NAH NAIJA WE DEY
Photography by me
"Nah Naija we dey" simply means "we are in Nigeria" in our slang.
I love my country really, it's the reason I decided to come home after several years in Thailand, but in as much as I love my Naija (Nigeria) there are certain things that are well not so great about it. If you've ever lived in Nigeria or visited you would understand.
Having spent half of my life outside the country; five years in Israel, six in Thailand and a couple months in Equatorial Guinea, it's always an adjustment coming back but this time it hit me hard, probably because I'm older now. The biggest struggle has been my access to the net. Technological advancements are quite pricey here. Blogging takes up a lot of my internet browsing (I'm not complaining though) while catching up with friends around the world takes up the rest and then there is the occasional streaming of videos or watching YouTube. In fact, I often say I probably spend someone's monthly salary on internet browsing but it really can't be helped.
Not to mention, NEPA or whatever they call themselves is always unfaithful. For my Naija (Nigerian) people you know what I mean. Surprisingly this is something I adjusted to quite quickly. What's a girl going to do though? Do I need to even address the fuel issue?
I actually came back for my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) which is a compulsory one year youth training program but I wasn't able to register on time. Since I don't have a job yet I spend most of my time scouting for locations and taking pictures. By the way I'm looking for a job so if you know of any place hiring, hook a sister up (#Nigeriaishard #Ineedmoneytoflex).
The hardest part of this whole process is not having friends and family around. My family is not here at the moment so I stay with my aunt, she's cool. When I left the country years ago I barely kept in touch with the few friends I had at the time. Hence, I spend a lot of time on social media, catching up with my friends oversees. What I've realized though is how comfortable I am with myself. I spend a lot of time reflecting and planning for the future.
What I do love about being back though is the food! The opportunities here are endless as well. And can I just say it's nice seeing cute guys around for a change, no more uncles. For those who don't know an uncle is a guy over the age of 30 who has a pot belly and insists on saying age is just a number when you tell them they're too old for you. On another note, Nigerian guys are annoyingly persistent meaning they don't take no for an answer. I was even followed from the bus stop by one who would just not quit, I have a lot of stories on this.
What I've learnt is the power of these three worlds "It is well". Whenever I see something that just makes me reconsider coming back, I just take comfort in those three words.
It's good to be back though.
What are some adjustments you've had to make when moving to a new place?
By the way stay tuned for a post (possibly a video) on tips on how to survive in Nigeria.
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