Living with your Nigerian parents is the trouble we’ve all had to put up with at some point in our lives. And the drama gets worse when you have to work from home while living with them.
Here are a few things you can relate to if you work from your Nigerian parents’ home:
They never believe you’re actually working
You can be having the most important meeting in the world, and they want to talk to you about how the police came to arrest the neighbour’s son in the middle of the night.
They send you on odd errands
It doesn’t matter that you’re now 25 and can be conscripted into the army when war comes. Nigerian parents will still send you to grind pepper on a week day.
When you try to explain what you do for a living
You can explain this to them a hundred times, and they’ll just keep nodding in agreement. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking they actually understand.
They think you’re lazy
Why will you be cooped up in your room all day and night if you’re not a lazy child? Your mates are out on the streets, hustling for their daily bread, and you’re here pressing your laptop.
Or they think you have plenty money
And you don’t need anything from them anymore. If you’re lucky enough to get your parents to understand what you do, the next problem is convincing them you don’t have money for something. So you mean those Yankee people are not paying you big money?
When you finally tell them how much you earn
Sinzu! So you mean this is what you’ve been hiding? Here comes the random billing.
When your relatives think you’re unemployed
You know that nosy relative who comes to your house to eat food and act like they like you? Yes, the ones who never mind their business. Since you’re always at home, how won’t they think you’re unemployed?
How you look when you’re trying to get everyone to stop making noise
Having a meeting in a house full of people is a nightmare. You’re trying to get everyone to keep quiet, but you can’t just scream “shut up” because then, no one is going to keep quiet.