Back again with part 2 of my 10 part series “10 things I love about Naija.” Like I mentioned in part 1, Naija in these series applies to the people of, and the country Nigeria. With that being said, I’ll jump right into it. Part 2, as in, the second thing I love about naija is “Toasting.”
Toasting, Chyking, Runsing, hollering or whatever you call it has to be one the most exciting extra-curricular activities to do in naija. Before the internet, facebook, dstv, myspace, Playstation, Xbox and all that, there was toasting. Everyone either likes toasting or likes being toasted. There’s just something about really toasting a babe. I’m not talking about the yankee dating kind, I’m talking about real toasting. The one that the guy actually does some serious toasting & begging for about 6 months just to see the color of the girl’s pant…lol. (please see previous post on toasting)
Who remembers the first babe they ever toasted? or the first person that toasted you? I remember mine like it happened yesterday. The girl’s name is __________. Nope! I’m not telling, but she went to my primary school, and when I saw her a couple of years later at St. Murumba’s Inter-house sports (who remembers those?) this was the conversation that ensued:
Me: Hey. How far?
The Babe: I’m fine
Me: Do you remember me?
The Babe: Yes
(At this point I was confused by the one word responses, and decided to go in for the kill)
Me: Soooo, do you like me?
The Babe: I don’t know
Me: Ok… Can I write you? (this was wayyy before collecting numbers…lol)
The Babe: I guess
Me: Ok. Bye.
… and that’s how my first ever toasting ended. It was kinda weird because I thought it was a total failure and I was visibly nervous as hell during the ordeal, but all my friends were hailing me, and saying the babe gave me green light. So confusing…lol. One of the many things that makes toasting interesting…. mixed signals are sent and read in all kinds of different flavors.
I’m sure everyone had a starting point in their toasting careers… either as toasters or toastees, and since then it’s been on and popping.It’s not too many things in naija that are as “sweet” as toasting, or chyking as my people in the east call it 🙂 Now let me see go back and call the babe I’ve been toasting for the past 6 months….lol.