Nudity or being half-naked is greatly frowned upon. Well, unless under certain circumstances and events. This just goes to show that almost all of life is contextual so don’t tight everything to your chest. So, when is it acceptable to be half-naked in public?
1) Buying jeans at Yaba market:
I repeat: Yaba market is the only place you can casually take off your cloth and no one bats an eye. To protest against cloth removal can be dangerous self.
2) Fighting in Lagos traffic:
No one takes you seriously in Lagos if you don’t pull off your cloth to fight. The number of removed clothing items equals the level of seriousness to the cause. There is only one rule which is that there is no rule.
3) Playing football:
Players pull off their shirts in front of hundreds of thousands of people and we all casually accept it. Okay oh.
4) After fainting in public:
The only first aid Nigerians know how to do for someone who loses consciousness is to remove/loosen your clothes. Next “first aid” is to ask: “did you do aboshan?”
5) When you need to curse Lagos Government on your trek home:
After walking a distance that could easily have been covered by bikes, in between pitying yourself, I implore you to loosen three buttons and call the name of the Government and state your grievances. Chances are almost everyone on the road is doing the same. So, no one is batting an eyelid or looking at you weirdly.
6) When you are performing for your fans:
Remove shirt – check
Jump around the stage – double check
7) Boxing match:
The best job in the world and this is better than remote work. Working from underpants is a huge mood. Dear employer, when can we start wearing only boxers to work?