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Hi lovely people,
In few days, I will be celebrating my 3rd month in the Motherland, so I thought about sharing few things I’ve learnt so far and using my experience as a case study for anyone new in town or planning to take a trip down here. Let’s dive into it, firstly:
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Returning To Nigeria
Transportation: I personally think Uber is the best secured and most comfortable change that has benn introduced into Nigeria transportation system. Especially if you haven’t been around for long and you don’t really know your way around here.But, beware, it can cost you a fortune. Accumulation of N950 here, N2,500 there can eventually be lots of cash at the end of the month. So, if you aren’t driving, here are few things you have to consider before ordering for that Uber:
- Weather: Uber prices tends to double up or even go as high as X6 of the normal price when it rains. It’s called Surge period. So, consider waiting for it to get back to normal pricing or just getting someone drop you off.
- Time: You want to avoid booking your cab during work closing time. You don’t want to get stuck in heavy Lagos traffic with your Uber charge still counting.
- Distance: Trust me Uber isn’t the best option when going for a long distance journey. I remember someone saying the other day that a lady took Uber from Ajah all the way to Akute (Ogun State) and it ends up costing her 23 thousand naira. Like really? In this situation, I think a government approved yellow cab (Approximately 7/8 thousand naira) or getting someone to drop you off will be better. *Just saying
Outfit details: Sunglasses – Dapmod (Nigerian brand), Bodysuit – Zara, Hat – Maju (Nigerian brand), Denim short – Levis
Customer’s service: Great customer’s service isn’t very common in Nigeria. So, don’t come with the ideology of ‘Customer is KING’. It doesn’t really apply in Nigeria. Maybe you will find 10% of Nigerian establishment with fantastic customer’s service.
Tip: So, I basically just prepare my mind to get a “not so great” customers service. If it turns out to be otherwise, well, that’s great news.
Amebo’s: Basically in Nigeria, most people just naturally think your business is theirs. They complain about your makeup, hairstyle, clothes or anything at all without your permission or you asking for their opinions. Don’t be surprised if you randomly see an older woman preaching to you about having too much makeup on. Also, Nigerians love to stare. People will look at you for minutes, hours and more without blinking.
Tip: Just stay humble and be yourself. You don’t need to waste your energy to complain about things or reply to unnecessary comments. Your rant will probably not change anything and one thing I realised is: The more you complain about things, the less you enjoy your stay!
Internet subscription: I think Internet was one of my biggest concern when coming to Nigeria. Getting a cheap and decent internet subscription was my priority. Compared to last year I spent almost 2,500 naira weekly on internet subscription, this time, I spend 2,500 naira monthly with GLO 10G monthly package (I am not even doing any advert for GLO here). So far, the network has been alright. Also, internet network depends on your location. So, make sure to do proper findings from people living around before committing to one.
Meeting people “Mingling“: I think Nigeria is one of the easiest countries to make friends or meet people if you are at the right place with the right set of people. I don’t really enjoy clubbing (anymore), so, lounge’s, restaurant and bar are my favourite places to chill with few friends. You can meet and mingle with new people at open events. If you follow a particular Instagram account called @eventplace9ja. They post all about events happening in Lagos daily to keep you updated on what’s going on.
Tip: Network! Network ! Network. Use any opportunity to be around people either sharing the same hobby as you or for a business purpose. Attend seminars, workshops, exhibitions or meet up events. Avoid just sitting in all day or week. Be open-minded and try to be open to new things, people or experience but this is Naija, you need to be extra careful and be smart too!
Thank you for reading! Hopefully, this was helpful
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