Belinda, a beninese citizen, shared her travel experience in Nigeria with us.
My name is Belinda AGBOÏGBA. I am a beninese and went to Nigeria in 2015 through an exchange programme.
I must confess that I was a bit afraid when I had to go to Nigeria because of three things I often heard about:
Broken english, corruption and Boko Haram (terrorist organization).
The language barrier (we speak french in Benin) and the long time at the border before entering the country increased my worries. But once in Nigeria, I experienced a surprising disillusionment.
Firstly, Lagos’ wide and long roads, traffic jams and people hurrying themselves impressed me.
Then, in Osun State, I met dynamic and entrepreneurial people. They were friendly and as disciplined as english speakers. But what amazed me more were those fantastic places I visited and great events I attended.
I could reckon: Erin-Ijesa waterfall, Osun State Ministry of Culture, Osun Osogbo festival,
The Great Obafemi Awolowo University,
Obafemi Awolowo’s zoo, music and many other nice places.
At last, since some ethnicities like yoruba, haoussa and fulbeh are in both countries (Benin Republic and Nigeria), I had no problem with the local food except the fact that nigerian food was too spicy!
I am so keen on Nigeria’s music and I sometimes miss Akara food (bean cake)!!
Friends and the area’s peaceful landscapes are things I miss too. I am even ready to go back to Nigeria if I get that chance for I love the country.
Believe me, my opinions about Nigeria have totally changed, thanks to that cultural exchange trip. I don’t hesitate to correct people around me whenever they say wrong things about Nigeria for it’s a good place to visit and even to live in!
Thanks a lot Belinda Agboïgba for sharing your story with us and showing people that Nigeria is more than Boko Haram. We and the ideygo community appreciate it.
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