8 Ways To Spot A Nigerian Abroad
Nigerians are unique people with unusual habits. We are everywhere from United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia. (We no dey carry last!) However, we tend to stand out from other people wherever we go. We don’t need to wrap ourselves with our “green white green’ flag before people can identify us. People don’t need to ask, “Are you a Nigerian”; they just say “You are from Nigeria!”. Well, that is not a bad thing; in fact I love it when people instantly identify me as a citizen of Africa’s big apple.
Nigerians are very easy to stereotype. Here are 8 ways to spot a Nigerian abroad:
- Our traditional attires are very unique
Nigerians are very fond of their traditional attires. You can easily spot a Nigerian by their traditional attire. I remember visiting a store in Cape Town last year, I saw two black ladies who wore colourful Ankara gowns, and then I thought to myself, they could have bought that from a fashion store. But then again, I recognized the ‘Naija’ image – we are always comfy and restful in our Ankara dresses and we have this fancy demeanour that no other African has. We love to wear our traditional attire wherever we go because it portrays our identity. The Nigerian traditional attires are beautiful and colourful, always make us stand out in the crowd and we always look sophisticated in them.
- Nigerians are very loud
My American friends always say Nigerians are very loud. I never believed it until I experienced it. Nigerians can talk loudly anywhere. I used to think shouting in Lagos was a norm because of the daily grind of Lagosians and the unstable phone networks. But, about a year ago, I was at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, and then we got an announcement that our flight has been delayed for about 4 hours. Other passengers were so calm about this, but Nigerians were protesting, shouting and causing chaos at the airport. That was when I realized that God has blessed our larynges with extra strength.
- We are very flamboyant
Nigerians love the flamboyant lifestyle, which has always made us stand out in the crowd. We are confident in behaviour, we dress colourful and we like to be noticed by other people. When abroad, you will find most Nigerians shopping for designer clothes and shoes, we love expensive and luxury things such as the most exclusive cars, we stay in five star hotels, and fly first or business class when we travel because we love to live large. Our flamboyance may irritate some people, but certainly delights other people. They actually want to be like us!
- Nigerians love Football
We are passionate about football. We love the premier league and when we travel abroad, you will find us at our favourite football club’s stadium watching a match. For World Cup or African Football games, you will find us there, screaming and shouting in support of our favourite team – The Super Eagles.
- Our passports are green in colour
By our passport, you shall know us! Well, some Nigerians may not be proud of the colour of their passports. But they can’t help it! Anywhere we go with our green passport with “Federal Republic of Nigeria” written boldly on it, we get recognized. Well, there is something innately amazing about having a Nigerian passport; to me, it’s like my key to the world.
- Pidgin English is our signature
Pidgin English is like our signature, our number one language of communication. I remember passing by some Nigerians at Nakumatt mall in Nairobi. They were blowing the pidgin English and I recognized them immediately. It is an interesting language to converse in and that is why you see many Nigerians communicate in Pidgin English no matter where they are.
- Nigerians love Owanbe Parties
Photo Source: Bella Naija
Once a Nigerian, always a Nigerian. The colourful attires (aso-ebi), decorations, food, money spraying and the music make up the Nigerian Owanbe Party. You will find Nigerians organizing these parties even abroad from weddings to birthday ceremony. The setting brings many Nigerians together to unwind and mingle with others.
- We are ‘selfie’ enthusiasts
Nigerians know how to take good ‘selfie’ photos and that is why we are always on Instagram these days. We like ourselves and we love to show the world our personality, buoyancy and fashion sense. When an American or British visit a beautiful destination, they appreciate its beauty by taking photographs of stunning attractions. We, on the other hand, appreciate the beauty of these attractions by taking a photo of ourselves in front of it. Anywhere we find ourselves, either at the airport or at the destination, we’ve got ‘selfie’ photos in different places and styles.
This article is used with permission from the author.
Author: Oluwakemi Ojo