How To Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian

How To Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian

How To Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian


Nigeria is a populated country in West Africa, endowed both with natural and human resources. It was amalgamated into a single country by the British in 1914 and became independent in 1960.

It currently sits as the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of over $514 Billion in 2021 and still counting.

Nigeria is set to hit a population landmark of over 700 Million on or before 2050 making it the most populous black nation in Africa at the forefront of the black race.

Nigeria also has the title of the most diverse nation in the world with over 250 ethnic groups brought to coexist together.

Nigeria like any other nation has its struggles when it comes to national development, a lot of controversies has threatened its existence, yet the country still stands firm with the fastest growing economy in the world.

In recent times on social media, there have been outbursts about the huge relocation of Nigerians to other parts of the world to seek greener pastures.

Most people have thrown backlash at these people calling them unpatriotic Nigerians, but I don’t see it that way.

Take the present-day economy of Nigeria as a case study, Nigeria has struggled with revenue because of its over-dependence on a weak asset called crude oil, which led to constant pressure on the economy resulting in a weakening economy.

To sum it all up, the problem with Nigeria is that we don’t have enough to go around, the proceeds from oil are not enough to serve the growing population in terms of infrastructure.

A country needs a certain amount of US dollars in its economy to be able to build, while this can only be achieved through aggressive trade and export of valuable goods and services.

The solution is preety simple, Nigeria needs to become a manufacturing hub of Africa so that it may once put its growing manpower to adequate use, that way the middle class of the country grows stronger and the economy can thrive again.

Now that crude oil is not enough to serve Nigeria as a country, another source of foreign exchange that contributes to Nigeria’s economy is the diaspora, and this is where I want to dwell for a while.

When someone leaves Nigeria to another western country, we have not lost them completely as you think, the majority of them still have businesses, friends and family here in Nigeria that they are responsible for, most even go to work, save and return to Nigeria, this funds gotten have become one of the major contributors to the Nigerian economy.

The diaspora is a great contribution to any nations development, taking China and India as a case study they have used their huge population in the West to project their country to the world.

The same happened with the music industry in Nigeria, it was Nigerians in the diaspora who pushed the popularity of music artists in Nigeria in the US, we can now see how popular they are now.

Leaving Nigeria should not only become a reason to better your country, as you can also make the best out of yourself as it should be.

Why You Should Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian.

Are you thinking of relocating abroad, and still have doubts about it? Here are a few reasons why you should.

1. Higher Standards of Living.

We can all agree that living an equitable standard life in Nigeria is quite difficult if you do not come from a much-privileged background.

Social amenities such as roads, water, electricity and internet are quite difficult to come by as an ordinary Nigeria that earns minimum wage.

Though most Nigerians can afford this on a platter of gold, despite being difficult to come by, the numbers of these people are not enough as so many people are still living below standard life.

This is another justifiable reason to relocate to another part of the world, where these are not so difficult to achieve even as an ordinary citizen.

Countries like the US, EU and many others have the above mentioned basic amenities in check even for the poorest of the poor.

2. Quality Education.

Another reason why people choose to relocate abroad is the need to access quality education, only the education of some African nations can compete on the global stage, hence the need to seek advanced learning abroad.

This has helped position black people of African descent for higher job recommendations.

Also, not all courses can be studied in Nigeria, complex courses like Aerospace, Boat Building, and many more are only found in Western countries, hence the need to migrate.

3. Learn a second language.

Another reason why relocating abroad is necessary as a Nigeria is the opportunity to learn a second language.

If you decide to migrate to Non-English countries like Spain, France, Canada and Italy, you will be required to learn an additional language that gives you exposure and opportunities to connect with an entirely different community.

4. Get access to the global stage.

Our aspirations are different, so is our ambitions, Nigeria is not built up enough to showcase global talents, though we do have some bright minds here in Nigeria, the environment is not just conducive enough to do so.

If you ask me, relocating might just be the perfect option for anyone in this situation.

Let say you have an interest in sporting activities, sciences, as a Nigerian, you would agree with me that not many people are getting the attention that they need to build that career of theirs, hence they relocate somewhere else to get it.

Developed countries like the US, EU give special attention to people with exceptional gifts and talents, leading to the brain drain in underdeveloped nations.

How Do You Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian?

It has been discovered that 7 out of 10 Nigerians desire to leave Nigeria, most of them in search of greener pastures, while the majority are just moving with the trend and don’t have concrete plans.

However, the desire to leave Nigeria remains unchanging in the heart of so many Nigerians that have a feeling that their lives can become better outside the shores of their own country.

In this section, I will itemize how to decide and relocate to any prefered nation of your choice.

1. Are You sure?

The truth is that most people relocate to seek greener pastures, the problem with this is that they end up doing it the wrong way and get into trouble abroad.

If most people had a good source of income, they would not think of leaving Nigeria, but as you know, time and chance happen to many people and they find themselves having to move out.

I have friends, who work remotely for companies in the US and earn more than minimum wage, those people will not desire to leave Nigeria because they already have what they are supposed to be looking for, they earn up to $40,000/Year.

Convert that to the Nigerian Naira and you have an annual wage more than a bank manager in Nigeria, the difference is that one earns in USD and the other is trapped in an unstable Nigerian economy.

There are also people who have built successful businesses here in Nigeria and are doing so well, it all depends on how creative you can get, it’s not an easy route but if you become very persistent, you are likely to succeed.

If you earn in dollars while living in Nigeria, I don’t see the hassle to leave, else you have something else to do abroad. Nevertheless, most people still choose to leave despite having everything, and I don’t see it as a bad thing to do, you should go to wherever suits you.

I recommend you check out the article below to help you learn how to start an online business in Nigeria.

2. Choose a Prefered Destination.

The next step is to educate yourself about your prefered destination. To be honest not all foreign destination makes sense if all you seek is greener pastures.

There are few high-income countries available in the world, most countries have all the infrastructure in place but are not doing so well economically, majority fall in between medium and low-income countries.

Sadly, the majority of these countries are in Africa, Latin America and some parts of Asia.

More reason why people travel to Western countries in Europe, North American and Australia is that they are high-income countries. compared to other parts of the world.

When choosing a destination, I recommend you go west, anything in the US, EU and Australia is perfectly fine if all you want to do is get a better income.

3. Get Skilled Up.

Like I always say, when relocating abroad, you need to be skilled enough to be able to meet a certain demand over there.

By now you should know that Western countries run service-based economies, putting pressure on skilled workers.

To be able to survive in the west you need to develop skills in Tech, Nursing, or vocation. These mentioned fields remain the most lucrative for people seeking to relocate abroad.

I have seen cases where Nigerians relocate abroad and begin to do dirty jobs, like cleaning and the hardcore factory jobs, you can avoid this if you have acquired the necessary skills in demand.

Just because you are a bank manager in Nigeria does not mean you will get the same job in the US, The truth is simple, you don’t qualify, even with several years of experience, but you can bypass all of these if you spend time equipping yourself in Tech skills.

I wrote a comprehensive guide on this blog on how to develop yourself in skillsets such as digital marketing and web development. Follow the link below to get started.

4. Join The Nigerian community

How To Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian

Nigerians can be found in most countries of the world. Nigerians are numerous in the United States and the UK, followed by South Africa, UAE and Europe.

If you happen to be relocating for the first time, chances are you don’t know anyone, and you need someone you know to guide you, and You don’t expect to find this with the indigenes when you get there, because they don’t resonate with your interest. 

One of the best ways to go around this is to find a connection with the Nigerian diaspora abroad.

The size of the Nigerian Diaspora is anyone’s guess, estimates ranging from 2 million to 15 Million

Just before leaving you can try as much as possible to connect with them on social media or better still ask for a referral from your friend who once lived abroad.

This makes things a lot easier for you when getting there. You can also make use of the website I recommended above called Internation.

InterNations is the world’s largest network for people living and working abroad. As a member of our global community, you can network, socialize, and find expat-relevant both online and face-to-face. 

Internation comes with a mobile app that allows you to find new friends Our app will help you to find new friends, grow your network, and share your experiences with like-minded people.


5. Choose your prefered Relocation Route.

Most important of all, you need to choose your migration options. There are several ways to relocate abroad and

1. Family.

One of the common ways to relocate abroad as a Nigerian is through a family member, this can be your immediate, extended family or better still your spouse.

Many countries undergo background inspections before giving people their new passports through this method.

Some of these background checks may include finding out how long you were dating before you got married, requiring citizenship applicants to show genuine pictorial proof of dating period, wedding ceremony and calling out mutual friends to testify on your behalf.

And most times, you also have to have been married for at least five years in some countries before applying for citizenship.

2. Education.

Relocating as a student remains the quickest means to live abroad as international students are considered gems abroad.

Being a student in various countries gives you a high chance of blending into society after you complete your studies.

Australia for example gives you additional two years stay when you complete your bachelor’s degree, the same happens when you go on to do your masters and PhD.

4. Business.

Business is another genuine root that helps anyone relocate to any destination of their choice.

In the US for example, you get a chance to become a citizen when you start a business in the US and employ Americans just because you are developing the economy

In some other countries, in the Caribbean, you can buy citizenship. Just pay the government, and you become a citizen.

You don’t need to be in the US to start a business, anyone can start a business in the US with just a click of a button.

I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to get started by following the article below.

5. Work.

Work is the last avenue that allows you to relocate as a professional to other parts of the world.

Countries all over the world offer work visas to people to move into their countries to work and then become immigrants.

For instance, a lot of Nigerian doctors and nurses, are leaving Nigeria to start work abroad, same as people with exceptional skills and talents.

6. Consult a travel agency.

A travel agency should be in the best position to guide you on how to relocate without hassle, they have the latest information about things that should be done.

Everyone needs a travel agent for various reasons and one of them is booking cheap flights.

Even if you spend hours searching the internet for the best prices and deals, as an average consumer, you won’t see everything an airline or hotel has to offer.

Depending on your travel agent and their connections, they might be able to provide you with a better seat on an aeroplane and better-priced package deals with the airline and hotel.

Their job is to make sure you get the best deals possible, so often they partner with chefs and tour guides.

Mind you relocating is not beans, information is more paramount than anything else, most especially if you are going to a country where you don’t know anyone, or you are the first generation.

Getting acquitted to a good travel agent is necessary so that you don’t make mistakes.

7. Do it yourself.

Most people like to do things their way, and I don’t blame people like that because nowadays all you need to get started is knowledge of how to use the internet.

Embassies, opportunities have websites hosted on the internet to show off the necessary information that anyone who needs it.

Anyone can log on to a website, fill out the information and proceed with the instructions from there.

Sadly, not everyone knows how to do this, most people need direction as to what website to visit.

This is why I am recommending a guide to help you overcome these obstacles by yourself.

How To Relocate Abroad as a Nigerian

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What do you think?

Written by Udemezue John

Udemezue John is a web developer, digital marketing expert, and a Serial Entrepreneur.

He Started his digital marketing career at a Health and Wellness network marketing company where he learnt to create paid Facebook ads and Google ads.

He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his travelling experience and writing.

He is also a seasoned investor, a finance education expert currently exploring the stock market and Cryptocurrencies.

His work is published in major publications on, and many others.
Udemezue John started my journey as a digital nomad in the year 2013 after completing his high school, to seek financial freedom, and also to help small and large scale businesses seek the financial freedom they need.

Life is to be enjoyed. You can connect with me on twitter


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