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  1. Dip

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    No its not you're Nigerian, you didn't go through slavery like us
     
  2. AB Ziggy

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    This crab in a barrel mentality of many Africans(those living in the motherland) is gonna be a huge problem worse than HIV in the long run for progress.
     
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    So true. The desire to tear each other down and fight one another supersedes the desire to improve ourselves. I am not too optimistic about the future of Africa sometimes
     
  4. phcitywarrior

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    Real talk, after 25 I plan on being back on the African continent. America is cool and all, but the African continent is for me
     
  5. phcitywarrior

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    I'm so glad I did my African tour earlier this year. I have a good feel some of the "top" African nations. Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.

    I still need to get to Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Cote d'Ivoire.

    I'll probably be back to South Africa first. Then Uganda + Rwanda. Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal are easy trips from Lagos so no "rush" there.

    There's just something about the African continent. :wow:
     
  6. phcitywarrior

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    Lord willing just a few more years and boys go dey ground.

    If you know you know :wow:
     
  7. Dip

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    for the life of fme i cannot understand pidgin
     
  8. phcitywarrior

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    More or less what I said is "Lord willing, in a few years I'll be back in Nigeria"

    Boys = a collective that can be used to refer to a group with either you in/out of the group. Very similar to when people say "Nikkas trynna touch the bag" when referring to their own singular endeavours.
    go dey = will be. "dey" is pretty much the "are/is/to be" of pidgin. The fulcrum of many phrases e.g. How you dey? = How are you?; weitin dey happen = what's going on, I been dey dommot = I was at my spot/my area, Abi na craze dey worry you? = Are you crazy?
    ground
    = very simply means in Nigeria. This term is more so used, at least from what I've seen, with the Nigerians in the diaspora. I find it also a newer entry into the pidgin lexicon. More or less, a lot of Nigerians have ideas/beliefs of how to profit in Nigeria or change Nigeria. But, like in many things in life, until you actually are out in the field, you won't know what's feasible.

    I dey ground is an affirmative statement these days. I was talking to one of my boys the other day who's in Lagos doing Software engineering type work. He used to work in DC area making crazy dough ($120k +). He had many ideas and beliefs of what he wanted to implement but I think his assessment of Nigeria was clouded in that he was looking at Nigeria from the lens of the US. When he "got on ground" he told me things are just different.

    Him: "Guy, when you dey ground na when you go know how far how far. Guys dey yarn say dey wan do this, wan do that. When dey reach ground level dey change" = Bro, when you actually get in the field is when you know what's up. People say they want to implement this and that but when they actually get to Nigeria things look different

    I swear I love pidgin. It rolls off the tongue with ease.

    But yea, more or less I want to stack up for a few more years, get my blue passport and actually get in the field. I'd be damned if I don't actually take a jump/risk to get into Naija.
     
  9. Dip

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    cool thanks
    would have never guess that ground means Nigeria
    similar to how yard=Jamaica
     
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  11. phcitywarrior

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    I reference Nairaland from time to time. The layout needs to be updated badly.

    Nairaland is very similar to the Coli if anything. The thread referenced could easily be made here as well.
     
  12. AB Ziggy

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    I realized i'm actually mixed with many different tribes when i look back on the history of my ancestry and family history.
     
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  13. Dip

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    I’m claiming descent from Dahomey now :hubie:
     
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    What are you reading now :jbhmm:?
     
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    Natives by Akala
     
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