I barely landed in Murtala Mohamed Airport, Lagos when I noticed something very interesting. Everyone and their mama dey blow fone` (Fone` is a slang for foreign accent… In most cases British or American). British accents galore… American join…Jamo accent sef. I’m sure if you listen well well u’ll hear Chinko and Arabian accent too. Look around tho, and all you see is strong Naija faces. I brushed it off as “maybe nah airport runs”… nothing spoil.
I get in the car of my cousin, and I turn on the radio and with the exception of Wazobia FM, all other radio stations just dey scatter fone` dey go. Naija Artists too sef dey scatter the thing. As days went by friends and well-wishers dey blow fone` dey go. I just tire.
Like I know people wey never cross Cotonou enter Benin republic for their life wey dey blow yankee accent pass the people wey dem born for obodo oyibo. What is really up with the fake accents for real? It’s pretty damn annoying especially when you know it’s forced. What is wrong with your regular naija accent? Or is it too local for u? Abi you dey form chasis person. I mean “warra heck man… I need some poraroes and some warer mehn.” LOL.
Seems like the folks outside Naija are the ones that are trying hard to speak pidgin and keep it down to earth and some (not all) folks in naija are blowing the fone by force. No be by force to have foreign accent o.
Oh yeah, just because you went to Jand or Yankee on vacation for 2 months, or you went to Dubai to go and shop doesn’t mean you should come back and be blowing fone` like say tomorrow no dey. I’m sorry, but 1-2 months vacation can NEVER EVER change your accent… Ever!!!
I do understand situations where someone has lived abroad for years, maybe for school or grew up there, and came back to Naija and is just used to pronouncing certain words in an accent. Those folks are excused, but those of you that went to Accra and came back and claim to be abroad, please spare that nonsense gist for someone that cares ehn tortoise wey get time ehn… we don’t believe you.
That’s the summary of my gist for today’s Truth Tuesday. Drop the fake accent; whether it’s Yankee, Jand, Jamo, Liberian, Chinese, Arabic or South African. It’s not you, and we know your passport has no stamps. Thank You and Holla at us on the next Truth Tuesday.
Oh yeah… Drop your comments. If you feel like I’m tripping let me hear it, and if agree with me, then drop one too, let’s laugh together. 😀
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