SAD: Nigerian Women Spend Millions On Shopping In UK While Other Suffer To Death

Date: 28-09-2012 11:57 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Charles colins
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Reports reveal that (poor) Nigerians live on less than $2 per day, however, London evening standard, a popular UK tabloid recently revealed that wealthy Nigerians spend over £5000 (N1.3M) on sweets, chocolates, shoes, bag and other stupid irrelevant luxury items on each visit to London. It doesn't end there, some of these addicted, dump, stupid and greedy shoppers like the lady that was interview, Simi Osomo visit the UK more than 6 times in a year to blow over N15M on shopping, making visitors from Nigeria are the UK’s fourth biggest foreign spenders and four times what UK shoppers typically spend.



I understand we quick to pour blames on Goodluck Jonathan and other personnel in the government for not giving us electricity, food and pocket money, but to the honest I think its high time we start checking our selves, Nigerians are very greedy and wicked people; where someone like that stupid girl will drive past a dying beggar to go fulfil her shopping desires, no compassion for fellow humans, besides if we check it properly, she is probably child of one of the previous government people who stole money from the public, one word SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!

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Every year, Simi Osomo makes six trips to London from Nigeria. The 25-year-old spends about two weeks here and every day she goes shopping. Today she’s at the boutique shop Matches Townhouse in Marylebone with a personal shopper. “When it comes to shopping and Nigerians, I can tell you it’s just what we have to do,” she tells me while admiring the patterned dresses.

For Nigerians, London is a shopping mecca. Visitors from the West African country are the UK’s fourth biggest foreign spenders, parting with an average of £500 in each luxury shop they visit — four times what UK shoppers typically spend. When I ask Osomo how much a two-week shopping trip in London costs she makes a bashful face. “Ooh, should I really be saying this? It depends, but most times about £5,000.”

Osomo is wearing a green top from Zara that’s “the colour of the Nigerian flag”, blue skinny jeans and new Christian Louboutin shoes. Later today she’s going to buy an iPhone 5 for her sister.

“You can get lots of things in Lagos but they are cheaper here and you get to take a holiday and relax a bit. It’s only six hours away.” The number of Nigerian visitors to the UK increased by more than 50 per cent to 142,000 a year between 1991 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. Nigeria is projected to become Africa’s biggest economy by next year and the world’s fifth most populous country by 2050, and London is cashing in.



Debenhams’ Oxford Street branch has put up signs in Hausa, one of the official Nigerian languages, and said customers from this part of West Africa are its biggest overseas spenders. Yet Osomo says it’s not just rich Nigerians who come over. “Middle-class people can afford to come and spend £600 on shopping in a week here. What I like about the UK is that it doesn’t discriminate. As long as you’re able to prove you have an income, accommodation in London and a return ticket, the authorities are more than willing to give you a visa. It’s closer than America and the customer service here is phenomenal.”

Back home in Lagos, the technology market has been flooded with fake products from China, which means more people are coming to London for electronic goods and are even taking items back to sell. “No one wants to spend more than 100,000 naira (£390) and find out it is fake, so they prefer to come over for a holiday and buy something they know is real and has a guarantee in case something goes wrong.”

Marks & Spencer is one of Osomo’s favourite shops. “I love their fajitas. You can’t get them in Nigeria. I also buy soy sauce and Thai green curry paste, which is good because it lasts for a long time. Oh, and Crunchy Nut cereal, Skittles, Maltesers and tea. There’s nothing like a British cuppa. I get Lipton, PG and green tea.” She likes the variety of London. “I love Zara, H&M, Topshop. But if I want something more high end, there’s Sloane Street.”

More than £3 billion a year is spent on high-end goods in London, according to the London Luxury Quarter Report, and it predicts this will rise to £4.5 billion by 2020, with new shops including Burberry’s flagship fuelling the trend. Luxury concierge services are also popular. Osomo is a client of Quintessentially, which organises shopping trips and parties for her and has an office in Lagos.

Although summer is the height of the shopping season, Osomo likes to come back for the January sales too. Her mother, a lawyer, and father, a businessman, often join her. She has just finished a law degree and is about to start a job in fashion journalism, which she hopes will give her enough holidays for trips to London. But flights can get booked up quickly.

“You don’t want to get the Lagos to London flight in July. It’s packed with parents and their kids making noise.” Return flights at high season start at about £369.

But what about getting her haul of shopping back from London to Lagos? That, says Osomo, is costly. “All I pack when I come over is one pair of jeans and three tops. I bring two big suitcases but I always have to get another one and pay for excess baggage. I never learn.” British Airways has increased its excess baggage charge on flights from London to Lagos from £40 to £97 per suitcase in the past year. “They must have realised we always put an extra bag in and thought they’d try to make money out of it,” says Osomo.

Fashion-wise, she still picks up the odd item in Nigeria. Six months ago Zara opened an outlet store in Lagos, and Mango has been there for about a year. “Zara is affordable because it’s an outlet but what I find is that things are a bit last season. Nigeria’s hot all the time so there are always maxi dresses and swimwear but the colours are boring and we lack variety. Customer service is not great and some shops can get really crowded, which is challenging.” There is a burgeoning online shopping industry in Nigeria too. Currently, ASOS is the only shop that ships to Lagos free of charge and everyone Osomo’s age uses it.

“Nigeria is a fun place, I’d encourage people to go. Shopping is evolving. In five years I think a lot of stores will come to Nigeria because there is a gap in the market. Ten years ago I never thought Zara would come to Nigeria. I believe in the next five years we will catch up. But I still love London and won’t stop coming here.


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£30,000 a year addiction to London... how Nigerians are becoming big spenders

Posted: at 28-09-2012 11:57 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- zeigbo at 29-09-2012 12:55 AM (10 years ago)
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Ohooooo

Posted: at 29-09-2012 12:55 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- neloceleb at 29-09-2012 01:04 AM (10 years ago)
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Their mony,not urs
Posted: at 29-09-2012 01:04 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- longben at 29-09-2012 01:19 AM (10 years ago)
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as an african i dare say nigerians are a disgrace to the black race
Posted: at 29-09-2012 01:19 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Bellablue at 29-09-2012 01:51 AM (10 years ago)
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like seriously who cares if Nigerian spend their life savings on shopping, i think pple have forgotten that Nigerians work hard, they work hard for their money and when they were busy working nobody complained about them working their freaking butt off, so what the hell is our business when its time to spend their money..Even in the Uk there are lot of rich pple that spend £15,000 on a hand bang or a pair of shoes,£1000  weekly for their hair while 90% of the uk population is earning just very much under £1000 a month , a country where there are even a lot of jobless pple and not for one day did they complain about the rich spending their money, we Nigerian need to start taking up challenges and even look into what the rich are doing to get their money rather than blame them for the pple that are poor... its not their freaking business, you have the money spend it.. SIMPLE
Posted: at 29-09-2012 01:51 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Bellablue at 29-09-2012 02:17 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: longben on 29-09-2012 01:19 AM
as an african i dare say nigerians are a disgrace to the black race

 oh please shut that filthy thing you call a mouth.. if they spend their money is that your business, rather than sit behind the computer and blame your miserable life on the rich why dont you go get a job even if its to pack poo(shi-t)
Posted: at 29-09-2012 02:17 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Senegal at 29-09-2012 02:43 AM (10 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 29-09-2012 02:43 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- winace at 29-09-2012 02:45 AM (10 years ago)
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So??? Its there money for CHRIST sake face ur govt not d spenders.
Posted: at 29-09-2012 02:45 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- toibeli at 29-09-2012 03:26 AM (10 years ago)
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If a typical Nigerian woman work hard for her money, I don't see why she cannot spend it anyhow
or anyway she wants.
Posted: at 29-09-2012 03:26 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- hero1010 at 29-09-2012 05:41 AM (10 years ago)
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Mxm
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- Unikpearl at 29-09-2012 05:57 AM (10 years ago)
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Amebo!what if she's shopping to stock up her boutique in naija
Posted: at 29-09-2012 05:57 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aso4life1 at 29-09-2012 07:04 AM (10 years ago)
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 Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed

Posted: at 29-09-2012 07:04 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- jamesbondchick at 29-09-2012 07:29 AM (10 years ago)
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Abeg no be my money,passing jor

Posted: at 29-09-2012 07:29 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- denmal at 29-09-2012 07:39 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: Bellablue on 29-09-2012 02:17 AM
oh please shut that filthy thing you call a mouth.. if they spend their money is that your business, rather than sit behind the computer and blame your miserable life on the rich why dont you go get a job even if its to pack poo(shi-t)

i like that, go look for ur own to spend
Posted: at 29-09-2012 07:39 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- lanudja at 29-09-2012 07:55 AM (10 years ago)
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And so what?
Posted: at 29-09-2012 07:55 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- azimibraun at 29-09-2012 08:29 AM (10 years ago)
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Is their money abi? When they meet their creator, I hope they have answers ready for the simple question of hw much of their brothers keepers they wia or luv ur neighbor as urself. God gvs a few ppl wealth inorther for them to help him spread around nt for them to keep the monies as theirs and spend they way they want especially in wasteful ways. Nobody owns no mone, the rich u see in society are jst jst mere custodians of the commonwealth of the ppl given by God. Abi are u guys callin God a mumu for chosing few to b rich or hv the ability to make money? God smiles at charity and frowns at extravgance. Beg for 4givness nw if u hv supported that the rich shld spend as they wish cos u hv offended God the giver.
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- Noble12 at 29-09-2012 08:52 AM (10 years ago)
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Hmmmmmm! Money,Ego,Kudi,Owo where u dey?
Posted: at 29-09-2012 08:52 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- factfinding at 29-09-2012 08:54 AM (10 years ago)
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Mr Poster  the Topic of this msg tag SAD, why if i may ask ? please let them spend they money is not yours,don't just sit there and feel self pity, start now is never too late see poverty as your greatest enemy do anything within your power to conquer it, use your brain be smart , but don't KILL , trust me nobody will feel sorry for you if you fail your self , Nigerian is a place where nobody cares, you gonna care for your self work hard, or make  poverty your companion  Wink Wink Wink Wink
Posted: at 29-09-2012 08:54 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Lekan22 at 29-09-2012 09:15 AM (10 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 29-09-2012 09:15 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bukka at 29-09-2012 09:28 AM (10 years ago)
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wtf
Posted: at 29-09-2012 09:28 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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