5 Ways to Thrive Despite the Nigeria Foreign Certificate Ban: A Crisis or a Catalyst for Change?

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The recent suspension of foreign certificate evaluation in the Benin Republic has thrown the Nigerian student community into a whirlpool of uncertainty. With 15,000 futures hanging in the balance, the air crackles with anxiety. While this policy aims to combat racketeering and safeguard educational quality, it has inadvertently disrupted career paths, leaving many wondering, “What now?”

But amidst the fog of uncertainty, a beacon of hope shines. This unexpected turn, as Nelson Mandela aptly said, “is not the end. It is the beginning.” Within this challenge lie hidden opportunities for growth, resilience, and ultimately, career triumph. Here are five ways to navigate this storm and emerge stronger than ever:

1. Upskill and Reskill:

Instead of letting your plans stall, invest in yourself. Use this time to acquire additional skills and qualifications that can enhance your employability in any market. Online courses, professional certifications, and even volunteer work in relevant fields can be your new allies. Remember, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” This proactive approach empowers you to become the versatile professional the world needs.

2. Explore Alternative Pathways:

The ban might have closed one door, but it has opened a multitude of others. Research new career paths within Nigeria or abroad. Network with professionals in different fields, attend career fairs and explore options you might not have considered before. Remember Michael Bublé’s words: “The key is to stay calm and keep moving forward.” Embrace this opportunity to discover hidden passions and chart a new course for your future.

3. Build Adaptability and Resilience:

Navigating uncertainty is a crucial 21st-century skill. This situation offers an invaluable training ground for problem-solving, critical thinking, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. See it as a boot camp for your professional journey. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Embrace the challenge, hone your adaptability, and emerge stronger for it.

4. Connect and Stay Informed:

You’re not alone in this storm. Build relationships with other affected students, alumni, and professionals. Share experiences, offer support, and explore opportunities together. Remember, your network is your net worth. Additionally, stay closely informed about updates from the Nigerian government and relevant professional bodies regarding the evaluation process and potential solutions. Knowledge is power, and being well-informed empowers you to make informed decisions about your future.

5. Utilise Online Resources:

The internet is your friend. Platforms like NANS, NYSK, Jobberman, and LinkedIn offer a wealth of resources specifically for Nigerian students and professionals. Find career guidance, skill development courses, and even job postings that align with your new goals. Remember, Wayne Dyer said, “Change your mind and change your life.” Utilise these resources to reshape your career aspirations and build a future you’re excited about.

The fog will eventually clear. By staying informed, proactive, and adaptable, you can navigate these uncertain waters and emerge with stronger career prospects and valuable life skills. As Matt Cameron reminds us, “Success is not a destination; it’s a journey.” Embrace this journey, learn from the challenges, and emerge as a stronger, wiser, and more adaptable professional ready to conquer the world.


I’m currently enrolled in Benin Republic. What happens to my graduation and career plans now?

Although the ban brings uncertainty, your future is not on hold! Upskill, reskill and research alternative paths. Get updates from NANS and NYSK, and stay informed. Adapt and be proactive for new opportunities.

I invested heavily in my Benin Republic education. Are there financial resources available to help me navigate this change?

No financial resources are directly related to the ban. Look for scholarships or financial aid from student organisations or educational institutions in Nigeria. Find freelance or remote work options on platforms like Jobberman to supplement your finances.

I feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty. How can I stay resilient and motivated?

Connect with other affected students through online forums or social media groups. Sharing experiences and fostering a support network can boost your morale. Utilise online resources like mental health platforms. Remember, this experience can ultimately strengthen you.

I feel discouraged about studying abroad in general. Are there good educational opportunities within Nigeria?

Yes! Nigeria has reputable universities with diverse programs. Look for options that match your interests and goals. Use Jobberman or LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your field. Quality education and career success are possible in Nigeria, too.

The ban seems unfair. Should I protest or take legal action?

Remember to express your concerns peacefully but stay informed about updates and solutions. Focus on proactive steps like upskilling or exploring alternative pathways to demonstrate your resilience.

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  1. Thank you, Sam, for your insightful article on navigating the challenges of the foreign certificate ban. Your advice on upskilling, exploring alternative pathways, and building resilience is invaluable. One question I have is: How can students effectively communicate their adapted skills and experiences to potential employers, ensuring a smooth transition into the job market?

  2. The mind is everything, it is not the end; it is just the beginning! Thanks for sharing this, Sam. Number 3 and 4 stood out for me;
    •Stay Informed
    •Stay Connected.
    I believe, we can also apply this to our life journeys.

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