The trip to the Atlanta Consulate of Nigeria on Thursday paid off. We received our Business VISA just as requested in short order, , , and just in time — my flight is on Saturday. It was a 4-hour drive to Atlanta each way, but worth it in the end.
To obtain this Business VISA was a massive effort mostly due to the fact we could not reach anyone or even leave messages, send faxes or send e-mail to the Consulate in New York. The Atlanta office was much more responsive and reasonable to work with.
If you see headlines about an American being detained in Nigeria, it may be me, , , hopefully I have not ticked anyone off to be flagged upon my arrival for pushing so hard to get this done.
I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at Digital Jewels – Adedoyin, Ayo, Funmi, and others, , , maybe even some of my former students – we have had over 60 Nigerian managers attend the program in various locations – Johannesburg, Dubai, and Abuja, , , even many to attend in Nashville, Tennessee.
Oh yeah, I should make a note about Nigerian people. I have worked with many over the years and found them to be one of the happiest, fun-loving people in the world. They have big challenges in their country, but they overcome adversity and rise above it with a spirit like no other in the world. I truly love working with Nigerian managers and enjoy their strong desire to become stronger managers and to do good things for their companies and for themselves.
Look for my posts while visiting Lagos, Nigeria.