Hey guys. So that's how last night my friend Niran heard I was in town and asked if I'd like to go clubbing. I certainly did but I insisted that we go somewhere there's a blend of different races. You see, earlier yesterday I went to the beach and my friend and I were the ONLY black people there. We stuck out like a sore thumb. I tried to ignore it and enjoy myself but the stares made that impossible. We got stared at like the most unlikely thing one was expected to see there was a black person. The beach was lovely but that ruined my experience so I certainly didn't want a repeat at the club.
Niran assured me that he knew a place that I would enjoy as there were loads of Africans there and they played african music too. Niran couldn't have been more wrong! First off it cost an arm and a leg to get into the club; almost $100 for the both of us, then the drinks cost an additional head. LOL. It wouldn't have been so freaking annoying if I had fun but once again I saw my friend and I being the only Africans in the entire club. The DJ alternated between American music and Indian music and when I couldn't take it anymore I begged to leave and Niran was only too happy to oblige.
On getting back to my hotel I saw someone having a cigarette, this was about 3am. He courteously said good morning to me and when I heard his accent I realized he was Nigerian. Finally! I told him what just happened and he laughed and said I should not have gone to that club. He listed a number of cool clubs to visit then suddenly said; "that's a great one but unfortunately your sisters have been banned from entering the club". I looked at him and said "I have only one sister and she's not in Dubai". After politely chuckling he explained to me that the number of Nigerian girls prostituting over here is so alarming that some clubs now feel the need to ban Nigerian women.
That's not news, I've been wanting to visit Dubai for a while with a particular friend but everytime I'd suggest it she'd nervously say "Nwando people will think we went to prostitute, let's go somewhere else" and then I would let it go, until I decided that it was rather stupid to live my life based on what people think, but I do see her point...
And that was how the man and I launched into this whole other conversation of Nigerians giving Nigeria a bad name. My new friend (If we can call him that) seems to be a very cultured man. He's a northerner but told me dispassionately that he has no ties to Nigeria. His parents were diplomats so he grew up in several different countries around the world. He got his first degree at Imperial College and his post graduate at MIT (pretty impressive, yes?). He said while growing up, when they spent years in the US his diplomat father forbade him and his siblings from having Nigerian friends, as 9 out of 10 Nigerians seemed to be up to no good.
He lamented that if its not Nigerian girls prostituting in Dubai, it's Nigerian boys doing Internet scams in Malaysia, or Nigerian boys robbing in SA, or Edo women prostituting in Europe, or Nigerian boys doing tax scams in the USA, or boys in Nigera scamming the whole world through the Internet or something.
This isn't news to any of us but what I can't quite figure out is why we are so "thirsty". The hunger and poverty in Nigeria isn't worse than many other African countries yet we're the ones willing to do almost anything for money. Why do other Africans have a sense of contentment, content to have enough to get by and live happily but we, we're filled with greed? We can just never have enough! Is it something in our blood, something in the air? What gives? Why are Nigerians so thirty???