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Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Nobody: 5:02pm On Jun 03, 2017
Nigerians have migrated to Britain in significant numbers since the 1960s. After the independence in 1960, there was a need for more skills and higher levels of education. Many Nigerians, therefore, went to the United Kingdom to study.

After civil and political unrests in Nigeria in the late 1960s, refugees began arriving in London. A number of Nigerian asylum seekers also arrived in the UK in recent years. However, most Nigerians arriving at present come with work visas, student visas for family reunion.

Nigerians live in many parts of the United Kingdom, especially in London. A significant number of them live in Peckham, Dalston, Hackney, Swiss Cottage and Kilburn.


A former reporter of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC’s) Focus on Africa, Robin White, once wrote about Nigerians resident in Peckham, South London. “The African immigrants I have come across in some two months of travelling in England, Wales and Scotland are hard working, idealistic, and bright, a long way from the popular view portrayed by some in the UK.


“Everyone I met, I asked them when they wanted to go home. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but - when their countries are at peace, when they've made a bit of money, when democracy returns - they will return,” he said.


Peckham, also called, by Nigerians, little Lagos and Yorubatown, is home to one of the largest Nigerian communities in the world; many of the local establishments are Yoruba-owned.


Nigerian churches and mosques can be found in the area. As immigrants become assimilated, English is becoming the predominant language of the local Nigerian British population. About seven per cent of Peckham's population was born in Nigeria.


A Nigerian resident in London said Peckham looked like Lagos. “I used to live there and over the past 10 years, it has been transformed into a Yoruba heartland.” A Yoruba taxi driver, Olusola Dixon, was quoted to have said many of the shops in Peckham were Yoruba-owned and one could buy any Nigerian food one wanted.


“Peckham is where the living meet the dead,” Dixon said. It is where Nigerians can bump into a distant Nigerian cousin who they never even knew was in the UK. Not only this, Nigerian churches and mosques flourish and compete for worshippers in the place.


White said: “The successful churches run several Sunday sittings. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms and everyone is given an envelope with instructions on how to donate money for the church’s upkeep.


“But the trouble is that many Nigerian living in the area have neglected to pass their traditions to their children. A few insist on the languages being spoken at home, but many have given up the struggle of teaching them to unenthusiastic children, and English Language has become the family language.


“True, they take their children home on holidays, but their culture and language, as known in Nigeria, are on a steep decline. Dubi Imevbore, an expert on language, said if a language dies, so does the human spirit. A people without a culture will lose their self respect.

“Some Nigerians living in Peckham and have found home there came on student visas and never went home. Some came on holiday to visit relatives and “missed” the plane back to Lagos. Some smuggled themselves in and have been in hiding ever since.


It does’t take long to discover that many Nigerians in London shouldn’t be here at all. But being an illegal immigrant is not an easy life. Because they can’t work officially, they have to take the worst paid jobs at very unsociable hours and live in squalid flats – at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords.


Many would like to go home, but they’re ashamed to admit failure to their friends and families back in the motherland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4182341.stm

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by BlackDBagba: 5:05pm On Jun 03, 2017
Sad but true...

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Nobody: 5:06pm On Jun 03, 2017
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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Lexusgs430: 5:38pm On Jun 03, 2017
Wetin then go call Greenwich, Woolwich & Thamesmead axis?

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Ishilove: 7:37pm On Jun 03, 2017
I see my Cele peeps doing their thing up there grin

What touched me most deeply in the entire article is the quote:

"If a language dies, so does the human spirit. A people without a culture will lose their self respect."

This is a most profound statement. Many Nigerians, at home and in the diaspora try as much as possible to emulate the western culture, ignorantly assuming that it will make them appear 'posh' and 'classy'. They don't realise that if the Westerners despised their own culture the way Nigerians do theirs, we won't even have a culture to emulate.

I have been speaking with a client who insists on being more American than the average American. When we talk on phone he introduces himself as Mr Yuuummy (Yomi). He speaks with an exaggerated American accent, even though his 'Yoruba-tic' intonation still manages to burst through. When I met him one to one I was unimpressed because of his whole fakeness. These kinds of Nigerians will go to Europe and the Americas and be more native than the aborigines.

Is it inferiority complex? A lack of self respect brought about by the despising of their own unique culture? You go London and instantly forget you're a Nigerian. Your children grow up to see themselves as English people because you have made sure they see their roots as 'inferior'.

Your culture is what makes you stand out from the average Joe. Own it. Be proud of it. Fly the flag wherever you find yourself outside the shores of Nigeria.

Just don't fly the flag and disgrace us sha. Our rep is already bad enough as it is.

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by teamf: 7:49pm On Jun 03, 2017
if a language dies, so does the human spirit. A people without a culture will lose their self respect.

will copy dis down

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by AllTheWayUp: 7:55pm On Jun 03, 2017
grin grin


Naija ti takeover PECKHAM,

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by sukkot: 7:55pm On Jun 03, 2017
cheesy
Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by sunnysunny69(m): 7:56pm On Jun 03, 2017
Kind of right, if you want best agbo jedi or want to meet someone you might know, you've got to go to Peckham. Many things happens down there !

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by cyberdurable(m): 7:56pm On Jun 03, 2017
please I stay in peckham... Where can I buy hydraulic soup? grin

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Built2last: 7:57pm On Jun 03, 2017
Yea

Just like Bradford to Asians and middle Easterner.

Likes attract

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Chiefly(m): 7:57pm On Jun 03, 2017
teamf:
if a language dies, so does the human spirit. A people without a culture will lose their self respect.

will copy dis down


Cooool cool

Language is actually the only thing that separate us Animals, peeps don't know just how important Lang is, everything concerning human existence is embedded in language. lose your language, you lose your identity.


I sorry for all this naive people wey dey form porch


claremont:



It's normal to imbibe the culture of the society you choose to live in, it's a sign of integration. I have seen quite a lot of Nigerians who came to the UK over 20 years ago, but cannot muster a decent sentence in proper English without interspersing it with pidgin and/or a Nigerian dialect. This clearly shows that these Nigerians have spent donkey years keeping to themselves in their little silos in a country that's not theirs, they haven't bothered to integrate. What I fail to understand is why immigrants fastidiously treasure their culture so much when they are outside their country, how has this so-called culture lead to anything positive in your home countries?! If you value your culture so much so that you choose not to integrate in a country you have migrated to, it's pointless leaving your home countries in the first place.

My point IS - the first responsibility of any immigrant is to integrate in the country you choose to call home. Integration might mean imbibing the accent, the food e.t.c of the country that has given you the opportunity to have a good life away from your home country. It's not a sign of inferiority complex to imbibe the language and other aspects of the culture of a 'foreign land' that has given the immigrant an opportunity to achieve his/her life goals, the people who should feel inferior are those who refuse to integrate overseas because they feel that their African culture is superior to others.

The comment the article made ''If a language dies, so does the human spirit. A people without a culture will lose their self respect'' is bullshit to be honest, it's the opinion of the writer. People who migrate to a different country are not doing it in search of self-respect, they are doing it in search of a better life. If they wanted self-respect, they could have remained in their home countries where, apparently, self-respect is a currency that pays the bills.


When in Rome behave like Romans Huh...

I get what you trying to say tho, you do have a point... But have you ever heard a white man, Lebanese or an Indian conscious or unconsciously speak like a Nigerian; that's an Igbo/Yoruba or Hausa? Even after spending donkey years here? Do they showcase it in Hollywood/Bollywood? But here every Joe that has never even been to an airport is forming Jand and it's so obvious in Nollywood and our music....

Which should i talk about?? guys who no longer eat local dishes just cos they spent some time outside? or peeps who travel out and actually refuse to come home.. (to each man his own tho not my business really)

Self respect can't pay bills true but nothing will make a foreigner respect you more than hanging on to your fundamental values, they are intrinsic..

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by samkay3g(m): 7:57pm On Jun 03, 2017
make person summarise am for me
Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by solarview(m): 7:57pm On Jun 03, 2017
My good people making waves
Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by wayne4loan: 7:58pm On Jun 03, 2017
shocked mrcork ... See casting grin

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by TheAngry1: 7:58pm On Jun 03, 2017
You can take the fella out of Naija, but you can't take Naija out of the bobo!

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by oshe11: 7:58pm On Jun 03, 2017
Was thinking I wud see one dirty ghetto area

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by BigBrother9ja: 7:58pm On Jun 03, 2017
Odùduwà community.


Preparing my passport to COME AND BE GOING?

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by babyfaceafrica: 7:59pm On Jun 03, 2017
God bless Nigeria
Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by seunny4lif(m): 7:59pm On Jun 03, 2017
Nice one
Napoli is to me Benin of Europe grin grin
That city blood of Elijah
That place na Benin

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by sugarbeesmith(m): 8:00pm On Jun 03, 2017
I see one person wey resemble my uncle..who we nva see for decades now..

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by DanseMacabre(m): 8:01pm On Jun 03, 2017
Ishilove:
Many Nigerians, at home and in the diaspora try as much as possible to emulate the western culture, ignorantly assuming that it will make them appear 'posh' and 'classy'.

I have been speaking with a client who insists on being more American than the average American. When we talk on phone he introduces himself as Mr Yuuummy (Yomi). He speaks with an exaggerated American accent, even though his 'Yoruba-tic' intonation still manages to burst though. When I met him one to one I was unimpressed because of his whole fakeness. . .

I understand that it's more of an acceptability thing. That is, the less pronounced your African accent is, the likelier your chances of fitting in and getting more openings opportunity wise. I think this scenario is more pronounced in the US.

What I can't wrap my head around is our countrymen who haven't been even to Ghana, but speak with accents ranging from Mongolian to Vietnamese.

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Pavore9: 8:02pm On Jun 03, 2017
Lagos replicated.

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by Nobody: 8:03pm On Jun 03, 2017
Where mrcork Dude probably selling gbegiri and ewedu ...

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by ephi321(f): 8:03pm On Jun 03, 2017
DanseMacabre:


I understand that it's more of an acceptability thing. That is, the less pronounced your African accent is, the likelier your chances of fitting in and getting more openings opportunity wise. I think this scenario is more pronounced in the US.

What I can't wrap my head around is our countrymen who haven't been even to Ghana, but speak with accents ranging from Mongolian to Vietnamese.

lmaoooo cheesy cheesy

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Re: Peckham: The Ajegunle Of London by BigBrother9ja: 8:03pm On Jun 03, 2017
cyberdurable:
please I stay in peckham... Where can I buy hydraulic soup? grin
I knew it...


The osu-alusi people would be pained grin

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