I read a story this morning on Facebook about a Nigerian lady who left Nigeria for the United States through the Green Card Scheme. Prior to her Diaspora experience, she was a successful trader in Nigeria. However, her expectations of a beautiful America flowing with milk and honey were not met upon arrival.
She was shocked that there were no provisions of work by the US Government. She thought with the Green Card, the Government provides you housing and work upon arrival. But to her dismay, there was nothing of such. She ended up working in a fast food eatery for 3 years with a meager paycheck that was barely enough to sustain her.
She eventually told her unpalatable story of pain and hardship to a Nigerian family, she asked for help to renew her Nigerian Passport. She opted to return to Nigeria instead of the continuous misery she faced in the US. The man who was taken by her story decided to help her out. He gave her $2K dollars for Passport renewal and a further $3K to help her settle in Nigeria upon arrival since she insisted on returning home. Altogether, he raised $5K dollars for her within a brief period. She was believed to have returned to Nigeria. According to the man, he never heard from her again since the financial giving.
My comment on that post: And I have added a few points here.
If the man never heard from her since she returned to Nigeria, I kinda doubt her sincerity. Did she ever return after getting that huge cash? Some people are scammers and capable of fabricating evocative stories that touch your humanity. Just so they would earn your compassion. I mean some people are capable of anything… And $5K dollars to her within that brief period…? Hmmn. I have my reservations with this story. Though I know we still have some few good Samaritans.
Personally, instead of giving anyone cash to return to Nigeria, I would suggest ways to up your game and adapt to the new culture, a change of job, acquire a new education since you have the permit to study as a citizen and other available options and means in which you can elevate yourself. When you start making money with hard work, (very possible) you can then decide to return home on your own.
Before migrating, she ought to have read the rules about the Green Card. It was never stated that the American Government will provide jobs for successful ones. The Green Card makes you legit to reside and work in the US. This is also applicable to other countries that indulge in Migrant Schemes that legitimately admit one into that Nation. The resident permit only allows you a smooth sail into the society because you become legit in that country upon arrival.
Can you see the gold handed you with a green card if you are lucky to get it? So many people are dying for such. Therefore, it’s your duty to plan ways to utilize the opportunities the Green Card offers you. And there are many if you shine your eyes very well. And if you are not a lazy person. Haba!
I live abroad and I know it’s not a walk in the park. No, it’s not bread and butter. Regardless, it’s far better than the gory news that emits from Nigeria. I know people who are doing excellently well abroad. It’s all about planning and how much you are willing to integrate into the new society and develop yourself too.
I advise anyone who wants to travel abroad to focus on the success stories. Don’t be deterred by the negative vibes from some areas. No one said that life was going to be easy anywhere. However, you can never compare abroad and Nigeria except if you are doing very well in Nigeria. Except if you have a meaningful livelihood. Biko, the difference is glaring and very clear. Moreover, if you are ready to work hard, listen to good advise from others, integrate into the new society, chances are that you will live a comfortable life overseas even if you end up doing the so-called menial jobs.
Yes, I said menial jobs. Most of these menial jobs are legal jobs. Those jobs have helped train University graduates in Nigeria. Those jobs have build houses in Nigeria. Those jobs are what most people abroad offer you when you seek assistance from them. They send you money to alleviate your suffering, pay your bills in Nigeria with menial job money. And those jobs you call menial jobs has been saving families in Nigeria since “1840”.
At least, I enjoy light 24/7 and that’s enough bliss to remain abroad. I enjoy good health care. I enjoy a serene environment and I can walk freely in Denmark without thinking of Robbers or Kidnappers besides other grievous experiences one faces in Nigeria.
Thank you for reading.
PS: This post was written for my Facebook audience and I have posted it here to document it.
Peace and Love!
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