When Home No Longer Feels Like It… (Penciled)

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I was inspired to make this illustration as a response to the crazy emigration wave happening in my country Nigeria right now. The youths are fleeing en masse as things get harder and our voices are being silenced the more.

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When home no longer feels like it, maybe somewhere else will…

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Unsure of what to expect but it must be better than this jungle…

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Only a few can afford this voyage but most want out of this country, miles away from those we call family but…video calls will do

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A government against the people but wait, isn’t the government a reflection of the people? Are we cursed? All my friends are leaving, feels like I’d soon be the only one left.

I wouldn’t expect everyone to relate with this but I know some will, this is just me pouring out my heart, hoping for better days.

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The drawing stopped me, nice work. What's keeping you from following your friends?

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The process is really tedious, getting a visa is very difficult. The easiest way it to secure an academic admission in your country of choice, also not very easy.

And then there’s the money barrier, the currency here is really terrible so it’s very expensive to pay for anything in dollars.

I’m working on it though, looking for a way out.

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Well God bless you in your journey. Your friends you say are leaving, do they all have scholarships? If so, where are they going, UK?

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Thanks a lot, amen. Well some by scholarship and some by invitation. US, UK and Canada mostly

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Nice!! How interesting. Before my wife and I were forced to pause traveliving, we would volunteer at refugee camps in and around EU. That's when I learned UK is first on the majority of everyone's list seeking asylum, Canada was the ultimate destination.

Where in America did your friends go? How exciting for them.

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Yeah the Uk is hot right now, I have a friend in Georgia and another in Illinois

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Well Illinois sucks. It's ok, I've been there, that makes it ok for me to say that. 🤫 Chicago is there and it's only cool cuz it's on Lake Michigan. Skipping a rock on Lake Michigan is an experience, otherwise Chicago is FREEZING and the rest of the state sucks.

Georgia. Gorgeous. Savannah is one of the neatest, nicest, friendliest cities I've been to. The seafood is some of the best, there's so much history and Spanish moss grows til it reaches the ground.

If my wife and I go to Nigeria, what should we do first? Where should we stay? What should we see?

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Thanks for the insight. Nigeria is not exactly the best tourism spot but if you were to come, Abuja would be a nice fit.

Lagos where I live is a mixture of different settlement classes, from pure sh*t to Beverly Hills standard. As the economic hub of Nigeria it also very busy and overpopulated. The traffic is terrible. There’s a lot of nice spots to visit but getting around the city is a headache.

Abuja on the other hand is the political capital, very classy and well laid out. Go out in the evenings and expect to see the finest of automobiles, the big men come out to play. So many great spots to visit too.

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Love it. Hope things turn around for you and your country.

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