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Nigerians, love us orhate us - we remain good people, a great nation! You can talk aboutbeing scammed from now until tomorrow; I would not be convinced you did notfall for it due to your own greed. Yes, but do not get me wrong, am notsupporting the scammers and I do sympathize with their victims.
Know that these scammers arevery few and the society hate them for what they are doing. Just imagine howmany people they are capable of reaching with their phony stories,and as long as people continue to fall for it, you make it good business forthem. To those of you who think every Nigerian is a fraudster, well, youwill always have a reason to doubt, I can only hope you meet a Nigerian thatwill change your perception. However, it might interest you to know there is anew trend. Scammers from other part of the continent are pretending to be Nigerians;this may be hard to prove especially when every 1 out of 4 black person is a Nigerian. When found-out, they simply claim to beNigerian to divert attention away from their home country. You can tellfrom their accent and I have seen many such on Int'l news. I understand this is hard to swallow especially the victims but it’s a fact!
Nigerian guys are fantastic and manyare genuinely looking for love online. If you are lucky to meet a good one, youwill not regret it. However, there are a few bad eggs out there, please becareful. When someone starts loving you too fast, use your head. Try as much aspossible to know you are dealing with an honest person, do your due diligence,ask personal information, don't reveal yourself too soon. A real personwill have a life no matter how lowly his background so demand to knowmore, if they hold back, use your head. Most of them have fakefacebook profile, usually recently opened, scanty personal information, showingand tell very little about them i.e. work, family etc. They will usually ask youto come and chat with them on messenger. You can tell their friends have noreal connections to them, most added them innocently. You will learn more ifyou take time to check their timeline. This is not foolproof,but it should help.
To those who found businessopportunities in Nigeria and are hesitating, well, Nigeria remain one of thebest destination in terms of ROI. Know that the list of firms that have failedto make the first move into country and are now regretting it isgrowing. They now face huge barrier to entering the same market theyrejected. One of the giant UK firm is a good example, itonly succeeded recently by managing to acquire a smaller firm when it should be ruling the market considering its size andglobal presence. If you are a businessperson, you will understand that''the higher the risk the higher the return.'' You can come up 1001 reasons youshould not come to Nigeria but what you should ask yourself is why mostmultinationals have not left the country despite all the kidnapping? Nigeriahas 36 States and most are peaceful. However, you will need to be carefulin places like Jos-Plateau, Bauchi, Yobe and Maiduguri. The Niger-Delta, whichhas been a hotbed of kidnapping, has also become very peaceful. The locals arenow being involved in the policing of the communities so security situation hasimproved.
Lagos, Abuja, Calabar and many other citiesare peaceful with many tourist attractions. If you have a good guide to show you around, you will neverbe in trouble. Just ensure yours is reputable, traceable and agree expectations beforehandso there are no disappointments. The same applies to job seekers, there is agrowing expert community in Nigeria, and they usually live together. Youremployer will usually provide accommodation for you in thesecommunities. As an expatriate you will enjoy a car, driver, steward,security among other benefits on top of this you have a minimum 30% tax freeallowance, so the choice is yours. The temperature is averagely between 29oC- 32oC, rainfall peaks in July - August but mostly, its summer!There is plenty to do, many places to see, shop and hang out, there isnever a dull moment if you are willing to explore.
Despite all the bad news, Nigeria remainsa place to visit and continue to attract many. A land of opportunities andexuberant people. You will need to see things for yourself and form your ownopinion. Although, governance is poor, the people are great and welcoming. Theextreme security concern may be due to all the negative things you have heard,so come with an open mind and do not move around looking scared! Also, don'tget confined to your hotel room as this would make life a living hell. Move outwith your guide, don't forget to visit the open market and haggle with themarket people. Enjoy your trip and make the best of it, no dull moments!
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but if you go be prepared to be ripped off!!!