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What is the connection between Halloween, Friday the 13th and Black Friday?
Should I tell you what all of these things have in common (let’s pretend you don’t know)?

Well, they aren’t in any way connected to Nigerian holidays or superstitions; but guess what, Nigerians celebrate them all the same. So the main question is why?
‘Been Tos’ another name for those who have travelled abroad, irrespective of how long, could be for 6 months or 6 weeks course abroad, or to visit their cousin’s neighbour best friend for 2 days in SAwould come back to Nigeria not only with a brand new accent, but with oyinbo ‘celebrations.’

Seeing that some of us don’t understand the concept of these things, I will be very kind as to explain.

Halloween
Halloween. according to halloweenhistory.org, is a holiday celebrated every year on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening, also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

How all this grammar concern us? Yet, some of our brethren join in the celebrations.
Halloween parties are now held in Nigeria – which is not bad in its entirety; but it’ll do us good to infuse our Nigerianness in the celebrations. Instead of getting a Superman costume or going online and spending exorbitantly on a superhero costume, buy 7 yards of red material from your nearest market, go to the beach pick up sea shells,(if you don’t find, which I doubt) go to Isale Eko, buy cowries stick them in your hair. Borrow or buy eyeliner, apply them on your eyes, pick a stick on your way to the Halloween party and guess what? You will be the cynosure of all eyes as you will be dressed as the revered Yoruba god of thunder Sango. See how easily your Nigerian costume blended into the Halloween spirit?

Friday the 13th
I recently saw a post of a Nigerian that read, “omg I can’t believe today is Friday the 13th” and it got me thinking. What meaning does Friday the 13th hold for the average Nigerian?

Many believe Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day of the year and there are many superstitions and myths surrounding the day in the western world. In Nigeria we have plenty superstitions, off the top of my head these 3 stand out:

1) You hit your last toe against a surface (something bad will happen)
2) You have strand/strands of grey hair when young (this you being rich in future)
3) You have itchy palms? (Don’t worry money is coming your way)
But Friday the 13th? The whole nonsense with Jason and Freddy? Haba! Like we don’t have ‘serious’ superstitions to focus on.

Black Friday
Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States – falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off – except those working in retail.

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit.

All of a sudden we Nigerians started the Black Friday ritual without celebrating Thanksgiving. Online stores go wild, some even try to give it a more Nigerian feeling by changing the name from Black Friday sales to ‘yakata’. Very soon we’ll soon join the Americans to celebrate 4th of July – even though we do not know what it means.

All I’m saying is before we become United States of America (Nigerian branch) let’s all not just do follow follow and copy the western culture blindly.
Let’s infuse a little bit of Nigerian in it or not copy at all. No be by force.

Meanwhile, I’m off to the online stores to participate in the black market sales. If you can’t beat them, at least benefit from them.

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61 Comments

  1. nnenne

    November 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Chinua Achebe summed it all up,” mere anarchy is loosed upon our world. ”

    At least our fore fathers invented foods, musical instruments and rhythmic dancing . What have we invented again since the white man came and left? All we do is follow, follow. Even following ISIS and terrorists!
    No sense to realize how unique and different we are. Sad.

    • Wale

      November 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      A bah nah? No be british pilgrims bring Christmas to America. I know a place here in America where they celebrate new yam festival. The world is now one. Live with it or die!

    • sigh

      November 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Does the writer not realise that the internet and computer she is using, the language she is writing with and even the writing system she is using are not nigerian. Christianity and Islam and every holiday associated with them are also not Nigerian. The modern clothes she uses, electricity, her electronics I could go on and on. In others words the writer and all her supporters are all just big HYPOCRITES. I am very sure that this idiot celebrates valentines day and expects a romantic proposal with an engagement ring from her boyfrend and will have a white wedding.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      November 25, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Does the writer not realise that the internet and computer she is using: First off the internet she’s using is ‘Nigerian, seeing as she’s writing on a NIGERIAN site, with a NIGERIAN service provider and her VPN originates from………..ding ding, NIGERIA!!. Though you shouldn’t be comparing machines with tradition, they’re vastly different things.

      the language she is writing with and even the writing system she is using are not nigerian. Christianity and Islam and every holiday associated with them are also not Nigerian: Who told you? the language she’s writing in is the NIGERIAN lingua franca, meaning it has been assimilated into Nigerian culture, if she’s Catholic, the Pope may not be Nigerian, but her Priest certainly is, her papal nuncio is all. If she’s Protestant, then her Pastor definitely is NIGERIAN. Again systems that have been assimilated into Nigeria. If she’s Muslim then she can trace her religion to the caliphates of Umme Jilmi, Usman Dan Fodio and Mohammed Bello, all ‘NIGERIANS’, her Imam is a Nigerian and the Maliki school clerics are NIGERIANS

      The point the author was trying to make, if you tried to see it was that there is something decidedly ‘inferior’ about copying an alien culture rather than assimilating it. Is Halloween an American holiday, obviously Nigerians attending it don’t bother assimilating, hence her description of Nigerian Halloween costume. Thanksgiving is an American holiday. There is no defence for Nigerian trying to copy, not even globalization, its as absurd as celebrating June 4th, its equivalent would be Americans celebrating Arugungu.

      I am very sure that this idiot celebrates valentines day: This really was the problem I have with your question, you can make points without insults you know. Valentines day(which I dislike personally) is meant to celebrate lovers. Lovers are worldwide, Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ, Christ too is worldwide. It would be stupid if we were celebrating Hannukah or Diwali.

      and expects a romantic proposal with an engagement ring from her boyfrend: Again is romance not an international thing?

      and will have a white wedding: I agree with you on white weddings; Extremely unnecessary in my Opinion.

      You and others keep misunderstanding the difference between global holidays i.e Christmas/Eid and national traditional holidays i.e Thanksgiving and Bastille Day. You guys are also confusing international products i.e Computers and Bonny Crude and traditional holidays which is shooting logic in the foot.

      A Nigerian celebrating Bastille Day, Thanksgiving, June 4th e.t.c has an inferiority complex.

    • Pat

      November 25, 2015 at 5:15 am

      @elessaris well said! U understood thel writers point.

    • Diuto

      November 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      We all remember the ice bucket challenge. I hail 9ja peeps

  2. chewinggoro

    November 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Shops in Europe now offer Black Friday deals! They do not celebrate thanksgiving either.

    A number of people like the writer have argued against borrowing this very American tradition but at the end of the day it’s what the corporations/business people will benefit from and what the consumers what that will win.

    • Ya

      November 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Exactly. And I’m sure this writer celebrates christmas, new year’s, easter, and valentine’s day with a passion. Let people do what they want to do. They’re not hurting anybody.

    • Ayo

      November 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Yep. When not sure of what to write, write nothing at all 🙂 We can celebrate whichever festivals and cultures we like. Heck even our calendar system follows the ‘European’ Gregorian one. The alternative is living under a tree; I for one don’t mind blending harmless parts of another culture (Black Friday, Christmas, etc) with mine 🙂

  3. BongzZulu_RSA

    November 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    So you Nigeys celebrate American holidays and American traditions? how desperate and shameful!! Come on now, don’t be f00led by that one-sided “we live in a global village” drivel. That’s usually reserved for fickle Africans to use as an excuse to embrace and obsess over western culture.

    • Le coco

      November 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      But south africans celebrate Halloween… Most of yor major retail stores had Halloween decor, clothing bargains Etc.. so how desperate and shameful are your people? fact remains.. Most holidays nd festivals aren’t originally ours .. We celebrate Christmas, easter etc. who cares..

    • BongzZulu_RSA

      November 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Lies!! Lies!! (In Uncle Robert Mugabe’s voice). An average Black South African (mind you Blacks are majority) doesn’t know what Halloween is. Which major retail stores have Halloween decor and bargains?? Woolworths? Edgars? Truworths? Foschini? Mr Price? Spar? Pick’n’Pay? Shoprite Checkers??.. yekela ukuqamba amanga wena maan!! None of South Africa’s major retailers have ever celebrated Halloween. In South Africa we don’t celebrate foolish things! Our holidays are to celebrate our history and heritage and commemorate historic events that took place in our country!

    • le coco

      November 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

      @bongzulu must have been blind walking through joburg and seeing halloween costumes in jet and pep and ackermans.. i must have been stupid when children were were dressing up on the request of their schools to go trick or treating…. i never said the MAJORITY of south africans celebrate halloween.. much like it is not the MAJORITY of nigerians that celebrate it either.. but for you to act like ppl in your country didnt celebrate it tho… i saw so many blacks and whites dressed up … both young and old.. many restaurants in rosebank and sandton had themed parties. so please.. i am not giving you hear say.. i am telling you what i saw with my eyes.. for you to insinuate that Nigerians who choose to celebrate another countries holiday or fuse another persons culture is desperate and shameful is highely disrespectful.. if we are so desperate and shameful why are you on a nigerian blog reading nigerian articles written about nigeria by a nigerian.. are there no blogs in SA… go nd read them mbok

  4. Beeeee

    November 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I like how people just stay and write stories like this one. Is the writer’s problem the fact that Halloween is celebrated in Nigeria? Or the fact that we are not wearing Nigerian halloween costumes? I’m confused, hold one. If Halloween is a winchy winchy celebration as this article suggests, will wearing mammy water, or babalawo costumes take away the winchiness? Halloween by the way is also celebrated all over the world. No one calls them copy copy or follow followNO. We really need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. Really. Americans celebrate thanksgiving, is Thanksgiving an American celebration? Halloween is celebrated all over the world. Other countries are also getting into the spirit of thanksgiving as well. No one calls them copy copy. Look, the world is now a global village and the sooner we embrace it, the better for us all. We like to bring ourselves down too much. I bet you there are black Friday sales going on in Russia and South Africa now. It’s going on EVERYWHERE and i mean EVERYWHERE. I bet no one is shouting copy copy in Russia or China. If you don’t want to embrace the global “villageness”, fine, but don’t try to make people feel bad for embracing it. We go talk all this one, then still go watch Empire and Scandal and shop on all the designer stores then still come here and call others copy copy. Watch only Nigerian made movies na. Anyways, me too, I am off to look through the “Yakataness”‘ of Konga and I am not ashamed of it.

    • Nma

      November 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      As in! Everyone can just sit down write a ridiculous article, send it to BN and call themselves authors.
      I live in Toronto but I find it ridiculously stupid when my friends ask Nigerians and other Africans why they celebrate thanksgiving, like it doesn’t make sense. Anyone can celebrate thanksgiving, do you know the definition of thanksgiving? Thanksgiving isn’t eligible for people in North America alone. Some of you take yourselves way too seriously, chat so much bs and end it with “only in naija”. Smh such jokers. BN if you like eat my comment since freedom of “speech” has now become luxury on this site.

    • Pat

      November 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      “All I’m saying is before we become United States of America (Nigerian branch)” lol

    • Olutt

      November 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Halloween is not celebrated all over the world, celebrated mostly in the US and Canada. Mexico has day of the dead(which has its own history), don’t confuse fact with fiction. I think the writer is only trying to point our attention to tiny details on assimilation of western traditions, there is an ongoing campaign of re-branding and selling Africa for the whole world to enjoy, just like we have been enjoying theirs.

    • Beeeee

      November 25, 2015 at 12:39 am

      Huh? So the fact that I said it’s celebrated all over the world means it’s celebrated in every single country right? Halloween was celebrated in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, Souh America, heck I’m even sure some penguins in Antartica took part as well. Maybe they dressed as themselves as characters from Happy Feet. I don’t even celebrate Halloween. My argument here is that, it’s not only Nigeria that is supposedly doing “follow follow”. Others are doing it and they are not calling them follow follow. There’s this delicious Chinese Restaurant, Chow Mein in a Lekki. It’s owned by an Igbo young lady, should we also call her follow follow for opening a Chinese restaurant? The truth is that we only want to accept that the world is a global village when it soothes us. Once that global “villageness” presents something that we don’t like,, we write articles like this one. Maybe I should take you to Chow Mein. Best Chinese in Nigeria!

  5. shola

    November 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    thank you so much for is……may God deliver us from copy copy

  6. Nahum

    November 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Yea, Nigerians celebrating Black Friday without thanksgiving day is seriously stupid. And I recall that Catholic Churches in Nigeria celebrate harvest, why not just choose one day to celebrate harvest in Nigeria and voila, our own thanksgiving.

    • nnenne

      November 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Nahum! !!!

  7. Missy J

    November 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    After reading trendy global news like Turkey bringing Russian aircraft, seeing Bella’s just weakens my hyper state.
    Turkey!! Russia’s roasted Turkey for thanksgiving came early.

  8. DatEnuguChic

    November 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hahahahahahah USA (Nigerian Branch) that cracked me up. Oh you forgot to add Beyday which is beyonce’s birthday coined by her fans or even when Nigerians say Summer school or try pronouncing words like SCHEDULE, MULTI MILLIONAIRE & STIFLE like the Americans would pronounce it. Thereby mixing British and American English up in sentences. Nigerians never cease to amaze me. Nice article

    • Mizz Tee

      November 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Erm, there is only one pronunciation for stifle ?

  9. GoogleIsMyFriend

    November 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    BLACK FRIDAY:
    The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

    Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.

    Contrary to what many believed, Black Friday did not originate from the sales of slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.

  10. Mayyy

    November 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    “Black Friday sales to ‘yakata’. ”
    Unnecessary shade you threw at Konga with that bit. Funny thing? I’m sure you’ll still take advantage of the sale and shop regardless.
    I’m seriously tired of all these “articles”. Everyone is now a writer/author.

  11. Kandy

    November 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Apart from Independence day and May 29, what is a truly Nigerian holiday?

    • rukee

      November 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      new yam festival duh!

  12. fred

    November 24, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Lmao @ “before we become United states of America (Nigerian Branch).

  13. seun

    November 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    well said

  14. Annalise

    November 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I shared similar opinions till I looked at these holidays from a more logical angle. If we really want to do away with foreign festivals, do you realise that Christmas, Easter and eid festivals will no longer be celebrated? And we will be left with ojude oba, argungu and orisha holidays. Also, as we are becoming more global commercially, multinational companies are branching out to this part of the world and to be honest, we have to partake in their sale events to keep up with their own stock and management plans.

  15. ATL's finest

    November 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Hahahaha lmao!!!!! United States of America ( Nigerian branch) smh.. All those that have the strength for BlAck Friday, good for them ( the cold/line), no b me..I’m just glad to be home #CYBERSHOPPING#

  16. ERIC EGHAGHE

    November 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves

  17. Matrix

    November 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Your explanation sir, about Friday the 13th is incorrect, and you just made matters worse by mentioning the movie of the same title. Friday the 13th is the date a certain King of France rounded up and killed all the Knight Templars/Crusaders in the middle ages. Accusing them of worshiping Baphomet – which is satan, he effectively eliminated the gate keepers/army of Jerusalem (The Order had its headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, hence the name) who were also the way keeper for pilgrims from Western Europe. Actually, it is believed, this King and the Pope at the time owed the Knight Templar a lot of money and did this to get rid of their debt. It was such a sad and horrible day in Europe it became the stuff of legends. Cheers.

  18. Shandi

    November 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    BN I hope you won’t take screening comments into 2016; it’s becoming ridiculously pathetic.

  19. Loools

    November 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Finally someone speaks about it thank u o jare follow follow wee not kee naija peepu / lmao @ very soon we will celebrate 4th of july hahahaha

    • Fols

      November 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      …Lol…you’ve forgotten the pics of our Naija celebs marking 4th of July a little while ago. And remember the Ice Bucket challenge…? God help us!

  20. Okporoko

    November 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hin say very soon they will start celebrating 4th of July. I think they already do. They celebrate superbowl too o. i’m just giving a list of all the other things she missed, so y’all dont eat me up alive.
    Ndi ara! Celebrating halloween. Tell them their village people are having an otumokpo festival and you willl start hearing okpokpo english.
    ….Sips kunu…. ewo ni ti ‘okuko’ mi nibe?

    • Pat

      November 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      “They celebrate superbowl too o”. That will be over the top. I am hoping not :). “Tell them their village people are having an otumokpo festival and you willl start hearing okpokpo english” lmao I know right! If u can’t attend such festivals why celebrate Halloween. Then the next Sunday they will attend church service. Omo me no gerrit.

  21. chu

    November 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I’m not consaned about Halloween or Friday the 13th, but Black Friday…. Yippeeee, cant wait for that.

  22. Ndidi

    November 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    This only happens in nigeria
    Who only live vicariously through anything american or else they dont have a life

    you dont see this bullshyt in many other african countries cos they are proud of their own rich culture. 9 out of 10 nigerians want to be american, always emulating anything american starting with fake accent.

    Low self esteem and inferiority complex to the highest order

    Follow Folllow copy copy thas all you foolish retarded idiots know.

    • Le coco

      November 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Please it is not a nigerian thing.. people have been imitating Americans for years.. I don’t know how many african countries YOU HAVE BEEN TO.. but please alot do it.. If you go to Sa, Zambia Tanzania etc.. It is the same story…. yes Nigerians like to copy what hy see westerners do.. but don’t make it seem like Nigerians aren’t proud of their own culture aswell . I haven’t met many africans that are as proud of culture as Nigerians and we display it anywhere…. so much so that whether you go to kenya or Zimbabwe or even Sa.. women are trying to tie our gele and begging to get our material and eating our food..

  23. Taju

    November 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Don’t mind the ‘Have Been To’s”, they dont understand that the equivalent of thanksgiving is what we as Nigerians celebrate as “Harvest & Thanksgiving” in our churches and places of worship already. The only difference is while Harvest and what the yorubas call “Ikore” in church, is a communal celebratory concept with lots of dances, celebrations and Bazaars and similar activities, the oyinbos celebrate by cooking turkey and eating with just their nucleus families and friends. The stupid nigerian copy cats don’t realize that harvest is it in additon to the numerous celebrated religious holidays especially for Xmas and New Years, Easter, et al. smmhh

  24. Olutt

    November 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Originality is the word we are looking for in Nigeria, e don miss us tay tay and will continue to miss us. China recently created its own day,’Singles day’ which is the largest online shopping day in the world, they have the Chinese New year, Mexico have the day of the dead, uniqueness trumps ubiquity any day. Follow follow without knowing what western cultures celebrate, na him make our father christmas,abi na baba oluwasanta dey wear cotton wool as white beard, dey scare those helpless kids into coma. I am not against borrowing traditions or celebrations, but at least look study it before you follow. And a little appreciation and awareness for your unique culture will make your country known on the map.

    • Pat

      November 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      “……dey wear cotton wool as white beard, dey scare those helpless kids into coma” lol

  25. ElessarisEllendil

    November 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Fellow Black people, what ever happened to Kwanza??

    A day will come when all Black people will understand the futility of forcing yourself into a culture that treats you as second class. But judging from some of the comments here, “today is not that day!”

    • Californiabawlar

      November 25, 2015 at 1:03 am

      As in!!!

      It’s not today o….today, it’s a global village….tomorrow, when they show us wehn, we will find our way back to our own village to celebrate Egungun Festival.

  26. Layo

    November 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    You may not agree with the writer but that description of Nigerian Halloween costume (red cloth with shells) is very funny. Good sense of humor there 🙂

  27. Manny

    November 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Oh whatever. People can celebrate whatever they desire to. Life is too short.
    I’m looking for a kwanzaa party to attend in Lagos this december.

  28. jonz

    November 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    My own question is why do Nigerian’s celebrate American Independence Day?
    Global village? cool; but who are we influencing?

  29. Petals

    November 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Please who are these ppl celebrating Black Friday, Halloween and thanks giving. Is it with this fuel scarcity and little electricity. I mean come on, who is the silly person that wrote this. And I don’t live in Ajegunle, I live in lekki and work in a bank, so I atlst have a few coins. I’m asking which ppl actually cook a turkey and have dinner on Thanks giving. The common man is still looking for a way to buy just one chicken on Christmas Day. Even me pls where do I have such time. Is it when Iv fried my brains at work(bank), enter lekki traffic, get home and put on gen I want to remember Halloween or thanks giving. Even Christmas I just go over to my brothers house where I know his wife will make a spread. Wetin concern me with thanksgiving/Halloween abeg. Let’s be real here……….Maybe it’s all dese ppl forming I just got back, I’m a stylist, I’m a blogger, I’m a life coach. Maybe they have time for such frivolities.

    • le coco

      November 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

      hahaha @ im a stylist im a blogger, im a life coach… i dont know any Nigerians IN nigeria who celebrate thanksgiving.. the american one tht is.. nigerians have our own thanksgiving and it is generally a religious holiday that is celebrated in most churches.. i hvnt heard of a nigerian roasting a whole turkey, making pecan pie and candied yams all because of thanksgiving….

  30. Ohiyet

    November 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    See all of una mouth trying to justify celebration of halloween and black friday, Those talking about christmas and eid-el filtri forgot that we grew up into those holidays and generally accepted as Nigerian public holidays. We do not have to do everything that is being done outside the country. Where are the supposed youths who should bring creativity and innovation to the country. The point is make we stop fol;ow follow especially when we do not know the genesis or should I say revelation of these holidays. For ya’ll hyperventilating because the writer spoke about your so precious holiday. Oya go to Abuja and tell them to include it as a national holiday as well..As you do that remember the turkey part and also learn how to marinade cos thanksgiving precedes black Friday. Oya waka go

  31. OJ

    November 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Looking at things from a deeper perspective, generally Nigerians are like the most used command in the computer age….”copy and paste”

    Adopting some of the western way of life is not entirely bad, but allowing it to dictate how our lives should be lived is the problem. Anyway, make i no talk too much before somebody out there will say ”shey bi the computer wey u dey use type this nonsense na oyibo man do am”

  32. jane(the real jane)

    November 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Slavery of the Mind. The Black man is sooo enslaved thaat he can never see his own as good enough! We were on our way 2 development and finding ourselves b4 the whiteman interrupted. And now, we have forever lost that path. We try to act like them because our identity has been stolen. The elders with remnants of it wld all be gone soon, and we would be left with a Lost Generation.

  33. exotique

    November 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Calliope: You cracked me up. I love you.

  34. Nubianwaters

    November 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    The world as we know it is evolution and we are the generation caught up in that cosmic dust of reformation. We all know change can be a lot to deal with but seriously, yank not your hair out, simply find your coping mechanism for all these culture & tradition reconstructions and keep it moving in this ever evolving world! The dust will soon settle and we will all have our new normal! 🙂
    #Peace

  35. Shannie

    November 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    American culture spreads everywhere. Nigeria is not the only place where American holidays or special days have been adopted. The culture has spread all over the world.

    While most countries don’t celebrate it to the extent that we do because they are not listed as holidays for other countries, there are more and more people from different countries who have started doing celebrating with us.

    I think it’s very interesting because it shows that you can really export anything, from music and movies and even holidays.

  36. Nubianwaters

    November 25, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    The world as we know it is evolving and we are the generation caught up in that cosmic dust of reformation. We all know change can be a lot to deal with but seriously, yank not your hair out, simply find your coping mechanism for all these culture & tradition reconstructions and keep it moving in this ever evolving world! The dust will soon settle and we will all have our new normal! 🙂
    #Peace

  37. Koffie

    November 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I miss celebrating harvest in our family church with the ‘bazaar’ sales of food (they probably sold other things but na only the food I dey see). Now the Anglican Diocese has cancelled bazaar at our Harvest (ikore). That stuff was the highlight for me then as our local church had a mix of different cultures (Igbo wives, Edo husbands, Ijebus wives etc) and they’ll all bring it on with foods I had never seen before and I’d talk my dad into bidding for a bowl of ikokore just to try new stuff. That was how I first tasted garden egg sauce, ikokore, isaapa, and some foods I can’t pronounce.
    We had one holiday like that (we the Anglicans still do) where you’ll take your family to ‘Galilee’ aka ‘picnic’ (of course with coolers of food) and basically mingle with other church folks eating from whatever ‘picnic’ (tent) pleased you while singing “L’ojo ajinde, awon obinrin lo s’odo Jesu, awon okunrin lo sa pam’o sile oti!”.
    Nowadays, when my mum asks us to dress up to go to ‘Galilee’ during Easter, we mumble and conveniently disappear and I turn my nose down on the ‘Harvest’ celebrations wondering what we’re supposed to be harvesting. To be fair sha, I don’t know what day the American Thanksgiving is, neither do I notice Halloween. I’ve wondered why even non-Christian Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and who exactly they were thanking but I wasn’t curious enough to research it. I’m still tripped that some people in Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago etc celebrate Sango’s day etc. I watched them all of last week (old videos) on Youtube while I was researching about Yoruba mythology for a writer I’m editing for.

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