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I ditched my job in the UK and moved to Nigeria for a fresh start.
For many years I felt as if I needed to be in the motherland doing something truly fulfilling. I wanted more than just working a 9-5 job in the UK. Lets put it this way; Nigeria inspires, motivates and elevates me. I'm passionate about my country and care about it deeply so I just wanted to be there.
Thankfully, I was offered a job in Nigeria [through social media] earlier in the year and decided that it was time for me to start a new chapter so now I live and work here in Lagos and I am enjoying it!
Not everyone understood my decision to move. Some even looked at it as going from living comfortably in the UK to living a life of struggle. To some, if you're used to living in a country where you have constant electricity and other little necessities that may be regarded as a luxury for some people in Nigeria, it could be seen as putting yourself under unnecessary stress. This however, was the least of my problems. Despite the difficulties in Nigeria, I still wanted to take that leap of faith because I yearned for a change and a new adventure so below are the reasons why I moved to Nigeria.
Change of Environment
I honestly needed a change of environment after living all of my life in the UK. Making the move seemed so right, especially because I do not have a family of my own yet to be tied down by. I just couldn't see myself working in the UK anymore and felt like I belonged somewhere else doing something that gave me a sense of fulfillment. I was getting really depressed with the crappy British weather and work life routine and just needed something more upbeat with plenty of sunshine.
I always longed to experience something knew. There was a void that needed to be filled. I knew there was more to life than the standard 9-5 routine in the UK. Plus, I didn't want to limit myself to only working in the UK. I wanted international work experience too because it's good for character building and personal development. I am a free spirit and a nomad, a lion who dares to discover the jungle. God put us on this big earth to travel and explore so that is exactly what I plan to do.
Nigeria is the land of opportunities and I don't act oblivious to it. If you're a British-Nigerian or an international graduate with desirable qualities and experience a Nigerian employer wants then you already have a lot of opportunities on the table for you.
I couldn't see myself excelling as quickly or as well as I wanted to here in the UK although I had pretty much bagged a wealth of experience from working with Hackney Council as a reporter and copywriter for a year and could impress a lot of employers with my experience but the competition there was just too much.
Employers in Nigeria were much more willing to hear me out and give me a chance than employers in the UK, which is another reason why I was so eager to move here. Also, I just wanted to use the skills and experience I had acquired in the UK to make my country better because I see the potential in the growth of Nigeria.
I would also be able to move up the career ladder much quicker than I would in the UK with the potential, ambition and plan that I have. Mark my words, within the next 5 years I am going to be in a very high position. I expect to have any one of the titles: Creative Director, Managing Director or Chief Executive on my CV. You may think I'm deluded but I'm not. I just like to think big and believe that all things I put my mind to can happen with hard work and perseverance. Moving to Nigeria wasn't and isn't a mistake for me. It was my calling.
As a big fan of my Nigerian tradition and having enjoyed my last visit to the country last year in November, I realized that it was where I wanted to spend a major part of my life.
I reckoned with the people, the lifestyle and culture in Nigeria and felt a sense of belonging. I didn't really feel that way in the UK.
I was also very attracted to the sunshine, great food, vibrant places, not forgetting to mention the potential Nigeria has as a country and the things I could do to give back to the community.