Everywhere you go, there’s a Nigerian. For some reason, someone knows someone who knows someone who knows a Nigerian. There’s always someone popping champagne at the clubs… It’s possible he’s a Nigerian. We’re bossy and flossy like that.
We are everywhere and you know know us! Or at least, you have to know one of our biggest exports in the last decade – Wizkid. You don’t? Come on, you’ve listened to Drake’s One Dance.
Listen, Nigerian music is . Our weddings are glamorous, our movies are outrageously popular. So yeah, you know Nigerians for something more than just blue collar fraud.
I mean, it’s a country of almost 200 million people – most populous nation… What do you expect?
So, here’s a book that helps you navigate your interactions with Nigerians or at the very least helps you get US. Why we love our education so much, why we have such a strong and family network base, why we dress all colourful and come out in our Sunday Best to a little work-do?
+234 – An Awkward Guide To Being Nigerian is a collection of essays that illuminates Nigeria, through the eyes of a young Nigerian woman who has now found home in Toronto.
The writer, Atoke uses humour, other times sarcasm, and sometimes seriousness – to reveal the little nuances that make Nigerians unique. With topics ranging from feminism in the Nigeria, to what it means to live with disability, and other issues of love and humanity, Atoke’s collection is an awkward guide that blends her personality with her desires for a truly greater Nigeria.
This book will make you laugh, think, cry, laugh some more and more importantly… Make you want to buy more copies to give your friends.
The author, Atoke is a lawyer, writer, retired foodie and FitFam adherent. She worships at the altar of words, and believes life is too short not to be kind to other people.
Born, raised & buttered in Lagos, Nigeria, she spent a part of her life travelling between Newcastle, Swansea, Houston and back. She now lives in Toronto, Canada with her MacBook Pro & her New Balance running shoes. Of course she exists to watch TV but she doesn’t think that’s appropriate information for a professional bio.
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