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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by damoobaba: 12:36am On Aug 21
TochiPhotos:
Hi everyone, welcome to my diary. Many of you might remember me from my previous diary about my life in Moscow, Russia. I moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow and I've decided to open a dedicated thread to document my life as a foreign student in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I’m a Nigerian student, I study at the Higher School of Economics Saint Petersburg Russia. This thread will basically document and share my life and daily experiences living in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I hope you guys will enjoy and find my diary interesting.


Chapter 1 - The second coming.

I moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow towards the end of 2018 and it was mostly because the Saint Petersburg campus had suitable programs entirely taught in english, whilst the Moscow program only had Masters programs in English. The other option would have been to continue studying in Russian language at the Moscow campus, but here is the tricky thing. My university is a very prestigious university in Russia (Top 3 in the country) and the standards are very high. There is this thing in my university called dopsa, so if you fail 3 exams in a year, you'll be expelled from the university and deported. So that means that out of 14 to 20 courses in an academic year, you can't fail 3 courses or you'll be expelled and deported as soon as possible. So I basically moved to Saint Petersburg to study in English because I do not know enough Russian to study entirety in Russian language and not fall behind in class. So my moving to Saint Petersburg was strategic.

A little about Saint Petersburg.

Before I begin, I want guys to know that words alone are not enough to describe how beautiful Saint Petersburg is. I honestly do not have enough adjectives to describe how magical and beautiful this city is. I've lived in Saint Petersburg for over a year now and I'm still awe struck. The center of Saint Petersburg is a Unesco heritage site and there are so many beautiful monuments and buildings all around the center. The center of Saint Petersburg and the city in itself is an architectural masterpiece.

Some nights when I'm sad or worried about something, I just take a quick stroll down the historical city center. Nevsky propekt is so beautiful at night, brilliantly decorated lights, amazing architecture and so on... It's the city of dreams and there is no headache or worry that taking a walk here cannot heal. Saint Petersburg is simply magical and I am a bit sad that I might have failed to accurately describe how beautiful this city is and I hope the videos and pics that will come later will be better.

Life in Saint Petersburg vs Moscow

I've lived in the two cities and I honestly prefer Saint Petersburg. Apart from being the most liberal and European most city of Russia, Saint Petersburg is just not beautiful but people here are much nicer than in Moscow. Saint Petersburg and Moscow are two contrasting cities, Moscow can be likened to Lagos, chaotic, busy and over populated. While Saint Petersburg can be likened to calmer cities like Enugu, Abuja or Calabar. Life is much easier and simpler here than in Moscow and most importantly, things are cheaper too than in Moscow. But like every other city, Saint Petersburg has its disadvantages too. Because of its proximity to the baltic sea, the winter is much more brutal here. It's windier and colder here than in Moscow. I'll do a more comprehensive comparison of the two cities in the future but I'll always advise prospective students to pick Saint Petersburg over Moscow.

Racism.

I know many people are curious about this. I can't pretend or lie racism doesn't exist in Russia but Saint Petersburg is the most liberal city in Russia, so even though some kind of subtle systematic racism exists here, it is still the most welcoming city for foreigners in Russia. I will do a more in depth video or post about racism in Russia in the near future.

Black in Russia.

Like other cities in Russia, it's still difficult to see black people here. Maybe because those that came in illegally during the last world cup don't leave their apartments. But that aside, I think Saint Petersburg has a higher number of black people than other Russian cities. My university has at least 40 or more African students here at the Saint Petersburg Campus.

Last Semester, my university held its annual Culture fest and I was invited to represent Nigeria at the HSE Culture day 2019. I prepared jollof rice and at the end of the culture fest, my jollof rice was adjudged the best food at the fest. It was really exciting to know that many people were genuinely interested in learning about Nigeria's culture, food and way of life. I'll post pics from the event below.

Also with me were my friends Florence and her younger Sister Grace. They both go to my university and they are really wonderful people. Words alone are not enough to describe how amazing Florence and her Sister are. I remember last winter, I caught a cold, I couldn't breathe properly and I honestly thought I won't make it through the night but Florence and her Sis sat by my bed all night, with aboniki balm and prayed fervently for me till I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning, I was better.
They're super amazing and you guys will see more of them soon.

Also, I just opened a YouTube channel called Afro Rossiya TV. My aim is to document and share my first hand experience as a black foreign student in Russia so please subscribe to my channel.
This is my second video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNAACpu7znM I went on the streets of Saint Petersburg and asked Russians how they feel about Africans and Foreigners in their country so please watch, like and share my videos please. The opening of the video also has some aerial shots I took in Saint Petersbug.

Follow on Instagram https://instagram.com/afrorossiyatv/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/afrorossiyatv

I will write in this thread then share videos on my YouTube channel so abeg make una follow me all platforms.

So this is the beginning and welcome once again to my diary.

Peace and Love always.


See your jollof rice like coat of many colours. I like the shicken sha. More aboniki to your body.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Emmyk(m): 1:45am On Aug 21
Why the f is everyone quoting his whole post to make a short comment?! angry

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by newconnectng: 1:54am On Aug 21
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Momfa: 2:45am On Aug 21
TochiPhotos:
Today I cooked Nigerian jollof and went to the streets of Saint Petersburg, Russia to find out what Russians think of this popular Nigerian cuisine.

In the video are what Russians think about Nigerian jollof rice please watch, like and subscribe to Afro Rossiya TV.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQMJeS8PCCs
lol, u wan use pepper kee dem! Na yoruba boy u suppose be... grin

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by bitingcool: 3:50am On Aug 21
[quote author=TochiPhotos post=81440965]Today I cooked Nigerian jollof and went to the streets of Saint Petersburg, Russia to find out what Russians think of this popular Nigerian cuisine.

In the video are what Russians think about Nigerian jollof rice please watch, like and subscribe to Afro Rossiya TV.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQMJeS8PCCs[/quote

Lovely video. If na Nigeria U give stranger food taste for street , he no go gree before he dissapear or become yam

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by mmsen: 3:56am On Aug 21
OP, nice write up. You mentioned many things and ST Petersburg is the nicest city in Russia BUT you did not mention crime.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Royalbloodline: 3:57am On Aug 21
Nice one bro. Subscribed to ur YouTube channel already. Glad to know you are doing great. Been a great while. Sad about the breakup though, but I know its for the best. Wishing you the very best. Keep soaring, you are going places.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by naijaman2225(m): 4:14am On Aug 21
SUGGESTION FOR YOUR NEXT CULTURE FOOD: EDI KANG IKON,. IT'S THE ULTIMATE NIGERIAN SOUP.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by clems88(m): 4:19am On Aug 21
[quote author=bitingcool post=81450965][/quote] I think they were actually eating the food because he was accompanied by a Russian . if not they would have called him a bloody monkey. Trust Russians their rasicm wear face cap. angry

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by ZUBY77(m): 4:21am On Aug 21
Sankt Petersburg is way better than Moscow for me too. I was there during the World Cup

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by vicsongreat(m): 4:30am On Aug 21
I love ur article and ur YouTube videos, but pls, the sound at ur YouTube video background is relatively high, I found it difficult to concentrate or hear what ur interviewee were saying due to the loud music sound playing at d background. Pls work on that.u either turn down d volume to lowest level or u turn it off. Thanks . am enjoying ur writeup. More oil

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by raphy(m): 4:30am On Aug 21
When your parents work hard and put you in a better sch thank Good for them.
Its not easy o.

I will keep following your thread .

Stay safe youngman

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by vicsongreat(m): 4:33am On Aug 21
I love ur article and ur YouTube videos, but pls, the sound at ur YouTube video background is relatively high, I found it difficult to concentrate or hear what ur interviewee were saying due to the loud music sound playing at d background. Pls work on that.u either turn down d volume to lowest level or u turn it off. Thanks . am enjoying ur writeup. More oil
k2fresh:
Nice video.I would advice you create a new thread for this,so more ppl can see it.if you are lucky enough it might even make front page.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by freemi(m): 4:38am On Aug 21
Mizwisdom:
Young man, why did you leave that girl? she even introduced you to her parents sad
lols every1 seem to b interestd in that his. .he needs to explain wt really happend

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by juman(m): 4:48am On Aug 21
Wishing you the best.

I dont think I would ever go to russia.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by anonimi: 5:01am On Aug 21
helpee:
Your description of Petersburg reminds me of the world cup....I had an amazing two weeks in Petersburg with my wife.

Great text you have on your profile.
Thanks.

Personal text: I am not a Muslim. I don't support forced jihad because i want to comment in Islam section.
STOP DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RELIGION SEUN


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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by anonimi: 5:01am On Aug 21
juman:
Wishing you the best.

I dont think I would ever go to russia.

Do you mind saying what your reasons are

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Obbydiamond01(m): 5:10am On Aug 21
Bro, I enjoyed your post, you're awesome and a good ambassador, keep it up �
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by delishpot: 5:27am On Aug 21
Mizwisdom:
Young man, why did you leave that girl? she even introduced you to her parents sad

Na their style. From pant to pant. Not surprised at all. Would have been surprised if he was still with her.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by stonecoldcafe: 5:39am On Aug 21
TochiPhotos:
Hi everyone, welcome to my diary. Many of you might remember me from my previous diary about my life in Moscow, Russia. I moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow and I've decided to open a dedicated thread to document my life as a foreign student in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Peace and Love always.


World cup don finish, the ban don end (abi you don vex finish) and you are back? Welcome. I enjoyed that your former thread...
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Skoopy(m): 5:58am On Aug 21
TochiPhotos:
Hi everyone, welcome to my diary. Many of you might remember me from my previous diary about my life in Moscow, Russia. I moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow and I've decided to open a dedicated thread to document my life as a foreign student in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I’m a Nigerian student, I study at the Higher School of Economics Saint Petersburg Russia. This thread will basically document and share my life and daily experiences living in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I hope you guys will enjoy and find my diary interesting.


Chapter 1 - The second coming.

I moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow towards the end of 2018 and it was mostly because the Saint Petersburg campus had suitable programs entirely taught in english, whilst the Moscow program only had Masters programs in English. The other option would have been to continue studying in Russian language at the Moscow campus, but here is the tricky thing. My university is a very prestigious university in Russia (Top 3 in the country) and the standards are very high. There is this thing in my university called dopsa, so if you fail 3 exams in a year, you'll be expelled from the university and deported. So that means that out of 14 to 20 courses in an academic year, you can't fail 3 courses or you'll be expelled and deported as soon as possible. So I basically moved to Saint Petersburg to study in English because I do not know enough Russian to study entirety in Russian language and not fall behind in class. So my moving to Saint Petersburg was strategic.

A little about Saint Petersburg.

Before I begin, I want guys to know that words alone are not enough to describe how beautiful Saint Petersburg is. I honestly do not have enough adjectives to describe how magical and beautiful this city is. I've lived in Saint Petersburg for over a year now and I'm still awe struck. The center of Saint Petersburg is a Unesco heritage site and there are so many beautiful monuments and buildings all around the center. The center of Saint Petersburg and the city in itself is an architectural masterpiece.

Some nights when I'm sad or worried about something, I just take a quick stroll down the historical city center. Nevsky propekt is so beautiful at night, brilliantly decorated lights, amazing architecture and so on... It's the city of dreams and there is no headache or worry that taking a walk here cannot heal. Saint Petersburg is simply magical and I am a bit sad that I might have failed to accurately describe how beautiful this city is and I hope the videos and pics that will come later will be better.

Life in Saint Petersburg vs Moscow

I've lived in the two cities and I honestly prefer Saint Petersburg. Apart from being the most liberal and European most city of Russia, Saint Petersburg is just not beautiful but people here are much nicer than in Moscow. Saint Petersburg and Moscow are two contrasting cities, Moscow can be likened to Lagos, chaotic, busy and over populated. While Saint Petersburg can be likened to calmer cities like Enugu, Abuja or Calabar. Life is much easier and simpler here than in Moscow and most importantly, things are cheaper too than in Moscow. But like every other city, Saint Petersburg has its disadvantages too. Because of its proximity to the baltic sea, the winter is much more brutal here. It's windier and colder here than in Moscow. I'll do a more comprehensive comparison of the two cities in the future but I'll always advise prospective students to pick Saint Petersburg over Moscow.

Racism.

I know many people are curious about this. I can't pretend or lie racism doesn't exist in Russia but Saint Petersburg is the most liberal city in Russia, so even though some kind of subtle systematic racism exists here, it is still the most welcoming city for foreigners in Russia. I will do a more in depth video or post about racism in Russia in the near future.

Black in Russia.

Like other cities in Russia, it's still difficult to see black people here. Maybe because those that came in illegally during the last world cup don't leave their apartments. But that aside, I think Saint Petersburg has a higher number of black people than other Russian cities. My university has at least 40 or more African students here at the Saint Petersburg Campus.

Last Semester, my university held its annual Culture fest and I was invited to represent Nigeria at the HSE Culture day 2019. I prepared jollof rice and at the end of the culture fest, my jollof rice was adjudged the best food at the fest. It was really exciting to know that many people were genuinely interested in learning about Nigeria's culture, food and way of life. I'll post pics from the event below.

Also with me were my friends Florence and her younger Sister Grace. They both go to my university and they are really wonderful people. Words alone are not enough to describe how amazing Florence and her Sister are. I remember last winter, I caught a cold, I couldn't breathe properly and I honestly thought I won't make it through the night but Florence and her Sis sat by my bed all night, with aboniki balm and prayed fervently for me till I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning, I was better.
They're super amazing and you guys will see more of them soon.

Also, I just opened a YouTube channel called Afro Rossiya TV. My aim is to document and share my first hand experience as a black foreign student in Russia so please subscribe to my channel.
This is my second video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNAACpu7znM I went on the streets of Saint Petersburg and asked Russians how they feel about Africans and Foreigners in their country so please watch, like and share my videos please. The opening of the video also has some aerial shots I took in Saint Petersbug.

Follow on Instagram https://instagram.com/afrorossiyatv/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/afrorossiyatv

I will write in this thread then share videos on my YouTube channel so abeg make una follow me all platforms.

So this is the beginning and welcome once again to my diary.

Peace and Love always.

Tochi long time, how school and your parents... Onyeka and your siblings? Say me hi to all. Very best wishes from me, I'm proud to see you this way. Regards.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Speedo17(m): 6:13am On Aug 21
Welcome back our Nigerian Student in Russia. You have done well taking Nigeria's Jollof rice to such limelight. However we are glad you are moving up in your studies

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 6:33am On Aug 21
Yesterday I cooked jollof rice and went to the streets of Russia and asked Russians to eat my jollof rice and tell me what they think about it and here is what they had to say


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQMJeS8PCCs

Please subscribe to my channel for more interesting videos. I will write and update my diary on nairaland and then post videos about life in Russia in my YouTube channel so please subscribe and thank you guys for so much amazing support. I really appreciate that.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Usanga35: 6:50am On Aug 21
happney65:
This Nastya no get breasts o..abi she is 14years o nii? grin
Hahhaaaa....i tell u
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by juman(m): 6:56am On Aug 21
anonimi:


Do you mind saying what your reasons are

Russia of Putin is not a standard country.
Their government encourages racism.
I have watched some documentary on that.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by timi0103(m): 7:00am On Aug 21
Amuatulu:
Amazing thread!
Beauty with brains!

Na 404 meat be dis embarassed

Babe you sabi that levels too? grin
404 is the most delicious meat

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Kenturkey048(m): 7:12am On Aug 21
mikkycoins:
Nice thread
Op try and prepare afang soup with semolina next time
They'll grant you free citizenship by force
if they venture eat afang soup ,,very sure they will all relocate to Nigeria ..

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