«Home

Do I Relocate Abroad Despite Having A Bright Career Here In Nigeria ?

Friends. I am desperately in need of some advice here. I am doing very fine here in Nigeria, my Telecomms business generates me over N15m profit annually, but I am faced with pressure from my wife who thinks relocating to UK or US will not be a bad idea.

I have been to US before briefly but it never crossed my mind to stay back and live there. What are your advices, will I still be able to maintain my business tempo and have a better life abroad or should I just stay back and develop my business further.

Avatar
Newbie
90 answers

Oh Boy, not every open doors are God's door. So, pray before taking such steps. biowande@lycos.com

0
Avatar
Newbie

it depends on u,u av been adviced by many so choose now.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I will advise you to stay where you are, you are better off in Nigeria.

0
Avatar
Newbie

the only diff i can see between america and nigeria is that the citizens are more enlightened abroad and its relatively safer.

0
Avatar
Newbie

women again, want to redirect anoda mans career just coz she wants to pose for her friends. Na wa o

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yeah thats right Lagbaja.U r betta off back ome and d most important thing is you have time to spend with ur family.Ma gbadun lo jare

0
Avatar
Newbie

If you know that you can make cool money legitimately in Nigeria, why bother fielding questions from people on the viability of moving abroad to eke out a living? You obviously should know the answer to that, and besides, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

0
Avatar
Newbie

but why does it have to take the invisble too long to be visible suddenly

0
Avatar
Newbie

Thanks for all the contributions on this topic, It has been very rewarding and expository. I have enough information now to help me make up my mind on the way forward. And for the cynics who thinks its all hoax, you can make cool money here in Nigeria (legitimately) if you know your onions.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Absofuckinglutely correct!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

my point,with the level of success you already have in Nigeria,you will more than likely regret such a move.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@Lagbaja, lets hear from u or wifey don . . .

0
Avatar
Newbie

Well you're free to relocate to the USA right now especially if you love cab driving and changing humongous and loaded adult diapers.

paper or plastic?

0
Avatar
Newbie

Stay back in Nigeria.Its nt worth it.Many tried it and are regretting.Trust me

0
Avatar
Newbie

I say stay where your star shines the brightest. Goodluck

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ cool4ny

I am not into replying direct questions aimed at me, but I choose to answer a few of yours, even though some have already been said in my comment, and beside, we will be speaking off topic if I answer tham, but listen.

1.Kindly tell us what kind of business u were into before coming abroad.

I was into information systems

2.Why did u leave your "thriving" business to come abroad

Like I said, I got a Shell/Chevening scholarship to do an Msc in Information Systems in the UK.

3.What kind of job were you doing when u got abroad since you said you didn't sweep gutters.

I worked in IT.

4. Sir, why did u wait for four years before thinking of going back since you are abroad "only" for the experience and exposure.

Simple, I go home twice a year during that period and after one year of study, I had been wise enough to start consulting for businesses in Nigeria.

So four years on, I have my own IT/Information Systems consulting firm on Allen and servicing not only Nigerian firms, but international firms as well.

Like I said, there are so many reasons why you may want to move abroad. Not only when things arent rosy at home.

Beleive me.

U dont have to pose questions or comment to me, just post it generally.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Mr lagbaja,don't make a mistake you will live to regret.

since you make such amount of money here in Nigeria

why don't you just see how you can promote your business

.If those abroad can sincere tell you what they are passing

through,you will know the reason why Nigeria is the best.

finally,don't allow the pleasure your wife is putting on you

destroy your carear.Goodluck

0
Avatar
Newbie

Mr lagbaja youve managed to keep mum all along and I don't think thats fair given the apparent sweat people have put into your thread, or are you confused?

Then you go on and write two posts?!

Its his wife, not girlfriend!

0
Avatar
Newbie

@alabiyemmy

"There are so many reasons why someone will want to move abroad, I had a thriving business in Nigeria before coming abroad, not to sweep gutters but to build on what I had, got a Masters degree and got more experience and exposure to the best in the IT and Information Systems field where I major, now after four year, it is enough to go back home, so it is not totally a mistake to say you move abroad despite all you have, it becomes a mistake when u stay put and don't realise when it is enough time to go back home."

1.Kindly tell us what kind of business u were into before coming abroad.

2.Why did u leave your "thriving" business to come abroad

3.What kind of job were you doing when u got abroad since you said you didn't sweep gutters.

4. Sir, why did u wait for four years before thinking of going back since you are abroad "only" for the experience and exposure.

Yes, you can be here and earn £4000 per month, it is not an impossibility, second class citizen or not.

Agreed u can make £4000/mth.

I think we should be realistic and tell eachother the truth. If our brother in niaja is about to make a great mistake, please let us tell him and stop rasing his hopes in vain. I have been in Uk for a while and i hve done my own share of business and odd jobs. Today we thank God for his mercy.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Nairalanders, please,pleaseand please leave this topic, i believe there are more important issues we can all discuss and contribute intelligently, i believe the topic is a sham. 

Check this Out:

If you are smart enough to make 15M PROFIT in niaja, you should be smart enough to know what is happening around the world. You don't have to be a genius to know that it is practically impossible to make that kind of money within a short period in UK(i encourage anybody to challenge me on that).

If you are truly making the money in Nigeria then you must smart and i don't think your girlfriend should talk you into thinking about moving.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ bigrovar

Greatest lasuates una don start again to pay 4 bus na problem na person biz u wan collect for free now omila great how manny people they don pia now wetin be scores

0
Avatar
Newbie

give my your biz in nigeria then travell to anywhere u want, people dont value what they have until they lose it

0
Avatar
Newbie

ask the owner of the N14mila house please, na wa o

why are Nigerian estate agents/banks introducing mortgages? it make sense duh!

The one

its not about what i like to hear its about the fact, apparently some people in naija don't recognize the average man

oh and yes its an individual thing, some people like to build mansions in muddy villages

0
Avatar
Newbie

Me thinks this thread has been flogged thru and thru and Mr lagbaja, you should have reached a decision making point by now. If after all these you still havent, see your doctor!

0
Avatar
Newbie

Let us remember that N14 million house in Lekki was paid in full with no mortgage. As of 300,000 pounds that will be paid in 30 yrs. A home owner is Naija is a real landlord while a home owner abroad is still a renter until he/she pays off.

0
Avatar
Newbie

People who move abroad, do so often to gain something that is not available to them in Naija.

You have money, alot of money, supposing you are saving it well what is the reason your wife wants to move to London? Is it to do shakara? If you are the one who is bringing in the dough then your opportunities need to be assessed. 15 million naira is £60,000, average house price in london is £350,000 to buy. Do you have that (88 million naira?). You can probably buy a 2 bed flat for about £150,000 (40 million naira), but the area you will live in will not compare to the tourist spots you frequent when on holiday. Your children will go to school in the area of your property yes education is free but there are restrictions so if you buy your 40 million naira house the school your kids go to will probably be in a problem school. There are various other factors council tax roughly £2000 per year for home owners. Road tax, congestion charge (if you plan to drive - don't know prices) or public transport for roughly £1500 per year etc etc. It even depresses me to talk about it.

In my opinion send your children to university here and if you can aford it boarding school. You and your wife can come collect your kids every holiday. Over time maybe you will buy a house here but never let go of what you have in nigeria. Businesses often fail in Naija without the supervision of owners which is true in most countries, so it would be hard for you to live here constantly and hold on to your business unless you visit home regularly but holiday's here are often 25 days at the maximum. Will you use every day of that in Naija? Well if I was you I would tell my wife to forget it. If you were a single man you may have nothing to lose. But unless you have a job offer lined up here that pays you £40,000 which is what I think is the minimum you need for you and your family to be comfortable as your wife will probably not want to work, you should stay there like my2cents suggested many people are able to keep one foot abroad and one foot in Naija. That is what I plan to do when I make some dough for a business and home in Naija.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@Labgaja

Stay in Nigeria and if your wife still pesters u ,dump her

Seriously unless u have a well thought out project u want to implement abroad,I don't see why u should leave a thriving biz at home

0
Avatar
Newbie

I would choose 15 million Naira a year in Nigeria over 4000 pounds a month in London. London is notorious for high taxes.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I don't know why folks ask these questions with obvious answers. I said "obvious" because it's certain that Lagbaja doesn't have a definite plan of what he'll be doing abroad. My own advise is this : Keep what you have as I don't think 50% of the population in the UK that I know about very well earn up to 15 million naira (equivalent). Or do you have a definite business plan or job that you want to move on to? Do you have the necessary 'pali'. Ol boy, make I no decieve you, it's only when you're not doing well in Nigeria that you'll be hankering about relocating abroad. Life hard abroad no be lie!!!

Again, when we talk about good future, what do we mean? I thought good future means being able to assure yourself of your long term sustainability. In truth, I personally believe that I can attain to my future targets in terms of financial stability/inependence earlier in Nigeria. I say this because I earn money comparable to what I'll earn in the same job abroad here in Nigeria. So issues of tax and living expenses and stuff now come in. You cannot compare naija to Europe or America when it comes to that. You can comfortably afford to save and invest 50% of your pay in Nigeria but you fit try am for UK?

I personally know people here that say that if they get a job paying 300k a month in Nigeria, they'll be in Naija in 24 hours. Please let's stop painting the picture as if it's all rosy abroad. t this same UK that the government published that more than 100,000 children will spend winter in unheated homes because their parents cannot afford heating.

FINAL WORD: Dem no dey tell blind man say war don start ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

0
Avatar
Newbie

There are so many reasons why someone will want to move abroad, I had a thriving business in Nigeria before coming abroad, not to sweep gutters but to build on what I had, got a Masters degree and got more experience and exposure to the best in the IT and Information Systems field where I major, now after four year, it is enough to go back home, so it is not totally a mistake to say you move abroad despite all you have, it becomes a mistake when u stay put and don't realise when it is enough time to go back home.

Yes, you can be here and earn £4000 per month, it is not an impossibility, second class citizen or not.

0
Avatar
Newbie

15 million is alot of money anywhere to be thrown into a dumpster for a greener pasture. I believe that you are already making it unless you want to make yellow pasture. Stay put in Naija where you dont have to be a second class citizen. You can call the shot in Naija. You cannot make that amount of money when you leave Naija because its not easy to be an entrepreneur abroad

Good luck

0
Avatar
Newbie

@question, bwoy ur username is wacky-o , lol

0
Avatar
Newbie

Lets make a distinction here. If you earn 4000 pounds every month, what's your take home after tax? How many people really earn 4k in the UK with a minimum wage of less than 6 Pounds? You have to tell the guys that he MUST go to college to be OK. He is going to work for someone who is going to be his boss.

Right now he owns his business, goes to work whenever he wants. Freedom is the key here. I have a brother who is in his twenties but does not want to live outside Naija. He is a graduate and has a flourishing business.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@Lagbaja,

You are just trying to raise dust with this post,

It depends, if you have better prospects outside Najia, ride on brother, No shaking.

But, If no serious plans , mennnnn there is no place like Naija.

This is the best country in the world.

if you love your wife and life, stay in Naija and keep making your millions.

You dont know what you have until you lose it.

Meanwhile, lets share some of your millions(, again if you are serious.)

0
Avatar
Newbie

@alabiyemmy,

Jesus christ gave his life to rid the world of sin, but sin has multiplied much more since then. Rid Nairaland of idiots? i dont think so

0
Avatar
Newbie

What I mean by ridding Nairaland of abusive words is because, it is quite the norm here that when you make a comment and someone doesnt agree with it, then the next thing is for people to use abusive words like "silly, stupidity, stupor, stupendous etc" It is not necessary to abuse someone just because he/she disagrees with you or just because you disagree with their position. Calling someones idea silly is in my opinion, unwarranted.

0
Avatar
Newbie

, and i still say the poster's telling a pack of lies! either that or he's criminally dumb.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Maybe in the past, people sold their assets to relocate to America, but in today's society, that cant be so. Nearly every sucessful individual back home, I am sure is current with the going on in the world, particularly in the West, thanks to the internet. So, for the poster, who happens to fall in that category (15 million naira a year is a lot of money, even when converted into dollars) and further on, admits that he's been abroad, should automatically know that America is not just a country that offers a comfortable life to people, least of all, immigrants. C'mon, lets be realistic.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@Alabiyemmy, rid Nairaland of abuse and contempt?? What has that got to do with topic?? pls what happened to people that sold off hospitals et al to travel o?? What was their testimony like??

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ COOL4NY

Dont say so. I have seen people sell off big hospitals and practices they have built over years just because they want to move their family overseas. So this guy is right to seek advice.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I fink people should paste serious topic on this forum, if u r making 15M profit in a year thats equal over a million per month which is over £4000 after tax. i beg go siddon, if na true u dey make that kin money, u no need a witchdoctor to tell u to siddon for your country, maybe u need to take ur girlfriend to hospital to examine her head. If u don't have anything interesting to offer this forum i beg stay away.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@Lagbaja, where are you?? At least come honour us with your take thus far considering the kind of wonderful responses u got!

0
Avatar
Newbie

No need for abusive words, lets rid Nairaland of abuse and contempt.

0
Avatar
Newbie

stupidity is always blinding u remember

0
Avatar
Newbie

When a middle age man ask this kind of question you know something has gone wrong - mid-life crisis.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yeah mon - five times in Nigeria yearly - even if I dey yankee - it will still be the same - y'all know Nigeria sweet - pretences apart.

0
Avatar
Newbie
Your answer
Add image

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.