Family Adventures,  Lifestyle,  Single Mum's Life

Summer In Nigeria 2019

Hey guys, today’s post is all about my Summer In Nigeria 2019.  In a previous post back in April 2019 where I spoke about 12 Hours In London to renew my Nigerian Passport. I also spoke about visiting Nigeria over the summer holidays. Well, my summer was spent in Nigeria for 3 weeks and I loved it. Everything about this holiday, from the flights to being in Nigeria was like a dream. Mind you, I haven’t been home in 15 years. It was exciting to spend time with my family in Nigeria. Sadly, I was only there for 3 weeks. I wish I was there longer. Nevermind, I will make sure I make regular trips there as I am planning another trip in December or should I leave it for summer 2020? Let’s just see how things go. So anyway, what did I get up to?

 

Here’s What We Got Up To In Nigeria

First of all, we (my family and I) were in Lagos for the entire holiday. We stayed in a hotel called Ibis Royale, close to the airport. Stayed there for 3 to 4 days and then I decided to visit another family member in a little town called Shagamu, Ogun State. We were very close during our childhood, I was so nervous yet excited to see her again. She made me feel welcome, we had a lot to catch up on. I wish I was there longer so it was very good to see her again with her family. I got back to the hotel, and then we went to a family friend’s house which was our where we stayed for the rest of the holiday.

 

3 Hours Stuck In Traffic

One weekend, we went to Shoprite in Ikeja. You guys, how am I even alive? Like I kid you not, the traffic was a total disaster. There were a lot of cars taking over each other, road works, people crossing the road like right in front of the cars. How and why would you cross the road? Like can’t you see what’s happening? It was like a war.

The drivers were driving like they are playing XBOX ONE or something. I’m in the car thinking, where are the traffic lights? Where are traffic controllers? Praying to get to the destination alive, thinking just get me out of this car. It was so scary. Two hours later we finally got to our destination. I jumped out off the car, kneeled down, kissing the ground, thanking God that we made it alive. We were in Shoprite for only about 1 hour, though it was fun but short. Shoprite is a shopping mall with restaurants, supermarkets and other activities for kids.

Due to traffic, and it was getting late, we had to leave early and Sasha and I were not happy as we just spent about 2 – 3 hours in traffic to get to Shoprite for only 1 hour. Due to our safety, we understood it was necessary to leave early. We got stuck in traffic again, and we got home at about 10 pm. We decided to stay within the community we were in after the experience.

Making The Most Of the holiday

As we choose not to leave the community, we decided to make the most the holiday and try to enjoy ourselves as much as possible. We played with the kids, we joined in any community events and visited the local market, we even went to Church. We ate and slept on a repeat, made new friends.

 

Few Fun Things We Did In Nigeria

  • Hair was done at home
  • Ate some Pick n Kill Catfish
  • Started a mini business – Clothes Boot Sale
  • Played some family games
  • Went swimming

And then my mum got sick.

Get Well Soon Mum

She was ill in bed for about a week, it was so scary as she couldn’t eat as much, she was bed-bound most of the time. We tried to get her to see a doctor but she’s so stubborn and decided to try some remedies that could work. One minute she was getting better and the next minute she was in bed all-day. After a couple of days trying local remedies, she fell really sick with high temperature, this time she finally decided to go to the hospital. If I wasn’t worried before, this time I was petrified.

All sorts of negative thoughts were going on in mind. What if its Cancer, Ebola or something serious and she needs an emergency operation? What if she dies? I have never seen my mum this sick before. She has always been healthy and strong, so it was scary, I didn’t even know how to react or what to do or say. Nobody fell asleep that night until she got home 2 hours later, which was the longest 2 hours of my life. Thankfully, it was nothing serious. Just a fever from all the remedies she’s been taking. The doctors prescribed some medication for her and within the next few days, she was back to her normal self. Just in time for me to leave Nigeria.

Leaving Nigeria

I was very sad about leaving Nigeria. Nigeria has touched my heart in a way that I have not felt in a very long time – Home. The weather, the people, the food and vibe was just pure happiness. Sasha and I neither want to leave our new friends and family members. Just being in Nigeria was an experience I want to experience again. I have made plans to visit Nigeria regularly. I am so happy that Sasha-Ann loves it as much as I did. She was having the time of her life playing with the kids in the neighbourhood. The food was delicious. I am going to miss the food so much. My lovely family, I miss you.

Things I Learnt In Nigeria

  • Love will always win
  • Loneliness is the No 1 Killer
  • Without family, you are nothing
  • You don’t need electronics/ gadgets to make you happy
  • There is power in being ‘Nice’
  • Keep the ‘dreams’ alive
  • There are some genuinely nice people out there
  • You can be and do anything you want to

 

To wrap this holiday up, I just want to say a huge Thank you shout out to my mum for giving us this opportunity to travel to Nigeria. It has changed my views and gave me hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I had mixed feelings about this holiday from the beginning but it turned out to be the big break that I needed. Nigeria, I will be back.

Check out my Summer In Nigeria vlog on my Youtube Channel.

21 Comments

  • Tracy C

    Fifteen years is a long time to be away from home. I love the family pictures–everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time together. It’s hard to live far away from your family; I do hope you’ll get to visit more often in the future.

  • Lyosha

    15 years is so much and yet not really! It is so nice to have a glimpse of life somewhere that distant and exotic to me as Nigeria. I am so happy you had a great summer there with your family

  • Rachael

    What an amazing experience (well, except the traffic, but that sounds amazing for all the wrong reasons!) I would love to hear what happened to help you learn what you learnt while in Nigeria. I am sure there is a story behind most of them.

    • Soniasblog

      A lot of discussion with family about the past and future. Notice how some families without life on the internet – some of them don’t even know Kim Kardashian is. lol It was really eye opening that people are still living like this and are happy and full of life.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    What an amazing trip for you to be able to take after 15 years! Truly the trip of a lifetime right there. I couldn’t imagine driving in conditions like that. My husband often remarks when we are stuck in traffic that if this was GTA, he could just run over everyone and be on his way. Sounds like you basically were going through that in real life! I love seeing all the pictures of you and your family. Those memories will stick with all of you forever, and that can’t be replaced! I hope you really do get to make regular visits now and look forward to seeing more of your fantastic trips like this.

  • Betsy Carter

    Wow, fifteen years is a long time, but it also seems to go by in a blink of an eye. I’m so happy for you to have been able to go home and that you found meaningful experiences with your family. My son lives far away, it’s been two years and he’s come home three times, usually every six months. He hasn’t been able to this year and it’s been since December and so I know how much it means to you to visit your family. Like you mentioned it’s everything. I loved all the photos and especially in the market, makes me want to cook!

    • Snehal

      I have always wondered about the lifestyle in Nigeria. Maybe I’ll visit it someday in the future. Thanks for sharing your personal life with us. Great that your mum is fine now! 🙂

  • Lindsay Brown

    What a wonderful recapturing of your trip to Nigeria. I’ve always thought that Nigeria would be a very interesting place to visit. I’m so happy to hear your mom was okay! I loved all of your photography you embedded into the post as it really helped to paint the picture of your family and vacation! Looking forward to reading more of your work!

  • Alexandra

    The things you learned while being in Nigeria were such a blessing! I love the look and feel of your blog. You did a great job on telling this story. I hope people learn from reading your story what a gift life, love and family are!

  • Scott J DeNicola

    What a great holiday for you to go back home and see your mom and relatives. I’m not sure I’d be able to navigate in traffic like that or those types of driving conditions. I’ve been a passenger in the Dominican Republic and that was scary enough! I hope your mom is better and remains healthy. You have a beautiful family.

  • Kathryn

    Sonia this is such a beautiful post and resonated with me so much. I moved to England from New Zealand 5 years ago so I can very much relate to being so far from home. What a special trip that must have been, to go back to Nigeria after 15 years away, I can only imagine the emotions and how meaningful that must have been. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us and for taking us along for the ride!

  • Julie

    Looks like a wonderful trip (how nice to visit home)! I have some colleagues from Nigeria, and I loved getting to see some pictures of the area. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maggie

    How great that you got to visit Nigeria! The traffic sounds similar to Southeast Asia, it’s best described as controlled chaos. I’m so glad your mom was feeling better by the time you left, I’m sure you were really worried.

  • Kamry

    Your holiday sounds like it was amazing! I would love to be able to visit Nigeria one day. Seems like an awesome place!

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