6 Polite Questions That Trigger Nigerians Non-stop

July 22, 2020

Nigerians are a very triggered set of people, they approach everything like it’s a beginning or continuation of a fight. Here are 6 polite questions that are actually polite but that Nigerians will read as rude and then proceed to take offense at:

1. When they send a WhatsApp message out of the blues and you ask “Who is this?” 

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“So you deleted my number from your phone?” “So you have forgotten about me?” “So you have removed me from your life abi?” “Is that how useless I am to you?”. All you asked was “Who is this?”

2. Or when they call and you ask “Who am I speaking with?”

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They start with “So you don’t know my voice again?”.

3. When they call or send a message and you ask “How may I help you?” 

I don’t know why, but this question sends Nigerians over the edge. They be like “So are you saying I’m disturbing you?”.

4. When you ask them what they do for a living.

Nigerians hate to be asked this. It appears that somehow somewhere, they were all gathered into a masterclass where they were taught that their jobs or source of income should remain private.

5. When they talk about news and you ask for their source.

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They be like: “Are you saying I don’t know what I am saying?”.

6. When they give you gist and you ask them how they are sure what they are saying is true.

They will immediately acquire offense and go on a rant that basically translates to “I’m not sure but don’t question my integrity please, are you saying I am a liar?”.

Do you know of any other polite questions that people have taken offense at? Tell us in the comments.

And while you’re at it, you will enjoy reading this: What She Said: Why I Said No To His Public Proposal.

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