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Places in the UK for homesick Nigerian Students

Best places to visit in the UK for homesick Nigerian students

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According to Nigerian students who have studied in the UK, feeling homesick is one of the biggest challenges to face. An entirely new style of education and lifestyle can also be unexpected. Home comforts from Nigeria can help you feel more at ease. We explore the best ways to cure homesickness while studying in the UK.


Nigerian societies


Nigerian student associations are the first place to make you feel at home. There might be one at your school already and if not, starting a society at the university is a great way to unite compatriots, promote your culture and make new friends. All student society activities are a fantastic addition to your CV and a simple way to learn new skills while being at school. Nigerian societies at other universities host events and welcome students from other schools too. A simple search on Facebook will locate groups and associations near you and we recommend doing some research prior to travelling abroad.


Areas of London


There are large Nigerian communities in the UK with London having the largest population of people born in Nigeria. According to BBC, Southwark and Lambeth, two of south London's most diverse boroughs are popular with Nigerian natives. Peckham, Vauxhall, North Woolwich, Deptford and Thamesmead also have a high concentration of Nigerians and you can explore shops, restaurants and markets that sell authentic Nigerian food.


Churches and communities


You can find many places for worship around the UK. However, there are a few which will definitely cure any homesick symptoms. Large Nigerian communities can be found at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), where Sunday mornings will definitely make you feel at home. Keep an eye on the Students Association of Nigerians in Diaspora (SAND) – they connect and inspire Nigerian students abroad through their various associations and community events.


Food and restaurants


There are many spots in London where you can pick up some favourite Nigerian dishes. Lolak Afrique restaurant offers a selection of food which will brighten up your lonely London afternoon. Another spot to visit in Peckham is Obalende Suya Express: we hear that home suya served in Britain tastes really good and is available for take-away. Why not take new classmates to learn about Nigerian food? Mama Calabar in Edgware is known for its authentic menu and buffets on Sunday. Thamesmead has shops and markets with imports straight from Nigeria, so you don’t need to fly back to do the weekend shopping! 


Events and music


Kings Lounge in Barking has regular Nigerian nights where you can meet new friends and dance to your favourite music. The Black Grape venue not only has a great Afro-Caribbean cuisine approved by the native customers, but live music, stand-up comedy and jazz concerts.


Radio and film


Walking home after classes on a rainy English day can make anyone sad. Tuning into Nigerian radio station is a proven way to brighten up the mood. Happy news, as the first Nigerian 24 hour movie channel Nollywood Movies  has launched on the UK's Sky platform. Getting subscribed will give you access to over 30 different movies a month including drama, romance, comedy and family movies from leading production companies in Nigeria. You can now officially have a 24 hour movie marathon on weekends - after a productive study week of course!


Insider tips


Kevin Korgba who is originally from Nigeria, studied at Regent’s University London and now operates a successful business ETK Group UK. He has some words of wisdom for homesick Nigerian students.


“For someone who has not been to the UK before, the first thing would be the culture shock,” says Kevin.


“Things operate very differently in the UK. To feel less homesick, try to adapt to the new style of teaching and managing your finances but be careful: for the first few weeks I was spending my pounds as if they were Naira. You can get broke pretty quickly!”

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