His goal and ultimate professional mission is to help overseas bodies, firms and individuals get a good entry, settlement and capture of the African market and for African bodies and organisations to grow and establish themselves in the international market.

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I was an expatriate to my own country.

The dictionary defines an 'expatriate' as a person who lives or works in a country other than their country of citizenship, often temporarily and for work reasons.

Two months after I got back to the UK from Nigeria, while I was still doing my PhD, I got the job in the #UK which paid 500 pounds a day and I had to go for my medicals before my first official trip. After two jabs, the nurse asked me where I was from and where I was travelling to? She was surprised when I said 'I am from Nigeria and I am travelling to Nigeria'. So why am I giving you all these jabs? She asked 🤔

Yes she was right because two months previously, I didn't do all these medicals to go to #Nigeria.

It dawned on me that 'levels had changed' when I arrived on my first trip to Lagos, and had two security details, an elaborate airport pick up plan and all the 'toppings' of a expatriate. They almost didn't allow my own dad get to me because he was not on my 'declared guest list'. What abomination!!! 🤣🤣

Funny thing is I am a proper #lagos boy - born and bred but that's the point exactly. I had not grown taller, bigger or even wiser but in less than two months my status changed because someone placed a new value on me. I was a student but I was also always an 'expatriate' but it needed to be expressed.

The question though is: would I have been an expatriate if I had not left Nigeria and had to go back? Is being an expatriate tied to geography or expertise?

Whatever the correct answer is, I now know that being elevated for value creation starts with finding ‘the YOU in You’ and expressing it.

Please share and have a good week all. 😊

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