My Bitter Experience In South Africa - Asemota


Asemota


Abraham Asemota will always remember his short but memorable stay in South Africa.
Left for him he would rather love to forget the experience. Here he talked about his bitter experience.

The moment the 34-year-old Asemota stepped out of his comfort zone for the trip to Lagos from where he boarded the flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, a few friends of his who got wind of his 'new project' were jubilating and wishing him success in his endeavour.

The trip to Johannesburg, was memorable for him. Right from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos he had the opportunity to rub minds with a few co-passengers aboard the South African Airlines flight.
Nobody gave him a hint that he may end up been disappointed about his dream of getting to greener pastures in the former racist enclave. He never for once thought his dream could end up as a mirage. 

The young man has made all the enquiries that he is sure will put him in good stead. His would-be host in his soon-to-be base have assured him that all would be fine and that in a couple of months, he will join the big league of Nigerians 'making it' in foreign countries.
He landed safely in Johannesburg to the waiting hands of his friends with whom he had established correspondence before making the historic trip. He was treated to a rousing welcome by his jubilant pals.

The next day he had a sort of a culture shock when his host told him some rules for staying out of trouble in his new abode. One of the rules was that he should learn how to stay indoors in the day time and is free to move around at night because in South Africa, the law enforcement agents do not understand the word, "hustling" as its been interpreted in Nigeria where he was born and bred. "Ok. No sweat," he said under his breathe, "I will get by."

But he never did as he became an unrepentant night crawler. Even at that "you can become an unwilling guest of the law enforcement agencies the moment they get a hint that an illegal immigrant is in the neighborhood."

As the days went by and reality started dawning on him, Asemota was beginning to be convinced that the trip to seek for greener pastures he made to South Africa was just a ruse. He soon realised that all the pictures of the rosy lifestyle in South Africa that is been talked about is merely gargantuan thinking. He discovered that the beautiful pictures showing some of his friends standing beside choice automobiles and wearing designer labels were a complete false showing.

He began to question the idea of paying through his nose from his meagre earnings for an accommodation where he had to share every little available space with many other hustlers like him. 

"We were about ten people sharing a room meant for just one person. Things were so bad that I was often sending SOS to my siblings back in Nigeria to send some stipends to me for survival. You live like a hermit or can I say a beast in South Africa if your stay is not legalised by the authorities. The indigenes look at you with a lot of bitterness," Asemota revealed.

After about four months of trying unsuccessfully to cope with the situation, he made up his mind to come back home. His friends were shocked but he has made up his mind and nothing was going to make him change it.

"It was not as if I left Nigeria for South Africa because I was suffering. I was not doing too badly in my movie equipment rental and acting business in Nigeria. I was just lured out to South Africa by the sweet words I keep hearing.
"I have learnt my lessons the hard way. Thank God I was wise enough not to pun my equipment while about making the ill-fated trip.

" My advice to Nigerian youths, most especially, is that they should look before they leap. They should never believe those fairytale stories been bandied about by some of their friends abroad. 

"How come most of these 'sweet story tellers' have been out of Nigeria for over ten years but they have never thought of coming back to visit their kith and kin? They cannot come back home because they are stranded and coming back to tell the truth about their situation would be in contrast to the picture of opulence they paint in social media." 

His final words: "Whatever your condition in Nigeria, running out in search of the proverbial greener pasture is not worth the trouble."


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