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Tuesday, 01 November 2011

Living and Volunteering in Nigeria - Page 3

Written by Pascal de Kruyff
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When the bus left initially, I noticed people were pushing the thing before the engine started. At the time, I wondered what they would do if the engine accidentally shut off halfway. Apparently, they would abandon the vehicle and leave us to take a taxi to the next bus station. Lesson learned.


Fast-forwarding to today, my second workday.


Africa’s (or, at least, Nigeria’s) problems are like any other’s. People, in general, are fine with the way things are as long as they have something to eat. Any type of long-term planning is a rarity only found at the universities. The country has a wealth of natural resources, beautiful environments, and a very large work force, yet it is one of the poorest in the world. The work ethic in the office is (to me) unbelievable; people oftentimes do not show up simply because they would have nothing of immediate importance to do. This is a widely accepted cultural phenomenon, and common; I can imagine I would be able to take a week off if I wanted to. Sadly, this also means that there has not been too much work around for me to do. Hopefully tomorrow will be better; otherwise I will simply start walking about asking people if I can help them with anything. I came here to work, and I fully expect to gain a further insight into the micro finance world. I can sit around and do nothing at home—this is not the time for that.



©Pascal de Kruyff





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