The first one affects us in that, we are used to living in a society/country where most systems (especially government-related) don't function as they should. Because these institutions don't work well, we are used to shortcuts to get things done. We are used to services that are not delivered professionally. So for example, most land offices won't ask you for any id to see documents or you say you will bring the id tomorrow. Thus when we encounter systems that work, we surely find dificult to process whatever it is we need to get processed. Just look at these tragic examples of Kenyans trying for US papers. If its possible, its wise to engage the advice of peeps who've gone thru the same process successfully.
For those of us who God has given opporunity to land abroad, our problems seem to be varied though not insurmountable. A few examples:
- we like our drink and driving. In most of the western countries, this is a huge no no and is a deportable offence. I've lost count
- The law is the law. Lots of black and white situations (i.e. no room for your interpretation) across the bureaucracy.
- Lack of papers means many of us do a lot of underground/menial jobs with no bank accounts and the like.
- Strong motherland bias in investing.
- Loneliness- no weekend relas or easygoing friends...Race is an issue
- Living costs are 4 times higher than Nai in some cities abroad
- Family life is not easy. No mboch or you get expensive childcare. Discipline your kids at your own risk.
- Relas in the motherland expect instant returns adding to the stress.
- Failure to appreciate social situations especially awkward pc ones.
- A significant proportion of our students never complete because of economic situations-note that in some countries students are only allowed to work for given number of hours e.g. 16 per week in the UK.
- Cramped or unhealthy accommodation.
- and the worst, getting ripped off by relas when you entrust them to look after your ventures in the motherland.
- And expecting the law to be on your side in the motherland...
But, its possible to successfully conclude your education and even get jobs provided, one makes it there first call to know the dos and don'ts legally and system-wise.
- If you are a prospective student, think not about what your mate is doing but what is your calling. That way, you will be able to endure.
- If you are a student, aim high because lecturers and tutors can be your best reference for jobs in your study nation. Some countries are now giving students 1 yr job visas. Its an awesome situation to make yourself indispensable to your employer.
- If there is a job opening, stay out of office politics, pray your boss gives you the portfolio your qualification deserves and work hard like a Kenyan. You'll shine.
- If you are here for a visit/a few £s, learn what can jobs pay with minimum farce and supervision.
- The west is an individualistic society. Take the opportunity to build and discover you.
- If you can get married and appreciate the cost and difficulties of bringing up your kids here, do so especially if you are a guy. Otherwise, the pubs are waiting to drink your sweat.
Finally, this is one of most inspirational songs for nrks. Loosely translated, you are wherever you are for a reason. And whatever hardship you endured getting there, you'll go back fruitful.