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When a Nigerian parent spends his money to send his wards to school, he assumes they’re going to become one of the following – a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer.
Now, some professions have been added to the very short list. We now have people appreciating their children in other fields – geology, biotechnology and even entertainment – music, acting and football. After they heard Wizkid charges a million per show or that Mikel Obi’s salary per month is what they collect in a year? Why wouldn’t they agree? But still, at that, there are a few jobs that not all Nigerian parents have come to admit. A lot of them have to do with the fact that they cannot brag about it to the friends or in most cases, cannot explain fully what you do.
“Kunbi is a doctor”, “Timi is a lawyer”
“My son? He works with.. Oya Bankole, tell your auntie what you say you do again”
Here are a few jobs Nigerian parents may not fully understand:
Try explaining to the average Nigerian parent that you are a blogger and the reaction is one you will never forget. The ones that understand what it means will ask you how you successfully spent their money abroad and now all you do is carry make-up around their house and teach your “fans” to use it and the ones who do not will spend nights trying to figure how you sharing food preparation methods as a food blogger will bring money to the house.
“So what do you do now Timi”
“I write codes and develop programs for companies”
What kind of programs really? What exactly is a program do?
“I knew you shouldn’t have gone to that school. We should have invested the money instead of you to sit down all day and be pressing laptop”
“Are you sure it’s not 419 you’re doing?”