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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by uptimum123(m): 4:42pm On Oct 22, 2019
@TochiPhotos what course are you studying?
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Omobarca: 10:45pm On Oct 22, 2019
TochiPhotos:
On Sunday my friend Julia and I visited the hermitage and we shot some really nice footage of the inside of the hermitage. Please watch the video, subscribe and like


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y82AXmBi7f0&t=18s


The new semester just started on Monday so it's back to class sad
Subscribed. Nice videos. Thanks and God bless
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by maiunguwar: 11:12pm On Oct 22, 2019
@tochiphotos,abeg give me that Florence number
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by khingwirewire: 8:08pm On Oct 23, 2019
maiunguwar:
@tochiphotos,abeg give me that Florence number
grin grin u mean say make hin pass u current shocked
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Derrils: 9:57am On Oct 25, 2019
A Russian Tourist visa application can be processed only with a valid Tourist Confirmation and Tourist Voucher (these are generally issued together) that is certified by a local host/travel agency in Russia - this is the invitation. Earlier, an original document was required - now the Consulate is quite flexible and accepts scanned copies of the originals (this way you need not) the same as a russian visa nyc.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by greenprince(m): 6:41am On Oct 29, 2019
TochiPhotos:
Hi guys, hope everyone is having a good week? I just remembered I didn't update you guys on how things went with V the new girl I told you guys I met.

I've ended things with her because I found out she lied to me. Well, she didn't technically lie to me but she withheld vital information from me. When we met, she told me she was single, which was technically true, but what she failed to tell me was that she was previously married.

She is currently 25 years old but she got married very early to her high school sweetheart (She has only dated that same guy all her life) they've been together since they were 15 so they got married immediately after college. The guy is kinda rich and he is the one that bought her the apartment she currently lives in, setup her salon business etc.

They got divorced because she found out he cheated on her with his colleague. When she told me about him, I asked why she didn't tell me all these while, she said, is because she didn't think it was a big deal since it's in the past. She showed me the divorce papers because I wanted to be sure they're officially divorced.

To cut a long story, I decided to stop talking to her because the guy is still actively involved in her life. They did not have kids before the divorce and according to her they no longer have an intimate relationship but the guy is still close to she and her family and he still helps them. They also still communicate often and whenever she has any problems, the ex husband is the one that usually comes through. I think the ex husband is still in love with her so I decided to take myself out of the equation and give them a chance to maybe work things out.

The past few days have been quite stressful for me because we're currently having midterm tests and a couple of exams, plus lots of deadlines for assignments and projects are due this week. I'm currently trying to finish up a research project on the economic profile of some countries from 1980-2017. I have to collate thousands of data from IMF, WTO, UNCTAD and make sense with them using excel then do some analysis and conclusions.
I have a bunch of other research projects due this week, and mid term tests and exams. Really can't wait for Christmas to come already we will have a week holiday from Dec 31st to Jan 8 so person go fit rest small.

I also haven't had time to shoot any new videos and I need to fix that soon.

Also guys, please if anyone has a nice idea for a video or any kind of video you'd like me do please tell about it. I'm open to ideas please. I'm doing this for the sake of people back home in Nigeria and Africa as a whole so I'd really appreciate some feedback and suggestions abeg.

Btw do you guys remember that my good friend that drove me to Pushkin to shoot autumn videos? Well I haven't told you guys much about her yet but she's really super nice. Saturday night, I was busy working on my projects and I forgot to cook or buy food. I told her, and she offered to cook me pasta carbonara and she actually did and drove all the way late in the night to give to me. She's really selfless and super nice to me. Btw she also owns a hair salon in the city center and she has a lovely horse and does amateur dressage in her free time.

Whew! That's what I've been up to these past few days. I wish each and everyone of you a good and productive week, and please don't forget to tell suggest video ideas to me if you have any. Xoxo.

1st pic- Another friend of mine S doing her assignment
2nd pic - S's wall and some of her collectibles
Third pic - In class with one my Prof wey him head be like Papa Ajasco lmao


I think you did the right thing with the girl, and also let her understand why you distanced yourself from her. It isn't so nice to just blank out like that.

Tell S her wall is so cute, I may replicate it sometime later.

....and you seem to be able to attract nice ladies, don't take them for granted oh. Be good.
All the best with your schoolwork. Midterms no go kill us. �

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by emmanuelmacrow(m): 8:57pm On Nov 02, 2019
Bro good evening. I have been following for a while now. Really want to know more about studying in Russia, here is my mail emmanuelnwaforce@gmail.com thanks
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by DexterousOne(m): 1:07am On Nov 03, 2019
emmanuelmacrow:
Bro good evening. I have been following for a while now. Really want to know more about studying in Russia, here is my mail emmanuelnwaforce@gmail.com thanksl

You might have to do some research on your own

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Calazto: 7:07pm On Nov 12, 2019
Joohan:




@Tochiphoto, I've been an adhent follower of this thread from the day it started and I'll tell you've been doing a great job. For you to create time to type out of your busy schedule, that's not easy at all. Thanks


Now to my questions.
With the funds I have right now, I don't think Germany or France will be possible. According to information, Russia is cheaper. how's education in Russia? Are there jobs for students? What's life after school like over there? How easy is transitioning into schegen countries over there? For someone coming for masters, how much is the tuition fee? How easy is it to get a Russian visa?


Sorry for bombarding you with questions grin
how much will it cost me to study in Russia in naira..total amount ..
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Calazto: 7:11pm On Nov 12, 2019
opeey:
tochiphoto can you please tell me the total amount of money in need to study in Russia ..I am aiming for electrical and electronics engineering..to be precise bsc program.

weldone tochiphotos.
I have been following your thread from the first thread you opened to this one.
I would say you have done a good job by keeping us updated. less I forget happy birthday. more years to come and more wins..
I wish you all the best in your endeavor in Russia.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by ZotoH: 12:22am On Nov 16, 2019
Hello Tochi, I'm in St Petersburg. Can I inbox you?
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 11:10am On Nov 30, 2019
ZotoH:
Hello Tochi, I'm in St Petersburg. Can I inbox you?
Bro I'm so sorry for my late response, please feel free. I understand you're trying to be polite but you for don inbox me already since you see say I no come online for a while.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 11:40am On Nov 30, 2019
Guys I'm so sorry for the lack of updates. The past month has been the most difficult and most traumatizing for me since I came to Russia. My friend and classmate had an accident in October and has been in coma for one month now. She's an only Child, and her parents are devastated.

The past few weeks has been the saddest and most depressing for me because of that and other issues. Guys please a little prayer for my friend please.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 11:52am On Nov 30, 2019
The past month has been filled with so much gloom and I honestly don't have the mental strength to write. I hate this feeling and I hope everything will be fine soon so I can return to been my normal cheerful self.

First picture is from Kazan Cathedral. I went to light prayer candles and pray for my friend.

Second picture is another of my classmate A and her dad. We're doing a project in our Minor class and we're supposed to interview CEO and Founders of companies so she suggested we interview her dad since he's a CEO. So we met up at a cozy coffee shop to interview her dad and then I took some portraits of him.

Portrait of A's Dad.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by tiptoe1: 12:51pm On Nov 30, 2019
TochiPhotos:
Guys I'm so sorry for the lack of updates. The past month has been the most difficult and most traumatizing for me since I came to Russia. My friend and classmate had an accident in October and has been in coma for one month now. She's an only Child, and her parents are devastated.

The past few weeks has been the saddest and most depressing for me because of that and other issues. Guys please a little prayer for my friend please.

Wishing your friend a speedy and full recovery.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by greenprince(m): 8:53am On Dec 01, 2019
TochiPhotos:
Guys I'm so sorry for the lack of updates. The past month has been the most difficult and most traumatizing for me since I came to Russia. My friend and classmate had an accident in October and has been in coma for one month now. She's an only Child, and her parents are devastated.

The past few weeks has been the saddest and most depressing for me because of that and other issues. Guys please a little prayer for my friend please.

Just said a prayer for your friend, I hope you find strength in God and just praise even though it seems stupid. Stay positive and hope for the best.
Don't worry about videos or updates or anything for now, all those can wait, work on getting to feel better and happy again.
Take care bro.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by CowbellY: 9:38am On Dec 01, 2019
TochiPhotos:

Bro I'm so sorry for my late response, please feel free. I understand you're trying to be polite but you for don inbox me already since you see say I no come online for a while.

Hello Tochi,

Earlier this year, some of my friends were denied entry at the airport in St. Petersburg despite having evidence of their appointments, accomodation etc. No questions asked, they were simply deported. This happened with about 5 different people on 5 different flights spread across weeks. The only constant thing was they were the only Nigerian/Black on the flight.

Whereas others that came into the country via Moscow had no such problem.

Would you advice another person to still fly directly to St. Petersburg now ?

Thanks.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 8:14pm On Dec 01, 2019
tiptoe1:


Wishing your friend a speedy and full recovery.
Thanks bro

greenprince:


Just said a prayer for your friend, I hope you find strength in God and just praise even though it seems stupid. Stay positive and hope for the best.
Don't worry about videos or updates or anything for now, all those can wait, work on getting to feel better and happy again.
Take care bro.
Thanks Man. I really appreciate.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 8:27pm On Dec 01, 2019
CowbellY:


Hello Tochi,

Earlier this year, some of my friends were denied entry at the airport in St. Petersburg despite having evidence of their appointments, accomodation etc. No questions asked, they were simply deported. This happened with about 5 different people on 5 different flights spread across weeks. The only constant thing was they were the only Nigerian/Black on the flight.

Whereas others that came into the country via Moscow had no such problem.

Would you advice another person to still fly directly to St. Petersburg now ?

Thanks.

Oh wow sad

I'm really sorry to hear this. I really feel bad for them cos that is one painful and sad thing to experience. But the situation is actually common, I mean stopping first time travelers into Russia till they have their hosts call the airport.

I remember my first time, I flew in from Moscow and myself and 20 other people from different nationalities were detained for hours. Only thing we had in common was that it was our first time in Russia. They let other black students who have been in Russia before in without question and I had to wait for hours before they were able to reach my University to confirm they were expecting me. I wasn't alone in this cos they made the other foreign students from Brazil, India, Italy and so on. They made us all wait till our University called to claim us.

So bottom line, for students Universities always asks first time travelers to Russia to inform them of their arrival date and time so they can call the airport when they arrive and release them. Russia is filled with so many Bureaucracies.

I'm not sure if your friends were on student or tourist visa cos their school should have taking care of things. But to answer your question I think it's the same in Moscow as long as you're a first time visitor, they will hold you till they call and confirm from your host (They usually don't do this in your presence) so maybe they tried contacting your friends host and they could not be reached.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 8:28pm On Dec 01, 2019
Guys please I've just posted a new video. my friends and I made a video to show what students can cook with $10 in Russia, so please support your boy by watching the video and subscribing to my channel please.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_HF-ohP04U

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 9:35pm On Dec 01, 2019
Today is officially the first day of winter and it snowed grin

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by HegenIkomkeh(m): 3:03am On Dec 02, 2019
TochiPhotos:
Guys please I've just posted a new video. my friends and I made a video to show what students can cook with $10 in Russia, so please support your boy by watching the video and subscribing to my channel please.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_HF-ohP04U
Very nice video man. Great Job.
Plus, you've got really pretty friends.
Why don't you try promoting your work and perhaps your diary on twitter bro, the energy there would be really good for your work.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Drenimarcus(m): 7:14am On Dec 02, 2019
HegenIkomkeh:
Very nice video man. Great Job.
Plus, you've got really pretty friends.
Why don't you try promoting your work and perhaps your diary on twitter bro, the energy there would be really good for your work.

I second this tochi. I know it ain’t gonna be easy but twitter is a very sweet market place for your work.

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by dredmatthew234(m): 12:31pm On Dec 03, 2019
Drenimarcus:


I second this tochi. I know it ain’t gonna be easy but twitter is a very sweet market place for your work.

Very true
In case you need a virtual personal assistant for this I can do it perfectly
Will update your Twitter timeline as soon as it's dropped here on nairaland and will always include the link to the YouTube channel, subcribers go increase as twitter has more audience and a simple retweet click will go a long way. Most of all ,the credits goes to you directly I mean your social media pages... The Twitter page will be yours and you'll have access to it anytime
I understand you're a very busy person so I can do it for free but if compensation dey I no fit reject am lol

@TochiPhotos

TochiPhotos

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 7:56am On Dec 04, 2019
HegenIkomkeh:
Very nice video man. Great Job.
Plus, you've got really pretty friends.
Why don't you try promoting your work and perhaps your diary on twitter bro, the energy there would be really good for your work.
Thanks for the suggestion bro. I've already setup a twitter account and I'll try to actively push it on there.

Drenimarcus:


I second this tochi. I know it ain’t gonna be easy but twitter is a very sweet market place for your work.
Osheeeyyyy

dredmatthew234:


Very true
In case you need a virtual personal assistant for this I can do it perfectly
Will update your Twitter timeline as soon as it's dropped here on nairaland and will always include the link to the YouTube channel, subcribers go increase as twitter has more audience and a simple retweet click will go a long way. Most of all ,the credits goes to you directly I mean your social media pages... The Twitter page will be yours and you'll have access to it anytime
I understand you're a very busy person so I can do it for free but if compensation dey I no fit reject am lol

@TochiPhotos

TochiPhotos

Thanks a lot Bro, I'll PM let's workout something and see how it goes. Thanks once again.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Ramlette(m): 1:47pm On Dec 04, 2019
TochiPhotos:
Today is officially the first day of winter and it snowed grin
hi tochi, I just subscribed to your channel men great content. smiley
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by QuietMynd: 11:47am On Dec 05, 2019
TochiPhotos:
I had my birthday on Monday, there was nothing much to celebrate because I told my close friends that I wanted to be left alone on that day.
I still can't explain why, but I'm always sad and depressed on the days leading to my birthday and on my birthday itself. I always want to be left alone and all I want is for that day to just end. I don't know if any of you can relate to this but that's just what happens to me. I feel incredibly sad and depressed because I start thinking and over analyzing my life.

The highlight of my birthday is usually when my mom calls to pray for me and that's all I honestly look forward to on my birthday. My birthday for me is a day of reflection, I have a personal tradition of writing my self letters on my birthday. So I send letters (email) to my future self that will deliver to me on the next birthday and then I read the one from the previous year.
The email usually contains my plans and goals for the year ahead, my current problems and things bothering me, prayer points and things I want God to do for me etc. It's really good to know that time heals everything; nothing lasts forever and every problem you're facing shall pass. I realized this after reading the letter I sent myself from last year's birthday. All the problems and issues I had in my life then are non existent now. It's really uplifting to know that any problem I am facing right now is temporary because with time everything will be all right.

I really can't wait for this week to end already because it's been one hell of a crazy week. It's currently Autumn here in Saint Petersburg so I decided to shoot a video to show how beautiful Autumn is in Russia. The best place to get the kind of aesthetically pleasing aerial footage I want is in the outskirts of the city (Leningrad Oblast) Which is around 40km away from Saint Petersburg city. There is a little village called Pushkin which has nice foliage which means it will be picturesque in autumn. I told my friend I wanted to go there to shoot and she has a car so she agreed to drive me so I don't have to waste money on train. When we arrived Pushkin, I brought out my drone to fly but I couldn't because the village we're in is apparently A No Fly Zone so the GPS on my drone was automatically jammed and I couldn't fly there. I asked around and I found out The Catherine's Palace (Former residence of Russian Tsars) is located in that village that's why it's a no fly zone. I was so angry cos the only reason we came to that village is to get aerial footage and now we've wasted our time for nothing. We left and to make matters worse, there was heavy traffic so we spent 2 hours on the road. When we returned to Saint Petersburg, my friend was still kind enough to drive me around so I could find other places in the city center with foliage and I was able to finally get some nice footage for my channel.


Whew! so that's what I've been up to lately.

Pictures from the village we visited. First pic is side view of the Catherine palace.




Anytime u re feeling depressed, listen to this song.
Brymo-time is so kind and god is in ur mind

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Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by HegenIkomkeh(m): 11:50am On Dec 05, 2019
TochiPhotos:

Thanks for the suggestion bro. I've already setup a twitter account and I'll try to actively push it on there.
Welcome sir. All the best.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by dredmatthew234(m): 4:07pm On Dec 05, 2019
TochiPhotos:

Thanks for the suggestion bro. I've already setup a twitter account and I'll try to actively push it on there.


Osheeeyyyy



Thanks a lot Bro, I'll PM let's workout something and see how it goes. Thanks once again.

Alright looking forward it that
The email I used in registering on nairaland here is not active
You can mail me directly at
onipedematthew@gmail.com
Thanks

How's academics going?
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by buzritchy: 1:14am On Dec 08, 2019
Hi @Tochiphoto nice work you doing out there. More strength to carry on..

I have a quick question to confirm from you.

Are you currently studying in HSE(Higher School of Economics) ?

Peace
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by TochiPhotos(m): 9:28am On Dec 10, 2019
QuietMynd:

Anytime u re feeling depressed, listen to this song.
Brymo-time is so kind and god is in ur mind
Thanks Bro, I loved Brymo's Ara and Good morning so I'll def add this one to my playlist.

buzritchy:
Hi @Tochiphoto nice work you doing out there. More strength to carry on..

I have a quick question to confirm from you.

Are you currently studying in HSE(Higher School of Economics) ?

Peace

Yes bro. Do you study at HSE too?

dredmatthew234:


Alright looking forward it that
The email I used in registering on nairaland here is not active
You can mail me directly at
onipedematthew@gmail.com
Thanks

How's academics going?

Good bro. Too many projects and assignments are due soon and exams are around the corner so it's about to be a hectic few weeks.

I got your email and I'll buzz you soon.
Re: Diary Of A Nigeria Student Living In Saint Petersburg, Russia. by Calazto: 5:35pm On Dec 10, 2019
CowbellY:


Hello Tochi,

Earlier this year, some of my friends were denied entry at the airport in St. Petersburg despite having evidence of their appointments, accomodation etc. No questions asked, they were simply deported. This happened with about 5 different people on 5 different flights spread across weeks. The only constant thing was they were the only Nigerian/Black on the flight.

Whereas others that came into the country via Moscow had no such problem.

Would you advice another person to still fly directly to St. Petersburg now ?
Hello tochi...if I am been accepted for a bachelor's degree program in Russia in a particular university since preparatory course is compulsory,is it the tuition for the particular course I want to study I will pay or for the preparatory course ..pls explain further I don't understand the process..
Thanks.

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