10 Reasons: As a Nigerian in Diaspora, Nigeria isn’t my Backup Plan but my Home!

by Uche Onegeria 13 May , 2016  

1. 99% of my family members are still in Nigeria. Family is everything!!!!
Image Source: Chioma Metuh on Facebook
 
2. It’s alright that we are not as developed as other countries like the United States. Why will we be as developed as they are when they got their independence 240 years ago (1776) and we only got ours 56 years ago (1960)? Yes! They have had so many years (decades and centuries) and so do we, to get it right (and they aren’t even perfect yet).
Emergency Hospital in Nigeria (Left) and a United States’ Emergency Hospital (Right). Image Source www.premiumtimesng.com and www.glassdoor.ca. But we need to step-up our game though…”5th largest producer of crude oil” for mouth?
3. I miss the people *mehn; how loud and excited we can be. It can get super quiet here.
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Not quite this loud..but you get what I mean 🙂

4. I am Igbo and I kind of miss speaking my language with people. We only have a handful of Nigerians who actually speak Igbo here. Watch my beautiful sister, Chiezugo Orizu decimate Igbo language below

5. Do I have to tell you that I miss the food? I do miss the food. Right now, I fit chop even the foods I hated in Nigeria like they are my best if I can get my hands on them. I miss even gala, indomie, abacha,  pear (*ube) and our Nigerian sardines.
Bitter leaf soup.. Omg! Yummy!
6. We are not a 3rd world country. We are a developing country and opportunities abound more than you think possible. Someone actually said that “Nigeria is a Virgin” country. So many opportunities still remain unexplored in Nigeria. I mean, there are many problems in Nigeria and only those who recognize that coming up with innovative solutions which relieve the sufferings of Nigerians will achieve financial success.

7. Need I say more? The food again. Yummy!!!!!

8. We strong *kakaraka!! We dey *kamkpe. We have had Boko Haram, Ebola, epileptic power situation, terrible roads, Lassa Fever, now Fulani Herdsmen and will always survive.
9. The great number of human help or support that one easily gets in Nigeria is something one can only dream of in diaspora. Getting a nanny (full or part-time) is a luxury that most people overseas cannot afford. It can cost from about $10 – 25 per hour. Case closed! I hope my mom can come to help me biko!
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10. You can take a bird out of the sky but it will always flap its wings, in the hopes of flying away. That is how I feel being away from Nigeria. My roots are not here, and I will never forget that.
There are some things that I do not miss though – Lagos traffic, epileptic power supply, smelly drainage ways (I have the damned allergies mehn), evil LASTMA officials, poor health care system, poor security, crazy fuel prices etc… (I am so sad now as I recount all these).
 
However, as bad it seems; even if I am here, Nigeria is still my home. And there are many of us here that recognize that. We know that you cannot just abandon your home just because “it is on fire”. It is truly amazing here and even though we cannot bring the environment from here over to Nigeria, we can bring the intellectual prowess that would make us succeed in developing Nigeria.
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4 Comments

  1. Onegeria This is hot okay. Eheen! Make the rest of us go first go smell the fresh air, say hi to oyibo woman make she say hi back, cut out go chop cheap chicken for inside bucket (no be this our 9ja version of KFC), dey see light, dey flex WiFi everywhere you go, make we still use our eyes see Dollar we no fit see am for 9ja. I feel Benjamin the other day, I was like my man so na you dey cause all this wahala for us abi eheen!. I buru n'ike agwugo gi nne, I nwere ike itu down side a sha. Just hala me I go come pick you from LOS.

  2. Onegeria This is hot okay. Eheen! Make the rest of us go first go smell the fresh air, say hi to oyibo woman make she say hi back, cut out go chop cheap chicken for inside bucket (no be this our 9ja version of KFC), dey see light, dey flex WiFi everywhere you go, make we still use our eyes see Dollar we no fit see am for 9ja. I feel Benjamin the other day, I was like my man so na you dey cause all this wahala for us abi eheen!. I buru n'ike agwugo gi nne, I nwere ike itu down side a sha. Just hala me I go come pick you from LOS.

  3. My dear, I understand what you mean. Na our politicians dey fall our hands if not, we no suppose to dey find these oyibo people sef…
    You want to come pick me from the airport.. Hookay ooh! You don talk am now. Oruo na omume, onye agbana oso..

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