Indeed, the general living conditions in Canada is of a higher standard and in consonance with that, the glut of employment opportunities here is something Nigeria is not proud of. As a matter of fact, the struggle to create job is getting worse and unemployment rate rises by the year as more tertiary graduates are released into the labor market.
For me, getting a job wasn’t difficult at all but what actually delights me is that I do my dream job. I work as an accountant for a stucco Vancouver company, something I had fell in love with from my childhood days way back in Nigeria. The job is similar to what my father did back then, he actually made me fall in love with numbers. He was so good at arithmetic that his small circle of friends back then jokingly call him “The Computer Brain”. His ingenuity and brilliance was however not met with a commensurate pay, a figure too exiguous when compared to what I earn now.
How favored we are that we live in a place where we can set our hearts to things and get them done, many would do anything to be in our shoes. Many people world wide are still at that point my father was decades ago, working rigorously for hours everyday, some even on weekends only to get meager salaries or wages.
Many unhappy things happening in all areas; from the academic sector to that of health and even the general labor force of the country. I am not going to be looking away but against the reason for why I am writing this particular post, I have decided not to dwell too much on the dismal happenings as it is grieving and unpleasant for me rather I’ll just compare the situation to what we have here which I believe we can better relate with and enjoy anyway.
Although, for anyone who is interested in following up with the unfolding of events in Nigeria, you could read up on it by following News outlet like the BBC and CNN Nigeria.
Though there’s light at the end of the tunnel, it does seem far right now. It gives me a sorrowful heart to know there are a lot of people who struggle to survive living in these dismal conditions with no access to some of this life basics we have in abundance here in Canada. This is what I was implying when I pointed out the norm of having a constant power supply and access to good health care.
These things are quite as needed in nations like Nigeria but the hope of realizing them look really blight at the moment.
I just prefer to talk about how pleasing and beautiful we have it here.
Nigeria might not be the most desirable place to be due to the immense backwardness in the standard of living in larger area of the country and the unfavorable working conditions of the labor market but there’s that one thing that no nation does better, that’s the making of sumptuous, mouth watering and very palatable meals.
Would you love to eat a Nigerian meal for breakfast, a Chinese meal for lunch and a Polish meal for dinner? Well, here in Canada that desire can be fulfilled with less stress as there are definitely restaurants near you with a particular specification of meal or with the ability to provide different choice and variety of food.
As great as that sounds, the originality in getting the authentic cuisine from the particular country of choice is incomparable. For the Nigerian meal, the techniques and ways at which they are garnished makes it more appetizing and enjoyable.
With the number of outlet that offers Nigerian foods here, I shouldn’t be longing for it but what they serve isn’t quite the same with what I always hope to get. I just love the way my mother always fried her plantain and egg, I could have that every morning for the rest of my life. Its super delicious with a peppery fish sauce. There are plenty meals that interest me for lunch or dinner, from yam and fish stew to semovita and okra soup or amala with ewedu and gbegiri.
Special mention: moin moin (steamed bean pudding) especially the one cooked in leaves served with hot Ogi (Pap) on a Saturday morning. It brings the entire family together in a different way, in fact from the point of preparation as almost everyone is involved. Other great weekend meals like that are akara (bean cake) served with eko (corn pap jelly), Ewa aganyin and small sliced yan with aganyin sauce. (Oh let me stop there, am already salivating)
Moving from Lagos to Canada with my family didn’t sound so spectacular to me at the time we did, I was quite young and yes, I had that childish innocent joy every African kid would have when he/ she received the news that he’s travelling out to the North American continent, but now I am exceedingly grateful it did happen. The whopping-great gap in the living conditions between the two places is staggering.
The structure, the comfort, the standard of the environ where I grew up here could never be compared to the area where I was born and lived in for a few years in Lagos. My parents were making just enough to sustain the family basic needs and couldn’t afford to live the luxurious life in the better part of Lagos, the Island, so we stayed in one of the “ghetto” areas on the Mainland. (Lagos is divided into two; the Island and the mainland).
The way of life there in the “ghetto” is so atrocious that folks here can’t relate with. I remember how overcrowded our house was that my mother had to always wake us up very early before daybreak so we can use the cloakroom before the queue gets too long and how at night the heavy noise from several small generators wouldn’t allow us to sleep well.
The living conditions of the Canadian citizen is healthier and exceedingly superior and there are better and more favorable circumstances to realizing them just like it is with Journalism and Freedom of speech.
With all that’s happening there in Nigeria, I can only hope that things are getting better.
Well, you must have observed that I do not follow a particular pre-arranged outline of topic, this is going to be the trend; I shall be writing about whatever comes to mind. In the last post, I wrote on President Trump and his image which followed the discussion on the working conditions in Nigeria and now, I am back on that topic.
From What I Hear
Having left Nigeria at a very young age, I do not have any personal experience of seeking a job or actually working there but I do have family and friends with whom I keep in touch and seldom visit. They tell me many things about happenings in the country, keeping me updated and informed. About the work conditions, they disclose that it isn’t just bad but gets worse by the day.
Several of my love ones in Nigeria are out of job and are critical about their chances of getting one. The information they share confirms that the condition and status quo of many job openings and positions which you’ll get here are much worse over there, with remunerations on the downward spiral periodically and job availabilities getting rarer. This seems to be the general thing not only in Nigeria, but in the world today.
This is why I encourage people here to be more thankful for what they have. Many outside this shores would do anything to be in their shoes and have the same opportunities.
This post isn’t intended to defame anyone or malign any nation, but aims to shed more light on the distinctive views of the United States President, Donald Trump in different parts of the world and how it has affected the Country’s global image using Nigeria as a point of reference.
A higher percentage of people in Nigeria think President Trump is arrogant and is a bully. They often express their concern on how America handles world affairs believing that with Donald, the United States of America has become entirely selfish and only considers the interest and gains of America without taking into account other countries’ interest when making foreign policy decisions. This is believed to be the general perception of possibly the most revered world leader in every nation of the world.
Further from that view, the black race countries see President Trump as a racist with no love whatsoever for the African continent; this has not been helped by his several outburst labelling the continent “shithole”. In the media, it was learnt that during an oval meeting about immigration reform, he referred to African countries as “shitholes” and more recently, it was alleged that he labelled the first Africa Leader he has met at the white house, the Nigerian President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has lifeless after their meeting earlier in the year.
Many Nigerians in spite of everything still have a soft spot for President Trump, as they see him as a powerful figure that understands their plight, sympathizes with them and joins them in disagreeing with the corrupt African leaders. Many also supports him because of his religious views and his take on certain issues like homosexuality and abortion.