“My Family Had To Sleep At The Ghanaian Border”- Abroad Life

October 29, 2021

The Nigerian experience is physical, emotional and sometimes international. No one knows it better than our features on #TheAbroadLife, a series where we detail and explore Nigerian experiences while living abroad.


Today’s subject on Abroad Life has travelled to three different countries with her family. She talks about her experiences in each country, sleeping at airports and borders, and why she’s never going to Ghana by road again.

What was growing up like?

I grew up in a pretty comfortable household with parents who made sure the family did stuff together, even if it was as little as going for lunch every Sunday. I’m the oldest of my siblings, so I was the first to go to a school outside the state where we lived. Generally, growing up was interesting. 

When did you first leave Nigeria?

I was 13 and we went to the UK for Christmas. My parents had been there before and they were excited to go on the trip again with us. 

God when? How was the trip?

It started off disastrous.  On our transit stop at Casablanca, we discoveredthat it was snowing terribly where we were going to in the UK and this  meant that our flight had to be delayed. Omo, we had to sleep in the airport all night. It was super, super cold, and all we had to eat was some bread that the airline provided. 

We eventually left the next day.

What was the UK like?

It was cold, but it was great. We visited family and some of my parents’ friends, we went shopping, we had lots of fun. I almost didn’t want to return to Nigeria. 

But you returned. 

It was hard accepting that I had to come back. When I got back, all I could think about was going back. After some time in school though, I calibrated back to default Nigerian setting. I’d remember from time to time and wish I was in the UK, but I knew I was here. Tears. 

LMAO. When did you next leave Nigeria?

With my family again, about four years later, this time to Ghana. We planned with some extended family and friends and did a long road trip. 

How was this trip?

It was the worst trip of my life. First of all, one of the vehicles we went with had a problem on our way, so we had to stop to fix it. That one caused us to spend a long time on the road, so by the time we got to the Aflao border, it was getting dark. 

“Oya let us pass”, they said no, that it was too late and they weren’t letting anyone enter the country again. Omo, we begged and begged, we explained our situation, we showed them that there were children among us and we didn’t have anywhere else to go, but they didn’t allow us. So we had to sleep at the border. Sleeping in a bus at the border of a country you’ve never been to before is terrible enough, but when you’re in a large group of people who are stressed and have been travelling all day, it’s much worse. 

We eventually entered the country around noon the next day but all our ginger had died. We just spent the next few days resting and going to a few places, and then we left. We spent only one week there and it was very meh.

That sounds terrible. Have you been to Ghana ever since?

One time, yes. That’s the only time I didn’t travel outside Nigeria with my family. This time, I went for something work-related, and while I didn’t sleep at the border, it wasn’t smooth sailing too. We had some wahala at the border, but in the end, I went for my conference, and spent the remaining days enjoying my time in Ghana. I went to Cape Coast too to see all the amazing stuff there. But I promised myself I wouldn’t go to Ghana by road again. 

Wait. Where else have you travelled to with your family?

Dubai. We went there fairly recently, and it was so, so, so fun. We went to the desert and all the other fun places you hear about in Dubai. I loved every second of it. 

You travel a lot with your family. That must be nice. 

It is. The best way to travel with family is to find group deals online. They’re fairly priced and they usually come with tour guides, so you don’t have to stress about finding your way about. 

Let me go and call a family meeting. I have something to tell them. 

LMAO.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

October 28, 2019

Election petition season, rice showers and dodgy records. View this email in your browser 4 – 3 – 2019 This is Zikoko’s Game of Votes Weekly Dispatch. We share the most important things leading up to the 2019 General Elections, and why they matter. 5pm. Every Monday. Stay woke.  IT’S 5 DAYS TO THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS And […]

June 13, 2021

June 12 Protest: Yesterday, after months of planning, Nigerians took to the streets to protest against bad governance, abuse of human rights, worsening insecurity, and other forms of maladministration and mishandling of democracy in the country. Coincidentally, this protest happened one week after the Nigerian government’s sudden and unconstitutional Twitter ban. Yesterday was also Nigeria’s […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

December 5, 2019

We already tried to guess how much you have in your account and your current net worth, and we think we did a pretty great job (keep any complaints to yourself). Now, we’re going to try and guess your monthly salary based on your relationship with money. Oya, take the quiz: 11 Timed Quizzes For […]

January 2, 2020

Do you have even a single romantic bone in your body? Well, if you’re not sure about just how sweet and thoughtful you can be to someone you love, that’s what this quiz is here to answer. 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are Ready To Marry  Are you ready to marry? Take these quizzes.

December 3, 2019

Are you a professional Yoruba demon? Are you walking around in search of whose life you can wreck at any given time? Well, this quiz knows exactly how many hearts you’ve shattered to date, and before you lie that your result is inaccurate, just remember that Zikoko is never wrong. Now, take it and be […]

November 11, 2019

Today, we are going to be using your taste in music to determine how good you actually are in bed. All you need to do is create the ultimate Nigerian hit — from the lead artist to the producer — and we’ll tell you if all your partners leave satisfied, or if you are just […]

More from Citizen

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X