FROM A KENYAN MAN PERSPECTIVE ABOUT NIGERIANS
I’m a Kenyan. I’ve learned and lived with some 5 Nigerians in my study on campus and this is what I can observe from them:
- Nigerians are (NOT) loud. I don’t know if it’s their boldness that speaks volumes but whenever they talk, it’s kind of an argument yet it’s just a conversation they’re having. (Individual differences count a lot. You may have met 5 Nigerians who are loud but that isn’t a Nigerian thing. It is a personal trait).
- Their music is sweet. The afro-fusion genre is quickly recognizable and easy to dance along.
- Very industrious. They’re notorious conmen on the Internet. Besides that vice, they’re great entrepreneurial persons in Africa.
- They’re smart. Most of the learned people in Africa are from Nigeria. Undoubtedly, that can be attributed to their huge population. I mean, 182 Million people!
- Their pidgin accent. Alongside Ghanaians and some Cameroonians, they speak some horrible and disgusting English. It’s sometimes not easily understood. No hard feelings but I just hate that accent. It’s nauseating.
- Fashion. I envy their sense of fashion. It’s unique, African and has the identity of the Nigerians. I guess that also gives them a dose of their known bragging rights and flattery.
- Beard Gang. The majority of Nigerian men are bearded. Genes maybe? I guess right. Their women are also well endowed. I mean, which man on earth dislikes well-endowed ladies? Negligible.
- Literature. Most of the novels I love hail from Nigerian authors and novelists. Talk of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie, Cyprian Ekwensi and many more.
- Nollywood. I hate their films but I must give credits to their hard work in the industry. I hate the films because of the background soundtracks which are disturbing and regular characters. I mean, can’t they polish new characters? We’re fed up with Patience Ozokwo.
- Lagos that city is more than overpopulated. Damn.
FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN LADY PERSPECTIVE ABOUT NIGERIANS
I’m South African and used to stay in Sunnyside Pretoria, aka Lagos. I have a good number of wonderful friends, colleagues and acquaintances from West Africa that I met during university days, that I met now professionally as colleagues and clients, those people I know socially and I can safely say my former neighboring was 50% West Africans. My view of Nigerians are the following, in no particular order:
- They are well-spoken: yes there’s pidgin but most Nigerians are eloquent and expressive sometimes a bit over-the-top;
- They are quite industrious: but can also be cut-throat and unethical in business;
- They have a wonderful reputation for being scammers and conmen and this one is felt globally. Yahoo boys, email fraud, etc;
- Nigerians are well-traveled and will explore any avenue to make money elsewhere which is wonderful. But I do think it’s partially because of their adventurous and get-it spirit and coupled by the fact that millions of Nigerians are desperate to leave Nigeria for a better life somewhere else. And most don’t want to go back or they take long years to visit family. I know a guy who’s been here for 20 years and hasn’t visited, issues of papers, lack of money, etc basically excuses I know damn well he has money and can easily fix his papers. His mother has been begging for years
- I loooooove the West African diet. Omg, the food is soooo good and tasty, I’ve had many many soup dishes, Jollof with all kinda meat. I’m a foodie and love hot food so it makes sense;
- I love Nigerian music. I listen to a mix of Asa, Mr. Eazi with the delicious lips, Timaya, Harry Songs, Runtown whose just so fiiiiine, a few Davido tracks, love Tiwa and Wizkid;
- Nigerians have their many tribal prejudices and discriminatory attitudes but will come together against an outsider;
- I like the accent and Nollywood; the plots, plot- twist and magic I’m here for all that lol;
- Nigerians pride themselves in their sexual prowess; I mean I cannot even tell you the number of times I’ve been promised a great time in bed. Funny thing is I’ve never been in a sexual relationship with a Nigerian man, which is weird because I mean Nigerian men are hot. They just extremely economical with the truth and incredible womanizers;
- Nigerians don’t like parting ways with money when they do they’ll negotiate to the lowest possible amount,
11. I wanted to visit Nigerian for 2 weeks this December until I found out they don’t have a stable electricity supply, I don’t want to be trapped in a whole new country and be confined to a hotel room because the city is dark at night. I wanna be out and about hanging out with people soaking in the culture.
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