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Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by ksmiles: 9:19am On Jul 25, 2014
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 long:

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.

Source: http://www.travelstart.com.ng/blog/top-ten-signs-you-have-been-in-nigeria-too-long/

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by saasala(m): 9:25am On Jul 25, 2014
I love me that way. I love the slang, I love the food, I love the people, but I hate the bokos. To know how special Nigeria is, Ya'all need to read about these 20 amazing things that can only be found in Nigeria. Here: www.tmu6mlyds4i

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by dasparrow: 9:26am On Jul 25, 2014
Okay grin

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by TearsOfTheSun(m): 9:26am On Jul 25, 2014
11. You collect bags of Rice from politicians during election time grin

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by donphilopus: 9:27am On Jul 25, 2014
Lol. cheesy grin!
Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by ggrin(f): 9:27am On Jul 25, 2014
11:yoruba go dy shout ontop fonegrincheesy
12:hausa go dy call wrong numbergrincheesy
13:iboundecided

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by benedictjohn(m): 9:27am On Jul 25, 2014
#BoKO haram
Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by moscobabs(m): 9:28am On Jul 25, 2014
11) you yab person on nairaland

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by damoskiy(m): 9:28am On Jul 25, 2014
@ Op stop lying...
Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by benedictjohn(m): 9:29am On Jul 25, 2014
12. U don't read a post until u comment..

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by MadCow1: 9:30am On Jul 25, 2014
For Oyinbos - You feel like you understand Nigerians and can Challenge them because you speak pidgin.. #BadThinking..


Na so one Oyinbo dey challenge me last week. I just dey laff am. Sadly, ehn no get Kidnap value. grin

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by AdmiralPato(m): 9:30am On Jul 25, 2014
11.You Never Give Up

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by ayukdaboss(m): 9:30am On Jul 25, 2014
cheesy

grin
Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Nobody: 9:31am On Jul 25, 2014
U pick race(350km/h)...when u hear Gbuuu!*bomb sound*

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by heatmeup(f): 9:31am On Jul 25, 2014
you shout up nepa

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Decibel: 9:32am On Jul 25, 2014
You rigg election by militarization

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by efec(m): 9:32am On Jul 25, 2014
u tend to shout up nepa any time power is restored..

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by henryblaze25(m): 9:32am On Jul 25, 2014
We always stand out on all grounds, be it positive or negative.

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by bloglover(m): 9:32am On Jul 25, 2014
when u start selling books on how to be a billionaire but u are as broke as d average agbero boy in oshodi then u are a Nigerian.... na wa o

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Nobody: 9:34am On Jul 25, 2014
You get used to no light

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Nobody: 9:34am On Jul 25, 2014
All these are what makes us adapt anywhere we are, home or abroad.

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by sammyjay3(m): 9:35am On Jul 25, 2014
I love my country Nigeria, we are uniquely different, i love the yorubas,Igbos, Hausas and other ethnic groups......

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by wellmax(m): 9:35am On Jul 25, 2014
You forgot to add that we make excuses for government and wait for God to solve all our self afflicted troubles.

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by febby419(m): 9:35am On Jul 25, 2014
Really Sweet, am proud of ma C O U N T R Y

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Nobody: 9:36am On Jul 25, 2014
grin
Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by AlfaSeltzer(m): 9:36am On Jul 25, 2014

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Re: Top 10 Signs You’ve Been In Nigeria Too Long by Burger01(m): 9:37am On Jul 25, 2014
TearsOfTheSun: 11. You collect bags of Rice from politicians during election time grin
That one na curse o
grin

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