out of depths
I looked forward to going back to school with a bit of
excitement and apprehension, but I was not sure of what to
expect or how I would cope with studies and work at the same
time in a strange land.
A month after I settled in, I received a call from immigrations.
‘Ma’am, we noticed that you changed your course of study to
Management Studies as against Business Administration that you
My heart raced, ‘Oh, I …I’ I stammered as I tried to put words
together. ‘Yes I changed it with the support of the university,
I found that it suited my objectives better.’
‘In that case you need to come over to our office. What you did
is against the UK’s immigration laws and may be punishable by
retrieving your visa and deporting you.’ The man’s voice sounded
like he was struggling to control himself.
I sighed deeply and looked up to the ceiling, ‘Okay I would come
to your office this morning.’
‘Thank you, ma’am.’
I immediately called Nneka, Deola and Fred to ask for advice on
what to do. Fred had remained a strong support since he learnt
of Fola’s demise. He continued to be there for the children andI.
Deola too was a friend who had been supportive since Fola
died. He was very helpful all through the process of relocation.
He always kept in touch and paid me and the children visits.
‘Hmmm, you need to get an immigration lawyer to act for you.
Those people can be mean o.’ Nneka said angrily. ‘This course,
that course, no be the same school?’ She asked, kissing her teeth.
‘Kemi, just try to be calm. Everything will work out well and
yes, it’s true that you will need an immigration lawyer.’ Deola
confirmed. ‘That person would be in the best position to speak
as your advocate.’
It did not take me time to get an immigration lawyer. Mr Wilkins
came highly recommended, and I kept tabs on him to follow up
with immigrations. They were bent on sending me back to Nigeria
for changing my course of study without informing them. It took
two harrowing weeks to clear my name. On some days I would sit
with Jide and his wife and just cry my eyes out.