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Top 10 Signs You've Been In Nigeria For Long

Nigeria is a peculiar country
and after living here for long,
you will come to accept and
love all its peculiarities. When
you move to Nigeria, it seems
so unusual, but thrilling and
alive with opportunities. You
marvel at its strange
surroundings and its people.
Being Nigerian is much more
different when compared to
being Mexican or American.
Several jokes abound as to
how Nigerians display their
unique differences when
faced with similar challenges
alongside citizens of other
countries. When you’ve lived
in Nigeria for so long, a lot
about you changes. You think
different, talk different and
behave different. A foreign
resident who has the unique
traits of a Nigerian may start
to wonder if he has lived in
Nigeria too long.

Here are top 10 signs that you
have been in Nigeria for too

1. You develop a sixth sense

Nigerians can smell anything
fishy, especially when it has to
do with a business deal. In the
same manner they can
recognize a good deal or an
opportunity when they see
one. If you try to behave like
a Nigerian when you haven’t
really learnt how to be one,
you may end up becoming
the victim. Like we say “cunny
man die, cunny man bury am”
and ‘cunny’ is our way of
saying ‘cunning’.

2. You become a hustler

Nigerians don’t just thrive,
they hustle. At any stage of
our lives, whether we are
awaiting admission to a higher
institution or just graduating,
the ‘hustle’ stays on our
minds. And just in case you’re
wondering, hustle in Nigeria
refers to the innate struggle
we have for survival and the
many schemes we come up
with to achieve it.

3. You are now used to
Nigerian Foods

Nigerian foods are very
delicious but most foreigners
find it disgusting when they
arrive. When you discover that
you are now okay with
Nigerian foods, in fact you eat
Pounded yam and Efo riro like
you are from Ekiti State, it
means you have stayed too
long in Nigeria and you are
now a confirm ‘Naija’ person.

4. You Speak in Naija slangs

When you’ve stayed in Nigeria
long enough you learn the
use of slangs. We use them
often times to make our
conversations unintelligible to
people outside of your
discussion circle. Kids use
them to communicate in the
presence of their parents and
so on. Some include ‘para’ for
angry, ‘egunje’ for bribe,
‘gbagaun’ for grammatical
errors, ‘gbedu’ for music, etc.

5. You dress uniquely, you have falling in love with ‘Ankara’

Staying in Nigeria for long
affects your sense of style. We
have our famous ankara,
adire and the other traditional
wears and most foreigners get
to the various funny but
beautiful combinations. For
weddings, ‘aso ebis’ ( or
parlance for uniform dressings
at a wedding) are the order of
the day and you find yourself
wearing one when you are
attending a Nigerian party.

6. You get thick-skinned
Living in Nigeria over time also
toughens you up. You see,
hear and experience so many
things that make you resilient
and thick-skinned to life’s
hard knocks. Eventually,
situations and challenges that
people struggle through
become a bit of a walk-over
for you.

7. You become a go getter

Living in Nigeria is an
achievement. A lot of odds
are against Nigerians yet we
fight to succeed. When you
are used to waking up as
early as 4 am just because you
want to get to the office
promptly, its a sign that you
have been in Nigeria too long.
When your mind is set on a
goal and you work towards it
until it is realized. Being a ‘go
getter’ is evident in the spree
of successful and flourishing
SMEs you see in Nigeria.

8. You know how to bargain with no shame

Anyone who has lived here
for long buys things uniquely
when they’re in a market
place. When we sell, it’s also
different; Nigerians can sell ice
to an Eskimo. We are good at
pricing (a Nigerian parlance
for bargaining), we know how
to beat down the price of an
item to the barest minimum.
We price with no shame!

9. You attend comedy shows and laugh at Nigerian jokes

Nobody understands Nigerian
jokes like Nigerians because
most jokes are cracked in
pidgin English and you can
only understand the language
when you have stayed in
Nigeria for long.

10. You have a deep sense of cultural norms and traditions

A typical Nigerian upholds
certain traditional ways of
doing things. You become
family conscious and relate
well with the people you call
friends. Our music is different
and most Nigerians like
‘owambe’ (partying and
celebration gatherings). There
is respect for elders and you
can tell what part of the
country either by the name,
appearance or accent.
Have you been in Nigeria for
long? Share with us in the
comment below, your
experience and signs that
indicate you have become a

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