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|Nigerian Experience In Delhi by Yankiss(m): 6:20pm On Dec 10, 2019|
And so I came to Delhi this week. It will not be my first time here or second or third. But back of my mind is the negative stereotype of particularly Nigerians in recent time. I meet people at Delhi overcrowded streets. And there is the usual nod in my direction. I switch on a smile. A few curiously edge close and intone in Delhi accent: "Are you from where?" "Africa" I retort. This satisfy some while the more knowledgeable ask further, the very question I dreaded: " Which part?". After a hesitant silence in which the question is repeated, I blurt out, "Nigerian!" Unnecessarily aloud. You are welcomed warmly as the inquirer nods rapidly sideways, an Indian way of expressing pleasure. So, the next time you are asked. you confidently pronounce your country with rounded voice. The result is young guys hugging you and snapping pictures. So, is the negative stereotype about Nigeria just a press fad? My God, Nigerians are loved here, especially in the cities I have visited. Delhi. The various sectors of Noida. proudly Nigerian.
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