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.