Nigerians: Take heart; Na their way

Ah, this ex-British Airways staff has caused a lot of commotion in the social media space and numerous spaces with her viral Snapchat video where she went hard at Nigerians. There’s no need to reiterate what she said and if you haven’t watched it, google it.

Some argue that “ehn, Nigerians deserve it, Nigerians do too much when they travel” and others say, “ah, this is racism, period.” And, there are some that are in between; the once that would say, “there’s God, it’s well.”

Well, all is not well in this case. Unprofessional. Unethical. Are some of the words to describe that behaviour displayed by yeye girl. We know she did it for the gram — for likes or follows — but there were racist undertones in her comments. That’s why they showed her the exit sign at BA.

Then again, it’s a normal thing.

I’m guilty for being born as a Nigerian. It’s just my fault. I chose to be born in the country. I’m my country. Since, I’m my country, I will behave like my country.

I’m Nigerian. For this reason, this known loudness or apparent quietness not to offend or to be seen as a Nigerian, there are many versions of being a Nigerian. We know how to present the needed one and sometimes we confuse our quietness for loudness; in other words, we don’t know when to be loud and when to be quiet. Once, a Virgin Atlantic airhostess called me “irrational”. She said it to my face and I appreciated it.

Wetin I do?

In my case, I wasn’t asking for an upgrade or extra drinks. I asked the air-hostess why she would spray insecticides in the plane with people inside and why was it not done from London-Lagos. She said, it’s the normal standard from nations with malaria and other communicable disease. These planes need to be disinfected. “Ehn”, I said “but why can’t you spray the plane before people board it. She said the people must be in the plane. That’s like spraying Bagon in the room while sleeping in it. But she reminded me that it was not harmful. I said ok, it’s not harmful, why is your nose covered with I-don’t-know-what-it-is?

By now, my fellow Nigerians lost it. They called me all sorts. “Abeg, make dem do, flit make we dey go,” one baba said. I remained adamant.

I asked the airhostess why they don’t inform humans that they will be pumped with insecticides before flying to another country. She said it’s an IAAN approved law. But, customers don’t know this. We sha went back and forth. The pilot had to come out sef to settle the whole frapapa. They sha gave me the mask they were wearing too before they sprayed.

Perhaps, I am one of those Nigerians that refuse to be called/treated as less of a human. Perhaps, my loudness can be misread as a Nigerian trait but, I know, deep down that I’m first of all human. I know that describing a human being or treating a human being differently because they come from a particular region or have a type of colour is inhumane.