What’s the best country a Nigerian can emigrate to? Rich, high standard of living, plenty of jobs, universal healthcare, excellent schools: Canada, right?
Well, you just might be wrong.
There are many things that could put Nigerians in deep shit in Canada, (apart from Yahoo Yahoo and 419 of course!) lol.
1. Killer cold.
Canada. Is. DEADLY. Cold.
Of course, you already knew this, but what you didn’t understand was what deadly cold really means.
Imagine snowfall, so heavy that sometimes it covers and is taller than a storey building.
Imagine hailstones, (or ice blocks, if you like) sometimes big enough to break car windscreens, falling down on you from the sky.
Imagine weather so cold that it hurts to breathe, and if you stepped outside in only your Nigerian ‘sweater’ and jeans for a few minutes, you would most likely freeze to death.
That’s Canadian winter.
Canada has an average daily annual temperature of —5.6ºC.
Yes, that’s as cold as or colder than your freezer. It vies with Russia for first place as the coldest nation in the world.
According to Statistics Canada, more Canadians die each year from exposure to extremely cold temperatures than from other natural events. So, coming from Nigeria where the sun always shines, imagine living in your fridge or freezer. Yep, that’s how cold Canada usually is, particularly during the long winter months.
But, of course, if your mind is made up to abandon Nigeria, we encourage you to try your luck. Just make sure you and your family have enough warm clothes.
2. Housing costs, taxes are damn expensive!
Housing costs in Canada are one of the most expensive in the world, especially if you live in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
The problem is that the cities are where the really good jobs are.
So, if you move to a cheaper Canadian town, you may not make enough money to go without stealing or social welfare (which is just advanced begging, by another name. Lol)
Taxes also take almost half of what you earn.
Sales tax is extremely high. It is 13% in Ontario, for instance. This is what you pay when you buy anything or any service.
3. Very expensive petrol!
A Nigerian could easily go broke in Canada, just buying petrol or paying his transport fare.
Petrol prices in Canada are one of the most expensive in the world. A litre in Vancouver costs about $1.60. That’s N568 per litre!
Public transportation is also extremely expensive. Travel is expensive, both domestic and international.
4. Zero tolerance for child beating
If you thought you could discipline your children the way we do in naija, mehn, think again.
Canada has zero tolerance for beating children (they call it domestic assault), especially if the beating is carried out by a man. It leads to prompt arrest and prosecution.
So, if you don’t want to die from the heartbreak of seeing your children go wayward without being able to discipline them, don’t move to Canada.
5. Zero tolerance for discrimination against LGBT people
In Canada, it is a criminal offence to discriminate against or persecute Lesbians, gays, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people, even if they’re members of your family!
You can’t ‘preach’ or quote the Bible or Quran against them whether physically or online, yes, that’s hate speech, and it will land you in jail.
6. Your degrees, foreign or local, means nothing!
In a recent post on his Quora page, Nigerian Mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, Omotayo Fakinlede, who has lived in Canada for 35 years, warned Nigerians not to expect that their degrees from any other university anywhere in the world, will automatically guarantee them good jobs.
“If you assume that advanced education will automatically place you in a White-Collar job and middle-class life in Canada, think again!” he said.
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