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    29 Faces You Will Immediately Recognise If You're Nigerian

    Nobody cares about your feelings.

    1. When your mum says "put it on my head" when you're just trying to help.

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    2. When your uncle (who isn't even really your uncle) lectures you about your school work.

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    "Listen, 'Uncle' Kunle. We're not even blood-related."

    3. When you and your siblings are dressed in matching clothes and accessories for a family do.

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    4. When you realise you forgot to defrost the meat like your mum asked.

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    RIP, me. 😓

    5. When your hated cousin comes round and your parents tell you "oya, go and play with her!"

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    6. When you're told to call someone who isn't your mum "mummy" out of respect.

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    "I...I don't understand."

    7. When your dad tells you to "be nice and share your snacks" with your younger siblings.

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    "What – I can't have anything?"

    8. When you're trying to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special while your tipsy uncle talks even louder.

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    9. When your mum says you're going home but stands to chat with yet another auntie for another 25 minutes.

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    10. When you're unexpectedly volunteered for childcare duty by your dad at a family event.

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    11. When your mum tells you not to touch the jollof rice in the fridge because "it belongs to your brother, OK?"

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    12. When your parents repeat the story of how they went to school barefoot for the 768th time.

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    13. When you excitedly open the ice cream tub in the freezer, only to find stew.

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    14. When your mum says "I didn't kill my mother so you can't kill me."

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    "Why do our arguments always end in hypothetical murder, mum? Why?"

    15. When your parents start really long prayers but you've got a train to catch.

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    16. When your cousin covers for you because he knows he's too grown to get yelled at.

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    17. When the auntie you haven't seen in literally 19 years asks, "Do you remember me?" while pinching your cheek.

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    18. The subtle ~or not so subtle~ "threat" of being sent "back home" if you were naughty.

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    19. When the auntie you thought was cool turns on you when you don't curtsey in greeting.

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    20. When your dad calls you all the way downstairs to pass him the remote control that's literally 50 centimetres away.

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    21. When your mum tells you to "eat, eat!" at a friend's house, but explicitly told you before you left the house not to touch any food.

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    22. When you hear your mum speak in her non-Nigerian, BBC RP accent for the first time.

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    23. When you're 30 years old but still kinda scared of what your mum will say about your new septum piercing.

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    24. When your cousins form a ring around at a party and start chanting "ay ay ay" as you dance.

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    25. When your grandma nudges you at your cousin's wedding and says in a plaintive voice, "I pray I don't die before your own wedding."

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    26. When your dad mocks your "terrible" Yoruba accent, even though you're *really* trying your best.

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    27. When you excel at tying a gele first time round, unassisted.

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    28. When Lagbaja's Konko Below comes on at a Naija wedding reception.

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    29. When your auntie visits from Nigeria and one suitcase is just full of Gala, Nigerian Milo, and Indomie noodles.

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    THANKS, AUNTIE. YOU DA BEST!

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