Another Ghanaian Woman’s Perspective on Nigeria-Part 3

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A few weeks ago, whilst driving to work, I turned my dial to 92.30 fm and since then it has remained there. Each morning after devotion, my exercise session and food preparation I am always left feeling exhausted with little enthusiasm for the day. But thanks to inspiration fm, whose morning show between 6.30 and 7.00 always ensures I am revamped for the job ahead. Don’t hesitate to tune in anytime you are in Lagos or even online from anywhere in the world.

Whilst in Ghana, I was so in love with the yoghurt drink, Hollandia, and it is only weight gain that managed to tear us apart. Now that I am based in the country of its production, it is like jumping from frying pan to fire. I didn’t even know they had the pineapple flavour till I got here. To make matters worse La Casera (the apple sparkling drink) is as common as sachet water here and Fayrouz (tastes like Alvaro), the Chivita and Five Alive brands follow suit. I was so grateful when a close friend of mine asked if I wanted to join her in fasting. I decided to abstain from sugar, drinks included and that is how I have managed to control my cravings.

For those females looking to relocate to Nigeria, kindly do a wardrobe sweep to get rid of those scanty pieces you have. Trust me, despite their glamour and deep fashion sense, Nigerians are very conservative. Do not be fooled by what you see on television. You will see a number of them covering their hair when going to church or using shawls to cover their legs when they sit down. There is little tolerance for visible fleshy body parts especially with regards to married women and any daring female is viewed as not coming from a good home. As much as husbi always says I should just be myself, I have reserved a lot of those pieces for his viewing pleasure only. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

This is just a brief point to let you know that you are not alone in the crappy service you sometimes get from Ghanaian telecom companies.Your brothers and sisters here in Nigeria are facing the same situation if not worse. Thank you.

Some of you have requested for Nigerian recipes and since I want to make the experience more exciting for you, I urge you to visit dobbyssignature.com. She uses pictures every step of the way and that just brings the food to live. Be prepared to add crayfish, cameroonian pepper, stock fish, shrimps, prawns to name a few to your list of ingredients.

Note that what we term as stew would be soup in Nigeria. So don’t expect something watery (except for pepper soup I think) but rather a stew-like dish embedded with leaves. For all those ladies looking to adapt a healthy lifestyle, you will love this (minus the palm oil). They eat their soups with swallow (a starchy accompaniment that looks like banku) which could be made from millet, wheat, gari, corn, yam skin powder etc.

Everyone can attest to the fact that Nigerians are very entertaining including being very comical. They are gifted in telling stories and they always have this way of making things sound so amusing. There is never a dull moment around your average Nigerian.

I just discovered ayigbe toffee (baba dudu) in Nigeria today lol. I actually told husbi to stop the car and I almost fell over rushing to buy a few. Ooooo there are just some childhood delights we cannot escape from. I asked about nkaticake (peanut candy), coconut candy and doughnut (puff puff) and they actually have it all. It’s so amazing how many things we share in common.

Despite my love for Nigerian food, I really cannot bring myself to eat “Nigerian rice’ (fat long grain rice like Uncle Bens) though it contains less starch hence a healthier choice. I am a ‘rice person’ and I miss the sticky Ghanaian short grain rice( like jasmine and basmati rice) that mops up the sauce in an embracing manner. My husband and friend did not spare me one day we went out to eat and I was insisting I wanted ‘Ghanaian rice’. I sounded so spoilt but chale I am a big fan of Ghana rice, as I call it.

Lots of people have asked me if Nigeria is that congested. Well, I know for sure Lagos is, at least certain parts with slums speckled here and there.Just like any situation, you have the good, the bad and the ugly. Driving around Lagos where one sees the reality of two different worlds, I am sometimes amazed at how they manage to co-exist.

Back to the Yorubas- they seem to have a greeting for every occasion. Aside the normal morning and evening greetings of “Eka ro” and “Ekale” respectively, I have heard a few others such as “Eku ise” for when you meet someone working and “Eku ijoko” for when you meet people in a group.Of course “E pele ooo” reigns as well.

Lagos is so large eish .Once husbi and I had to go visit family and it took us over two hours. It is like having two states in one. I have a number of friends living here but they live so far off I have not seen them yet. Weird huh but that’s just how it is. Waiting for my birthday celebration to have them all over…

Side note to police personnel and other road safety stakeholders in Nigeria – kindly invest in looking more appealing whilst doing your job. It does make a difference to road users. I miss my Ghanaian police; smart-looking and friendly.

Hmmm so I have been asked if it is true that Nigerian men are romantic and very good in bed. I beg you it will be hard for me to confirm this as I have not experimented with enough of them to come to a solid conclusion. All I can say is to each his own. Lol.

Despite good road-networking, one has to deal with reckless drivers who seem to create their own driving rules. Thank God I have had a lot of experience driving at Kaneshie, Circle and Accra-Central in Ghana thus making it easier to maneuver around here.

With the stiff competition and numerous cyber altercations between Ghanaians and Nigerians, one would think we were sworn enemies but this is not the case. Anytime people find out I am a Ghanaian they embrace me like one of their own and are always eager to learn more about our culture. The relationship between the two countries is like that of siblings who live apart from each other.

So far so good and I am thankful for all the well wishes and hope you share with others. It would be great for people to know that Nigeria is not as bad as it is painted to be to the outsiders…