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Who's Scared Of Going To Naija?

I hear the new trend now is kidnappings and asking for large ransoms.

Are you as concerned as I am?

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You know,it's optional to respond to a thread.

Especially if you sound  erm erm

how do I say this mildly

If you sound illiterate

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well the first time i went to Naija, i was like nine. so i was scared out of my mind. i went with my mom and siblings. i pretty much was sick on the plane. and then my first night was horrible. i silently cried on my bed for my daddy caused i didnt want to be there.

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The idea that if you stand out you will be marked out is true no matter where you are, the issue is whether you’re being marked out is in the negative or positive.

However, sometimes there is not much you can do, (Benin-city) if you are married to a white guy in a black environment, whether that environment is Chapel town Leeds, SC Los Angeles, or Nigeria you are distinctively noticeable. In Benin-City there is a unique social perspective that is made in the general of such relationships /marriages as ill informed as it may be, it puts you in a somewhat vulnerable position.

Nonetheless, there are exceptions I have an acquaintance who is white Scottish who works for a Multinational oil company he speaks Itsekeri and Uhrobo better than I can, he moves around the whole Warri town with impunity no fear, no problem and he’s not a Christian. In addition having lived there in excess of twenty years and several wives/ concubines to show he is regarded as a Warri man and his colour incidental. Because of the legacy of sailors past there are lots of mixed race children in Warri, who are living far from affluent lives so the idea that being mixed race equates to $$$ & £££ is not true at least in the Delta, so kidnap is not done on the basis of colour, so worry not.

My advice is to know exactly who you call beloved, why you do and if they consider you as their beloved or a big pays

check coming from Spain to be looted. We have a sister Church in Barcelona that I visit and I have heard some disturbing stories. Furthermore, thought about inviting them your family to Lagos where you can stay with relative security or better still stay in Warri or Sapele.

But fear not just be led -- as the steps of the righteous are ordered by -------

All said and done I just can’t wait to touch down and say thank God I’m back again, Naija we hail thee light or no light.

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Joseph Yobo's brother is yet to be released after he was kidnapped in PH, as far as you're not a joseph yobo family or the like, you're safe. they kidnap only popular figures especially the affluent one but that doesn't mean you should go back home and start making announcement that you're new in town, that's simply endangering your life. No place like home

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Questions most Nigerian ask:

Then: How can we make Nigeria better?

Now: How can we get out of Nigeria?

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U are right it has been overblown out of proportion and its really sad. I was to participate in a programme called 'No place like home' where i would be interviewed right here in my house and office and then the crew will go to Nigeria to meet my family and friends, interview them etc and it would be featured on a National TV here. We had everything planned out, all paperworks done and all that only for me to be given one funny excuse why it could no longer be possible at the time (last year), after a while a colleague whose friend happens to be part of the crew secretly told me they heard that all whites were being kidnapped in Nigeria. Can you imagine! as if i didn't tell them the family and friends they were to meet stays in Lagos and Oguns state not Niger Delta. The fear of kidnapping is now the beginning of wisdom, not just in the East but now everywhere in Nigeria. Pity.

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naiaralanders abi i no talk una mind?

Could s/one rise up to my defence there?

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@benincitys

i just came back nigeria a month ago, to be honest i was very scared of kidnaps,arm robbers and i find it dificult to trust people ,even my own family memembers cos of whats going on there.

im married to a white guy and most people over there think im living in paradise which is not so and i couldnt travel with my husband home cos of security.

but anyway,u can go but just be careful,dont out late at night or some setting areas etc ,i wish u a safe journey.

Evept

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well the poster said she s scared of going to nigeria specifically because of the kidnapings and i guess crimes generally,so how is telling him/her to stay away from areas where theres a higher chance of crime being pretentious?

if you ll rather contend with mosquitoes,dirty environment,higher chance of being a crime victim e.t.c because you want to "be real"then good for you and good luck,even in the united states and united kingdom we know there are areas where you are more likely to be a victim of crime than other areas so please,

living in the real nigeria and sampling it are two diffrent things, you can live in a safe area and go check these places out.

that means in the name of sampling the real nigeria the poster might as well visit ateke tom and his millitants,go chill out with the people smoking hemp under the bridge,chill out with the area boys and watch them in operation,take a ride in a couple of molues

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lagos is perfectly safe as long as you watch yourself and take sensible precautions same as any country, u will not leave your child unattended here for instance as therea danger of paedophiles,neither will u leave your mobile phone or money laying aroung because you r abroad

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I am scared of going to Nigeria. My family are from the Delta region and the last time I touched down there was in 2006. It is ironic that the richest part of Nigeria hardly had any electricity and as soon as it was dark (around 9pm) criminals and other non-entities took over the street.

I find it really funny that people will suggest that if you want to go to Nigeria that one should stay away from the places like Ketu and the like which to me are places that are very real to most Nigerians in that 70% of the populous live like that. To advise one to just stay in places like VGC and Lekki which to me are areas in Lagos that are trying so desperately hard to be westernised and only a minimal amount of Nigerians live that way is quite pretentious in my book. What every happened to sampling the real Nigeria?

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yes i am scared because i have a 14month old baby who is half Nigerian and half Germany i don't want anybody to kidapp my baby she is my life , but god know i am going to Nigerian next year after 7year of not seeing my family , i need to no matter what , there is no place like home.

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So its better to be confined to only lekki, VGC and the co to enjoy Lagos?

prisoner in our own state

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Not an inch of concern.They will always be kidnapping all the looyer of government treasuries,ritual killers,swindlers not a common man/woman like.They will tell you welcome.

Only,i said only if you one of those who want to pose that you are from abroad and every other person there is class less.Them you better don;t go there.

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its all about the mind set,i go everywhere and actually prefer going on walks on the main road,everywhere than driving,people just blow things out of proportion

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as long as you r not staying in the ketus,iyana ipaja e.t.c and theres a generating set,airconditioned house and car then u will have the time of your life

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Sorry to disappoint you, no one will abduct you. They have better targets to get to, the fact that you're abroad (that's if you're not in africa) wont make you a target. Never mind my dear, just visit. No one will see you cos u aint a vip

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