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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by itstpia8: 12:10pm On Apr 18, 2016
Op sounds like a terrorist and burglar.

Very inconsistent story, and I'm sure s/he is in none of the places s/he listed in the write up.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 12:17pm On Apr 18, 2016
itstpia8:
Op sounds like a terrorist and burglar.



Very inconsistent story, and I'm sure s/he is in none of the places s/he listed in the write up.

Na wa o! Terrorist and burglar combined bros. Terrorist want to kill themselves. Burglars want to get rich. How can one do the two combined! Anyone can come to America sir-apply the right way with God's blessing.

Ok now-make me and you bet. I will snap picture with oyinbo man holding Nairaland paper today in America. If I do it-you agree to pay me! Are you ready?

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by sobastical(m): 2:23pm On Apr 18, 2016
jwillng:


Na wa o! Terrorist and burglar combined bros. Terrorist want to kill themselves. Burglars want to get rich. How can one do the two combined! Anyone can come to America sir-apply the right way with God's blessing.

Ok now-make me and you bet. I will snap picture with oyinbo man holding Nairaland paper today in America. If I do it-you agree to pay me! Are you ready?


Hehe, nice write ups sir. ... More blessings
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ttmacoy: 2:29pm On Apr 18, 2016
That depends on the city/area eg NYC and the likes of Chicago don't have many wood houses, but cities like Houston etc do.

I agree the risk of fire a especially those areas prone to hurricane and such.


jwillng:
All the houses here seem to be made of wood. When fire happens-the house is gone in seconds. Thats one bad thing I have seen here. Any strong wind and the house is gone. But the foundation looks Naija foundation.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ttmacoy: 2:32pm On Apr 18, 2016
Very true. Boris Johnson the mayor of London rides a bicycle to city hall and even to 10 Downing Street when he has to go there.

There is a huge difference in mentality which I don't see changing for generations to come. Hopefully after the current recycled crop of leaders leave and a new generation comes in.

claremont:
A very good article, and I recommend that Justwise pushes this to front page. What is written about is applicable in most developed economies. In the UK, some MPs (equivalent of Nigerian Senators) ride bicycles to their offices. In Nigeria, having a big car is a reflection of societal status.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ItzChinnex(m): 2:38pm On Apr 18, 2016
O.P Email me @ onyenobi.chinex@yahoo.com .. Please Dont fail to do so.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by engees001(m): 2:49pm On Apr 18, 2016
be legit bro
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 2:50pm On Apr 18, 2016
engees001:
be legit bro

Legit all the way sir. legal hustle!

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 2:51pm On Apr 18, 2016
sobastical:



Hehe, nice write ups sir. ... More blessings

Thank sir!

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 2:52pm On Apr 18, 2016
ttmacoy:
That depends on the city/area eg NYC and the likes of Chicago don't have many wood houses, but cities like Houston etc do.

I agree the risk of fire a especially those areas prone to hurricane and such.



Ok-so houses in NYC and Chicago are not the same as in the mid west? Interesting. One day I ll go to New York.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 2:54pm On Apr 18, 2016
ItzChinnex:
O.P Email me @ onyenobi.chinex@yahoo.com ..
Please Dont fail to do so.

I will.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 2:58pm On Apr 18, 2016
ttmacoy:
Very true. Boris Johnson the mayor of London rides a bicycle to city hall and even to 10 Downing Street when he has to go there.

There is a huge difference in mentality which I don't see changing for generations to come. Hopefully after the current recycled crop of leaders leave and a new generation comes in.


Definitely it is mentality. Me sef carry some naija mentality here.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by ammyluv2002(f): 4:51pm On Apr 18, 2016
Congratulations! I'm happy you've followed your dreams...people will always want to pull you down, but thank God for you.


This really inspired me! Keep it up, bro!

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 7:25pm On Apr 18, 2016
ammyluv2002:
Congratulations! I'm happy you've followed your dreams...people will always want to pull you down, but thank God for you.


This really inspired me! Keep it up, bro!

Thanks a lot!
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by Emmyk(m): 8:43pm On Apr 18, 2016
The thing con dey sweet me like say na me dey Amelika. Hehehehe. My time will come.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by collins011(m): 8:56pm On Apr 18, 2016
jwillng:


Noted!


Bros Jwillng. Is it true that with your visitors visa you can travel from Yankee to Canada? And which city is closer to travel From Yankee?
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by Funjosh(m): 9:50pm On Apr 18, 2016
Am coming to canada soon smiley cool

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 10:51pm On Apr 18, 2016
Emmyk:
The thing con dey sweet me like say na me dey Amelika. Hehehehe. My time will come.

Bros, it is sweet.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 10:53pm On Apr 18, 2016
collins011:



Bros Jwillng. Is it true that with your visitors visa you can travel from Yankee to Canada? And which city is closer to travel From Yankee?

No-. At least not for Nigerians. You need a visa to Canada. But if you are a green card holder-you dont need Visa.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 10:53pm On Apr 18, 2016
Funjosh:
Am coming to canada soon smiley cool

Holla at me when you come!
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by Ajusshi: 12:44am On Apr 19, 2016
jwillng:


Holla at me when you come!

Bro, pls do you have an estimate of what it will cost to move a family of 3 to the US?

Thanks in advance.
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by Theophinio(m): 2:14am On Apr 19, 2016
jwillng:
Finally I experienced America for myself and even tasted Canada-double blessing! Ol boy...no let anyone lie to you....na this place be the place! Anyone wey tell you say make you NO come America, thunder go fire that person! Buhari! Buhari! Buhari! How many times did I call your name? You sef don go America o and you see how e bi! We need Change!

America is not just good, IT IS EXCELLENT. I now understand that all those that used to tell me not to waste my time coming to America fall into either of two categories:

a) Those who had already been to America and could not go back again either because they were deported or for some other reason.

b) Those already in America or having access to America but for some funny reason kept saying all the 'bad' reasons why America was a no go. Yet they have either been in America with no plans to come back or constantly go there.

Anyway, I finally got here.

I was a on a thread on this same Nairaland about 2 years ago and read about how Nigerians could make it in America. Cant remember the thread now, but I contacted the OP and got some info from him. Fast forward to 2016 and Im in Yankee.

Not like life in Naija was that bad, but connecting to America has made all the difference and making dollars these days is sweet!

These are some pics of my road trip through Middle America on my way to Canada.

The USA was everything I expected, but Canada was completely different. That place is so big and deserted. There are places where just 5 people live in an area the size of Lagos State and places as big as Nigeria where there is not a single soul. It seems like 90% of the people in Canada live in just 3 or 4 of the cities.

This is already my second trip as I have been opening a nice business venture with some contacts in Yankee.

Some Facts About America I Saw.

1) Forgot about much of what you have heard-everyone is equal in America. Before I travelled, I remember one American returnee telling us that there are some places in Washington where black people cannot go –that any black man who goes there will be killed and police will not come. He was telling us with so much authority –no one could query him. Its lie. The only place you cannot go is people’s private property. People may not like you or greet you-but no one can stop you. Even Obama cannot slap his gateman. Here in Nigeria-the President can kill his gateway-no questions asked.
2) Roads spoil here too-but unlike in Naija, repairs are done EVERY year. In fact this is the road repairing season in the area where I am now. Every year between Spring and September-billions of dollars are awared to companies to repair roads. EVERY YEAR O! Whether it is Democratic that wins elections or Republican.
3) I travelled alone on the the expressway to Canada for almost 9 hours and on various roads through mid America-no police checkpoint, no armed robbers or highway robbers.
4) Armed Invasion as they call it here or armed robbers entering the house is rare here. In fact one of the people I visited who has lived here for 10 years-said in the entire State-he only remembers 4 or 5 cases of home invasion in the last 7 years. Yes there are killers and rapists and bank robbers –but peoples homes are their kingdoms and is respected. And not only can one not tell who has guns at home-the Police are always just 2 to 5 minutes away.
5) If you are a black man and respect yourself-no one will trouble you. I did not encounter one act of racism or anyone looking down on me. I dressed properly, obeyed their laws and paid my money. Yes there is racism- just like there is tribalism in Nigeria. Police even stopped me and said good evening sir-do you know why I stopped you? Very polite and I respected him too. .
6) Very few Americans desire to be rich or Millionaires-as long as they have a job, a place to live –they are happy working Monday to Friday and partying during the weekend or going to the stadium or cinema.
7) People don’t seem to go to Church –a lot here. There are many churches-but seems on the Sundays I have been here-so many people are at home or watching a game.
cool People work hard here o. If your job is 8 hours, you must work that 8 hours. No body is paid to do nothing. Even if you are gateman and no car is coming to the compound that day-you cannot sleep or play around-you must be on watch.
9) Car is nothing here. Yes –there are expensive cars and cheap cars-but having a car is not a sign of “ you have made it” . You cannot oppress any girl by stopping on the road and offering her a ride. While even cleaners can drive nice cars here, some millionaires in cities like New York don’t have cars-they use the train system.
10) You cannot use money to oppress people here. Come and see millionires and politicians and famous people walking on the road in New York. Having a car or house/nice flat is not a luxury-it’s a neccesity.
11) Nigerians in America work harder than Americans here. Come and see people with 3 jobs.
12) Nigerians have more education overall then Americans. Come and see old mama and papa going back to University in America even after working 10 to 20 years or more in Nigeria.
13) Hotel prices change here from day to day and they are cheaper than in Nigeria. The same hotel I would pay 40k for in Nigeria is like 15k here before the naira fell. The price can be $60 today and $90 another day and $70 another day. The key is to book at the right time.
14) There are many lazy people here who refuse to work. Government gives them money every week and subsidized flats. And instead of planning there lives, they play and drink and waste their money.
15) People save here like crazy. Even ordinary factory workers with just secondary school education can save up to the equivalent of N100 million in the course of 30 to 45 years. The saving is meticolous through what they call 401k (a pension system). So while they are not rich-they have enough saved for retirement.
16) There are speed limits on all roads and highway. If you go more than 9mph above it -you will be given a fine or may even be arrested. Most expressways are 60mph to 70mph. Police are usually hiding in one corner waiting to catch people who travel too fast. I was caught o. Thank God -I had cash with me-because if you dont live in that State-they will arrest you if you cant pay on the spot. If you live in that state -they will give you a ticket and you can pay later. I had to pay about $120!
17) Obasanjo, GEJ, Buhari have all been to America many times-why can they not copy what is done in America.


-Sorry-I dont have my best pics here.

These few are of my road trip across mid America to Canada. I passed by Wisconsin Dells-the largest water park in America.
I also stopped at a Rest Area! You cant imagine. Government built hundreds of Rest Areas all across the expressways of America where people can park-rest, eat and sleep. No armed robber-the toilet is cleaner than Aso Rock-very spacious. In fact if Buhari cannot do it in Nigeria-I need to build such and charge people.

I stayed in an average hotel on one of my trips. that in my opinion is as good as Sheraton in Ikeja-yet in Sheraton they will charge like 90k and this room was barely 20k.

The guys government pays weekly are they citizens

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by justwise(m): 5:35am On Apr 19, 2016
claremont:
A very good article, and I recommend that Justwise pushes this to front page. What is written about is applicable in most developed economies. In the UK, some MPs (equivalent of Nigerian Senators) ride bicycles to their offices. In Nigeria, having a big car is a reflection of societal status.

True that, I don't normally read long articles word to word but I read this one.

Supermods move thread to FP and hopefully they will consider this one.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by fecosequence(m): 8:50am On Apr 19, 2016
like how much did it cost you to mk such travel?
Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by RedCapChief(m): 9:05am On Apr 19, 2016
Congrats @op, The West can be a wonderful place if you focus on making a better life for yourself. You will never regret it. However, it can also be a terrible place if you derail.
Work hard.
Stay focused on your long-term goals
Don't do drugs or gangs.
Avoid all the tempting women. grin Keep your sword in the sheath.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by Originalsly: 10:30am On Apr 19, 2016
Interesting....took time to explain...go into some details to paint a clear picture . Things are all rosy for now... but in time you would come across the thorns. I believe you would still manage very well. The one thing you mentioned that I think readers should really pay attention is that you spent a long time doing research, consulting, planning, making preparations and knowing pretty much what to expect when you arrived there. I am not surprised that you got into exporting stuff.... by far the biggest problem with that kind business is finding a reliable and trustworthy partner here at home and you have found one. Good luck and prosperity... nice pics...keep on posting.

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Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by jwillng: 3:11pm On Apr 19, 2016
Ajusshi:


Bro, pls do you have an estimate of what it will cost to move a family of 3 to the US?

Thanks in advance.

Depends on how you do it. Are you doing it through an agent or by yourself.

If by yourself: you consider Visa, Plane Tickets, local cost in Nigeria to and from the embassy (especially if you live far from Lagos and Abuja).

And how you plan to settle in America: do you already have people that can house you for the first 6 months to 1 year. Even with that kind of arrangement-as a responsible person-you should enter with some money-so that you dont burden your host.

You are talking of over 2 million naira when you consider that.

Note that I have not moved to America-I am not a permanent resident-I just have extended access with my Via.

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