Suitcase packed, well, nearly. Erm, where to begin? First of all I want to say a big THANKYOU to The Guardian for featuring one of our photos from my week in black and white which you can see here. I’m also happy to say that my headache from last week is over. Not without lessons learnt. Well I promised to go into details so here goes. We decided to use a visa agency for the first time to try and obtain a Nigerian visa for Craig. We couldn’t have chosen the worst company. They failed to initiate communication with us, banked the cheque for their services while refusing to process the application cause they wanted some additional documents that were NOT listed as a requirement on the Nigerian embassy website. Mind you, we have applied for this same visa last year directly at the embassy and were never asked for these additional documents. To tell you how ridiculous this was. They wanted a letter from Craig’s employee stating that Craig plans on returning back to work once he comes back from Nigeria. Really? In the end we got our bank to cancel the cheque that they were so eager to cash and Craig went to London to retrieve his documents from the agency and applied for a Nigerian visa at the embassy that very same day and got it. The moral of the story being, if want something to be done, do it yourself. I’m glad that chapter is over and we can now focus on our trip back home.
Speaking of home, it’s been nearly six years since my last visit to Nigeria. Craig has never been which makes it all the more a necessary trip. I feel like when I left home, I left with a dream that focused more on myself and the things I wanted out of life without taking into account the people and things I left behind. This has since changed for me. I’ve been communicating more with family and friends and thinking of ways I can bring about change to the people and place that’s given so much to me. Our time will be well spent on catching up with family. But first we need to pack our bags. I’m nearly done with mine but Craig hasn’t even begun and the clock is ticking. I’ve had some time off work and I’ve been using that time to focus to my mind and body. Catching up on much needed sleep and trying not to think about work so much. I hope you’re all having a great week. See you on the other side.