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A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 4:45pm On May 07, 2013
For anyone thinking of coming to
South Africa from Nigeria, you better
do your home work well. Otherwise
you will regret at last.
To be fair and honest to South Africa,
there are some very nice and
wonderful people out there, but they
are greatly outnumbered by the
bigots among them. I live and work in
South Africa and I’ve observed a bias
pattern in judicial procedures and
policing as regards to corruption and
crime prevention.
My assertions are based on my day to
day experience and observation as a
resident. I have no statistical analysis
of the Nigerian population living in
South Africa neither do I have the
exact figures or nationality of the
number of cases prosecuted by the
South African judiciary.
From the Nigerian side, the easterners
(Igbos) out-number other ethnic
groups within the Nigerian community
here. That’s why most Nigerians you
meet are from the east. A lot (of)
Nigerians you meet are not in South
Africa to study, though they are
enrolled in one college or another,
they are semi-illiterates or outright
illiterates, very lousy, brash and
arrogant (for reasons I don’t
understand). Then we have the
stranded group who were duped by
travel agents into thinking the pasture
in South Africa is greener.
In short, you meet criminals of all
shapes, size and age. They just sleep,
eat, wake up, and hope the next
“Mugu” pays. They are so much, you’ll
think all Nigerians living in South Africa
are criminals, but we have bright
students doing well and graduating in
South African Universities, we have
gainfully employed graduates trained
by South Africans themselves (few)
and business men and women doing
legitimate business exporting goods
to and from Nigeria (also few
compared to the population of the
Nigerian community). But the dot.com
or Yahoo boys and drug traffickers are
so high in number it seems they’ve all
relocated from Nigeria to South Africa.
Conditions here favor them.
Basic infrastructure is great here
compared to what we have in Nigeria.
24 hours electricity, running water,
well laid roads, affordable high speed
internet, compact 3/4 bedroom
apartment, affordable furniture, little
or no scrutiny on international
remittance etc. South Africa is a Yahoo
Boy’s paradise. Though, most
foreigners especially new comers call
them as lazy and stupid .
On the South African side, you’ll meet
the White Supremacist. A white bigot,
loud, aggressive and assertive. He
(male and female) hates Blacks and
despises Nigerians in particular. He
wants to protect the “sanctity” of
White superiority; State resources are
at his disposal. His opinion and
interest supersedes that of others. His
ancestors are the second settlers in
South Africa. His interpretation of the
freedom dictates and guides that the
White community must be in control
of economic power in South Africa.
His favourite question when he meets
you for the first time in class or
anywhere he sees you provided your
black is “Are you a Nigerian?”. He runs
the country economically and he
knows the “risk” of doing any
business with most Nigerians.
Then we have the South African
indigenous Chauvinist or the BEE boy,
a business tycoon/ hard working
student. Drives flashy cars, he believes
his ancestors are the real owners of
the South. He is rich and he has read
stories of Nigerians using South
African girls as drug mules, black/
chemical money stories; he has seen
or read of stranded Nigerians who
loiter around the streets of Hillbrow
begging for money (these stranded
guys don’t shower, so they stink). He
cringes when you happen to be in the
same elevator, crosses to the other
side of the road when you are walking
towards each other and always thinks
you need something from him any
time you try to talk to him. He has
held on to so many Nigerian horrible
stories and thinks every Nigerian is like
Then, we have the Angry Jews, always
pissed off and mean-mugging you. He
has been discriminated against so
much that even his language is not
included in the country’s ATM
machine .He is always trying to pick
fights with you and the first comment
he makes is “THIS IS MY COUNTRY!”.
He’ll smash his crash helmet on you
at the slightest provocation or stab
you. He also reads of atrocities
committed by Nigerians and sees you
as a threat.
So, living in South Africa has made me
a racism connoisseur of sought. In
fact, I have become so sensitive that I
believe I can tell if an individual is
racist within a few seconds of being
around him or her. There are people
in South Africa whose sole purpose in
life is just to ruin your day. Racism in
South Africa is perfect. It is subtle
when it needs to be and brass when
As a foreigner you might be misled
into thinking South Africa is a boring
place and no one gives a damn about
you, so you can do whatever you like
and get away with it. No, you are
seriously mistaken. South Africa
sometimes feels like the Islamic
Republic of Iran we watch on T.V.
Some citizens are very nosy and they
watch and observe every move you
make. I read a news article some
weeks ago that says about 80% of
Police personnel don’t do normal
Policing but rather, spy and gather
So, my point is this: South Africa is a
tightly controlled society where the
authorities decide what business
prospers, whether legal or otherwise.
Elements within the certain faceless
authorities control the drug trade, the
distributors are under their command
and they arrest them when it’s
politically needed to unite the country
against a common enemy. We hear of
stories of Cuban and Libyan drug
traffickers who are quietly deported
and warned never to return to South
Africa but other nationalities are
shown off as trophy in front of news
men who broadcast and publish
sensational news headlines.
SADEC countries are united against
drug trafficking and they hold
meetings regularly to discuss new
strategies on deterrent, Life
imprisonment. But our boys would
not listen. Too bad.
In all fairness to the South African
authorities , Whatever measures they
take to combat drug trafficking in this
country could be justified considering
that foreigners have turned their
teenage girls into drug addicts.
Nigerians in South Africa: please
behave ethically because God and
justice will judge at the end of time.

Chika, a Nigerian, writes from
Republic of South Africa


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Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by funnyx(m): 5:15pm On May 07, 2013
Na wa o
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 5:38pm On May 07, 2013
Hmmm! I better stay home, go to MAULAG and "smoke" my gaari Ijebu jeje!
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by vizboy(m): 6:42pm On May 07, 2013
Well Na dem sabi as for me. If no be for holiday or tourism I dont think i can leave naija
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by solomon111(m): 9:16pm On May 07, 2013
A truely Xenophobic nation.
Even the southafrican OP is trying to scare Nigerians away from their country by posting this topic.
He dosen't even care if southafricans are seen as xenophobic as long as Nigerians stay away then all is well.
Go there at your own peril.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Dibiachukwu: 9:39pm On May 07, 2013
Buhahahaha. People de suffer for his world oh. Chai. If you meet white, he would break your head with bottle. If you meet black, he would stab you in the neck. What about jew, he would puncture your scrotum grin my friend why are you still there. Abi you no like your life grin
This is just too funny.

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Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 10:46pm On May 07, 2013
solomon111: A truely Xenophobic nation.
Even the southafrican OP is trying to scare Nigerians away from their country by posting this topic.
He dosen't even care if southafricans are seen as xenophobic as long as Nigerians stay away then all is well.
Go there at your own peril.

I came across the article while I was researching the amount of Nigerians in South Africa. I had no intention of discouraging Nigerians from coming to South Africa, the article raised a number of points I've seen on discussions here on nairaland, so I thought I would post it.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by ninja4life(m): 1:25am On May 08, 2013
Lol so both nigerians and south africans in sa are both problematic well keep terrorising urseves over there and dont bring ur illegal businesses down here to nigeria.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by MajeOfficial: 1:42am On May 08, 2013
why are you in south africa? disgrace.
You didn't list a single person doing something greater than he or she could be doing in Nigeria.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 5:30am On May 08, 2013

I think it is goodluck Jonathan's fault lipsrsealed
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by biafranqueen: 6:12am On May 08, 2013
My husband and I were just talking about his years in in SA he said if they catch you with one of the ladies from South Africa you will be beat with out mercy. That was in the early 90's not sure if it still hold true.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by ochukoccna: 6:59am On May 08, 2013
Goodluck to all Nigerians who choose to hustle legitimately in SA
Thus article is so similar to one I reaad which was written on Malaysia
Did the op/article writer do copy and paste aka plagarizing? angry
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 7:57pm On May 09, 2013
Hmmmmmm now ikes brothers wont come to SA coz of this.....cheiiiii
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by ComaBerenices(f): 10:41pm On May 21, 2013
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by ComaBerenices(f): 10:46pm On May 21, 2013
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by Nobody: 4:22am On Aug 21, 2013
Some points i concure with some i don't, the anti-Nigeria bias by the law is the fault of Nigerians.
Re: A Nigerian in South Africa by kepsi123(m): 5:41am On Aug 21, 2013
Thanks for telling what I knew already. I have not travelled to S.A. before but I know the kind of people the are. Yet Nigerians will continue to line up Forr visa to go and embarrass all of us there. Even if am paid I can't go there. All their collective hate for Nigerians does not reach the singular hate I have f8r them.

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