Just yesterday, I heard a friend of mine is “going” to Canada next month. This story, amongst others, got me thinking – this is serious! Am I being left behind? Do I join the bandwagon?
The scary thing is that majority of Nigerians migrating to Canada are those that have the best jobs, education and money. Canada is picking our best brains. I am concerned for my country. We are currently experiencing a tide that is gradually and surely creating a vacuum in the demographics of our Nation.
The future effect will be alarming. Our Government need to act fast to make Nigeria the place of choice for living.
I cannot blame those who have left or plan to leave any time soon. There is certainly no crime in wanting a better life. We have read how some achieved their dreams just as we have also heard how some others did not and, in some instances, have had to return to Nigeria ‘with their tails tucked firmly between their legs’. The grass is not always greener at the other side I guess.
So, what does Helen desire? Yes, I want to go to Canada, but also to Morocco, Switzerland, Brazil, Singapore, United States of America, the list is endless, not as a job seeker. I want to explore and see this beautiful world God has created.
I want to own houses in these places because I can afford to like Femi Otedola. I want to eat full English breakfast in London, see a stage play in Paris, stopover in Beijing to tour the Great Wall of China and roundup the evening with some soothing massage in Bali, Who doesn’t want the good life?
But! at the end of every trip, I want to always come back home to contribute my quota to the development of my beloved county, Nigeria, to my house in Asokoro or Banana Island, without fear of being kidnapped. There is no place like home, I believe.