Why I Want To Move To Nigeria; Mimi Mwiya On A Namibian’s Dream To Leave Home
I have gotten into my head that I would like to move to Nigeria indefinitely. The hardest part about this decision, has been trying to convince the people in my life that the reason I want to move is not a man. One of those people, is my ‘baby big sis’ (don’t ask) who is willing to contribute to my ticket, on condition that I admit I want to move for a man, which is not going to happen.
In lieu of that, she told me she would take a 500-word detailed report on why I’m moving to Nigeria, what I’ll be doing, who I’ll be staying with, etcetera etcetera.
I’ve been having a bit of a block lately and so I thought as long as I’m in need of writing material, why not this. So for my darling Ndamono, here goes, in 500 words, numbered, why I want to move to Nigeria.
1. My best friend, Jenny is in Nigeria. While I think she and I have proven friendship can transcend distance and time, there are days I really just want to do nothing more than give her a hug, or throw a pillow at her and cook her meals and stuff. This year, Jenny and I would have been friends six years, in those six years, we’ve only had little more than a week together. I would like to spend more time with my best friend.
2. I have also made quite a number of new Nigerian friends I’m really looking forward to meeting and spending more time with.
3. I love to read, I love to write, and Nigeria has an incredibly vibrant literature culture I would really like to be a part of. People in Namibia read and write, but nowhere near the scale that people in Nigeria read and write. Although to be fair, given its population size, Nigeria is bound to be in a league of its own regarding very many things. I think moving to Nigeria will do amazing things for my reading and writing. I look forward to buying books off the streets and attending at least one literary festival.
4. There aren’t enough good things said about Nigeria. Not by Nigerians themselves, and not by the rest of the world. I have therefore kind of decided to take it upon myself to show the world that 419 stories, poorly produced Nollywood movies and shady prophets aren’t all there is to Nigeria. And to remind Nigerians there is so much good to them as a people and as a country.
5. I now need to admit that it’s not unlikely I could be in love with a Nigerian man. Since my first visit, I have been saying what wonderful people Nigerians are, a good number of those wonderful people are male and it could be the love of my life is some fine Nigerian brother and I can give my friend Minnie the Nigerian wedding she would really like to be a part of. She says, “Nigerians will give you the perfect wedding.”
If you want the wedding of your dreams, just go to Nigeria!” And it would be nice if that happened, but it would be an unplanned for bonus. It is certainly not why I want to move.
6. I like plantain and Namibia doesn’t have plantain. So I want to move to Nigeria to get my fill of plantain. I want it in all its variations- as bole, fried, even raw and dried, if that’s a thing.
7. Nigeria has humid heat, which I like a whole lot more than Namibia’s dry heat. And the Nigerian coast is warm, which is a much nicer experience than Namibia’s almost always cold beach experience.
I don’t think the ‘where I’ll stay’ bits matter all that much, so I’ll just skip past them, maybe I’ll give Ndamono a weekly report once that’s been sorted out.