Can We Ever Understand Nigerian Mothers’ Beef With Phones?

November 6, 2019

It’s been established that Nigerian mothers are a rare breed. On top of the things that irritate them the most is your relationship with your phone. It’s even crazy to think about it, but it almost feels like they have a serious case of Fear Of Missing Out. And to live with that, they find creative ways to plug themselves in and give you grief for daring to “love” something else more than you love them.

If you have a Nigerian mother, these are some of the times your phone has had to take the fall for something you did or something that happened to you.

The Time You Forgot The Details On An Errand She Sent You

This Is Ridiculous Olivia Benson GIF by Wolf Entertainment - Find & Share on GIPHY

So many things could have happened here, but they don’t matter to your mum. As far as she is concerned, you are forgetful only because you spend too much time on your phone. That’s not all, depending on how old you’re, you might have to deal with the pain of her locking your ears.

The Time Your Grades Slipped

Few things make Nigerian parents go on a meltdown than when you make them think you’re wasting the fortune they’re spending on you. Of course, one of the first things they blame is your phone. The perfect retort would be “If I didn’t have my phone, I still wouldn’t study”, but you might need to find new sponsors if you let these words out.

The Time You Didn’t Do A Chore Up To Her Standards

First, you need to understand that no matter how hard you try, you can never sweep the floor as clean as your mother would want, iron her clothes to a crisp, or do anything she will be impressed with. She blames this on your low concentration level, which you have because you’re always pressing your phone.

The Time You Had A Headache

Over It Ugh GIF by NBPA - Find & Share on GIPHY

Ha! This is a classic. Why won’t you have a headache when you won’t let your brain rest since you are always on your phone?

The Time You Made A Mistake Or Had An Accident

Jonah Hill Ok GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

You could slip because the tiled floor had just been cleaned, and the blame would go to your phone. No connection there, but your mother simply doesn’t care. And oh, make sure you don’t add to much salt to the soup if you don’t want to endure a tirade about how your phone is ruining your life.

For all the grief they give you about how much time you spend on your phone, you would think they would be happy every time you missed their calls, but no. If you want to see the undiluted wrath of your mother, don’t be with your phone whenever she calls you.

Stressed What More Do You Want From Me GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

And hey, let’s not forget that you are their go-to person every time they need to fix their “WhatZup” or buy data.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

October 11, 2019

Yeah, we’ve heard that Nigerians–Africans in general–don’t read. While awfully stereotypical that narrative is, it is also untrue. Just like in any other place, there are individuals who love to read and some that can’t stand the sight of books. However, for those bibliophiles looking for where to buy used books, here are five places […]

October 25, 2018

As we all know, there has been a long standing battle between ajebutters and ajepakos Now, while the jury is still out on just what makes you butter or pako; like where exactly do you belong if anointing oil doubles as your body cream, or which place do we put you if you see a […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

November 27, 2019

Do you have a face that could make angels jealous, or should you really be walking around with a nylon bag over your head so you don’t scare children? Well, this quiz is here to answer that by telling you exactly how good-looking you are. Take and find out: 11 Quizzes For People Who Aren’t […]

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

April 3, 2020

While the rest of the world loves to treat our continent like a country, there are actually 54 African countries. So, in a bid to test your knowledge (and educate you), we’ve created a quiz to see how many of their capitals you can correctly name. Go ahead:

April 14, 2020

Every friend group consists of very different and specific characters — from the parent to the fun one — and it can be a little tough figuring out where you fall. So, we’ve created a quiz that lets you know exactly what kind of friend you are. Take to find out:

November 20, 2019

Last month, we thoughtfully made a quiz telling you guys exactly when you’ll marry, but some of you claimed that your spouse was nowhere to be found. Well, now we’ve created one that’ll tell you exactly who you’ll be dragging down that aisle. Take and start planning that wedding: 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are […]

More from General

March 10, 2022

Offers opportunity for young changemakers from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to join the Global Citizen Fellowship Program for a year-long, full-Time, paid placement International advocacy organisation Global Citizen has today announced that application for the 2022/23 Global Citizen Fellowship Program powered by BeyGOOD is now open until 29th April 2022. Fifteen young African changemakers: […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

September 13, 2022
Vs The World is a Zikoko original video series that follows best friends Astor and Hassan as they take on the world.
August 23, 2022
Zikoko Ships is a Zikoko Original series where we invite two people who share a relationship to play the Zikoko card games
December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X