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Saturday, 16 June 2012

COMMUNITY REPORT

Expensive limousine driver
By Hakeem Babalola

While many foreigners do complain of non-availability of jobs in Hungary, Charles who commands 25,000 HUF per hour obviously has a different perspective.

“I am expensive,” says Mr. Charles, the first commercial black limousine driver in Hungary.

Though he gets paid monthly, there are occasions when his company charges clients 25,000HUF for an hour drive. 

In an exclusive interview with African News Hungary, Charles, a Nigerian who came to Hungary in 2001 and married Hungarian in 2005, feels proud driving tourists around Budapest.

“I feel good. I feel great to see myself driving this car. It’s not just for me but for the whole black community”.

Telling the joyful experience, an enthusiastic Charles describes his clients as open-minded who often encourage him.

For him, meeting different people from all over the world such as America, England, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Russia, etc is a lifetime experience.

Charles, who has once driven Miss Hungary around, says he is having fun driving limousine in Hungary. 

“I have special demand from people,” he affirms, adding that his boss usually sells him at a higher rate thus making him more expensive than his Hungarian counterparts.

Though expensive, Charles explains further that Hungarians also book for him – especially for parties and weddings.

However, such popularity attracts envy. “Some of my colleagues do jealous. They would tell my boss why only Charles. Sure my boss knows better,” he declares  

How did he get the job especially when many foreigners passionately believe they are being discriminated against when it comes to job opportunity?

Charles smiles his reply saying he has no “difficulty getting this job”. He adds that he was one of the first batches recruited after his wife saw the job advertisement in one of the Hungarian online magazines.

Does he have any word of encouragement for fellow Africans living in Hungary, and foreigners in general? “Never give up. No matter what you’re going through, never give up. I never believe I would get this job but here I am. I’ve suddenly become a celebrity. Sometimes they pose with me and the limousine.

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We must rise above tribalism & divide & rule of the colonialist who stole & looted our treasure & planted their puppets to lord it over us..they alone can decide on whosoever is performing & the one that is corrupt..but the most corrupt nations are the western countries that plunder the resources of other nations & make them poorer & aid the rulers to steal & keep such ill gotten wealth in their country..yemen,syria etc have killed more than gadhafi but its not A̷̷̴ good investment for the west(this is laughable)because oil is not in these countries..when obasanjo annihilated the odi people in rivers state, they looked away because its in their favour & interest..one day! Samosa Iyoha

Hello from
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I was amazed to find a website for Africans in Hungary.
Looks like you have quite a community there. Here in SA we have some three million Zimbabweans living in exile and not much sign of going home ... but in Hungary??? Hope to meet you on one of my trips to Europe; was in Steirmark Austria near the Hungarian border earlier this month. Every good wish for 2011. Geoff in Jo'burg

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ANH work but...
Interesting interview...
I think from what have been said, the Nigerian embassy here seem to be more concern about its nationals than we are for ourselves. Our complete disregard for the laws of Hungary isn't going to help Nigeria's image or going to promote what the Embassy is trying to showcase. So if the journalists could zoom-in more focus on Nigerians living, working and studying here in Hungary than scrutinizing the embassy and its every move, i think it would be of tremendous help to the embassy serving its nationals better and create more awareness about where we live . Taking the issues of illicit drugs and forged documents as typical examples.. there are so many cases of Nigerians been involved. But i am yet to read of it in e.news. So i think if only you and your journalists could write more about it and follow up on the stories i think it will make our nationals more aware of what to expect. I wouldn't say i am not impressed with your work but you need to be more of a two way street rather than a one way street . Keep up the good work... Sylvia

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