in naija but 4 years in jand but have only a jand accent. am just trying to make common sense.

  29. aunty

    September 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    we are still on IJGB matter? please move on

  30. Tonte

    September 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Kiki I know you silly girl. I can just see you cracking up wherever you are. People she is a returnee herself and she has in her employ the IJCB’s. Don’t get your knickers in a twist lol!

  31. Jess

    September 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    People who think like this writer are people who wished they had the same opportunity and think they would do better. When people move from one level to another, it’s human to always refer to where you have been and make comparisons so I see nothing wrong in saying “when I was in the UK/US”. Even when you move from one state in Nigeria to another you can’t help but make comparisons and tell people about how life was for you. So give “returnees” a break. You’d always find that people who pick on everything will give a foot to even travel for a day. When they are able to afford a high lifestyle they are the ones to visit other countries and even send their kids there forgetting that their kids too will be regarded as “returnees” Badbelle writer ???

    • Kbald

      September 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

      How do you know the writer has not had the opportunity to live outside Nigeria. It’s pretty obvious from this article that the writer is either just returned to Nigeria or lives in the diaspora. Don’t get your knickers in a twist.

  32. R.

    September 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I came on here expecting to be thoroughly amused (The IJGB experience is LOADED and there is so much great content to draw from). Sadly, this article fell short as the writer failed to inject the article with enough wit and satire to carry it through. Nothing about this screams bitter – I’m going to even guess the writer is an IJGB that needs more experience writing. Nice try though! Lol @ the naira to dollar conversion – it’s real in them skreets! Signed, a future IJGB.

  33. Kanzi

    September 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    How do you know the writer even lives in Nigeria. Relax. It’s never that serious.

  34. Ada

    September 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Heared a lot of I just got back when I visited nigeria..was wondering wats all this….everything was so overdone and extra…from dressing in church like it’s a glamorous wedding..most of these I just got back don’t work why in skl abroad so mostly their not used to hustling…
    The I just got back is best way to start a convo n boost their confidence..

  35. frank

    September 6, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I only came here for the comments.

  36. gbaskelebo

    September 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Just reading comments here I am perturbed, we are already creating a class distinction subconsciously some one even hastily generalized that they returnees are a 1000 times better in terms of work ethics, really? Choose what you want to believe, call the writer any name you like but she made very valid points,

  37. Mrs chidukane

    September 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Lol. This article cut to the quick sha. When I was in Law school, everyone had an American accent including the guy who served us at ice cream factory. The article is spot on for some people.

  38. Las

    September 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    A lot of generalisation in this article. It’s like saying all Nigerians are corrupt…wait…

  39. Cocoa

    September 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    My only problem with articles like this is that many develop similar sentiments and assumptions of ALL IJGBs solely based off of reading things like this.

    After my first degree i came back for NYSC and though I consider myself to be humble, kind, friendly….i found that i was pre-judged a lot, just based on being an IJGB. There was basically no interaction between us and the home graduates….they avoided us like a plague…that was disheartening to me. I remember the first assembly …FIRST ASSEMBLY O…(so no interaction to base opinions on yet) we were mocked by whoever had the microphone and represented authority. As a result the IJGBs stuck together and formed a tight bond….this was perceived as “they think they are too good to hang out with us”.

    There are IJGBs who understand very well what it means to toil and be independent. I’m about to graduate from medical school…I work part time (since my 1st year) and pay my rent, bills, upkeep etc MYSELF. while juggling endless exams.

    Yes, we may have accents( most of us cant help it), some may take years to adjust (trust me it is not easy)….I would refuse a well paying job if i thought God had better plans for me (whats wrong in that?)

    There is enough disunity in our country as it is…..lets just be a tad bit more tolerant of differences…and be open to experiencing everyone as an INDIVIDUAL.

  40. Fabulous

    September 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Lol, a lot of IJGB are angered by this article. LMAO. The writer is on point abeg. You guys can’t just take the truth.

  41. Simply_Seun

    September 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Let’s learn to adsorb constructive criticism in this country, although the article might sound bias, the best you can do is to pick which one connects with your character and adjust. This is Naija!, you don’t expect to be accepted with open hands, just be humble in your dealings and watch how the love flows in. #My2Kobo

    • Weezy

      September 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Can you really argue that the article is constructive?

  42. NoSHAME-Janded-to-the-core

    September 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    ‘Thing is – you can’t paint all “returnees” with one brush. Do you know how visitors from Nigeria behave when they come on visits?…”oh you guys are suffering in Jand” wow…we have better this and that is Lagos…
    and the then you get to Lagos…xxxxxx
    ..”shake my head”

  43. Hmm

    September 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Did your lover leave you for a returnee?

  44. Boston2LasGidi

    September 6, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    …mmm…I don’t know what else to say to this author asides agreeing that arrogance is not good at all – just like Bad Belle.
    Though I would really like to know why my cousin has decided to change his name and tear up his green passport the moment he got an American visa – he was earning multiples of 250K by the way.
    (Anyway at least IJGBs make the Victoria Island/Lekki interesting places don’t they – if I can digress a bit LOL)

  45. Blakky Chan

    September 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I just got back after escaping floods in Houston. You guys dont know how hard it is in the states right now. In houston we had no running water and no electricity for 4 days, that’s just inhumane ?
    We were suffering real bad over there and you all are complaining about coffee shops?

    • The real dee

      September 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Ehmm Blakky chan..but this is half truth. Yes, Harvey was bad and some parts of Houston were really hit, but you wrote like the entire city of Houston had power outage and no running water. I live in Houston and there was running water and electricity in my part of town, as a matter of fact it wasn’t even flooded and many districts in my area weren’t until they released the reservoirs.

      You ran back to Nigeria, have you applied for disaster aid? I’m not one to compare Nigeria and western countries, as I don’t see the point but the US government( both at the Federal, State and City level), charitable organizations, even individuals have contributed so much to help the flood victims. So there’s no room for suffering real bad if you get informed and put the info you have to good use. Try and apply for aid, you never know, you may recoup your losses if you were badly affected.

  46. aj

    September 7, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Can’t relate to this article…not yet in Nigeria but I can already imagine!

  47. Ada_ugo

    September 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

    writer sound so pained. a few lines in, and I’m done, biko… i need positivity in my life

    • Ada_ugo

      September 7, 2017 at 2:19 am


  48. OJ

    September 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

    There are plenty of my guys back in the “abroad” that are very much ready to take that 250k a month job in naija….there’s one returnee masters student that is using style style to beg 10k from me with her britico accent…hungry Neva waya una before, make you no go find work do

  49. BUKOLA

    September 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    How about this?
    People who studied in the diaspora should understand that things are presently difficult in Nigeria., they should embrace every little opportunity that presents themselves irrespective of wether it soothes their lifestyle or not.
    But no, you chose to sound bitter.

  50. flowers

    September 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    There is an element of truth in the writer’s article but the delivery seem to lack some bit of empathy for Nigerian’s in diasporas who have just left a well structured environment to an environment where things are not well structured and no customer service. It is easy to place judgement if you haven’t really seen another side of the world trust me the cultural shock is not a Joke. From experience I can tell you that Nigerians starts to ‘biff’ you, making all form of assumptions about you without even speaking to you. Living abroad can shape your way of reasoning and ways in which you act towards people. In the UK especially a lot of people are generally conservative which Nigerians could easily term as being arrogant. I remembered very vividly the last time I visited Nigeria after 12 years of staying in the UK, The first few days were difficult as I couldn’t comprehend a lot of people’s mannerism. I forgot how quickly Nigerians don’t say ‘thank you’ after offering them a service or ‘please’ when requesting for something. I was also shocked with the customer service which I believed should have really changed. I was shocked by people’s judgemental act, baseless and blinded arguments. I was shocked by how some Nigerian graduates can’t express themselves in a well articulated manner without using filler words and slangs. However I was impressed by few other people who haven’t been abroad but I’ve adopted good characters, strong work ethic and punctuality through willingness to learn from others who have seen the other side of the country. I also think it’s ok to turn down a salary that you believe is lower than what you can offer the company, if you have a choice to do so. A lot of Nigerian’s in diaspora have paid their dues and gathered sufficient experience that is required to earn them a good salary. Why sell yourself short or settle for less?
    Living abroad is not as easy as you all think, life happens and everyone has had their fair share either rich or poor. Don’t forget that travelling abroad to adapt to a whole new culture can be very difficult too so please be careful when delivering what should be an educative article. Eliminate the sentiment.

  51. CIA

    September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Man’s not hot!

  52. Chinaza

    September 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This should be included in the article,.
    Feminism is the ideological manifestation of biological envy with a hint of unnatural sense of entitlement, it is enabled by an intelligent, arrogant but otherwise dormant brain . It is also a legible form of the monthly stuff.
    Considering what any feminist says is a waste of cerebral processing capacity. Thankfully, however, adherents are mostly found in the Western world.
    Eat your heart out!

  53. Tiger

    September 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    As a IJGB myself, i was a pissed when I read this article as i assumed that the writer was just petty and jealous. Then I remember my experience at the Nigerian Law School and it always irritated me that kids who have only been abroad for about 3-5 years makes so much noise. They love shoving their accents down your throat.

    A lot of them are kids of politicians/captains of industry who have never worked at day in their live but have a huge sense of entitlement. Driving the flashiest cars but not knowing how their parents bought them. People who have lived abroad for a long period and have worked are not overly arrogant as they know what it is like to earn a living and pay bills.

    If you have no work experience, you have no right to be entitled to a huge salary of 300k upwards. The job market is the same worldwide: work experience is crucial. Those who have worked are entitled to be paid their equivalent abroad or more. That is not to say that you should be paid peanuts as your degree entitles you to earn a certain amount of money.

    Lastly, despite all these, the writer should not compare the lifestyle in the UK, US to the lifestyle in Nigeria as it is a different ballgame. There, teachers & employers treat you with the kind of respect that you will not get here. It is not easy to adapt once you have left a functioning society to one that is dysfunctional.

  54. Nene

    September 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    If you decide to come back to your third world country and settle for anything just because…. do that and leave people who choose not to.. like I don’t understand why it’s paining you. If you are happy to be Nigerian do it with your chest, must everybody join you? I don’t get. You sound like a bed belle, like all those wicked uncles in nollywood.

  55. Ibeh

    September 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    How wretched must your life be to convince yourself that people only move back because of dwindling resources and immigration issues

  56. Ibeh

    September 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Why do people get so mad that they didnt get sent abroad to drink starbucks and smoke cigarettes between class breaks?

  57. Tolu

    September 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Whoever wrote this is definitely sad and running low of self esteem

  58. My One Kobo

    September 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    lol, let me take some points out of your article Kiki to comment:
    – They are all over the happening lounges, clubs and eateries in Lagos and Abuja..they are spending money this is good for the economy.
    – They wear their college rings and other college memorabilia so conspicuously…shouldn’t you be proud of where you schooled be it in Nigeria or abroad
    – They are like aliens in their own country….a country where someone shouts thief and the next thing someone is burnt in the middle of the road. Doesn’t that make you feel like an alien? Where fraud and corruption is openly celebrated? Where you cannot trust the police.
    – But only reporting locations and events that make it look like they are finally living the life…lol, you haven’t met some UNILAG babes yet
    – Some companies in Nigeria have started kicking back and have unofficially decided not to hire returnees…, mention one. Don’t forget that most top organizations in Nigeria either have foreigners employed in key strategic positions or spend millions annually training their top management team in this same abroad
    – Wiz in Excel and Powerpoint can do for any company….this can make any company fortunes. When you are pitching a sale to a client or making budget what do you use, blackboard?
    – Those whose parents have businesses just end up working for them…I’m sure everyone loves to work in a family business…ever heard of Walmart?
    – The fashion or party scene that is supposedly big in America turns out to be bigger and crazier in Nigeria…Seriously?? You think being cramped like sardine in SIP or 57 is partying. Those even making the party and fashion scene lively in Nigeria are these IJGB and obviously the y**** boys.
    – For you still in diaspora, pity them, sympathise with them, but never laugh at them….
    nah, they should pity everyone living in Nigeria even the wealthy and comfortable because Nigeria is literally a shithole and we the youth need to do something especially those that have lived abroad and seen firsthand how a country can be better ruled.

    Do you know Nigerian universities are on strike now, both lecturers and admin staff.

    Schooling abroad or at home is cool, what is important what you learnt which mostly happen through self education outside the classes.

  59. AN IJGB

    September 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I can tell this person is salty they didn’t get to school abroad.

  60. BIGmama

    September 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Sis, no be IJGB people do you o…

  61. MAMA

    September 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Sis, no be IJGB people do you oo. Find something else to be mad at. Perhaps the government in Nigeria? Or the cost of living? Sitting down and typing a lot of nonsense about IJGB can’t be healthy.

  62. Chika

    September 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Long awaited article for us all to digest. I don’t see any bitterness. Pretty sure the one who wrote it, also schooled abroad. Humility is key. Let us always remember that no one owes you a dime and everyone is important. So sit up work hard and be prayerful it will all come to place.

  63. Momotaro

    September 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    bleh… I am an IJGB with a Masters degree who took a 150k job in a startup because I was very passionate about what the work was about and willing to cut my coat and throw it away. Went from earning £4k a month to 150k but I was happy because I was following my heart (my parents were very mad at me for returning lol). At my job, People were constantly trying to prove that I was nothing special just to make a point among themselves. It was a shitty experience, made me regret moving home. I am not in the minority. Many people move back and roll their sleeves up to work, reduce their expectations, disappoint their parents and get put down each and every day by people who think we took their jobs. I work for myself now, earning close to what I was earning before but free from societal judgment and stupid office politics. This article reminds me of why I left that job. Foolish and lazy generalizations, projecting your own prejudices and esteem issues on others. People trying to tell you who you are and how you should be. While I am sure there are people who fit the mold you have created, couldn’t you be different and write about those who are actually trying to make a life here, who are working hard and trying to live good lives? smh

  64. Anonymous

    September 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    If you were born and raised up to secondary school level in Nigeria and you only went for your first degree or masters or phd, you are not an IJCB or whatever acronym you use to describe yourself. The average age of a high school leaver in naija is about 16 to 17. At that age your habits, accents and most aspects of your personality are fully formed. Why do you think the Dream Act cut off age is 14, I think.

    By the way, you haven’t really “lived in the US” at least if your experience is college dorms, and shared student apartments. I have been here for almost 25 years and I always used to wonder why our rulers (they are not leaders) who majorly schooled abroad did not turn the country into what they saw. My husband who has a phd reminded me that most never worked or lived in surburban America. Most did f1 jobs on campus and a few got internships. I personally don’t see the need for any condescending attitude because unless you live and work among them you really don’t know Americans at all. Only if you came below 9 or 10 can you say you have forgotten Nigerian ways. This whole IJGB is another way of “forming”. How can you come here for 1st. degree and masters and pretend your accent has changed? That you are a returnee? How about going to osogbo after completing your masters in ABU and forming “I’m superior”That runs contrary to most research done on accents.

    The writer is telling the truth though in her own way. If you never worked outside,school or lived in Surburbia and you didn’t attend grade schools here, please stop faking your accent. It’s uncalled for. Besides she made them most valid reason why they are returning, reduction in non immigrant and immigrant filing quotas. Quit pretending. If you are not a dual citizen or you don’t have visa to work,Nigeria is your only option and don’t turn down any reasonable job offer. You do not carry another passport and will end up here working “under the table” for much less.

    You will be amazed that that friend who came to study does not know how to operate some sophisticated home gadgets here and will keep asking you “where is the soap”, how do I turn this on etc just like anyone would do seeing them for the first time. Take a good job offer because if you are illegal here you will be lucky to make $10/hr and besides you are not really an IJGB. Unless your grade school and middle and high school was here. Stop the pretense!! I still have my accent after.decades of schooling and working at a high level and living in Surburbia. It’s a lie. You don’t lose your accent for coming here for 8 years when your formative years were all in Nigeria. You just earned “boasting right” as naijas like to look down on each other.

  65. Suzie

    September 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I think sunshine, flowers and my one kobo have put it perfectly. The article attempts to be tongue in cheek but unfortunately comes across a a little bitter even if it was just meant to spark discussion.

    What I don’t understand is why a lot of Nigerians get judgmental and feel threatened when they find out you lived/went to school abroad. The truth is doing so introduces you to a different way of thinking and looking at things. And regarding the whole accent thing, while it’s a bit silly to claim that your accent changed because you went to school abroad in your late teens/early twenties, it’s equally as stupid to think every single returnee is faking an accent. The minute you have an accent, some people want to attack you. It’s an insecurity of the attackers part. Live and let live. If you lived somewhere for even just 2 years, you WILL pick up certain ways of speaking. I think you should attack the unilag girls that have an accent but have only been to the consulate for a visa application.

    You say they are seen in all the bars etc of vi, um what do you expect? They are young and that’s the way they socialise. There are returnees that don’t get seen in all those places and those tend to be the ones that probably never bothered to go out and mix with people when they were abroad.
    Also, so what if someone wants to go Dutch? The reason people go Dutch abroad is that most people make their money legit, rarely do ppl become rich overnight, living costs are higher and the currency holds more value. Why should anyone feel compelled to pay for anyone else’s drinks?? Look that’s just a cultural thing.

    And you say returnees come back because career, immigration etc, that isn’t always the case. There are returnees who come here to be your head. They went to Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and red brick unis or other top unis in the US and elsewhere and were doing fantastic but always wanted to return. So stop the bad belle. Don’t feel sorry for them – try to be like them!

  66. Emmanuel

    September 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm



    September 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I’m looking for an affordable institution for my masters in Canada, a business or an entrepreneurial course.
    Please let me know of a good school, I promise not to change my accent after that or form plenty.

  68. Mani

    September 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Not a fan on generalizing a bunch of people based off a small percentage. I’m also a bit confused about your statement about them not working before & being entitled. Did they tell you they haven’t worked before? Idk which ones you know but the majority of my friends have had jobs & gone to school at the same. If you want to make that statement, remember that even kids that go to school in nigeria, not all of them work. I understand the annoyance when they start acting brand new; however your delivery needs to be a lot better next time.

  69. Doli

    September 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I was born and raised in Nigeria before I settled in the uk, but even if I decide to come back, it will be a struggle for me of course. Have you ever lived in a developed country before? The standard of living is 99.9% better than the standard of living in an under developed country like Nigeria. The way you view things, as well as your mind set changes.
    First of all, don’t make it seem like people get paid on a regular though, because they don’t (maybe if you work in CBN. I have encountered bankers in Nigeria who even sew clothes as a side hustle).
    Secondly, Yes, Of course I would complain about the heat, my immune system has adjusted to cold weather and needs adjusting to hot weather again. So give people a break. if they have stayed a while in naija and still doing returnee things, they are messing and don’t just want to adjust to their situation.
    Thirdly, I have friends who have schooled overseas; from alevels to masters, and gone back to Nigeria gaining access to good jobs (with the right connections of course). I also have friends with the same level of studies who don’t have jobs, because they don’t have the right connections and mostly because they are past the age of 26years (this gets me every time. Clearly age discrimination is not a thing).
    Lastly, My family member moved to naija a few years ago from the US (to know her culture she said). They offered her a sweet deal if I do say so myself. A driver to take her places (she had to call for pick ups of course), house rent for free, and salary of such and such (just enough to feed). Fair enough they gave her the free ride and house, but to pay salary, for where. The babe started making wigs just to feed herself. Is it not her two korokoro eyes she used to go back to the states.

    So, the point of my essay is; who are we to judge someone on what they feel is good for them; if they say they want #250k job, then they know they will find it and at the moment they are not willing to settle for less, why take paracetamol for another mans headache.

  70. Jude

    September 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    The writer of this article is generalizing. And that is so wrong.

  71. Chris

    October 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    The writer is either trying to cheeky or bitter. It’s not about being better than those who studied in Nigeria. It’s about exposure. People prefer to hang out with those they feel they have a common background with.

    Studying abroad is totally different from studying in Nigeria. You become used to a system that works: fast internet, good roads, excellent transport system, rule of law etc. As such, you will despise the level of mediocrity that is acceptable in Nigeria.
    Most Nigerians accept poor customer service, epileptic power supply, poor roads, poor health care etc. Nigerian students are used to authoritarian figures telling them what to do, how to dress and to be fearful of them. Why would an IJGB be envious of that? Abroad, students are treated with respect and are given room to handle themselves. In the west, people start working from the age of 16, This makes them more mature than their counterparts in Nigeria.

    The Nigerian educational system does not groom individual thinkers. You are thought to follow the lecturer’s instructions to the tee. It’s just the educational sector but every aspect of Nigerian society (Work, religion, politics, NYSC). People who studies and lived in advanced societies are not intimidated by such figures hence why they are seen as “disrespectful”.

    As for those living in Nigeria being richer than those abroad, remind me again where your politicians and captains of industry send their wards to? Compare the average tuition fees in Nigeria to those in the UK and US. Compare living expenses. If those studying in Nigeria are so financially buoyant, why are begging the ones abroad to lend them money?

    The fact is people prefer to socialize with those who understand where they are coming from. People who have lived their whole lives in Nigeria would not understand. That is not to say that those who studied and lived abroad are better. Far from it. It’s just a matter of connection.

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