In a bid to getting a better life, thousands of Nigerians young and old, graduates and uneducated emigrate yearly to do odd jobs in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. These degrading jobs including cleaning toilets and streets in foreign nations whilst being paid reasonably on the one hand and still taking much away on the other as tax and bills living no savings for the struggling immigrant. From statistics gathered, every five surviving Nigerians abroad, at least one has died in the process of trying to travel abroad. In a deep reflection of Ayes, it is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than a Nigerian grated visa entry to a foreign land. However if you are lucky to be granted VISA and you are of the presumption that leaving Africa for Europe “You Have Arrived”, you better think twice, in-fact you will be disappointed to find out “your arrival” is just the beginning of a new journey.
The Movie “Misconception” Directed by Mobolaji Olumide Fadeyibi, Produced by Ibrahim Aleshinloye helps to clear the mirage and set the record straight. No more deceitful stories of the so called “London Boy Friends”. The drama unfolds and tells the story of immigrants (George, Richard, Ade and Tracy) who, believing the myth that the streets of Europe are paved with gold, left their home countries in search of greener pastures where they believe milk and honey flow from the taps. But the truth is that life in the west proves viciously hard for these. The question remains why, do we continue to flood Europe?
It’s quite pathetic the way the severe unemployment problem and economic hardship at home has pushed several youthful and skilled Nigerians venture to travel abroad by endangering their lives in high seas between Africa and Europe. ‘But’ honestly could that be the motivation, wouldn’t we rather fight for our destinies at home? Heaven knows how many perish while on these perilous journeys. Contrarily to the misery of Nigerians, the same aliens come into their country from Europe, milk its resources, flourish in luxury, enjoy our finest women as flings and return back to their countries with huge savings and wealth while for every three Nigerians walking freely on the street of a foreign country one is languishing in prison for things that would ordinarily not count as a crime in Nigeria. (Menre Ayes)
“Misconception”Premiering at the O2 ABC2 Glasgow on Sunday 03-03-13 Red carpet, Pictures, Networking @ 6:30pm is a must watch movie to get the clear picture surrounding several controversies effecting Africans in Diaspora, enjoy the video clip below