When I look at Nigeria


My year-long episode in Nigeria is drawing to an end and I am drifting back to the UK for a year of research, but really I am realising that it’s just another year of postponing the future.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid of the future. I’m just not excited about it.

I tend to be a lot more positive about the country while I’m away, mostly because people like to edit out the bad news from home. So look out for the upbeat figures of speech in my writing from September. Maybe this time it would be different and I’ll be more realistic because I’ve been here for long and not just a brief holiday as is usually the case.

I have learned a lot about myself and this country, and I find myself pausing in moments of reflection over the past year. I started this blog with the Straws on the Camel’s Back series, which detailed certain things I had been trying to get used to since arriving in Nigeria. Now, as I leave the country and resume a short but much anticipated life abroad, I find it fitting that I should start another series: When I look at Nigeria. I still don’t like writing in the first person and I hate writing about me; but I feel it the best way to express myself and connect with others. So I will be more personal and not my aloof self so that you can understand me.

This new series is about what I have learned and my current opinion of Nigeria.  It’s up to the reader to decide whether or not my sentiments for my home country have changed with time.

Look out for posts over the next couple of days.


Image|Source: RationalNigerian 🙂


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