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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Fergal1982, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    So I was asked at work today if I was willing to travel out to Nigeria.... :blink
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  2. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

    Are you willing to?
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  3. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    Are you are you?
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  4. billyr

    billyr Kilobyte Poster

    I'd decline that generous offer if I was you.
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    If you go, I need to you get some assets for me that have been frozen in a bank over there...

    ...if you'll do it, I'll give you half! :deal
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  6. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Sounds like a plan to me.

    I dont know. On the one hand, its supposed to be dangerous, but it might be interesting, and I know one guy who went out for a job out there (permanently).

    I need to see what the financial gain would be for a trip out there, and what the risk is in the location i'd be going to.
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  7. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

    This is real :twisted:

    All you have to do is send lots of your own money by Western Union so a lawyer can create the required documents to release your share of the funds.... quick, lets all send our money now :p
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  8. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Did your company ask, or was this just a random question :blink
  9. wagnerk
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    It can be profitable, but then again the higher the profit the bigger the risk.

    Let us know what you decide :)

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  10. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    It was nice knowing you... :biggrin
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  11. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Yeah it was work. We're going to be setting up a new instance of one of our apps out there for the project. Might require someone to go out.
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  12. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Take your time before deciding...

    One of my best mates is a Nigerian bloke (well, English by birth, but his parents are Nigerian). He's lived here all his live (45 years) and has been back a few times because lots of his family still live there. He said that you pretty much have to suspend everything you know about the way you live your life in the Western world because everything - EVERYTHING - is different.

    One of the biggest things that people have difficulty is the sheer enormity of corruption there - it permeates every single aspect of life - from getting a decent table in a restaurant to getting planning permission for a house. That's probably true for most countries (even Western ones) but everything is out in the open there - be prepared to have to pay an 'uncle' every time you want to do anything except taking a dump (and even then take some coin just in case!)

    however, there are plenty of opportunities to make money there - if you're prepared to put up with all this. Crime against Westerners is not quite as bad as most people would have you believe (provided you stick to the right areas and don't go flashing sodding great wodges of cash about) and, compared with much of the rest of Africa the infrastructure there is reasonably good.

    Plus there's always the added bonus that you could bounce into one of Lagos' Internet cafes and watch the 419ers pegging it out 'cos they think you're a scam investigator...
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  13. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Nigeria is meant to be the giant of Africa and it's also at one time was the fifth petroleum producing country as known by opec. Obviously, any crime or spam e-mails going around asking greedy people to transfer funds to an account has to be from Nigerians.

    Well my question is why do people fall for such stupidity? and if and when they do who's fault is it?. Don't get me wrong am not taking sides just asking a few sensible questions.

    Although as Zeb rightly states there is corruption and to a large extent organised crime.

    I would not make this an excuse to colour the country dangerous, as every where nowadays is dangerous just that the media to a large extent is bias and portray things in a distasteful way.

    Ultimately the choice is yours Fergal as to if you'd go there.

    I personally grow up there and spent over 20yrs there and though lots of fun and trying times I do not regret. I'd say go but just keep an open mind as it would be an experience of a life time.

    I once had a neighbour there that were from the USA and they got on well in the neighbour and after several years went back to the states and with good memories too.

    Nigeria is a fast developing African nation with vast business opportunities and hence your company thought it wise to invest there. I would reserve judgement and let real experience be the judge. Peace out:)
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