The subject of this week’s Abroad Life has chosen to be anonymous. She is a 21-year old International Economics and Relations student who left Nigeria for Ukraine when she was 17. She talks about racism and why she’s done with both Nigeria and Ukraine.
When it comes to life goals, ask the average Nigerian and they’ll tell you something along these three lines: l’owo (have money) L’ola (have wealth) L’alaafia (have rest of mind) Take those same Nigerian across the pond and the story stays largely the same. The elements of wealth and money being apparent, while peace of […]
In January 2020, Kay — awesome writer over at TechCabal, (Zikoko’s sister publication) spent a month in South Asia, touring the borders between Bangladesh and India. In preparing for this interview, I spent an inordinate amount of time getting lost in Bangladeshi cuisine, using maybe all of 3 minutes to learn about everything else (JK. […]
For reasons best known to me (I’m bored, wistful and stir crazy, stuck at home with two sexagenarians), I have been dutifully spending a large percentage (I can’t say how large, this is a work post) of my day, researching the first few abroads I plan on living in when this whole ordeal is over. […]
If all my many years of watching overly dramatic spy-thrillers has taught me anything, it’s that Russia, its spies and its president are 100% not to be messed with. I thought everyone that journeyed to Moscow in 2018 had serious mind,and I still can’t watch Vladimir Putin on the news without avoiding eye contact. I’m […]
“I can’t wait for FPL to start”
‘No shade to South Africa, but if they can get it right, why not Nigeria?’
For weeks in April 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, sure to change the world as we know it — black immigrants in Guangzhou China, with a seeming majority being Nigerians, were the subjects of relentless attacks that saw them barred from fast-food chains, hotels and even their homes. We spoke with an […]
The grass always looks greener on the other side. For many Nigerians who leave or plan to leave the country in search of higher education, job opportunities, welfare, closeness with family etc, that saying just might as well be tramp stamped, peeking just a little as they bend to weigh their bags at check-in. That […]
“I visit Nigeria everyday. From Instagram. I like the distance.”
For many, the outbreak of the coronavirus has felt like watching the opening of Pandora’s Box in real-time. Relaying their personal unboxing experiences are five Nigerians scattered around the world. We’re starting with Johnny, a Nigerian who lives in the original epicentre of the virus – China. Peter, China. At first, it felt more or […]
In the first-ever non-Nigerian Abroad Life, Dounard, a Liberian citizen, spent the better part of his life, growing up in Nigeria. After returning to Liberia, a country changed from the time he left it, ravaged by a civil war and the deadly ebola pandemic, his optimism at helping to re-build the country is currently put […]
‘Houston rise, don’t waste Beyoncé’s rep’
We have a centre of excellence.
“My passport is a climate passport… very green and very Nigerian.”
“I love Liberia. I’ll always go back”
“I got tricked into eating octopus one time in Japan. I was not pleased.”
“The worst part is, this is just autumn. Winter is coming.”
Today’s Abroad Life is about Alafia Olutimehin (Aly), a 24-year-old consultant living in America. She went to uni in North Carolina with the belief she’d return to Lagos to work after school. Nigeria changed, she changed and one lunch granted her access to working in corporate America. Here’s how it happened: When did you move […]
“One of the things I love about England … it just works”
Oop, someone took ‘small London’ a little too literally.
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