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Charles Novia Asks, “Are (Nigerians Who) Relocate Back Coming Solely for Patriotic Reasons or Just to Bite off a Huge Chunk of the ‘National Cake?’

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Filmmaker and writer Charles Novia has a way with words that is just very sweet. Even if I don’t agree with what he may say, I know I am guaranteed to either learn something, think or just be entertained.

This one wey the man share on his Facebook page, I had to rip it off, after all he is a public figure innit? I love the question because I think about it often.

I have also talked about the highly condescending attitude, to both locals in Nigeria and Nigerians in the diaspora, that I have found some returnees project. In case you missed it, read it here and also check out the clip below. In the meantime, what do you think about Charles’s core question?


I need to ask these questions. Many Nigerians living abroad seem to be relocating back to Nigeria while twice that number of Nigerians living here relocate every week out of Nigeria to other countries. Though Nigeria is a fast-growing world economy, the level of poverty and corruption is alarming. Are those relocating back coming solely for patriotic reasons or just to bite off a huge chunk of the ‘national cake’ since a recession in the West is biting hard?

And for those relocating abroad, is it ideal for them because of the insecurity and disregard for human life which has blighted Nigeria? Nigeria is a paradox. Those who have money are getting scared daily because increasing cases of robberies and kidnappings. Yet, a lot of money is here to be made. I asked one family who relocated to Canada from Nigeria last week why they were giving up their lucrative business and fine houses for a new life in Canada and the head of the family replied ‘For peace of mind, security and for the future of my children’. Another guy told me ‘Naija is one country where you make money and you think you are enjoying your life yet inside, you are psychologically depressed and apprehensive. What kind of life is that?’

So, what do you guys think? Is Nigeria an El-Dorado for the returnees or just a stop-gap plan to get off the recession in Europe and the West? Or for those staying behind here, is there a misplaced optimism that things will change and get better or just plain patriotism?

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