Today’s subject on Abroad Life visited Cape Town in 2016 and swore she had to move there. A few months later, a job that paid 10x of her Nigerian salary poached her to South Africa. To her, Cape Town is the perfect balance between Nigeria and the UK, where she’s a citizen.
Abroad Life tells the stories of Nigerians who japa’d, but many times, the stories have a shocking twist.
From jaw-dropping stories of grand-scale internet fraud to heartbreaking stories of family betrayal, these are the top 10 most-read Abroad Life stories of 2021.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life got tired of studying geography and decided to go abroad to chase her dream — becoming a pilot. She shares the origins of her passion for flying and why she decided to hide her plans from her parents for over a year.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life moved to South Africa after her husband persuaded her to join him for greener pastures. She talks about her struggles settling in, the thrill of starting a successful business and the acceptance that came with losing it all.
Today’s subject on Abroad life watched Buhari’s second term election win in tears and promised he would leave Nigeria before Buhari left power. Two years later, he tells us how he managed to leave — a process that involved changing careers and getting over 800 job rejections.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life talks about getting the chance to move to the US, opting out finding out she had to move to Canada within a 3-day period, and her struggles with navigating adulthood for the first time in Canada.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life talks about moving to Malaysia to get an education but meeting something totally different: a life where he had to evade cultists and fraudsters who needed his programming services for high-end crimes.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life is a Nigerian-American who returned to Nigeria 3 years ago. He talks about the reasons he moved to Nigeria, having to do NYSC so he could get better employment, and almost getting kidnapped by armed men disguised policemen.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life has always wanted to explore life outside Nigeria — but not permanently. He talks about moving to Scotland because of the nice people, his plans for getting a UK citizenship, and the reasons he wants to move back to Nigeria.
Our subject on Abroad Life today takes us through her life, post-university. She talks about taking a sabbatical in the US, attempting and failing a master’s in Nigeria, and why studying abroad is not as easy as everyone thinks.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life wanted to move to Canada for just one reason: his dad’s health. He talks about losing the motivation to travel when his dad died in Nigeria and how the Lekki massacre made him rekindle his passion for leaving Nigeria.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life didn’t know she was moving to the US 13 years ago — she thought she was going for a summer break. She talks to us about feeling disconnected from her friends, struggling to settle, and the reason she wants to move back to Lagos.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life is a Hungarian-Nigerian who grew up in Zaria. She talks about never really fitting in Nigeria because of her skin colour, moving to Hungary for school and to find her dad, and returning to Nigeria because God told her to.
The subject of today’s Abroad Life moved to the US for the first time in 2013 for school. He talks about not being able to get a job until he got an MBA, almost getting deported and why he thinks the American government can easily become as bad as Nigeria’s.
Today’s subject on Abroad Life moved to the US when she was 17. Eight years later, she talks about her life in the US, losing her mum, getting married to an American in Nigeria, and the process of getting her Green Card. When did you realise you wanted to leave Nigeria? I always knew it […]
The subject of today’s Abroad Life is a 21-year-old woman who left Nigeria for Canada in 2018. She talks about the extreme cold, struggling to fit in, her church making life hard for her and why she doesn’t feel at home in Canada. When did you decide you wanted to leave Nigeria? 2018. I was […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life left Nigeria for the first time in 2015. After seven years and ten countries, she’s now finally settled in the US for her PhD. She talks about living in the Gulf, being underwhelmed by America and keeping her marriage stable by travelling to the UK frequently to see her husband. […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life left Nigeria to the UAE after getting a job that paid three times his salary. He talks about moving jobs, making money at a young age, realising that Dubai is not as expensive as people think and feeling lonely because he didn’t find a black community. When did you decide […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life moved to Russia in 2013 because she was denied admission into the university in Jos. She talks about the misconceptions people have about Russia, experiencing racism as a Nigerian, and not wanting to go back after her privacy was blatantly invaded. When did you decide that you wanted to leave […]
The subject of today’s Abroad life is a 35-year-old man who has lived many lives. He talks about being rejected three times by the US embassy, the bad state of the Nigerian education system, and how freelancing paid for his japa. When did you decide that you wanted to leave Nigeria? I’d always passively wanted […]
From time to time, I see tweets about how living abroad as a Nigerian is tough because it gets lonely. In the past, whenever I saw those tweets, I thought, “I’d rather be lonely abroad than suffering in Nigeria.” But then I spoke with these five people on Abroad Life and their stories made me […]
You probably haven’t heard about the country on today’s Abroad Life. It’s Curaçao— a small island in the Caribbean. Today’s subject moved there in 2019, and talks about the country, its people, and why she thinks it’s very similar to Nigeria. When did you decide that you wanted to leave Nigeria? This isn’t the first […]
The subject on today’s Abroad Life failed to meet the financial requirements for staying in the UK on a student visa and had to stay out of school in the fear of deportation for a whole year. She talks about mistakes she made over the years and how she’s now completely bounced back. When did […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life is a 26-year-old woman who moved to the UK four months ago because she didn’t feel safe being a nurse in Nigeria. She talks about realising that Nigeria doesn’t care about its healthcare workers during the pandemic and getting a UK nursing job from the comfort of her home. When […]
From intriguing stories about fraudsters in Malaysia to heartbreaking stories about child slavery, I’ve shared some brilliant stories worth documenting about Nigerians and their unique experiences abroad. Because we’ve just passed the half year mark, I’m deciding to share the most-read Abroad Life stories from this year. Enjoy. 1. “I Went From Earning ₦20,000 to […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life is a 24-year-old woman who moved to the UK last year after getting ghosted by someone she just met. She talks about quitting her frustrating job in Nigeria, meeting a guy and leaving the country because he suddenly stopped talking to her. When did you decide that you wanted to […]
Today’s subject on Abroad Life is a 32-year-old woman who left Nigeria in 2010 to live with her dad in America. She talks about her dad’s death, moving states, making career choices, getting in $200k debt, and finally becoming financially stable. When did you decide that you wanted to move to the US? Moving to […]
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