I got my first degree in South Africa after studying for 3 years. It was a degree in Accounting and Finance. In January 2009, I was earning a salary as a full-time employee for the first time. You can imagine the joy and excitement from earning zero to earning something.
Around this time was when the media was buzzing with South Africa hosting the World Cup. It was everywhere. The best thing was there were discounted tickets for the residents of South Africa. So, really, there was no excuse not to watch at least one game as a middle-income earner.
It was my first time experiencing a World Cup ever. It was like having a representative from different parts of the world all in one place. A random cocktail hang out would include for instance a Brazilian, a Chinese, a Briton, a Ugandan, a German – just name it. After the amazing experience of tasting the euphoria of the South Africa World Cup, I promised to always attend them.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make Brazil. So, you can imagine my joy and excitement when Russia 2018 came around! I logged into the FIFA’s World Cup ticket site. I crossed my fingers as I placed a bid for the Nigeria vs Iceland match. My bid was successful. I knew that there was no turning back.
I am travelling to Russia for the World Cup, I shared with the family.
My mum was not buying it. “Why will a young African female be travelling alone in Russia?” “It is dangerous.” “Who will we call if anything happens? The language is a barrier.” It was like I was possessed; I googled the streets of Moscow, the top 10 things to do, how to survive a kidnap. Going by the things I searched online, it was a mixture of excitement and a little fear of the unknown. But nothing, absolutely nothing, was going to stop me.
I bought my ticket, hustled home and abroad for the original Nigerian jersey (please don’t laugh, the hustle was real). The plan was to cover 3 cities in 12 days. I travelled via the UK to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Visit my godson, then travel from London to Moscow.
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