Search The Editor's Blog

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Africa Online: Stuff Nigerian People Like

Written By: Nani Hapa—A team of Nigerian bloggers launched to share their witty and hilarious cultural perspectives about what they describe as "some of the characteristics that shape Nigerian people and what they like." The blog,, includes on its growing list of "stuff Nigerian people like": (1) other people's business, (2) projecting their voices, and (3) being late. Of course, whenever culture and humor collide, so does the debate about promoting stereotypes, but the website is written in good fun, and of course is an exaggeration of subtle cultural nuances that we can all relate to, with posts like these:
Pointing With Their Lips—People tend to point at things with their fingers, I mean, it only makes sense. However, Nigerians have created their own way of pointing. It is well known that many Nigerians have been blessed with full, plump lips. However, who would have thought that these pepper soup coolers could be used to POINT? If you are Nigerian, you have probably witnessed your parents, aunties, uncles, etc. use their lips to point to something. That “something”, which they may refer to as “dis tin‘” is probably within their arms reach, but that’s another story. A Nigerian father who wants a pen on the desk may turn his head towards the desk, say “get me dat dis tin,” and poke out his lips towards the pen. You think it would be simple enough to just say “get me the pen,” but Nigerians are efficient people. Why waste energy using your voice or silly fingers, when God has blessed our people with ample lips to do the job!
For more Nigerian cultural humor that will have you rolling on the floor laughing, visit

(Photo Credits: © Alloy Photography / Veer)


Anonymous said...

Some of these are funny, but there's a thin line between laughing with someone and laughing at someone. I wish the bloggers success, but remember when you put things out online, anyone can see it ... including those who don't have good intentions.