How is it to live in Lagos, Nigeria, as an expat?
Ohh, Lagos, Nigeria is a shithole. Don’t bother coming. To live and work in Lagos is horrible for Lagosians. For an expat, it is much worse.
- On your first day, the cab driver taking you to your hotel might rob you with a gun. All your dollars gone, you’ll regret the day you chose Lagos
- Your first day on the job will be met with cold stares from jealous colleagues. The decision to bring you to head their department only reflects their crass incompetence.
- One of them will go beyond cold stares and sighs. He’ll plot to have you kidnapped…
- After you’re released, the trauma of kidnap will force you to look over your shoulder all the time, to stay indoors all weekend. Your itinerary becomes: home to office, and office to home. Once bitten; twice shy.
- The culture of dishonesty, bribery and laziness will drive you nuts. If you don’t check it, you start screaming to make yourself heard. This is Nigeria.
- Frustrated, you’ll return to your country, swearing to never return to Nigeria and the whole of Africa.
- This is the paranoia the media wants to create with their sensational pictures of Nigeria, and, tbh, they somehow succeeded.
The true Nigeria? The CFO of a firm I currently work for is originally from France. He came to Nigeria four months before I joined. His experience?
- A convoy went to welcome him at the airport. The driver of the car he rode in was so warm and helpful that he tipped him generously.
- His first day on the job had even much more drama. Everyone came to personally welcome and greet him at his desk.
- “Is this Nigeria?” He lost his wallet at the lunch room, and it was returned to him since his ID badge was on it.
- Morning jogs around the estate where he lives in Ikoyi made him more alive and ready to resolve many of the financial challenges the firm faced
- As an expat, people were more helpful if and when he needed assistance.
- His only headache? The slow immigration process is still keeping his wife in France. She needs to come and share in the enjoyment.
- Going back to France is the least thing on his mind. Nigeria is home.
You see, it’s simple. Stay where you are and read the grim stories of Nigeria. Or hop on a plane as soon as possible and come make a difference. The choice is yours…
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