Do Nigerians really like going abroad? We see hundreds and thousands
of people at the International Airports everyday, but what percentage of
the population are these people? How many Nigerians even have
passports? Perhaps it is the ‘eternal’ unfavorable situation of the
economy that makes it so hard to save for such, or the fear of being in
the sky for way too long, but the few who are traveling this Christmas
are probably traveling locally.
Thankfully, some Nigerians actually own a passport and really like to
travel. The thing about these ‘travelling’ Nigerians though is that,
for better or for worse, they tend to stand out when they travel abroad.
Believe it or not, Nigerians have some very unique habits that are
dead giveaways of our nationality. We’re not saying there’s anything
wrong with being Nigerian, but we certainly have our fair share of
eccentricities and oddities that can rub other cultures the wrong way.
Here are 5 easy ways to spot Nigerians anywhere else in the world.
Spot the flashy and glamorous outfits
Travelling outside the country seems to be a sort of achievement for most Nigerians, so,
when they do travel out, they tend to wear a kind of confidence that
comes off as them being all “bad and boujee”. From the bounce in their
steps to the flamboyant attire, full facial makeup and glorious hair,
you just have to notice them. The woman comfortably strolling Dubai mall
in high heeled pumps, full makeup, and flashy jewellery is probably
Nigerian; also, the man in the well-tailored suit waiting his turn at
the London Eye is certainly Nigerian.
So loud… So, so LOUD!
Nigerians are popular for talking loud in public places when visiting
abroad. Walk into a tourist bar and ask any of the officials how they
can tell that a customer is Nigerian and noisemaking is the first thing
they’ll mention. Nigerian just can’t be bothered with comportment. They
are the “classic” drama queens causing a scene in public. If they find a
thing funny, they will not just laugh, they will squeal. They will take
their phone call while in a bus or train and talk very loudly. Worse
is if they are in a group, you will be forced to listen to their gist. And do not even try to signal at them to keep their voices down, they will turn on you or give you the evil eye.
Zero sense of personal space & the need to ask inane questions
Nigerians are bold and friendly. And while this might seem like an
admirable quality, their outgoing personality often startles the more
reserved people like Germans and Brits. Unfortunately, Nigerians will
not bat an eyelid when it comes to communicating with strangers. The
Nigerian will be the one asking for directions on Oxford Street or
questioning someone at the Trafalgar Square to know why there are not as
many pigeons as reported.
What is a tip?
Americans have the obsessive culture of tipping so much that it is
included in the bill most times. People in other countries remain
courteous with their tips, however, Nigerians don’t. The few who do in
the country do so to either appreciate the waiter or create an
impression. Likewise, when they do travel, they do not adopt to the
tipping culture. In fact, they sometimes kick up a fuss when they
realize they have been forced to pay a certain percentage of tip. Even
if they are out with foreign friends abroad, you really cannot guilt a
Nigerian into tipping
Road is road… for walking carelessly
The one you see walking on the bike lanes abroad are most likely
Nigerians. But can you really blame them? In Nigeria obeying traffic
laws is already a huge strain for them, talk less of pedestrian laws
that they know nothing of.
What other ways do you think you can spot Nigerians abroad?
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