I lived in Nigeria as a little girl. What I remember is mostly lack of electricity. N.E.P.A. used to take off
electricity at night most of the time. So, people mostly used candles or lanterns to see. Then you had to
brace yourself loud noises of those that could afford generators. Also, one had to be careful not to be burnt by the lanterns. When there was no light, thieves used to steal the cars and tires. People had to buy a device called Kestin Nut to secure the screws of their tires. There were lots of parades on the streets. People would typically scream “Ole!”, “Ole!” which means “Thief!”, “Thief!”
The food there was pretty nice and food preparation was a main event in the kitchen. You would have to
lick your hands when you ate food there, as most of the snacks they had were eaten with your bare
hands. An example would be puff-puff and suya meat.
Also, when you bought something very expensive like gold jewelry, you have to keep it where no one
else will be able to find it. There were a lot of times men would come to your house late at night to steal
if you were known to be doing very well. But now, there were places to go to get your hair very nicely done–woven, threaded or attached.
By Synapse House Member, Stephany E.
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