Who no go no know – part 1

money grows on tree

money grows on tree

I had a friend who worked extremely hard to put herself through school and support her family back home. The hardwork didn’t stop after graduation. If anything, I would say it intensified. Simply because when you’re in school, the amount of money or support people ask of you is less. But once you’re out of school and working, it’s a whole new ball game of requests. It’s as if your sole purpose in life is to support their every need – no matter how unrealistic. This is the story of Nigerians abroad who have financial obligations back home, whether that’s children, family members, friends, societies or associations they belong to.

What I find most interesting is when people ask for money so they can buy the latest, to die for products that YOU haven’t even heard of yet and probably couldn’t afford even if you had.

For some reason, most people back home (in Africa, not just Nigeria) seem to think that money grows on trees. They don’t realize life abroad isn’t always what it’s crapped up to be. There are immigrants who don’t have jobs, those that work multiple jobs tirelessly but never spending a penny on themselves, not to mention those that put up with the most horrible jobs you can imagine just to meet whatever financial obligations they have back home.

Some of those not so great jobs include:

  • Bathroom attendant
  • Fruit picker
  • Janitor
  • Farm labourer
  • Newspaper delivery person

The next time you call up your mother in the States with your special list of requests, think about where that money is coming from, think about her other financial obligations.

I’m happy I don’t have this kind of pressure mounting on my shoulders. At the same time, I guess it’s one of those situations in life you learn how to balance if you ever end up in it.

~ by omonaij on March 4, 2012.

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