When it comes to lying, Nigerians are not masters, they are professors of the art. We have compiled a list of some of the top lies that Nigerians tell.
I Am On My way
It is not uncommon to be kept waiting by a Nigerian hence the common phrase “Nigerian/African time.” Nigerians are generally like getting late for meetings, dates appointments, weddings, birthdays, funerals, and any other event. The average Nigerian will tell you they are on their way when they are in fact still at home.
I Am In A Meeting
In case you are wondering why your uncle never responds to your calls and texts but when he eventually does, he has one pressing meeting or the other he is attending to at work, then you can be sure it is just another common Nigerian lie. Even someone whose job does not require meetings will always tell you they have a meeting to give you the impression they are busy.
Trust Me, I Am Not Lying
This lie is the default red flag for “I am a huge liar”. We have gotten used to it now and we can use it to detect liars from 100 kilometers away.
I Am Not Married
This line is commonly used by men who are looking to cheat on their wives with younger women. They take off their wedding rings and deceive their preys into believing they are still bachelors.
I Am Still A Virgin
Due to the cultural value placed on virginity in Nigeria, many girls try to lay claim to this “honour” for as long as possible especially when they aren’t yet married. That is why many girls are having sex but everyone still seems to be a virgin when you ask.
Lend Me Money, I Will Give You Back
Don’t fall for it. More often than not, those you borrow money never bother to return it. If you must be of help, it is best to dash them what you can afford and forget about it.
Tell Me The Truth, I Won’t Beat You
A common lie told by Nigerian parents when they try to get you to tell them the truth about something bad you have done. In this case, the truth does not set you free.
Network Is Bad
When you don’t want to talk to someone any longer than necessary over the phone, it is always easy to blame it on the network in a bid to disconnect the call.
Your Clothes Will Be Ready Next Week
It has been agreed upon that Nigerian tailors cannot make heaven and the reason is not far fetched. When a Nigerian tailor tells you that your clothes will be ready next week, you might as well just put your mind on next month.
I Am Not At Home
From creditors to landlords to people who you really do not want to see, this is the number one lie Nigerians tell whoever is home with them to tell on their behalf.