There are some experiences that you just can’t recreate away from Nigeria. Some countries can come close, but there are social, economical and political instances are that are unique to Niaja. I was in the shower and I made up a list of things (non-conclusive, of course!)that I miss about Nigeria:

I. A good Oríki (Yoruba praise poem): I went to a Lekan Babalola concert sometime ago and the highlight for me was the Oríki. I dare you not to have goosebumps if you hear a good recital. Ah-ah!! I regret not learning how to recite Oríkis when I had the opportunity to learn this poetic art.

II. A good Rain Storm: No, nothing like the downpours in the UK. I’m talking an opening of the heavens, and everything is cleansed by the rains; that you can stick your tongue out to taste the rain without fear of being poisoned. When it rains, you can smell the freshness, appreciate the mighty glory of God’s creation and with the rains out come the buckets and pails placed strategically under the roof, and to mention catching winged termites. (Crunchy tastiness!)

III. NEPA: Let me explain myself from the onset: We all hate power surges and the inconvenience it brings out, and NEPA (National Electric Power Authority in Nigeria) are one of the world’s notorious leaders in Power inconsistency. However, whenever there was a blackout, you could see good clear sky with the stars twinkling in Ibadan and you’d take the chair out to just chat with friends and family with some emu (palmwine). That’s why you rarely see Nigerians in the West freak out when there’s a power failure; we just take it in our stride.

IV:Weddings, Funerals & Christmas/: When Nigerians party, we party. To demonstrate how much influence and money we have, we cordon off whole roads with Police ‘permission’. People dress up, the drinks flow (in spite of austerity) and everyone has a relatively good time. At Nigerian parties you suddenly realise how good looking a person looks just by their dressing up in the traditional attire. And let’s not forget the dance moves to boot!

V. Haggling and Arguing: These 2 arts go hand in hand! I’m yet to meet a bona fide Nigerian who hasn’t mastered the art of haggling! Let’s not also forget our love for armchair politics and football commentary! When it comes to beating our chest in puffed pride about how to ‘run’ the country, look no further than a group of Niaja boys who have also mastered the art of answering questions with questions!

VI: Our Love for Dramatics: ‘Nuff said about that one!!

VII. Fresh Food

Anyway, as I mentioned, this is not a conclusive list. Would be great to read what people miss about home, where ever they come from.


7 thoughts on “Things I miss about Niaja….(Set 1)

  1. Kenya is where I was born and lived until 1992!

    1. The weather
    2. Friends
    3. social life – Sikh Union, Eldoret club – golf
    4. wildlife – masai mara, keekorok lodge and mount kenya safari club
    5. kenyan food – sukuma wiki, nyama choma, ugali and maharagwe + kenyan beer and local brew – bussa

    the lifestyle in kenya, very chilled out and relaxed

  2. I lived in India until the age of seven but I remember it very clearly! What I miss are
    1. Indian cinema experience is like no other! Loving opposite 3 cinmeas I could watch the lastest relased movies. Singing and dancing down the aisles, whistling at the beautiful women on the screen and admiring the handsome men. Here, even when you sneeze or blow your nose you get nastly looks and constant shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    2. Indian food cafe’s (DHABAS) all the cooking is done raodside, the dirt and funes from the cars go into the food, but the food tastes the best!
    3. My Gran lived in a typical Punjabi village. This is where I spent most of my school hols! No loos – going to the fields to do your business, no kitchens, open gutters and sleeping on the roof! WHt a place to be in!
    4. Punjabi traffic! With cars, lorries, people and animals all going on thier way!

    I went back after 20 years and everything has changed! The villages have all got the lastest mod cons! Cimema state of the art! and for the food well that has remained the same!

  3. Yes O!

    You forgot to mention MacCorn, aka roasted or boiled maize/corn hawked by women during raining season. The other day I saw a yuppie in his three piece suit, mobiles strapped to his belt munching on a comb as he strolled to work. Only in Naija!

    Nice blog, 🙂

  4. Reply Blackcadillac73,

    They do exist and are quite delicious. As children whenever it rained pretty heavily they would come out into the light and we’d catch them and toss inside a bucket of water. Aaaaah! Gone are the days.

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