Some of the things that I either thought of or noticed while I was in Nigeria (keep in my mind my perspective is that of someone who had not visited in almost 15 years):
- Roosters crow all day, not just in the morning as I previously thought.
- You really feel cheated if you don’t bargain. Elo ni ijale? (How low will you go?/What’s the lowest price you’ll take?) became my favourite question to ask while shopping.
- It is not cool to be seen around town wearing (gasp) those plastic flip flops.
- Sleeping in is a foreign concept where I stayed. I was never able to sleep past 8am and I was considered a late riser. Boo!
- It’s very important to show respect for your elders, no matter what you’re currently in he middle of. I found it funny how someone talking to me would automatically kneel or greet their elders in mid-conversation, without missing a beat of the convo.
- I expected more accidents given the haphazard driving I witnessed (more on that another day) but I didn’t see any car accidents the entire time I was there (lol maybe due to the constant traffic jams?).
- Everyone wears jeans and other pants now. Last time I felt very conspicuous in pants.
- I don’t understand why some okada (motorcycle) drivers wear parkas and winter hats in tropical weather! I broke into a sweat seeing them.
- I wonder if people have to replace their car horns since they use it so often!
- Car brands I had never heard of: Hilux, Avanza (Toyota), Suran (Volkswagen) and Pimera (Nissan)
- Food portions were huge! If I lived in Nigeria the only thing that would keep me from being as big as a house is all the physical work (which of course explains size of the portions).
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