The popular phrase ”there is no place like home” makes more sense to travellers who has experience in missing home.
No matter how excited you are about staying abroad for education, business, career opportunities, and other new experiences, there are quite a few things that you may miss as a non-resident Nigerian. These things are the simple basics that make Nigeria the ‘giant’ of Africa, and even if you don’t miss them right now, sooner or later you will crave for them.
These are some of the things to miss about Nigeria:
1. Nigerian Climate
The weather condition in Nigeria is beautiful. There is no need to worry about snow, hurricanes, tornadoes and extreme conditions. The sun may be scorching sometimes but it is better than the fear of natural weather disasters that some foreign countries experience.
2. Daily Lagos Scenes
The streets of Lagos are dramatic theaters in their own rights, with a lot of entertaining and hilarious scenes to watch; the rowdy crowd, street fights by touts, the yellow taxis and buses, the street vendors, jumping buses, street dance performances, the owambe parties that usually block some roads, the night life and more. Do you remember the era of general street madness (GSM)?
3. Nigerian Delicacies
The popular Nigerian jollof rice is second to none, that’s why we won the food-war with our neighboring brothers. Nigeria has some other unique meals that you can’t find anywhere else. For instance, home-made akara; the popular snack in the east, okpa; bole (roasted plantains) and mama put dishes are not something you’ll stumble on in most foreign countries. Also, buying stuff on traffic is a big miss, as one can buy practically everything in traffic from the mobile sellers.
4. Market haggling
You may never know what you have until you have travelled abroad and discovered how difficult it is to bargain on some items because they come with price tags. In Nigeria, you can easily buy very affordable goods without price tags based on your negotiating skills. You have the freedom of down pricing goods with the seller which is what you may never experience in malls and supermarkets abroad.
5. Affordable housing
Life in Nigeria may not be so rosy when compared to the life outside the shores of Africa, but when you calculate how much you are spending abroad and what half of that money can fetch for you in Nigerian housing, you would love to jump the next air plane to live in Nigeria again.
6. Nigerian Parties
Ain’t no party like a Lagos party! Lagos parties and Nigerian parties in general are legendary. The outfits worn to parties especially wedding parties are colourful, flamboyant, and highly stylish. Unlike some foreign climes where you have to buy your own drinks and food at a party, everything comes freely in Nigerian parties from small chops to our world renowned jollof rice. Little wonder why Nigerian parties are lit!
7. Family and Friends
You definitely miss your family and friends, even if you have a few over there. Your relatives, childhood friends, and even neighbours back in Nigeria will always be in your memory and on your must-see list. This also comes with missing what these loved ones do for you voluntarily without you asking.
8. Nigerian Fashion
Nigerian fashion is fast becoming a global powerhouse to be reckoned with and Nigerian style trends can be seen around the world but it does not compare to being back home and seeing a crowd of people adorned in the most beautiful outfits especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations where everyone wears their colourful best.
9. Affordable hair salons
It’s not easy to find someone who can handle African hair especially in a foreign country and when you do find one, they charge you so much for it! Compared to Nigeria where you can just pop into a store and get your basic styles done without breaking the bank.
10. Nigerian humor
There are some terms and jokes that only Nigerians can understand. Only Nigerians know that “if I sound you” has nothing to do with music, “come and be going” might sound confusing to foreign hears but Nigerians get the message. This is born out of culturally based things such as Nollywood movies, stereotypes in the society and ironies based on our collective history. Laughter may be universal but humour is cultural and Nigerians have an epic rumour which is now trending on social media.
What do you miss most as a non-resident Nigerian?