Most foreigners have misconceptions about Nigerians because they really do not understand how great we are. Being a Nigerian, I was curious about our general eccentricities and I decided to find out things foreigners find odd about us. Some of the answers I got are overwhelming and pretty hilarious.
Here are 10 things people abroad find odd about Nigerians:
1. Foreigners think Nigerians are noisy and loud.
Like seriously? I don’t believe Nigerians are loud and noisy; we are
quiet and reserved people. If we sound loud or speak in high pitched
voices, it means we are either having fun or you just stepped on our
toes. Nevertheless, we love life and always want to have a good time.
2. Yikes! They cook with Red Oil!
Foreigners believe we cook most of our meals with red oil (Palm
oil). I met Cheng in China Town, Ojota and he expressed how he felt
about eating food made with red oil. He said, “even though it was
dreadful for me the first time I ate Egusi soup made with palm oil, I
will never forget the delicious taste and aroma; now I eat Naija soups
like a Nigerian”.
If you haven’t tasted soups or moi moi made with palm oil, cooked
beans made with palm oil, you are seriously missing. These meals are
3. They think Nigerian Languages sound weird.
Nigerian languages are sweet and if you don’t understand it, you are
missing. Many foreigners spend money to study our languages in
Universities abroad. (You think say e easy?)
4. Bizarre greeting methods
People abroad think our greeting methods and habits are bizarre.
Our greeting methods are part of our culture and that is why we stick to it. Our greeting styles (Ladies kneel down while Men prostrate on the floor) are part of our heritage, a sign of respect, it is who we are and we are proud of it.
5. Interaction with elderly people is just too formal.
Nigerians show the much older people respect by being formal with them. For instance: calling your friend’s parents as Mr and Mrs Lagbaja. Nigerians are raised with the mentality to be formal and respectful to the elders.
With the blend of the western culture and our culture, this is not the case. Nowadays, the young generation show respect to elderly people based on their experience and affluence. They believe age is not equal to respect.
6. When a woman cooks for her husband everyday
Nigerian wives cook for their husbands not because it is compulsory or
they are forced to do it. They cook for their husbands to show how much
they love them and also because it is part of our culture and
7. Exchanging foods on special occasions
Exchanging foods with neighbours and friends on special occasion like
Christmas or Ramadan serve as a token of our friendship, love and
goodwill. I love this and I always look forward to it every year.
8. Foreigners believe Nigerians are not polite and orderly
People abroad think Nigerians are not orderly because they jump queues or do not line up in an orderly fashion.
Why waste time on the queue when it is every man for himself.
Sometimes, the last shall be the first and the first shall be the last.
9. Nigerians take education too seriously
People abroad do not believe in studying till you die! That is why
they find it odd when they see a Nigerian who has a PhD and is looking
forward to study for Litt.D, DSc or LL.d.
We take education too seriously because we believe that it is the key to
having a fulfilled life. Though, things are changing – and Nigerians
now believe that you can still work hard and be successful rather than
studying for ages to become a successful person. However, education in
Nigeria is important.
10. Being a Nigerian is odd
Foreigners believe that everything about Nigerians is odd.
Hehe! We are odd and we like it that way! Makes me wonder why we have
lots of expatriates in Nigeria. Some who have visited Nigeria want to visit
again and again, hoping that one day, maybe they might become like us.
Source: Travelstart Blog