It is cool that people get to go abroad to study or do business. It is also cool that people travel to experience the world, different cultures and appreciate them. What is not cool though is people getting back, and wanting the same culture or experience to happen in their home country. Primary focus of this blog post is on African returnees, with emphasis on Nigeria, because it is my home country, and I can relate.
So you go to America to study for 5years, or you go on a business trip to Italy, or even go on a 2week holiday to London, then you get back to Nigeria and make outrageously retarded statements like “it is so difficult to get good hamburgers in Lagos“, or “our cook cant even prepare common Spaghetti Bolognaise” Wait. How is Spaghetti bolognaise common in Nigeria? Do you go to Johnny Rockets in America and ask for Ofada rice? Or do you go to McDonalds and say to them “Oh why dont you sell shaki and ponmo with fries?” No you don’t. So why are you asking for NewYork in Ekiti?
I read about a primary school, acting a play about a Nigerian Christmas in the village. All the typical fun of slaughtering chickens and sharing jollof rice, and getting gifts from “father christmas” was there, but then it began to snow in the play. Snow howwwwww? Whereeee? In Ilesha or Dutse? Why are you re enacting snow in a city that has never experienced it? Is snow now the definition of a perfect christmas? So you experienced snow when you travelled last christmas, and suddenly you want it to snow here too?
It is totally acceptable to want stuff, stuff that are cross culture. I want pomegranate, oh well, it doesn’t grow in Nigeria, so agabalumo will have to do. I can’t however take my anger out on the farmers, and wonder why they don’t produce pomegranate. It doesn’t grow here. End of story.
Now if you honestly feel that Spaghetti is the one meal that you can’t do without, hire a chef, but if he’s Nigerian, and you expect him to be so great with pasta dishes, you are gonna have to give him time to transform his egusi making hands to pasta. Better still, make it yourself. Google is your friend. After all if you didn’t get to travel, you wont even know that Bolognaise was a meal.
They say when you are in Rome, behave like the Romans. So the same way you adapted to the London cold, is the same way you re adapt to the Gwagwalada sun. People prepare for trips to Europe with jackets and sweaters and what not, then get to their own familiar terrain, where they know so well, and still ask – why is it so hot? Asking why the weather is so hot compared to Europe is pointless. It has been hot like this since before you were born, and it will be hot like this after you have passed. The weather won’t change because of you.
Almost same logic for celebrations like Halloween. Although some people might argue that celebrating Halloween can be cross border, and you can choose to celebrate it wherever you are. But I don’t see Americans celebrating and promoting the Lagos Eyo festival. I don’t even see Nigerians celebrating eyo when they travel. So what’s the deal? If you think you want to celebrate halloween when you are there, it is your choice absolutely. But don’t come and ask why we are not trick or treating in Ibadan. Indians have their Diwali festival. Festival of light. They light all sorts of fire crackers and fire works. They literally light up everything in their homes, you can almost go blind. So does that mean that after visiting India, or schooling there, I should light up my house for Diwali when I move back?
Everyone in Russia has a large coat. They don’t wear it because it is fashionable, they wear it because it snows, and it is freaking cold. If you wan’t to re enact snow in Nigeria, you better just start wearing the coat that compliments it.
Its great to travel and experience new things, but the individuality of peoples action, norms, fashion, culture or tradition is what makes it unique in the first place.
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