Just Before You Japa: 5 Things to Note

Admin  |  July 12, 2023

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As a Nigerian that stays in Nigeria, it’s a normal thing for you to want to relocate; especially if you are a millennial or a Gen Z, and we don’t even blame you. With the current economic situation and insecurity in the country, why should you even stay?

Whether you plan on leaving for education, work, or personal reasons, moving to a new country requires careful planning and preparation. In this article, we will discuss five important things to note while planning your  japa.

1. Ask questions

There’s this saying that “he who asks question never loses his way”, and that’s on facts. So, before you make the decision to japa, make sure to conduct thorough research on potential destinations. Consider factors such as the job market, cost of living, cultural differences, and quality of life.

Each country has its unique opportunities and challenges, so choose a destination that aligns with your goals and aspirations. It's also helpful to connect with Nigerians or expatriate communities already residing in your chosen destination.This way, your transitioning would be smoother and less stressful.

2. Make sure your pocket has what it takes.

Moving to a new country requires careful financial planning. You can start by creating a budget to estimate your monthly expenses, including accommodation, transportation, healthcare, and daily living costs.

Research the currency exchange rates and explore options for transferring money abroad securely and cost-effectively. Start a saving plan on your Bankly app and make sure you save enough funds to cover initial expenses while you settle down and search for employment opportunities.

3. Check and cross-check all necessary documentations

To avoid stories that touch, proper documentation is essential when moving abroad. Ensure your passport is up to date and check the visa requirements of your chosen destination. Research the necessary permits or certifications needed to work or study there and obtain authenticated copies ofthese documents. Also make sure to make as many copies of these documents as possible (soft copies included) and store them in a secure location.

4. Be open minded to learn and unlearn

Embracing a new culture is a significant part of your relocation experience. You have to learn about new customs, traditions, and social etiquette of your destination country. This is important because understanding and respecting cultural differences will help you fit into the local community better.

Familiarize yourself with basic phrases and greetings in the local language to facilitate communication and build relationships. Being open-minded and adaptable will enhance your overall experience and enable you to forge meaningful connections with people from diverse backgrounds.

5. Get yourself the necessary social & emotional support network

Leaving behind familiar territory can be emotionally challenging. Imagine going to a new land with no friends, no family and no social network whatsoever. It’s going to be a bit tough, we’ll be sincere. So before you go, establish a support system to stay connected with family and friends through regular communication, video calls, or social media. Join Nigerian expatriate communities, both online and offline, to connect with fellow Nigerians who have gone through similar experiences.

Networking with professionals in your industry or attending relevant events can also help expand your professional contacts and increase your chances of finding opportunities in your new home. It will be hard at first, but building a strong support network will provide emotional support, guidance, and a sense of belonging during your transition.

Embarking on a journey to a new country is an exciting, yet life-changing decision and by considering these five important factors, you can ensure a smooth transition to your destination of choice. Also, don’t forget the unspoken rule of sworn secrecy just before you leave. You don’t want your village people to board same flight as you.

Remember, the japa experience is an opportunity for personal growth, learning, and exploration. With proper preparation and a positive mindset, you can make the most of your journey and create a fulfilling life abroad.