I live in a part of Canada that doesn’t seem to have lots of Nigerians milling about. “Seem” is the operative word, as I’m sure there are Nigerians around: after all, we have two Universities here (we all know how much Nigerians love education!) and we’re the capital of the country for goodness sake! Surely that means one or two
drop dead gorgeous intelligent and fun-loving Nigerians may have chosen to settle in my city instead of heading to TO, the big city?
I’ve thought of a few ideas to entice these Nigerians to come out of hiding and get them interacting with one another but I don’t know if they would work. I’m no networker so my ideas are more informal, get to know you events which would hopefully grow from that. Networking seems to be a bigger deal in the UK or the USA, and the one reunion in Canada that I heard of doesn’t seem to be doing anything this year (so far) which is a real shame because I would have gone this year for sure. We need an associations or group for young Nigerian professionals in Canada who want to get to know like-minded people (and if a little matchmaking happens too, I won’t complain!).
Of course, the solution is to start a group if I feel that such a group is missing but that’s pretty daunting. I can be pretty shy in person and while I have ideas, I’m not sure I’m ready to be the one in charge of moving things forward and dealing with poor turnout and lack of interest due to the unflashy plans. Also, I wonder if groups like this just end up being a stage for some to brag about their accomplishments and their wealth because I really can’t stand that sort of thing (and I’ve seen it happen with some of the adults in the general Nigerian associations). And also, if I was busy organizing it all, when would I find time to personally check out all the men? ;)