Monday, September 3, 2012

Moving Back to Nigeria for your NYSC?

Guess what I just stumbled upon? A published book for Nigerian graduates overseas who are thinking about returning to register for the NYSC. It's a survival guide called, "The Foreign Otondo," by Kemi Ogunniyi. 

When I was planning my move back to Nigeria in '07, there was absolutely no information in print or online (even the NYSC's website was non functional). So my dearest sweetest mother, bless her heart, had to go down to the NYSC headquarters to get the scoop on the requirements for signing up.

Still I didn't know what to expect at the orientation camp or during the course of the service year. After my ordeal at the orientation camp in October 2007, I wrote a blog post about the Aje Butter's guide to surviving orientation camp to fore warn incoming corpers about those first 3 weeks .

A number of things have definitely changed since I served. For instance, foreign graduates can no longer choose what state they want to serve in. Not good. The option to choose was definitely one of the factors that made my decision to move back easier!

Big kudos to the author for seeing a need and meeting it.  I haven't read it, but the cover looks great! I would definitely have bought a copy if such a guide was available back then - because mmhh....the NYSC experience can be quite the shocker!


Visit www.otondoguide.com for details on how to get your copy.

9 comments:

  1. I love the blog, I've been away from naija about 10 years now and the hope of going back to do NYSC is slowly slipping away. I can't imagine being randomly posted to some God forsaken place. Perhaps if I hold it off long enough, we'll vote in a president who'll abolish it totally! Congrats on getting married and the baby

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  2. Hey. I'm a journalist with the NYCity News Service and I'm trying to do a short documentary about Nigerians moving back to Nigeria. I couldn't find a way to contact you can you please email me? enaner@gmail.com

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