Nigeria is 48! You Know You’re Nigerian If…

To take a detour from my regularly scheduled blogging, I’d like to wish Nigeria a HAPPY 48th INDEPENDENCE DAY!!! We will party o!! We need Bailey’s Irish Cream, Guinness (Stout), Jollof Rice, Fufu & Stew, and Maltina.

You know you’re Nigerian IF…

  • The only reason you dance at Nigerian parties is to get “sprayed” money by the adults
  • Your parents add “O” to the end of every sentence: Shutup-O! Get me water-O!
  • You’ve been called an “IJOT” more times than you can count by your parents
  • You’ve been slapped for not greeting someone well
  • You’ve gotten in trouble for giving an elder something with your left hand
  • You gotta call all the older Nigerians you know uncle or auntie even if they are not related!
  • Your parents YELL, not talk on the phone
  • Your parents buy phone cards on a weekly basis
  • You know who King Sunny Ade and Salawa are
  • When Shina Peters’ Afro Juju comes on at a party, you lose your mind!
  • You know what chin chin, puff puff, or moin moin are
  • Your parents like eating Garri & Water as a snack (sometimes with peanuts)
  • You can pick which you like better, Eba or Amala
  • You been scared watching the movies your parents bring from back home
  • There is ALWAYS white rice in your house
  • Sometimes when you eat your Mom’s food, your nose starts running from the spiciness
  • A party starts at 6 and you show up at 10, and most people are still not there yet
  • You say “Amen” a thousand times when you pray and all the parents know the exact time to say it.
  • You always hear your parents say “Ah ah!”
  • When your parents threaten to send you “back home” when you misbehave
  • Your parents call Ramen noodles “indomie”
  • You point at something with your lips
  • You always have maggi cubes in your house
  • You are mad that your clothes now smell of stock fish and stew
  • You gotta pronounce your last name 20 times for people and they still don’t get it rite!
  • You’re laughing at this stuff because you can relate to some, if not most of them!!
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  1. R. Joseph Donigian
    October 1, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Yaaay, independence! Thanks, Uncle Zik!

  2. [F]oxymoron
    October 1, 2008 at 10:24 am


  3. Paula
    October 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Nigeria!!! 🙂

    We have a “You know you’re scottish” thing a bit like that – only about half of it applies to me though I think. Or LIKE to think . . .:)

  4. The Pretty Brown Girl
    October 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Now I see why everywhere I go, Africans of all nationalities think I’m Nigerian. Especially Nigerians. I probably am, ancestrally.

    Happy Birthday, Nigeria!!

  5. MissBa
    October 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    some of this qualifies for ALL Africans period.
    especially “being sent back home”….if i had a dollar for everytime i heard that…


    But Happy Birthday to my Najas out there!!! In celebration, I will watch my collection of nigerian movies today…they be THE SHHHIIITTTT!!!

  6. and1grad
    October 2, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Hilarious! Its ridiculous how many of those apply. Oogowooh!

  7. Tha Management
    October 2, 2008 at 10:44 am

    A fellow Naija blogger, how lovely 🙂

  8. oghouse
    December 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    How sweet!
    I Love speeches at weddings. The more, the merrier in my opinion. I love hearing childhood antics, how the couple met, etc. Sounds like yours were all great!

  9. NaijaSweetz
    July 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    You just HAD to bring up Amala, didn’tja? *shakes fist and gags simultaneously*