MOVING BACK TO NIGERIA – The Uncertainties & What Happened Afterwards

I felt a different love for Nigeria after I left its shores; then I wondered why we all yearned to leave the borders; some say it’s the search for greener pastures. I’m of the opinion that the grass is green where you water it and if there’s a God, then your success is not tied to one specific location. Even if you’re dropped in a desert, you will still flourish as long as you know your GOD.
Daniel 11:32 – But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
In July 2013, I started thinking of relocating back home and everyone I mentioned it to looked at me in that ‘are you crazy’ kind of way. I come dey wonder, is it not the same Nigeria that has produced folks like Alakija, Jason Njoku, abi na two heads dem get? I was confused oh. I remember when I left; my dad was worried that I resigned from my job without study leave or hope of employment afterwards. Fast forward, 4 years later
I was about to do the same thing, resign from my job in London and return to Nigeria without any job offer. The man thought I had lost it. From July till October, I was in a confused state about this decision, and then I found MBTN (MoveBackToNigeria) on BellaNaija, a website/network of Nigerian professionals in diaspora. I read one of their interviews for Nigerians who lived abroad and returned home focusing on their experience before and after relocating. That month, MBTN had a social event in London and I attended, it was fun and there was this positive vibe from everyone I met. When I mentioned I was relocating soon, I got better responses and encouragement to dive in with positivity.
So I am not the daughter of a Mike Adenuga nor did I have any family business or job that daddy had set up for me to start when I return. The most recurring question I got was, ‘do you have any job offers’? And when I say no, I get that funny awkward look so I decided to change my answer and started saying Yes, I had a job waiting. The Amplified Version of the bible has a sweet explanation of faith –
Hebrew 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, title deed) of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality (perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses).
This was me when everyone thought my decision was lame and stupid; I just told myself they do not see what I see. Was I seeing anything at the moment…..? NO, so what did I see? I saw Isaiah 45: 1-3.
Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Lynda, whose right hand I have held to subdue nations before her, and I’ll unarm and ungird the loins of Kings to open doors before her so that gates will not be shut. 2. I will go before you and level the mountains (to make the crooked places straight); I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. 3. And I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is, the Lord, the God of Israel who calls you by your name.
Heheheee….I’m not trying to get too religious with you guys but honestly you need to know that THE WORD WORKS. Just stick to the word and it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, you’ll come back with a testimony. I told everyone I had a job cos I knew God had gone before me to make every crooked path straight, to open the doors of jobs. This verse gave me life, hope, and the conviction I needed.
The story is long but I’ll cut it short – how did things pan out when I got back? Hhhmm, apart from me getting darker from day 1, every other thing was just normal. Oh I forgot to mention, few days before I came home I got a job as an event manager for an upcoming event in Abuja, the event was later postponed and the company wanted me to move to do marketing based on commission. I did it for a week and quit d job cos that wasn’t the initial plan. Few days afterwards, I got another job as a fashion columnist in a fashion and style company in Lagos so I had to move to Lagos from Abuja. While working there, I was going through a long interview process with one of the banks and after 4 months I got my offer letter to start. I came back to nothing and within 5 months had done 3 different jobs in a country where unemployment is getting worse.
Are you a Nigerian in diaspora scared of coming back home or anyone in a dilemma thinking of what decision to take? This was written with you in my thoughts. You just need to make up your mind on your decision, take it to God and trust his direction; it may not be easy in the beginning but it will sure work out for your good if you stand strong. It’s been 10 months since I moved back and to be honest I can say I’m glad I came back and these are my reasons why.

  1. It feels good to be home (there’s just this mother-land feeling, can’t explain it though)
  2. Self-Awakening – Nigerians are fast thinkers, risk takers, goal getters; no dulling oh cos everybody is on the move. The motto in Lagos is ”shine ya eyes”… nobody is waiting for the council benefits or child tax. We wake up and we grind, that’s the regular Naijarian and with that kind of spirit, there’s no limit to how far you can go.
  3. Friends & Family – the joy of knowing that friends and family are just one hour flight away; or just around the corner. 
  4. Meeting people – London was too busy and everyone was always in a hurry; you only know your work colleagues and church members. I didn’t even know who my next door neighbour was. Nigeria is a land of jolly good fellows and sometimes whether you like it or not, you must socialise. 
  5. FOOD: Chaiiiiii…. how I love Naija food; I can buy any leaf I want, to make any soup of my choice. I’m no longer subjected to buying processed ugu leaves or dried oha leaves. The leaves are fresh and still have the nutrients and of course taste even better.
    It’s a new year with a new drive and positive spirit. Don’t be the one who pays a whooping £16,000.00 for an MBA and stay comfortable as a TESCO security man just because you have the fear of returning to Nigeria. I hope this article inspires you…There is HOPE; you just need to activate your FAITH to bring your dreams to reality.

    The video below shows highlights of my 2014,  from January to December 2014.



    HAPPY NEW YEAR….

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