When I call my friends and family in the US I often yab them about their Americanized call back messages. I am like “ abeg nkiru I no hear dis ya message o.” Of course when they speak to me they speak the same way they have always spoken…they speak like Nigerians, but once they are at work they switch on their twang and before you blink its “gonna, wanna “.
Just the other day I was speaking to a friend who works in the Us embassy about why a colleague of hers spoke with an America accent and this way her reply “ you know we work with Americans all day even I have started speaking like them unconsciously” Nne I hear you! Unconsciously? Nah! Its a choice.
I will use aunty opemipo as an example..I met her a few years ago in the UK..she moved to London when she was 18 and had lived there for almost 20 years..Yet her accent was as Nigerian as the day she left Naija. According to her “ I left Nigeria as a fully formed woman, I think its a bit silly for me to now be talking like people who were born here”. Infact the woman was just a rebel, when her husbands friends would call and ask “is tunde about?”( is tunde around) she would answer about to do what? Lol
My second example is aunty meg…This is a lady that has lived in an almost exclusively white area in Ohio, USA for the last 15 years and has worked for the state with mostly whites for almost 30yrs but the woman still her her normal naija accent with an Igbo flavour. I mean she speaks the same way with everyone one …so its not even a matter of her speaking Nigerian with Nigerian and blowing phone with Americans. The woman speaks and they all understand her clearly.
Now I am not saying you cannot blow phone oh! I mean it’s a free world, But the one wey dey vex me is when you do it with your hommies…I mean why blow phone with your sister or your folks back home?
Also if you must blow the phone , do it well! Nothing annoys more than hearing someone speak phone and its not flowing. Especially when the phone is mixed with Edo, Igbo, or Yoruba accent! I actually like how Hausa people speak when they have a slight British accent – very posh!
Now if you live in America or England and speak like your people its all good, when in rome do as the romans. However, the wan wey dey vex me too much! Are my people who after spending 6 years studying abroad return home and years later you still hear them speaking like they were born and bred in the States, or someone who was born in the UK lived there till the “ripe” young age of 5 moves back to naija and 28 years later still speaks with a full british accent. I no blame dem na we for Nigeria dey treat them like gold. My friend who lived in the states for 15years says that once she turns on her Texas twang it literally opens doors for her..” oh madam you come from overseas? Ok you can come in”.