At the beginning of this year, I had this magnificent plan of having one of the best summer holidays with the family.
Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony – Will Smith
In fact, I wrote down “summer holiday” as part of my 2016 goals, including a bucket list of what to do, by the side – sky diving was one. Then I prayed over the sheet of paper during my church’s end of the year Watch Night Service. You know that service you get to pray from the night of 31st Dec into the early hours of 1st Jan? Yes, that one!
Today would have been the day we are headed out to ‘The abroad’.
For a striving middle-classer like me, going on summer holidays with the family has always been something to look forward to.
Aside it being a great opportunity to visit families and friends abroad, see places and engage in various activities; going on a summer trip is like a self-pay-back benefit, for a year of hard work, taken from your income.
Understandably, Not every Nigerian can afford a holiday, not even the luxury to travel within the boundaries of the country. But soon as an average middle class can save up for it – it doesn’t matter if the cost is equal to two years of their personal savings plus some borrow here and there; a summer holiday will surely appear on the horizon.
You can’t blame us. We are Nigerians, very egoistic by nature. We must feel among. Our complex has no limit. Interestingly, this kind of behavior is something that is evenly distributed across all our socio-classes – high, middle & low income earners. Trust me, it is even more common among the poorest. ‘O sure ju’.
But this 2016 summer period is different. A very very special one. And this is not because of the Olympics happening in Rio
But anyway, during the course of the year, as I was doing’ my planning for the summer abroad jejely, that was how Forex caught malaria and started having high temperature, such that Naira dipped to 388 degrees to a dollar. As if that is not enough, Nigeria fell into recession, Airfare went up and Food prices shot up. You know all the gbogbo orisirisi inside fisherman okro soup? Yup. It all got into the same soup with Nigeria
As the summer drew near, and reality touched awon boys, my friends and I started to discuss with each other;
“You dey travel this year so?”
“Omo I no sure o”
“E be like say we no dey travel dis year again”
“I don buy ticket, but I go seek refund”
Well, there were some baddest….
“Bro, I go find the money. Anyhow we must travel”
“I can’t change plans, I already promised madam and the kids”
“We are no longer going to Paris. We will just go straight to the UK or Yankee and back”
That was how somewhere along the line, I decided to deceive myself, checked the price of ticket and accommodation for 10 days, for a family of 4 (may be I can change my mind too)….
HELL to the effing NO! Lai Lai! Kini won nsha ni be? What exactly is in the abroad? What benefit will I bring back from the abroad? Over N2 Million for a 10-day summer trip, excluding other things and…. Fian, Lobatan! No way!
Buy Sense. Grow Naija
So I kukuma decided to apply common sense, or rather, borrow myself brain to see what else I could do with the abroad money. Probably, use this opportunity to invest in self.
Necessity is the mother of all innovations. Who abroad epp?
Remember that my scrap book I mentioned at the beginning of the year? I dusted it to check out other goals
I am approaching middle age and I haven’t bought a single plot of land! All these while, it is “the abroad” that I always invest in. Father Lord!
I picked up my phone.. things must change. Thank God for Buharonomics. No more wastefulness.
I called my friend, Bishop. He is a property mogul – Adron Homes. Oga mi sir! Can I Pay Small Small?
Imagine, Adron was even distributing Ileya ram, if you subscribe to a scheme
It only now makes sense. I will rather buy a plot of land with N4 million than go to the abroad this 2016.
This is my story. E fit be you o.
Ade of Nigeria