Written by Guest blogger
My name is Sijuade Yusuf from Nigeria, studying MA Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Where do we begin? How do we compare? The life of a Nigerian in Bournemouth has to be one of compromises, both enjoyable and sometimes not so enjoyable.
The more open-minded you are, the better
Experiencing some culture shock is a reality for most, which is only a testament to the fact that you are no longer in your comfort zone. I suggest preparing yourself for this is the key for surviving.
Open-mindedness and readiness to embrace a new culture is the key for an enjoyable life here. You will find that the more open you are, the better and faster your integration process will be.
Acclimatising to new temperatures
To define the life of a Nigerian in Bournemouth, we have to discuss some of the things that Nigerians hold dear. For starters, summer is the year-round weather in our country. So how do you cope with temperatures as low as -4 degrees Celsius coming from 33 degrees? Dress for it! There isn’t such a thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!
A taste of home at arm’s length
If you are not ready to explore dishes from other cultures, which are in most cases the cheaper options, locate the nearest Afro Caribbean or Asian store. They have everything you need. Otherwise, plan a trip to London, this can be an excellent day out for you and you can treat yourself to some excellent shopping and food as authentically African as it can be.
Make it home!
Within Bournemouth, there are numerous attractions to occupy your time when you are not studying. However, if you are not really keen on exploring and you want to maintain a circle of Nigerian friends, do not worry. They are all around you and they organise good parties too. The other day I attended one and I felt like ‘Lagos’ had been brought into the party venue.
Decide what you want and how you want it and create your own world whilst you are in Bournemouth. There are no restraints in creating your ideal world……another of the perks of being away from home and studying at Bournemouth University.
By Sijuade Yusuf, Nigeria, MA Media and Communication, 2017/18