A young Nigerian UK base took to social media to advice Nigerian’s who are planning to leave the country for a greener pastures.
Brothers and Sisters,
I have had this note on my notepad since December and I am always too lazy to post it and I apologize for taking forever to come clean with you.
While planning to relocate to the US or other countries in the Western part, ensure you have a robust financial plan in place before you travel.
It’s also important to have someone residing in the country to provide you with valuable and accurate information to help you plan your journey.
I understand the misconception in Nigeria associating consultation with elitism, consulting someone is normal, and consider sparing some funds for the person’s time, unless they are willing to offer advice pro bono.
If you’re pursuing a Master’s, please seek direct information from someone who has already done it to ensure a smooth transition.
Understand that housing costs abroad, and will take almost 30-40% of your earnings, ranging from $700 to $1200 monthly in some places and this differs significantly from Nigeria where we pay yearly.
Please, if you are using the student’s route, ensure you are actually ready to do the schooling.
Schooling in US has taught me alot. In the past 5months, I have consumed materials and at some point, I ask myself if I am doing a Masters or starting afresh.
It’s a lot and mentally demanding.
If you are not ready to do the schooling, please don’t use the student route.
You will be wasting monies.
Especially those without scholarships, asking questions is paramount, as even scholarship recipients face challenges without proper planning. Education is beyond tough, the grading system is not sexy.
For those thinking of working immediately upon arrival to pay school fees, reconsider.
The high fees, paying almost #17 million per semester, is not something you can just enter and get a job immediately. Even though some schools are more affordable, but it’s not overly cheap.
In US, eligibility to work usually comes after a year due to the demanding academic schedule.
Sharing my personal experience, scoring 89 earned me B-, while in Nigeria, it could make you a professor’s celebrated king!
If you plan to travel to the US/UK/Canada or similar cultures without connections, anticipate staying in a hotel or Airbnb. Calculate estimated expenses, considering a hotel stay costs around $40 per night.
Lack of proper planning might lead to regret, as experienced by a friend who wished to return.
My Gee was sobbing every time I called him, I have a female friend we have been talking constantly after Visa approval but, we rarely talk here, the demand is extreme.
The desire to ‘japa’ has led some to travel unprepared. Please take a few moments and plan.
You might travel and still stay outside Nigeria to accuse your family people.
It’s not witchcraft, it’s improper planning.
Before securing permanent accommodation, you can consider Airbnb for the initial weeks unless offered temporary housing.
My school budgeted $15k annually for living expenses, but the reality exceeds $20k (approximately 23 million naira in today’s exchange).
This excludes school fees and textbooks materials.
Please, learn a skill you can earn with.
Learn a skill.
Learn a skill
Learn a skill you can earn with and put in your best work to be good and seekable.
Be expressive and multi-duplicated.
My own case is different, it’s different because it’s different.
The US F1 Visa process is the most not-so-sexy process on Earth.
It’s competitive, demanding, and stressful.
Statistically, more than 80% of people are being denied US visas every day in Nigeria and you must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are good, economic advantage and not going to be a liability to the United States government before you are given a US Visa.
Don’t follow someone who is not planning to Japa to..