Lately Life Has Been Hard For Me In Nigeria by @katehallet

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Life has been…hard lately for me in Nigeria.

During most of March and April I have had serious electricity and water issues in my house.  This makes a person completely desperate and makes them vulnerable to everything.  You feel like doing absolutely nothing because in some ways you can’t actually do anything.  You go to get yourself food but you can’t wash your hands or wash the food or cook the food (no electricity) and in the end all the food ends up spoiling! Not to mention that you can’t bathe, you can’t flush your toilet, and you are constantly hot and sweaty because there’s no light (this is what we called ‘electricity in Nigeria).

Up until yesterday, the water situation was so bad that I’d been taking bucket baths.  Something that I am so not used to doing at all.  And in my present condition isn’t even advisable or good for me.

I am in limbo at the moment, trying to get things sorted out, fall into place and to come together.  I am really relying on God to see me through at this time.

Nigeria is getting me down these days.  Not that life is ‘so bad’ or anything but everyone is so apathetic and accepts things as they are. 

Nigeria is getting me down these days.  Not that life is ‘so bad’ or anything but everyone is so apathetic and accepts things as they are.  This can be so hard for me.  Things shouldn’t be this way, people shouldn’t just say okay, or just say, ‘well, that’s Nigeria for you…’  This apathy is exactly the reason why things just won’t change!  It makes me so tired and exhausted.  Abuja recently put in working traffic lights, but sometimes people refuse to obey them and then the whole thing is completely worthless.  You get these terrible tangled cobweb traffic jams that can take an hour to get out of for no reason. Nigeria can and should be better.

Everyone at the top should be ashamed and everyone at the bottom should be screaming.

Everyone at the top should be ashamed and everyone at the bottom should be screaming.  It’s no wonder that organizations like Boko Haram (no matter how crazy their ideals are to me) and MEND exist.  Sometimes, I wonder why there aren’t more outspoken figures and groups.  Sometimes, I wonder why the police themselves don’t rise up against and fight for their rights.  They are the ones that are on the streets supposedly ‘taking care of business’ and they are given enough power to frustrate the average citizen but not enough to make change and their own salaries are so small that they too must be corrupt and take from the average citizen to survive and feed their families…

Something has got to give…

God help us all.

One American woman’s true story of life in Nigeria living as an expat. I butcher the local languages every day, I stand out everywhere I go, but everyday there’s a new adventure that lies ahead. This is my Nigerian Life.

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29 comments on “Lately Life Has Been Hard For Me In Nigeria by @katehallet

  1. I can never agree more with you sir @ofili…. “Nigeria is getting me down these days. Not that life is ‘so bad’ or anything but everyone is so apathetic and accepts things as they are”. True yan Kate (i guess you understand what ‘yan’ means)….. We are addicted to suffering and smiling. We have this “so far say em no affect me” thing. Its high time WE (you and I) frown and start acting.
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  2. It truly is sad, how easily we Nigerians accept our ‘fate’ without fighting back. And anyone who is always quick to talk or act is tagged an “over-sabi”, “wetin be your own self?”, “your own too much”. I have no idea at what point Nigerians became like this, or whether we’ve always been like this, but it has to stop.
    I agree with everything you’ve written here and I just hope more and more of us are this outspoken. Sorry about your water and light situation.
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  3. Jumoke on said:

    Look kate its hard on also we the Nigerians that live here. The feeling of despondency is rampant so we tend to concentrate only on what we can control rather than start a revolution. Its not an excuse at all though. We need to revive our faith in Nigeria or it will not change. God help us
    God Bless Nigeria

  4. Gech on said:

    That was an amazing read! Thanks for sharing. I also feel like this article should find it’s way to the daily Nigerian newspaper. The purpose of this article should be emphasized in everyday conversations (regardless of the feedback), in schools by teachers and professors, and at work. Parents as well, should covey the same idea to their kids. And to those of you reading, “please don’t sit back and do nothing or be complacent. This is your mother land, you can change her, Yes, Nigeria!”

  5. martiny on said:

    We nigerians need to rise up n do something.we all remember the late afrobeat musician Fela wen he sang suffring n smilling.dat even wen r beaten by police n army on d road we say “ I no wan tlk,I no wan die”.That has being d issue n it wil not stop until u n I do something

    • Sorrow Tears and Blood by FELA:

      My people self dey fear too much
      We fear for the thing we no see
      We fear for the air around us
      We fear to fight for freedom
      We fear to fight for liberty
      We fear to fight for justice
      We fear to fight for happiness
      We always get reason to fear

      We no want die
      We no want wound
      We no want quench
      We no want go
      I get one child
      Mama dey for house
      Papa dey for house
      I want build house
      I don build house
      I no want quench
      I want enjoy
      I no want go

      So policeman go slap your face
      You no go talk
      Army man go whip your yansh
      You go dey look like donkey
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    • please where do we start from? my husband was once slapped by a drunken police at a check point for no reason. but he couldnt do anything for fear of not being locked up and framed of being an armed robber by those police. no one could show support you because of same fear.
      please tell me , where do we start from?

  6. Kemi on said:

    Currently visiting Nigeria and these are my exact sentiments. Smh. All I’ve been hearing is “that’s Nigeria for you.” Hate that statement

  7. Kachy on said:

    I believe if I and all Nigerians should lose their religion.
    we shd drop that phrase It just makes me feel inadequate and unable to do anything.

  8. Derick Ehiobu on said:

    You can say that again, imagine life for those of us in Lagos. They say what don’t kill you makes you stronger.

  9. Ayomipo on said:

    “Everyone at the top should be ashamed and everyone at the bottom should be screaming” That definitely made me laugh, but it made me sad at the same time. I really don’t understand why the average Nigerian is so complacent? I’ve been back for almost 20 years now and I still get frustrated when there’s a power cut! I’ve been called “ajebuta” and all other names so many times that I just keep quiet and boil in private when I see something wrong because airing my views hasn’t changed anything! It’s absolutely ridiculous, however, very sadly, I honestly don’t think I can see an end to it anytime soon… just saying #shrugs#

  10. chidinma on said:

    my sentiments exactly. hv neva left the country bt feel soo frustratd most tyms that i wonda how those who returnd 2 this country cope. Everyday it seems that things r actually gettin worse

  11. Ogala Osoka on said:

    It took the first cave man/men who stepped out of the cave and into the light to convince the other cave men of possibility and potential for life absent of the dark. What form of action do you suggest should be taken?

  12. femi tunde okunlola on said:

    The article hits the nail on the head. i smiled all thru. however, its even worse than she paints it. we seem to have developed a resistance(thick skin) to this situation. As a radio journalist, i’m often disgusted at the complacent attitude of Nigerians to our ‘problems’. A famous phase is always ‘only God can help us o” that’s after they give a *sigh. the only thing i could correct about Kate’s article is, life hasn’t been hard lately, its ALWAYS been hard. kudos 2 her.

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