Many Nigerians have left South Africa for other countries of the world whilst some have relocated back home.

Xenophobia, economic recession, and difficulties to get relevant permits are major reasons why many Nigerians are leaving Mzanzi.

Lookman Owolagba (48, Male) popularly known as Lolo recently went back to Nigeria with his family to start a business.

He had lived in South Africa between 2002 and 2008. He relocated to Nigeria and came back to South Africa two years ago.

In his words: “I won’t to come stay permanently in South Africa anymore. South Africa is becoming harder by the day”.

Nigerian refugees take cover during an attack by an angry mob outside a church in Pretoria, South Africa, February 18, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Nigerian refugees take cover during an attack by an angry mob outside a church in Pretoria, South Africa, February 18, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Owolagba claims there is now more opportunities in Nigeria than South Africa and that to get permits renewed in South Africa is like a camel going through the eye of a needle.

Sunday Omosehin (Male, 44) popularly known as Agaga left South Africa about three years ago for the United Kingdom and Nigeria before he relocated back to South Africa last year.

Omosehin regrets coming back to Manzi: “If I had a choice I won’t come back to South Africa. It is only the good infrastructure that we are enjoying. Even with money, it is hard to stay in South Africa”.

South Africa is much more hard to stay for Nigerians without core professional skills and money. Though those with skills also complain of shortage of opportunities and that there are many South Africans who are jobless, hence hope for foreigners get dimmer.

As the mid-term report of President Muhammad Buhari looks good, many more Nigerians are keener to go back home

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