- Gift Solomon Preye is a Nigerian lady who had migrated to Dubai in search of greener pastures but became a victim of a N450k scam by an employment agent
- After all she spent, the 27-year-old arrived in UAE to discover there was no work for her as she had been made to believe by the agent
- The young lady said she lied to her parents in a bid to cover up what she had fallen to and eventually came out if it
Gift Preye Solomon is all shades an embodiment of success on her own terms in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 27-year-old Nigerian lady is UAE's first female delivery rider, a travel consultant and was recently listed among the 75 Faces of UAE, but it wasn't all rosy at the start as she was scammed.
How a Nigerian employment agent scammed Gift
In an interview with Pulse, Gift who is from a humble background said she had decided to move to Dubai in search of greener pastures.
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Two days after she got to Dubai having made the arrangements and was assured of a job and an abode by an employment agent, Gift said they called to tell her to pay for her abode.
A startled Gift responded that she thought it was already paid for, but they said she still had to secure that herself again.
The lady said she had to borrow money from home and lied to her parents.
"The only consolation I had back then was that I was in Dubai,'' she said."
Gift discovered there was no job as promised
It then dawned perfectly on Gift that she is a victim of a N450k scam after learning that the work she was assured of was nowhere to be found. She began job hunting after resigning to her fate.
Gift said job-hunting in UAE was a big challenge. She explained:
"You go for a job of two openings and you find out that the number of applicants are about 100 to 300 persons.
"Most times I wasn't fortunate. Before it got to my time, they (interviewers) would say sorry, everyone go home, submit your CV online.
"And this is after I've already travelled an hour or more to my interview venue."
She eventually overcame the challenges of her early days in Dubai and is now living the good life.
Watch an excerpt of the interview below:
Social media reactions
"The number of undocumented Nigerians in Uae is in thousands , because all this unless , greedy and heartless agents bring and dump them here with nothing . Go to al Nhada Sharjah , Ajman , RAK the whole 7states of emirates . It’s not funny anymore."
"Our greedy governments are the ones pushing people around. No money,no jobs,no security,no good amenities. They rather steal the and use it for their children unborn.Lots of them have houses in Dubai and will even ask you to rent it. My heart bleeds for this country. May God arise for the sake of people."
"The truth is life is survive of the fittest, what ever you are looking for, there are millions of people looking for the same thing ...you sound like the job opening should be exclusivly left open for you alone... There is no green pastures anywhere... people work for whatever they have...At least the Agent took you to dubia, go and hustle and get job."
"That's how they scammed my brother I told him don't travel to Dubia he no hear he was there no work till his visa expired very sad he had to come back from naija."
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Nigerian says travelling to Dubai was the biggest mistake of his life
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian man had lamented that he regrets travelling to Dubai.
Speaking with Legit TV, the 37-year-old father of two said he ended up as a labourer on a cucumber farm in Dubai after spending N1.6m for the trip.
According to him, the reason he travelled was to work hard and make money so he could invest in his music career.
The man named Henry said he submitted over 1,500 CVs to hotels and companies but didn't get any response from them.