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Hello country people!

I ve been away from home (nigeria) for 4.5 yrs now.

I spend most of the stated time studying and now I'm coming to visit home by Xmas.

From the information I gathered, a lot have changed.

A bottle of star now cost N170! It was barely N80 when I left home.

Now my question is, Will N200,000 sustain me from 23rd Dec - 5th of Jan?

I will be staying in my parents house but I ve got to "dash" people money.

I also have a few younger ones in School who need "sorting".

Already I have bought gifts worth over £800 but I'm still scared it's going to be tough.

Anyone out there been home lately? Pls share your survival strategy. I want to know.

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Not a great deal for me.

I'm in the Force and I'm used to such distance with weight.

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14 miles inside snow. are u sure you about the distance

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Our away-ian bros make una dey prepare b/4 una come so that we can feel you. Not for una to come and generally fall hand like some I have seen.It can be embarrassing when friends and neighbors ask "what did he bring you?".And you ve nothing to say.

Sometimes as hosts we go out of our way to extend elaborate royal reception to our diaspora bros/sis so they feel welcome. And when they are abt to leave they distri $5-10 among the kids which even they (kids) find confounding and embarrassing. When they get back home they praise themselves on how much they saved.

Make una dey try. Abeg.

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eyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! well done o,

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Yea, Christmas is over and my journey back home was wow!

I finally travelled with N350k and it went a long way.

I had to spend an extra £300 but it was fun being to Nigeria.

I stayed with a friend for a day in Lagos but it was a bit hot.

Didn't know taxis charge up to N3,500 for a distance of about 25 miles.

I asked my friend who came to meet me at the airport to buy Mtn SIM for me.

I inserted in a new phone I bought and called Mom etc.

But when I got home, I realized the phone dropped out of my pocket.

I rang the phone but it was switched off!

Just 5 minutes after.

While going to catch my local flight at MM2? I was stopped by the police and was searched.

My flight to PH was scheduled for 3pm and it was 1.30pm then. The traffic was bad.

I explained the situation to the men but it only made them slower in searching my luggage.

At last I had an idea. I offered them some items in my luggage. A can of John walter biscuits.

The Oga insisted on collecting all 3 in my luggage but I refused. A sister in-law specifically asked for them.

On seing a wallet I had in my baggage, they also wanted it. I asked the Oga to take it cos I was running late to catch my flight. After that they asked for bribe from the “big brother”. I bluntly refused. But realizing what time it was then (2:25pm), I gave them N1000 which they refused and I had to top it up to N2000.

When I got to the airport, I was told the airline I booked with wasn’t flyging to PH that day. I was told to wait in Lagos for 2 days but I refused. I got my refund and booked with another airline which was supposed to depart MM2 at 6pm. I was at the airport until 10pm. We finally made it to PH shortly before 11pm.I had to wait another 1 hr because our luggage were checked in as cargo and we had to go to another location to collect them.

My bros was waiting for me and he drove like a mad man cos the airport road was so lonely. Scary.

I had fun back home. I met my family, old friends etc. I was re-united with tombo liquor. I had to keep my pocket under control because everybody wanted something. I did the much I could.

On coming back to the UK, I could hadly get home. The snow covered everywhere. I couldn’t get a train out of London so I had to stay over. The following day, after much delays, I got on the train to my destination. When I got to my station, there were no Taxis on the road. I had to do the only possible thing. Walk a distance of over 14 miles. I was grateful to God I didn’t carry a lot of stuff. I only had a little hand luggage.

It was an eventful journey and I can’t wait for December to come again. I’m home again this year with a better budget.

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@poster xmas is over, I'm guessing you are back now. So, how was it? I mean 200k and all. Was it enough?

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Hello Dis guy,

I dont know what to do again that is why i have to contact you here. I have been posting some post on travel board but i couldn't see any of my post there. please help out the topic is very related to that board; the topic is INTERNATIONAL DRIVEN LICENSE AT YOUR DOORSTEP, So please help me out of this problem. my id on here is iblek01.

thanks.

Olalekan.

iblek01@yahoo.com

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You have a martinet for a father? ^

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hehehehehe

ill take that as a compliment

everyone from my household must be decent at all times!!

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^^ you this girl u wont kill me ooo!!

LMAO

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Nigeria is worth less than Nairaland, If you doubt me ask Yaradua.

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lol

not really i couldnt be too extravagant

im abit too popular back home!

they will just report me!!

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looool

omg its like unno!

it was kool i had loads of fun

i stayed at the campus for like a week

my sis stays at one of those SU hotels so i wasnt bothered much

my dressin. . . . . loool

but i did have a great time

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Hmmm how did you manage the teaming ndiogo (uninvited suitors) that throng the hostels insearch of willing babes!^^

Your dressing would make it obvious you are been-to . . . . hectic and good time?

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hehehehe

i am a village girl

i stayed on campus wiv my sisters

and i still managed to spend arnd £600

but i doubt i budgeted properly

maybe if u plan well it will be ok

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gud, jst b smart wen u get here

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Since you are a student, I guess you may be able to explain out your situation when you come. Otherwise, 200k for 5 years?? i.e 200/5 = 40k a year.

Just avoid going into drinking joints where okada men and OMATA guys are drinking, they will simply insult you. 200k is like 5 days outing. And please stay away from women, they charge per second, and each second is about 1000NGN. And most if not all of them have their birth days between Dec 23 and January 3rd, so you might probably be attending birthdays every day depending on how many women you talk to.

The secret is to snick in, settle your immediate family and bone. If you want to show that you are janded, Then, your budget should start from NGN1.5m. Mind you, the business guys in Niger are your direct competitors and believe me, they will spend 200k at one sitting. Plus flashy cars.

But on a serious note, no matter how you want to spend, 200k is a tight budget. It might be enough for you if you wear oba'sanjo face sha.

Me being a young attorney based in Lagos, last xmas i spent close to 300k, and it did not go round, no women.

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@Poster.

U have a very large heart my brother.

Not many like you think like that!

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i don't think we are expensive

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200k? Like someone said £800 spent in UK for 2 weeks? £800 rubbish money in Nigeria.Who are these people?

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so latch u ve cash , to spend in niger , na whoa, come give me some , na the same uk we dey

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200,000K for 2 weeks? , during christmas? , after 5 years? , in ibo land?

The only advantage you may have is that so many people will be coming back, so all eyes won't be on you.

Then again, what I do know is that last time I popped into Nigeria (2 months ago), 8 of us sat down and drank up a bill of about 70,000k in some joint in Lekki. It was an expensive bar, but still ,

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@poster is enough unless you want to dash everybody in your village money

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I haven't been to Nigeria in a while now (about 8 years). But that has more to do with the fact that everyone I need is right here with me and the only folks at home are the grandparents (and they visit at least twice a year).

It's quite sad that folks think that 800 pounds isn't enough for a 2 week vacation in Nigeria. Seriously, even if you have the money it is important that you respect it. You just don't throw money away so that folks won't look at you as stingy , that is just illogical.

To the original poster: I think 200, 000 Naira is more than enough. You just graduated a year ago and you still have to really secure your financial future before thinking about playing Santa to other folks. I pray you have a safe journey.

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It depends on so many factors and the type of problems facing you backhome.

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yes!yes!!yes!!! i did

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I dont secretz has any extraordinary stingy skills

shes a chic and pple will gladly spend on her and even mumsy sef drop

so no biggie

a chic wld always be kept

For my guy i think u shd chill in ur folks place,, give gifts as that is better than money (sales stuff will help u)

spend ur time with ur family as that shd be ur prime concern then use the oppotunity to visit one or two places too,

God knows when ull be able to come bk to naija

Just lay low, security is worse than before

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YOU SAID IT ALL.

NOT ONLY USEFUL TO THE POSTER BUT ANYONE PLANNING TO VISIT

OR HAVING RESERVATIONS ABOUT VISITING 9JA DUE TO FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS.

THIS SHOULD CLOSE THIS THREAD.>CLAP, CLAP , CLAP!!!!!!

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hey just in 2wks

i feel u don't really need that much unless u wanna b xtravagant

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Dude! Don't even know why you're asking the question on this forum. Go with whatever you can afford and f*** the rest!

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Since u cannot spend beyond what u have, my advise is, Draw out a budget of what u are going to spend on each day. This could be done with the assistance of your family members or close friends. The next step is keep strictly to the budget or else u could go borrowing at end of your stay.

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OK, Considering your budget and spendings so far, I think you are well prepared for your homecoming.

200K is quite enough for your spendings in 9 days even in a costly city like Abuja.

You can get reasonably good hotels for Eight (8K) per night on the average.

Visit nice places and hang out with friends at the new Silverbird, Ceddis, lounges in town.

These places are not so costly.

Eat out at the eateries, Southern Fried Chicken, Mr. BIGS, Tantalizers. There are a whole lot of unknown names. Quite affordable and good food.

You can also patronise some of the Abuja gardens in the evenings. They sell food, pepper soup, smoked fish etc.

You'll enjoy self really well in naija. Expenses depends on what you want.

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200K SHOULD BE ENOUGH DEPENDING ON WHAT UR PLANS ARE

BUT DO NOT GIVE MONEY - TELL THEM U ARE A STUDENT AND WILL BE BACK

WITH A BANG FOR EASTER AS U JUST SECURED A COOL JOB TO START IN JANUARY.(that is if u have no plans of visiting until about a year.)

I WILL ADVISE THAT U CONNECT WITH UR FRIENDS THAT ARE DOING QUITE

WELL IN 9JA AS THEY WILL SURELY FOOT SOME OF UR BILLS WHEN U GUYS

ARE OUT KNOWING THAT U ARE A STUDENT - JUST GET DEM SOME NICE STUFF (PERFUME,T-SHIRT ETC.)

YOU NEED TO START CALLING THEM NOW BUT HUMBLE YOURSELF AND TELL THEM(the ones u trust) U AINT

COMING WITH MUCH MONEY.

ONLY GO OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS THAT ARE NO LIABILITY AND JUST BUY THE REST BEER AT THE JOINT,

AFTER 2 BOTTLES EACH, TAKE YOUR LEAVE AND TELL THEM U'LL BE BACK.

GOLDEN RULE : PLEASE NEVER EVER TRY TO PLEASE EVERYONE, COS U CANT.

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@GNBohr

U analysed it well.

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200,000k should be okay, so far you are from the far village, immediately you land for MMA, just enter a bank and change that money into new N50 notes, so that it can reach the villagers.

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The problem is that you people that live abroad cause problems for yourself. You created false impression about your self, standard of living and economic status. You made people back home feel you are much better off and enjoy life more abundant where you are located in the diaspora. Even those who goes abroad for schooling create so much false image about their welfare. So much that many back home believe that living abroad is akin to experiencing financial eldorado. Now the chicken is coming home to roost.

Many of us know that Nigeria is a country where anything goes, if you want to go home with 500 pounds or 1 million pounds depends on the false impression you want to continue to register in the mind of your people. Mind you, many back in Nigeria are living far better in terms of finances than most in the diaspora. They know the situations most cope with in the diaspora and how difficult it is to survive economically abroad. Yet some silly diasporans would want to go and show off that he just arrived.

You dont need to announce yourself in a manner that you can not cope with. My friend, if you want to be honest with yourself, your budget of 200k naira is more than enough for the period you intend spending. You can even do well with lesser amount. The issue is simple, be honest with yourself. do not create the impression that you have access to the Bank of England, do not behave in manners that will bring uneccessary demand to you. Stay within the confines of your immediate family who knows your status. Dont go around annoucing your presence as if it is the best thing to happen in Nigeria.

You can not impress anybody in Nigeria, even if you go with 10million pounds. At the end of the day, people will mock you for not meeting certain expectations. Remember most people in Nigeria are not that poor, particularly those that would mill around you. If you want to be in all the best places in Nigeria for the holiday, then be prepared to meet the requirement for that. Nigeria is both expensive and very cheap, depends on what you do, where you go, the market you patronise, the people you drag around, the girls you run after, the drinks you take, the food you consume, the place youn stay, the calls you make, the noise you make, the parties you attend and above all the impression you want to create.

Advice, just go home to see your family and siblings, by family I mean the nucleaus, have a decently exciting time and return back to England to continue the struggle. You would enjoy it, how long you have stayed away from home is irrelevant.

To my country people in the diaspora, many of you runs from visiting home because of this impression of how much I need to be able to stay comfortable, ask your self the question, if you are actually going back to your family to see and be with them and not to go and show off, you dont need a little bit more than what you averagely spend where you are resided now exluding flight cost, gift cost amd may be accomodation if there is no relative to squat with. The gift cost should even be moderate. Some of the items you take home are even cheaper in Nigeria.

GOD BLESS US ALL. ENDEAVOUR TO ALWAYS VISIT HOME ON A MODERATE BUDGET YOU CAN MOST CONVENIENTLY AFFORD!!!!!

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if you like start to de flig your doe from the airport

na you get am.

sebi you say u be student? wetin come dey make think say guys go dey expect too much from?#

abi you dey form say u be loaded 9ja abroad

any way sha u don get too much advice and i think if you are to pay your money for don finish.

see ya

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ubamu2009,

outlining all u have bought for your family i think u hv really done well.what anybody says should not bother u.

200k for 9day shld be enough,except u want to show off,besides you spent the better part of your years there scholing,so anybody that does'nt appreciate that fact can go sink themsef in the atlantic ocean.

Wishing you a happy holiday.

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Some of these posts are scary while others are comforting.

The question of staying back because I have only got N200,000 to spend does not arise.

I have bought my tickets already (both international and local).

I intend to keep a low profile and if things get too bad, I'm off to my elder brothers

place in another state to spend the rest of my holiday.

As I said earlier, the N200k is just for spending.

I have put £400 (N100,000) aside for my siblings schools fees and stuff.

I bought gifts worth over £800 (Another N200,000).

My flights cost me £1000 (N250,000)

In all, this journey is costing me over N750,000 and I only finished my studies about 1 year ago

(and have been working since then).

The difference between the  day I'm arriving home and the day I'm leaving for the airport (back to the UK)

is only 9 days, and I won't let friends ruin it for me.

Thank you all who contributed. I will certainly let you know how it went.

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Oh. Boy U better be prepared things are not like before & thing are worsen, getting worse in the last few weeks 200K is for a week

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Damn! We say stay humble but not like this jor. A tad extreme.

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Considering my lifestyle, N20,000 would be enough. I don draw line between myself and my extended family members. I also keep a low profile. Also, my immediate family members also maintain a peaceful and quiet profile. What with UTC bread, togolese beans, garri ijebu, moin moin, ogi, akara, fufu, amala, egusi, boiled yam, plantain, efo, dundun, blue band, indomie noodles, semovita, mangoes, oranges, agbalumo, baba dudu, for food; local sponge, anchor toothbrush, ose dudu,macleans toothpaste for hygiene (no need for "toilet roll" when water still plenty); hurricane lamp and torch light, kilit insecticide and otapiapia (PHCN); N500 polyester shirts for extra clothing; I would still have extra change for danfo runs. Concerning gifts, my folks would not even request for that from me so as not to put me under pressure. Besides, I probably would have been sending them stuff and helping them get stuff beforehand. But I would still bring something to surprise them.

Do not be surprised, I have been called "Baba Ijebu" several times and we are Ijebu.

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Bros as a naija wey deygo in and out of country i advise you deeply to stay away from your hungry friends and role with people of your status wey no go dey scrounge on you o!

Naija get levels othewise you go show demthe DOLLARS!!!

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Don't know what sort of "friends" you guys roll with but last time I was home for a 5week stay, don't think I spent up to 100K and I still got a few stuffs for myself!

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Ha let me tel u, just hid urself otherwise u wil pay dat money as ransom. This is d new face of niger.

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Bros!!! 200K will do u no good!!! U 4got dat someway sumhow dem go pinch 4rm dmoni abi!!!! Pls make sure u have enof money b4 u come back becos u no festive period is sometimes a showoff period whichI believe u don't want to do. But hearing dat u came from overs, guy wether u buy the best gift in the world for the whole community, they will still want to have cash in their pockets!!! pls think twice!!!!!!!!!!!

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