Double Calling- A Nigerian Syndrome
NIGERIANS HAVE THE CULTURE OF SOMEWHAT DOUBLING THEIR WORDS AS A SIGN OF EMPHASIS AND OR EXPRESSION. WE LIKE TO SEE IT AS GIVING LIFE TO MERE WORDS.
Wait! Wait! Let me explain the topic, see I just did it. Apparently, Nigerians don’t ever seem to think the use of one word is enough. I would like to support my own people and explain this behaviour by simply saying it is just for emphasis. Trust me, no matter how educated you are with your Univeristy Of Nigeria B.Sc and Harvard Masters, it is an unconscious habit, and if you are being sincere you are trying to recall a time(s) when you did it.
If you are non Nigerian, the probability that you just rolled your eyes and accompanied with head movements is high. Small Small sha. Oh! I just said take it easy or do it gently. I’m going to now try as much as possible and list out instances of such word usage and maybe add a Nigerian twist to its definition.
// Fast Fast: The normal way to express this would be “be fast” or” hurry up”, but because Nigerians and impatience and their annoying counterparts who decide to be sluggish, fast fast is like a call to quick or speedy action according to the speakers time frame.
// Now Now: Simply translates to mean immediately, at the moment, pronto; so if ever a Nigerian man tells you this words reconsider your actions we don’t condone procrastination. Example, Ma can i go and buy the credit for you in 30 minutes, No go and get it now now.
// Wait Wait: Translate to standard English and you would be saying “hold on”; the only i can imagine this being used is during an all girl gist about boys of course.
Girl 1: Do you know, i just met this guy and he already wants to meet my parents
Girl 2: Wait Wait (Hold On), isn’t this the guy you met last week
// Small Small: Is an expression that mirrors the words take it easy, and also can mean why are you in such a hurry or impatient? So if you exhibit awkwardly impatient behaviours, expect to get words like madam (ma) or Oga (sir) small small nah.
Other ones include “quick quick”, “today today”. Having briefly said all this, I am of the opinion that we deserve our own indigenous dictionary to sell to tourists and IJGBs (I just Got Backs). I can’t seem to think of any other words. Could you help?