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  1. Tobi says:

    Nice post

  2. Alana Reina says:

    Thank you for sharing this story!! I really feel your pain over the visa after spending an two days visiting an immigrant detention center in VA for work and talking to dozens of immigrants who just desperately want to go home, many of whom are detained simply for not being citizens or lawful permanent residents. As much as I despise this country sometimes and am loathe to even consider myself an American (I prefer to rep my Halfrican heritage lol), I am more than grateful to hold an American passport. It’s like a golden ticket when you’re traveling! I am so glad it all worked out though and I hope you never have to experience that again! xoxo Alana

  3. Diusor says:

    Totally enjoyed reading this post and I happy that in the midst of all the struggles of Lagos you had fun! Glad I got to also meet you!

  4. Desire Uba says:

    Ooh Sofi, I have been waiting for this and I am so happy I did! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
    Lagos is truly home to so many of us no matter where we are.
    I love Lagos so much but sometimes I hate it. I hate the fact that things are, in fact, getting worse.
    The fact that we ‘don’t have light’ and the little we have cannot ‘carry’ my air conditioner.
    The fact that the Government (in the entirety of Nigeria) do not consider the people who put them there.
    Still, I love Lagos because it is peace to me. It is family,, joy, hope, hustle, all wrapped in one ocean-filled city.
    Thank you for sharing your story ❤️❤️
    http://www.desireuba.wordpress.com

  5. Adeyele Adeniran says:

    I love this soo much. The honesty and the echo of your laughter behind each words. Glad you were able to have great times ✨(that’s importantest)

  6. Barbarah Degley says:

    This is certainly not a curated post. It was fun reading and all though I missed most of your story updates on Instagram, I’m definitely watching the vlog. Looks like I missed the real drama.
    Cheers to the odd-captain

  7. Ufuoma says:

    What a raw and beautiful piece. I totally enjoyed reading and share the same sentiments after only returning home in November – four years later too. Home revived me and reminded me I had so many people in my corner. I’m glad you sorted your visa out and went on to have the best time. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You are loved!

  8. Jubilee says:

    Loved reading this and i’m Happy despite everything else you had a great time with family and friends, those are always the best. I can’t wait to watch your vlog because I enjoyed watching your story Leep shinning beautiful and welcome back

  9. Bamidele Rachael says:

    I really don’t even know what to say because I was looking forward to you writing this and I’m glad I read it.. I just say Thanks for sharing and for always putting a smile on our faces.. Thanks Sofi

  10. Anniedora says:

    Loved the honesty in this post. Watching your stories and then reading this post is amazing for me. I’ll miss your road rage, how you switch from English to Yoruba w/o batting an eyelid This post was such a beautiful read thank you

  11. This is so beautiful, Sofi! Thank God you got everything sorted with your visa too! God bless your heart and your heart 2.0 and everyone connected to you! ❤️

  12. Nnikky says:

    Loved reading this post. I’m so glad you were able to sort out the visa thing. Oh and you are no where close to shy. ❤️

  13. Seki says:

    I enjoyed reading this Sofi! Well written! Even though I legit was keeping up with you through IG stories, reading this felt new, like I didn’t even know you came to Lagos. It’s good you had a wonderful time, glad your Visa worked out. ❤️ Seki

  14. Chinny says:

    Sofi!!! This was a sweet read, I felt like I sneaked into your journal. Thanks for sharing your full experience with us, la Odd Fam! Love love you girl

  15. Temi Akande says:

    Wow this was so authentic, raw, and real! I had so many similar feelings even though I was just in Nigeria 2 years ago. This time was different somehow. It’s so crazy how you put those feelings into words and described them perfectly. And the part about glamourizing Nigeria based on December festivities I felt that! I’m still here for a couple more days but the glitz and glam of December BEEN gone. Light has been bad I’m already like “Yup it’s time to go ” but the reality is that this is people’s reality! So much to think about.

  16. Tsobis says:

    Babes, it felt like I was reliving the whole experience with you — love ❤️ it! And yes, we write alike; raw with a little wit haha. I’m glad you were able to experience home after four years — I doubt I woulda survived such a long wait. Love always…
    Your fave GH babe

  17. Toyin says:

    Hey Sofi! This was well written. Glad you were able to renew your visa and most inportantly, find yourself. Thank you for pouring your heart out and much love from the odd fam❤️

  18. Stephanie says:

    Hey Sofi,
    I love the realness and trueness of your post, the fact that administration can cause stress and suffering in Nigeria is a sore truth, and something I wish I could scratch and bang away, so that we hold ourselves to accountability, and more responsibly as a country. But I do also think, that in all this truth, there is a long line that could be reached – speaking out to our Nigerians in other parts who have somehow never been home – to give them a full idea of the hope that is actually Nigeria now.
    The hope that is the climate being created, where we are encouraged to share ideas and bring them to life for the revolution of our country.
    Nigeria, in at least five years has evolved to be a lot more inviting of creativity and innovation, especially from youth. The rise of the Lagos Tech atmosphere, the influx of bloggers and influencers who are able to put Everything na art, @tribecalledena and the Yellow of Lagos on the map. The Nigeria of four years ago lacked access to these things, and I think if anything companies like She leads Africa, that have sprung up through the recession are something to speak of.
    These are the people that are inching their way into creating an image of a Nigeria they want, though little by little.
    We apologise that we may have not resolved our energy problem, and that there are still children crying on the street, but for our generation – the millennial generation, I feel we are doing a lot to help now.
    Nigeria of four years ago has evolved quite differently to Nigeria now, in both good ways and bad. That, in all it’s fullness, is an image I wish to show. One to present. So that we do not think a place all bad, or foul, or evil before we are able to discover all that it is trying to be.

    • I had to screenshot this and post on my platforms because this was so well said in varying ways. Thank you so much for putting in your two cents on this in such a respectful and thoughtful way. I appreciate you.

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