10 Reasons To Visit Nigeria In Your Lifetime

10 Reasons To Visit Nigeria In Your Lifetime

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Nigeria is one of the most underrated places on this planet - yes it's true. It's has the largest population in Africa and many various ways of life. This list contains just few reasons why you should go to Nigeria before you die.

1. Food

This is definitely one of the best things because there are local foods from nearly all the 500+ ethnic groups and everyone prides themselves on being able to cook one thing or the other. Also, Nigerian spices are amazing and second to none.

2. Hospitality

Nigerians are very friendly people. It's weird. We go through a lot being citizens of a developing country, but are still able to care for people outside ourselves and our families.

3. Fashion

Go outside on any given street on any given day and you'll see styles you've never seen before. Seriously. Nigerians are highly creative and it seems I see new outfit styles everyday. Also, the price to get these custom clothes and accessories as a tourist is affordable.

4. Photo opportunities

This list shows cities like Port Harcourt, Uyo, Calabar, and Abuja and their great sights.

5. Weather

One of the best things about Nigeria. I say there are basically two seasons - rainy and hot. No snow, hardly any hail or floods, and most importantly, rarely any natural disasters. Our weather is one of the priceless gifts from God.

6. Accents

Nigerian accents are on another level! There's this myth that there is a "Nigerian accent" but there really isn't. Any accent you hear is caused by either the person's tribe or where they grew up. Be sure to expect different accents from the different tribes and that's exciting.

7. Humor

This is the secret to why Nigerians don't look old. Yes, we sometimes think we're the funniest people on the face on this earth but we know laughter lightens so many burdens. Visit Nigeria because there's always humor to be found in every situation.

8. Markets

These are the main source of obtaining anything. You can get your hair done, nails done, food shopping done, and even get new clothes. Nigerian markets are one of the things I love most about Nigeria because bargaining is possible and saving money whenever it's possible is a major key.

9. Music

Nigerian music is pretty cool too. Its beats are fitting for parties or just general hype music to keep the lively spirit of the nation flowing.

10. Occasions

Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, carnivals, and even burials (of very aged people, of course) can be a lot of fun. Nigerians are so good at planning and executing parties. Such a celebration style is probably why Nigerians are generally happy and optimistic humans.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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To The Girl Who Feels Pressured to Settle Down, Don't

I know how tough it is to face the world but, keep fighting. Don't give up yet.

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Hey girl,

You.

Yes, I am talking to you.

The girl who feels like she is carrying the entire burden of the world.

I know how pressured and worried you feel. You are in your late 20s and while it still feels like you are not an adult yet, your friends and cousins settling down says otherwise. I know how lonely and chained you feel, the suffocation and dread that you have to experience every day. You aren't afraid of settling down but you are scared to do it out of family and peer pressure. You aren't afraid of the big commitment but are terrified that you will be forced to choose the wrong life partner for it.

We all have been there. Counting the days till the closest of our friends and relatives get married because, we know. Once they are done, it is going to be our turn. Everyone starts finding the perfect match for you and forces you to meet guys you have never even heard of before. Your skin crawls and stomach churns every time you have to endure one such meeting but, what can you even say? Your parents emotionally blackmail you and your friends getting married doesn't help your case at all.

But, what I am here to tell you is that it is okay to be scared and vulnerable during such times. Just don't settle because you are scared of dissappointing your family or because you are scared to be alone. Hold your head high and work on your life, make it better. And when it is time for you to settle down, you will know.

You will know and you will find the most amazing partner who will make you feel like this is what being safe and home feels like. He will love you whole, with your flaws and your quirks, and he will make you realize why it didn't work out with anyone before. He will make you laugh and cry, curse and stutter, and you will be happy to finally tie the knot with your own prince charming. Once you are ready and it is time, you will meet the perfect guy for you and you won't feel afraid anymore. Settling down won't seem intimidating or like a task anymore.

So, wait. Wait for the moment, the perfect time to settle down. Trust me, you will know when it arrives and everything will fall into place smoothly. Till then, enjoy your life and live to the fullest. Go and travel the world or learn all the new things that you have ever wanted to try. Learn new languages or some exciting adventure sports. Read books and make something out of yourself. Work hard and achieve what you always dreamt of becoming. But most of all, be happy and live your life.

You will have time to grow up later and start your life again with someone. There is absolutely no need to hurry. So, next time your best friend gets married and you don't know what to do with your life, take a deep breath and focus on what you want. Focus on the best parts of your life and don't give up.

Next time your parents force you to meet someone to settle down, learn to say 'No', Because, this is your life and unless you learn to take responsibility for it, you won't ever truly live it.

So, keep fighting and don't keep any regrets. Life is too short to be living on someone else's terms. Fall in love. Get your heart broken. Be strong. Because, there is only so much you can compromise on but love, love shouldn't be one of those things.

Love,

The girl who understands

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