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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: A Nigerian’s Journey In Canada And The Decision To Return Home

Find out about the difficult time a Nigerian student had in Canada. This story has started a debate about the reality of the Canadian dream and the search for a better life abroad.



The Grass Isn't Always Greener: A Nigerian's Journey In Canada And The Decision To Return Home

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  • Bigcoconut, a Nigerian student who moved to Canada to study and work, talks about how hard it is for him to deal with the physical demands, financial worries, and lack of hope.
  • Bigcoconut’s story makes people on Nairaland talk about whether it’s worth trying to find a better life abroad and what the Canadian dream is really like.
  • Bigcoconut has to make a hard choice, so he thinks about going back to Nigeria and continuing his studies online. His story can serve as a warning to others who are thinking about moving. 

A user named Bigcoconut recently posted on the popular online forum Nairaland about the struggles of a Nigerian student who moved to Canada earlier this year and found it to be very different from what he had expected.

The account serves as a cautionary tale for those considering relocation in search of a better life.

Bigcoconut said that he had gone to Canada to study in January. He had chosen to repeat a two-year program that he had already finished in Nigeria. Despite this significant investment of time and effort, he quickly became disillusioned with his new life.

The physically demanding job he found in Canada left him feeling weak and in pain for days, negatively impacting his studies and overall well-being.

Bigcoconut also had a lot of trouble paying his bills, and half of his salary went toward that. He said that he had not had these kinds of problems in Nigeria, where he had been able to save money for school and travel.

To make matters worse, many of his peers who had come to Canada around the same time had not yet found jobs, suggesting that the situation could be even more challenging for others.

Bigcoconut’s story shows how hard it is for many people to move to another country in search of a better life. The Canadian dream, often associated with economic prosperity and a high quality of life, is not always what it seems.

As Bigcoconut said, the difficulties of getting used to a new country, culture, and work environment can make some people feel depressed and let down.

The post has sparked a lively discussion on Nairaland, with some users feeling sorry for Bigcoconut and others questioning whether or not he should move abroad.

One user, Ablemed, shared that they had always been skeptical about the notion of traveling abroad for a better life, while Chatinent(m) offered words of encouragement, saying, “Welcome home. You’ll be fine.”

Now that Bigcoconut has to decide whether or not to go back to Nigeria, he is thinking about getting a refund on his remaining tuition fees and going back to school online.

His story serves as a sobering reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and that the pursuit of a better life may not always lead to happiness and success.

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