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Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by coogar: 10:00pm On Mar 04, 2013
Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Reality

Nigeria is a highly blessed country to an abundance of mineral wealth and an energetic work force sadly, it is easier for a Senator to disclose how much he earns than for one to land any gainful employment here. Thus, in a bid to stand taller than most of my peers in the labour market, I joined the league of those who travelled to the United Kingdom for further studies. As a warning, those of you still contemplating returning to Nigeria for good should either look away now, or be ready to be jolted.

When I decided to relocate to Nigeria after a little under a decade in Europe, I did not imagine it would be easy to start a better life here; a life powered by a lucrative job. I did not reckon I would still be grappling with the viciousness of the Nigerian situation more than a year after I returned. I had many job promises from friends and contacts that gave the impression they had something to offer. I was very confident and couldn’t wait for my flight to depart London Heathrow Airport for the journey back home.

Finally in Nigeria, the euphoria of being back to a place I call home started to wear off after a month. As a man on a mission, I started moving round the country armed with my CV and a strong faith in Nigeria. I thought my newly acquired British accent and my UK certificates would make a difference. Well, my certificate has not made any difference and my “fake” accent only made most interviewers unfriendly. The only difference I have noticed is that the soles of my shoes have started wearing off due to trekking and my London clothes have started “fading”.

I have attended many interviews, passed all of them and asked to “be ready to resume in two weeks”. Well, it is gone past one year now, and I have finally given up on this country. One thing though is clear, people such as Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe might disagree (who cares?), but about 90 per cent of jobs in Nigeria go to cronies of either those in government or those working in places where such vacancies exist. Merit has been thrown to the dogs and that is why you find all manner of unintelligent people working in sensitive positions all over the country.

Well, why not start something on your own, don’t expect the government to do everything for you, you know? What have I not tried? Even though it smirks of having a pessimistic disposition towards striving to make a living here, the fact remains that the government of Nigeria has not put the enabling environment in place for the advancement of private enterprise. That may well explain why you notice that only those that are close to the government make the list of “20 richest Nigerians”.

It is really a harrowing experience having to explain to friends why a business plan you thought was going to work out perfectly in Nigeria collapsed the very moment you stood up to try it out. Nigerian banks are not helping matters either; it is easier for a Boko Haram chap to embrace Christianity than for a Nigerian bank to agree to give you a loan to start a business. Be ready to produce all manner of “collateral”, your great-grandfather’s living next of kin, among others. This is the first step towards being disillusioned here.

If eventually you manage to establish something that has a semblance of a consultancy, or able to team up with an already established practice, you must be ready to deal with the realities on ground. Warning number one. Do not expect to see everybody exhibiting that rare sense of honesty. If you want to show most people that the way things are done here should be dumped for the better ways you learnt abroad, you will find out that you would be on “your own.” Ours is a system whose major fuel-source is corruption ­­— be ready to play ball, or at most, do not attempt to rock the boat.

After a while, you begin to ask yourself if it was really worth the stress-going to spend some good money studying abroad only to come back to Nigeria armed with a foreign certificate, an accent that makes you sound funny. Well, given another opportunity, I will do it again, and again. Quality education is power.

But then, what is the way forward?

I believe strongly that Nigeria remains one vast and lucrative market. Whoever that is daring will surely hit gold here. However, the key is to discard any false hopes that suggest that having a foreign degree is an assurance to some splendid employment. That was in the past.

Secondly, it is better to do a research on your intended engagement before you jet into Nigeria. From experience, all I had going for me was a luggage filled with job promises and a conviction that my foreign certificates would speed up the process of getting a good job. Wrong. People here excel in promising what they know is not within their power to do.

Thirdly (maybe most importantly), save up some cash before relocating to Nigeria-at least, enough cash to last you for about a year. Friends are many when you are “fresh” from overseas but the vanishing acts commence the moment you start moaning about paucity of funds and no employment. Most “friends” have a mental problem that makes them run faster than Usain Bolt the moment they suspect you will start asking for a loan. So, make sure you pinch your resources till you are sure of a regular income.

On a lighter note, be ready to become a Bible carrier, a “practising Muslim”, or a strong adherent of African Traditional Religion. You will be ridiculed, excluded and mocked the moment you attempt to convince your mates that there is so much poverty and ignorance in Nigeria, not because one is not a follower of any religion but because we have over the years, been ruled by visionless men and women whose major pre-occupation was looting our resources and banking same in foreign banks. Has that situation changed?

Finally, Nigeria is a beautiful country with a majority of the people willing to work to make a living. However, years of poor leadership and a docile citizenry have made living in Nigeria appear like being in hell. Believe me, there is everything stacked against you here, but the reality remains that you must be daring and be ready to get dirty to make a living here. Nigeria is the place to be. There are countless opportunities in Nigeria-we are not bad people, but our government is peopled by bad citizens.

by John Chikadibie Okafor.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by idris4r83(m): 10:46pm On Mar 04, 2013
That is 9ja 4 u bro. We don't value our products
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by gen2briz(m): 10:46pm On Mar 04, 2013
I beg I need the summary

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Afam4eva(m): 10:48pm On Mar 04, 2013
idris4r83: That is 9ja 4 u bro. We don't value our products
Do you value the product of a failed educational system?

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Booty4me: 10:50pm On Mar 04, 2013
Whats d op blabbinq b0ut? Meanwile 5th 2 comment

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by 50calibre(m): 10:52pm On Mar 04, 2013
idris4r83: That is 9ja 4 u bro. We don't value our products

How can you value a product that is sub standard? Nigerian educational system is an absolute mess.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by ebamma(m): 10:52pm On Mar 04, 2013
i refuse to comment

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by dvdon(m): 10:53pm On Mar 04, 2013
*speaking in onicha accent* So nwanne wat is the way forward? sad

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Nobody: 10:53pm On Mar 04, 2013
Ill help you out...go to Ghana you will get a job in a week...

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by AjanleKoko: 10:53pm On Mar 04, 2013
Again?
Tired-azz topic undecided

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by 50calibre(m): 10:54pm On Mar 04, 2013
Booty4me: Whats d op blabbinq b0ut? Meanwile 5th 2 comment

You are proof of the failed educational system in Nigeria.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by coogar: 10:54pm On Mar 04, 2013

I have attended many interviews, passed all of them and asked to “be ready to resume in two weeks”. Well, it is gone past one year now, and I have finally given up on this country. One thing though is clear, people such as Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe might disagree (who cares?), but about 90 per cent of jobs in Nigeria go to cronies of either those in government or those working in places where such vacancies exist. Merit has been thrown to the dogs and that is why you find all manner of unintelligent people working in sensitive positions all over the country.

this bit is the saddest part for me.
the qualified ones would not get the jobs or careers they had studied hard for because they have no connections in the system. it's the mediocre, semi-illiterate touts you would find at the top which then makes it look like there are no quality graduates in nigeria. now i know why illegal immigrants will rather die abroad than go back to nigeria.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by lafuria1(m): 10:56pm On Mar 04, 2013
agree with the op 100percent, just the reality. just have d connection and u are in even with 3rd class.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by cheleku(m): 10:57pm On Mar 04, 2013
Nice piece. But you got your message a bit muddled up. I don't quite get where stand on foreign degrees. You seem to discourage it at one point, and yet encourage it at some other point. On a lighter note, do you still have the funny accent? If you do, quickly discard of it. It may be the reason why you had to search for a job for so long.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by berem(f): 10:57pm On Mar 04, 2013
Am absolutely commentless.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by pembisco(m): 10:57pm On Mar 04, 2013
@OP JUST MIND YOUR BUSINESS KAWAI!

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by dayokanu(m): 10:58pm On Mar 04, 2013
If you have a foreign degree its better you stay back in the country you got it and try to work with it

Coming to Nigeria after spending millions on your degree and Someone would look at your resume See

Duke university or Brown university and would ask "Shey na school be this one? We no dey h-employ ppl from Yeye school o". (Degree you got with over 7m Naira

The person interviewing you probably did long distance degree at Maiduguri Polytechnic

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by An0nimus(m): 10:59pm On Mar 04, 2013
"Well, given another opportunity I will do it again and again. Quality education is power." ~ I dont know why but I just love this line.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Zzyzx92: 10:59pm On Mar 04, 2013
Abeg mk the op go sleep jare undecided
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by adextaiwo84(m): 11:00pm On Mar 04, 2013
Lol OP is high on a hard drug grin ..btw 6th to type something.
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by coogar: 11:00pm On Mar 04, 2013
dayokanu: If you have a foreign degree its better you stay back in the country you got it and try to work with it

Coming to Nigeria after spending millions on your degree and Someone would look at your resume See

Duke university or Brown university and would ask "Shey na school be this one? We no dey h-employ ppl from Yeye school o".

The person interviewing you probably did long distance degree at Maiduguri Polytechnic

if your visa is not renewed in the country you studied, you will die there or remain illegal?

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Afam4eva(m): 11:01pm On Mar 04, 2013
dayokanu: If you have a foreign degree its better you stay back in the country you got it and try to work with it

Coming to Nigeria after spending millions on your degree and Someone would look at your resume See

Duke university or Brown university and would ask "Shey na school be this one? We no dey h-employ ppl from Yeye school o".

The person interviewing you probably did long distance degree at Maiduguri Polytechnic

I wouldn't want to work for any firm that makes such a dumb statement. Big corporations know the ish schools. Even if it's Dartmouth or Cornell.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by coogar: 11:03pm On Mar 04, 2013
cheleku: Nice piece. But you got your message a bit muddled up. I don't quite get where stand on foreign degrees. You seem to discourage it at one point, and yet encourage it at some other point. On a lighter note, do you still have the funny accent? If you do, quickly discard of it. It may be the reason why you had to search for a job for so long.

bagging a foreign degree was not discouraged, he only said sometimes you wonder whether it's worth it bagging a foreign degree - and quickly said if given the chance, he would do it again and again.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by blackmann(m): 11:03pm On Mar 04, 2013
Bro, don't feel sad or upset about it. I was in your shoes too. I came to the USA to get a masters degree in my field(Computer Science) hoping that when I finally go back to naija, i will get a very good job somewhere. Imagine my dismay when after a whole year, I didn't get anything. Everyone was like come back today, come back tomorrow,, we are not employing, blah blah blah. Even at one place i had an interview, the guy saw my Degree certificate and my CV, and the first thing he asked me was - "Are u sure this your Masters is not an online degree?". I wanted to yank him by his silly afro and tear out a few hairs. At the end of the day the silly company told me if they are going to employ me, they cannot pay me more than 70k. i told them to take their job and shove it where the sun don't shine. After a while i just decided to pack myself and my newly wedded wife and head back here.

Back to the topic at hand, like you said, no knowledge earned is lost. with the way things are going on in Nigeria today, the best bet is for you to set up something with the knowledge you've gained from your overseas study. You cannot compare yourself with someone who has the same degree from a nigerian university. the difference is very clear. once you start something, and with your knowledge and connections, and if you run things the way you were taught and trained, u will make it. The thing about Nigeria is once something can sell, u will profit alot from it. forget about government jobs. They are just an "aside". Focus on being an EMPLOYER of labour, not an EMPLOYEE where one yeye oga who doesn't even have a school leavers certificate will be insulting you.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by dayokanu(m): 11:03pm On Mar 04, 2013
coogar:

if your visa is not renewed in the country you studied, you will die there or remain illegal?

Both options are preferable than going back to naija to be humiliated.

I have several friends who went back immediately and have tales of woe. One guy last year July from University of Sheffield still doesnt have a job till today and while in UK was hustling and making ends meet in his little way (Working call center).

Now he is the chairman of "newspapers free readers association in his area where he is giving out knowledge" cheesy

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by 190: 11:04pm On Mar 04, 2013
dayokanu: If you have a foreign degree its better you stay back in the country you got it and try to work with it

Coming to Nigeria after spending millions on your degree and Someone would look at your resume See

Duke university or Brown university and would ask "Shey na school be this one? We no dey h-employ ppl from Yeye school o". (Degree you got with over 7m Naira

The person interviewing you probably did long distance degree at Maiduguri Polytechnic



DIES

I keep saying it this dayokanu is not normal grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by ayolatun(m): 11:05pm On Mar 04, 2013
@ op did Ɣ☺ΰ type the whole story from punch newspaper or it was copy and paste from the online newspaper?

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by Imanuelle(m): 11:05pm On Mar 04, 2013
Dis is sum serious piece!
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by dayokanu(m): 11:06pm On Mar 04, 2013
Afam4eva:
I wouldn't want to work for any firm that makes such a dumb statement. Big corporations know the ish schools. Even if it's Dartmouth or Cornell.

You see wetin I talk below? Probably he bagged the degree with over 7milla and person dey rubbish am

blackmann: I came to the USA to get a masters degree in my field(Computer Science) hoping that when I finally go back to naija, i will get a very good job somewhere. Imagine my dismay when after a whole year, I didn't get anything. Everyone was like come back today, come back tomorrow,, we are not employing, blah blah blah. Even at one place i had an interview, the guy saw my Degree certificate and my CV, and the first thing he asked me was - "Are u sure this your Masters is not an online degree?". I wanted to yank him by his silly afro and tear out a few hairs. At the end of the day the silly company told me if they are going to employ me, they cannot pay me more than 70k. i told them to take their job and shove it where the sun don't shine. After a while i just decided to pack myself and my newly wedded wife and head back here.
Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by ofeseluayakata(m): 11:06pm On Mar 04, 2013
30th to comment. I give all the glory to Obatala in the mighty name of Jesus.

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Re: Foreign Degree & The Nigerian Mentality by justmythought: 11:06pm On Mar 04, 2013
Orji Uzo kalu vs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala...you do the maths

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