Lovely Peculiarities of Nigeria: Our Noise Culture

So the other day, I was going to visit a friend.  I boarded a keke (that’s a tricycle) and was in my own world: enjoying the scenario,  breathing the freshly released carbon pollutants from barely maintained vehicles.  I was jarred out of my lala land by this constant horning by the driver. I started wondering if the person, animal or vehicle blocking the road was deaf.

Only I then noticed that he was horning at regular intervals. If someone/something was blocking the road,  he would have horned incessantly.  I also realised that we were moving, the road was free and the driver was just driving and blowing his horn. In retrospect,  I don’t think he was really aware of his actions (how wierd that would seem to a foreigner): ‘pressing the horn every 15seconds inappropriately like he was making music’. As horn by definition is an instrument used to send a warning or signal but who cares, this is Naija our fatherland.

And this is one of the things I love about this country. We are so used to noise, in some cities you find bus drivers have exchanged the normal horns for the blaring horns  used by lorries.  And this is fun for them. The cd seller mounts his speakers on the road infront of instead of inside his shop. There are more speakers outside churches than inside as the sermon is for the neighbourhood whether interested or not; everyone must become born again.

And this is one of the amazing peculiarities of Nigeria.

Welcome to 2015………….
Make some noise somebody! !!!!!!

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8 thoughts on “Lovely Peculiarities of Nigeria: Our Noise Culture”

  1. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Soooo funny. Its fun for them. I dunno the country someone said they don’t blow horns and am like ‘seriously? And another said Fashola has banned horn blowing and am like ‘in naija??? Not possible. In my training school, the foreigners have this conception about Nigeria. We are sooo loud and they aren’t wrong. Lol. Have fun with the noise.

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  2. This is really hilarious! but then again it’s one of the reasons I love reading your posts, the way you infuse humour to drive your point home. Jisike nwannem.
    I think the noise thing is more of a Lagos/ big city thing, in our smaller towns you don’t really see the same levels of noise pollution.

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      1. They are, more especially during the colder months; you do get used to it though and in fact you find that you have a very low threshold for tolerating noise. I mean, see some of our Yoruba brothers and sisters, our Essex brethren and a few Eastern Europeans who talk loudly on the phone in trains and buses…if you see the dirty looks they get ehn…no be small thing!
        Horns are only blown when there’s some kind of obstruction or road rage usually, you flash your lights to catch someone’s attention or thank them for giving you the right of way.

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      2. Lol @light flashing part. Thats quite boring (from a Nigerian perspective). We are naturally noisy. Although I must say the noise gets on my nerves sometimes, especially at the bus stops & parks where people mount speakers to shout out bus routes or those cd sellers who make noise throughout the day in the name of merchandise display

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  3. And as if a prophet just spoke through u. I was in the bus that same day. We stopped @a junction. Police was coordinating traffic and this stupid arse trailer wiv the loudest horn was blowing. This horn blew for like 2 mins. People were screaming in our car. Like seriously???? We should crush the police conductor or what. We could not understand why he did that. I still don’t get and he was Soooo comfortable eh! Gisting sef like it’s every other Tuesday. smh my sister in Canada said when whites are on the phone, u won’t hear a thing but if it’s naija………… I leave the rest

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  4. Hahahaha. When Nigerians are on the phone: hello! !! (U go think say im dey hail person across the street). The trailer driver was blowing his horn (which is what you when the vehicle in front of you stops for whatever reason) in his own opinion

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