Lessons From Niger

I am sure by now every single one of my readers knows I recently just concluded my mandatory service to my fatherland.

I have written a few interesting posts about my experience at the beginning of my service year and towards the end. Kindly, click on any of the post titles to get the background gist.

The Background Gist:

Rewind— Durbar Festival
Government Property
Karate Kongo
It’s Market Day
Good to be Back


Living in an entirely different city and interacting with people who had a different culture from mine came with certain difficulties, but at the end of the day, it was an awesome experience.

For over 10 months, I lived and worked in a rural community located in Borgu Local Government Area in Niger state, Nigeria.

There was a huge contrast between this village and the city I grew up in Lagos.

While there is always so much hustling and bustling, coupled with demonic traffic to battle with in Lagos, this community was just the opposite. The first week here felt like I was in slow motion. I thought I was going to lose my mind but eventually, I got used to the laid-back life and surprisingly enough, I started to enjoy it.

The service year is now over and I am back in my city but of course, I took some lessons with me.

So, here are a few things I learned in this little community I dedicated one year of my life to:

1. Gratitude

It’s extremely difficult to take a step back, and be grateful for what you have when you live in a fast-paced city where everyone seems to be making so much money and working on profitable projects, except you.

Interacting with the natives and being part of their community made me realize how ungrateful I have been all my life.

2. Contentment

I realized that you could find happiness in the littlest of things. You don’t necessarily need to have so much stuff to be happy.

3. It’s a Beautiful World

The quiet and serene environment made me see the beauty in everything I have always overlooked; the sky, the clouds, stars, lush green grasses, colorful insects, the smell of rain and turned up soil, just about everything I would never have given a second glance to.

4. Communication Transcends Language

I learned so much about communicating and interacting with people regardless of the language barrier. You had be surprised how much is actually heard without you even speaking.

The memories and lessons that came with this experience would forever have a special place in my heart.

Have you ever travelled to/ lived in a city where there was a language barrier? For how long did you stay? How did you cope? What lesson(s) did you take with you?

Let me know all about it in the comment section.

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8 thoughts on “Lessons From Niger

    • Ria's Haven says:

      The first three weeks is marked with para-military training, while the months that follow, corps members will be deployed to state or federal parastatals as well as private organizations in a different state from your birth and residence; to work and get integrated in the community.

      The programme was initiated after the civil war in Nigeria to promote oneness and patriotism amongst her citizens.

      And it’s mandatory for all the youths of the country to undergo the one-year service to their fatherland.

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