What shall i say unto the Lord? all i have to say is thank u lord,
thank u lord, thank u lord
all i have to say is thank u lord.
Wow, Brethen, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
When God really blesses u, u will be doubting if u are awake, it looks like a dream.
So my journey to Germany started with a post from Berliner1, [https://www.nairaland.com/4462513/life-abroad-worth-stress-hype#66882336]. He wrote so well about the opportunity of studying in Germany, the guy wrote eh, to the extent myself feared this guy is over hyping reality, even Justwise engaged him with some of his opinion, but what i learnt from the whole argument was, "if u can afford 8640 euros, Germany is a viable option". Berliner1 said in that thread "Germany is the best country in the world", and he proofed why he believe so. I call that my burning bush experience, it caught my attention and immediately, i started following every matter about Germany on Nairaland. I delved into the student's thread then it was part 4, i read everything, read the whole of part 1,2,3 and was already feeling naturalized german.
I started my applications May last year, pecky2222 helped me with UNN transcript process etc. My friend and brother [one of my referee also for Dorm acct] Dailydollar helped me consistently with my whole questions especially German grade conversion, i realized my GP was not a good one for MSc, around 2,8. My God sent sister Hadassheke encouraged me immediately to rather go for BSc and topped it with assurance that i would get admitted. Berliner1 seconded her advise, later heybaby12 talked about hers, i picked courage, sent my BSc applications to 2 schools, DIT and Bonn Sieg, d 2 rejected my applications, d first was no IELTS then Sieg said Applied Biology space was very limited and had received thousands of application. I was not perturbed due to, truth be told, i didn't see the possibility of raising the BA, only had 1.5mil in d spirit, at least i now have an experience of the whole process, i made up my mind to wait till next year winter. My survey on Daad site had shown no hope for summer and i didn't want to risk my funds applying to the limited MSc options that summer has.
Mehn story too long, let me just list out my unforgettable experience that solidifies my belief in God and destiny
1) After much persuasion and strife, my parents agreed to top up the 1.5mil budgeted to just work out a Finland visa for a better option of studies abroad but is not going to be Germany, d want USA. My uncle was back February from USA and d agreed with him to help me get a school etc and he told them of their tuition being 10k dollars plus. I knew it was not going to work out cos i can't come and subject myself to the trauma of USA embassy and my inquiry about the school he sent to me showed their tuition to be 22k dollars. Obviously God used him to say the exact budget i would need, not for USA cos i didn't see any in that range. I spoke to the man and get him to have them deposit the 10k with me to reassure us that our efforts won't be in vain. God's grace saw him accept every of my suggestion and he convinced them cash the money to me against their intention to send him directly since i claimed i had opened a dorm account for it, That was a miracle to recieve the cash.
U may ask how i still opened up to them, now i told them after everything that the real pic of the school, d tuition was 22k dollars and i also called the man to confirm that to him, he was speechless, that is been very long since his kids finished there, so he was not aware of the tuition which happens to be the truth. I shielded that knowledge cos that could disrupt plans. D have no option now but to encourage me to pls pursue my German dream and am happy i did after seeing d battalion at American embassy and every bad report and discouragement. Abeg kill me than send me to stand for that queue with 1% hope,lol
So d money came as miracle, God brought someone to pave d way for me to get my desired amount.
2)My Appointment date was a miracle. I booked Cat B on 10th May and these guys stopped had concluded May 9 since and it was taking them ages to visit Cat B again, mehn i was very despaired, not knowing what to do nor having d guts to abandon my month ship for a new trial that could bounce. Early cat interviewers had no experience of vo asking them "What qualified them for the Cat A", i knew it was normal and that it would change soon but my calculation was from 1st July. So on 7th June, my friend pecky2222 was used by God, she chatted me up surprisingly around 11pm and insisted i cancel and rebook, showed me some little proofs as to why she thinks am qualified even with BSc. I studied her screenshots and decided to take my biggest life risk. I cancelled and use Aug 1st for Cat A booking because i had this premonition that after June, this would bounce, so i wanted June by all means. I believe the white man that gives appointment date sensed my desperation and gave me next 6 days, meaning i must not cancel. I was happy and rejoiced that my calculations worked well, but d joy was short-lived.
3) My interview was a miracle. I got appointment on Tuesday for next week Monday and then on Thursday of d same week, a news broke out here and in all the groups that Embassy has started questioning the category u booked and as a matter of fact, 2 BSc goers were sent back. I didn't know what was going on till i was at the DHL office waiting room for my turn to get the prepaid envelope. I turned my data on, mehn my spirit left me after all that i read and listened too, i called Dailydolar cos i recognized hiss voice, he confirmed and even said he has been calling my number, i asked him what to do, he said he won't advise me to waste my time going, called my other guys, d said d same thing that it was too risky considering my distance and everything. Now i don't even have option of cancelling my appointment since it was just about 3 days to go, going forward no hope, going back no hope again, i died again. I went black, lost in thought on what next to do, then immediately the receptionist beckoned on me to come that is my turn, i told her to pls continue with others, mehn but people kept trooping in and everyone noticed i wasn't cool. The receptionist then asked me to leave, that is forbidden for people to sit here and wait endlessly. I thought of what to do with pecky2222 but remembered she still remarked she is not forcing me o, i should decide for myself, that makes her not liable for any bad outcome. My discussion with Dailydolar earlier flashed in my head and i notice d 2 guys sent back didn't talk about going with BSc, i called someone to confirm if Polythecnic gives 1st class, 2nd class, my guy said no, that is upper credit etc. i approached the receptionist and inquired how long it takes the envelope to expire, she said 3 months and that it can't be returned back either.
I left the office and a thought came to me to call my Snr, pastor cos at this moment, i just need a miracle. He prayed for me on the phone and declared it was a success, faith entered me, i dusted myself cos i had lied down on the road inadvertently during his prayers and even notice that people on the road were looking at me. I rushed back into the office, now the "believeability" unction was on me, commanded the lady to give me the stuff, previously checked Fedex that was near too and theirs were 8k. I went about getting all that i planned buying that day in d spirit of the faith i had recieved. On reaching home again, fear stepped in small, "what if, what if" my heart whispered, i begged God fervently, I begged God so tey. All thru my preparation, d doubts kept disturbing me, from the night travel to everything. i begged God not to bring me back to this Bayland guest house for a second time and He heard all my prayers.
I got to the embassy at 5;30 am and met d hustlers there, but no be for Aba boy o, i know what u know, crossed the USA embassy side, that was on the left but didn't see any German stuff, came back to the gate, re-asked d hustlers there, d now directed me to the right for Germany consulate. Mehn when i got there and saw d German sign post, sth leaped in my heart, i immediately remembered all the AM transcripts and embassy experienc i have read. I approached the security and informed him about my interview, he asked me the time now and it was 5;50am, he asked me to come back by 6:30 am. I just do back the gate and was sightseeing the surrounding rivers, the troop coming in and all of them for USA, i remembered i would/could have been one of them, i thanked God eh, mehn these guys faith was on another level, mine na for Germany level
I went back by 6;30am and met a couple of guys waiting already, majority were for short stays. One of them was a prof and he boasted of having UN diplomatic passport, so Germany embassy should not stress him with their requirements. I was the second person on queue for student visa. Wow, here comes the famous Paulinus, mtcheew, one ....... man like that, na wetin all of una d fear. I watched him say his prayers, arrange his seats etc, then gave some instructions to the guys for short stays to be arranged first followed by student visa. I noticed a German man came out with the appointment list, handed it to Paul, and d all greeted d man. It became clear to me that d are truly in-charge and not just Nigerians, cos i have been thinking how Nija full everywhere plus VO naija. D occupy and man sensitive positions like giving appointment dates, stamping of passport etc and leave d normal adminstration work for Naija
paulinus called out the first three for student visa, i was the second. After arrangement, i was the first to enter, the first guy made a mistake with his photocopies, photocopied two separate documents on one paper, Paul was like this original document has no back, so why this. Is important to say here, put ur each photocopy following the original to help u follow his instructions fast. He will tell u his job is not to hear or discuss with u, just do what he says or go out. At a time i was the only guy following the instruction, the 3rd guy packed up somewhere, wanted to explain somethings to Paul, he asked him out. He was now following my next in line doc to call out for me, i had no issue with him but still my heart was troubled as i approached d VO section, what is the sense having no issue with Paul and then d VO bounce me for wrong booking. As i waited at their waiting section, my heart was beating very fast, one lady for short stay had to tap me to relax, that is just an interview not knowing what i was battling with inside.
I also noticed that d security man at the VO waiting section will want to confuse u, so that u will appreciate him after interview. He approached one student girl that her arrangement was wrong, something Paul sighted before clipping on. I just frowned my face, Aba boy know wetin u know o, he came to me and asked hope i arranged well, I echoed yes for him, no time to cross check, mtchew.
Hmmm, Room 4 light came on, i told myself is time, one thing is bound to happen and i won't take No for answer from anyone o
VO: good morning
Me; Hello, good morning ma, ( with my deep bass voice, may she know say this one serious for am)
VO; Ur documents
Me; Here is it ma, i handed my passport and Appointment later with my already clipped docs
VO; so what are u going for?
Me; (hmmmmm, Fearr gripped my heart with that question, i can't cross River Naija, dash Bayland 5k to come here fumble, i muttered a sec prayer in my heart, "God pls remember our deal" lol) Bachelors ma
VO;(She developed interst immediately o lyk play o), so what category did u book
Me: (i shouted Heiiii in my heart, e don happen, summoned a little courage and deepened my bass) Category A ma
VO; Are u sure u are qualified for this category, what qualifies u for Cat A?
Me; (she don commit blunder to even ask me and not just summarily disqualify me like i thought) I am a graduate of Biology with a second class honors from UNN)
VO; she opened my transcripts, perused it together with my degree.
VO; so why not MSc? why go for a second BSc degree
Me; (At this point, my moral became excessively high cos i kno i have crossed) MSc in ERM is a specialization programme either in Environmental engineering, Environmental Science and Environmental Management while the BSc program is a broad program that encompasses the three facets bla bla bla
VO; (she was just nodding, obviously my point was credible) So which school?
VO (like play o, she started discussing me with one young girl and she told her my program and that is BTu, i suspect the girl have sth or d kno someone that d programme and school affect) d lady now came to her section, the VO now asked when i applied?
Me: i told her 1st April via uni-assist
VO; She turned to her friend and said imagine, d two talked for a while
VO; So when did u get admission
Me; May 20th
VO; Ok d application have not closed?
Me: i said Yes, til July 15
VO: and how many long did it take Uni-assist to process ur application?
Me: As of that early April, it was 2 weeks, but i understand that their processing time has increased to over 3 weeks now.
VO; ur Visa fee?
Me: i paid 30500
VO: she generated my receipt and did my bio-metrics and asked me to pick the microphone
VO: Asked me if i have funded?
Me; not yet, have the equivalent in my account currently
VO; she gave me two forms to sign about sending my block confirmation and confidentiality of the interview
VO; Tell me facts about Germany u kno
Me; (i no kno book, no be when i see exam question before entering exam) I said let's begin with the political structure, talked about the president, Bundestag (she asked me to spell d Bundestag president name i mentioned) and Bundesrat, German Chancellor and everything about the federal cabinet. Now when u come to demography, Germany is about 83 million etc and has 16 states and borders 9 countries and is in central europe. In the economical aspect,
N/b; she will ask u to take it slow, so is important to use her typing hour to prepare for next point
VO; please is ok
VO;Why this course
Me; i talked about the environmental degradation and pollution in my country etc etc
VO: Why Germany?
Me: i began with Germany is a signatory to Paris Agreement and totally encourages envi.. (she cuts in)
Vo: what is Paris agreement to this now? Why Germany and u are telling me...
ME; (i come down from the lofty height i have fired myself to) recited the basics, free tuition, world dlass universities and for my field, is environmentally advanced etc etc, like being the highest recycler in europe etc
VO; Why not USA or UK?
ME; their tuition, i don't have that kind money
VO: Why not Nigeria?
Me; (mtcheew, so i decide to study environmental management and i still want to study in Nigeria, where is the sense) aside,our tertiary institutions being plagued with chronic strike, the exposure and skills i need for my field i won't get in Nigeria, (not even her local university is environmentally sound, not even d department sef, mtcheew, i also wanted to uote for her " traveling is part of education, i just say ma i respect myself)
VO; what is ur plan after ur studies?
Me; the exposure and skills will benefit me to optimally address the environmental hullabaloo in Nigeria etc etc in the line
VO; that would be enough, we will get back to u via email, (she gave me an opportunity to confirm my email again).
Security men were all opening hands for bread, me local man have expended much, don't have anything on me
I left with excitement, praising God, encouraged folks like me to try their lucks too etc, mehn not upto, 1 hour, i got a message that a girl was sent back for BSc cat A, hmmm, i became confused o what to now tell people, reduced my voice may e no be say na God just show me mercy na im i go deceive others. Another major reason i refused sharing my transcript here, i had mixed feeling whether actually that lady wanted to just collect my 30500 after knowing my fate or something.
Now something terrible happened, a week after, which was Monday, 24th i followed my friend's leading to check my DHL trach code only to see a message 'information received at Lagos on Friday by 09;46, i broke down immediately, didn't want to tell anyone, i messaged my Pee etc, later i told that my friend that led me to that code, she showed me hers, i noticed immediately that it was same message and that d date was even before her interview, i rechecked my own, this time well, to see that the date too was before interview, that it was just DHL registering it when u buy. I threw away that paper and vowed not to go back to it, i won't come and die out of bp,God forbid.
Coincidentally, I exchanged money yesterday after praying seriously for a reduction in the fx this week following last week spike to 410 and God gave me a miracle there too, u can check abokifx to see this week improvement, i bought euros at 405.5 and access bank said i will deposit 8k first then 900 later, left the whole money with them to do that so that i will return later today to transfer, i got the thunderous AM together with ACCEss bank complete deposit. I saw the mails as i launched my email to ask my alien city if my application has been sighted by them, there was AM waiting for me.
Finally, God perfected it all, i give Him praise for all mighty ways He showed himself to me, i prefer to call Him " THE I AM THAT I AM"
i also want to use this medium appreciate some great friends that i met here and have not mentioned hitherto, Aunty Heybaby12, this woman has been there for me since last year till now, anytime i need guidance, she responds promptly.
@Adheir, Tobi, my mad friend that singlehandedly piloted me during the stage of interview preparation, i love u bro.
@ Dailydolar and Fome gave me the dorm acct reference i needed o, I thank u baba Dolar and president Fome
@Hadassheke,@ Berliner1, @pecky2222, i appreciate the wisdom in 3 of u, it actually benefited me.
My pastor Rev. Dubus Achufusi (Dominion city church Ikeja) thank u o sir
@justwise, my able moderator, disciplined and hard too, thank u for the good works here especially allowing God use u in this part 6.
There is a force called destiny, i believe in it too
At last, i will be free from Buhari, mosquito and PHCN
God thank u.
ps; the write up too long so i can't proof read o, just manage it that way. Don't see myself write this long again here
Congrats bro. I will testify too. Soon enough
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