While we’re on the topic of (me) networking with fellow Nigerians, something that I haven’t found particularly easy to do in Canada, I want to talk about Naija reunions. Back when I was on a US-based Nigerian forum, I would hear about reunions that were happening, usually in the DC/Maryland, Texas or Georgia areas, and these events always seemed to be the “it place” to be. (Do they have these reunions in Jand too?)
I’ve never been to such an event before, so I have the following possible misconceptions about them.
Naija reunions are actually about meeting former classmates from Naija
I’m not sure why, but I always look at these reunions as a way for people who went to school together in Naija, be it secondary school or university, to meet up again. If you didn’t go to highschool or university in Naija, you’ll feel a little out of place, like someone told a joke seconds before you entered a room and you missed the punchline.
It’s a meat market
People go to pick up and be picked up and hook up (both temporarily and something longer lasting). I’m pretty sure I’m right about this, and I’m not complaining because it would be cool to go somewhere where there are lots of other Nigerians…it would certainly increase the odds of finding an appropriate somebody (depending on what you’re looking for).
There will be lots of pretension (and flossing, and balling…)
If I’m looking to meet a normal guy, one who’s even a bit geeky, I don’t know if he’d attend a reunion; the same goes to making some female friends who aren’t all about being seen and noticed by everyone. Maybe only super duper party peoples go to these reunions, and for every normal, down to earth person there, male or female, there’ll probably be 25 people who are totally putting on an act for the purpose of the event. I want to meet real people who aren’t afraid of being themselves.
I wonder if Nigerians who were born and raised abroad, or who have never even visited Nigeria go to these events, or if it’s really for the born and (at least partly) bred Nigerians. I guess as long as you bring a posse of friends with you, you’ll be fine.
If you live in the USA, the upcoming reunions I’m aware of are:
NRC Reunion – Baltimore, Maryland – July 3-6, 2008
Dejavunet – Atlanta, Georgia – July 4-7, 2008
If you’ve been to a reunion or know someone who has, let me know what they’re really like. Are you attending either of these or another reunion altogether? Have you been to a reunion and decided never to go again?
It would be cool if some of the Naija bloggers who are going had a blogger meetup!