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The "African" Smell?

why do people say jjc Africans smell??

my pastor (born and raised in 9ja) said in a sermon one sunday that whenever he returns from a trip back home, he takes 5 showers to wash off the smell. almost everyone laughed becuz they knew what he was talking about.

some time ago, i heard 2 AA girls on a train talking about how bad newly arrived africans smell.

i haven't noticed any smell from JJC africans to the U.S.

what is this smell that pple are talking about? just curious

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I think every color has its own distinct smell. . . Now wether the smell is pleasant or not is story for another day.

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i dnt think its as bad as a lot of people in here describe. pakistani/indian people smell because of their food, i dislike it a lot, but its their culture and one has to respect it. not to say i no dey react to it sometimes. however, havent una noticed that every home has a different "smell" to it? in your own house u dnt notice it. naija is naija, and nothings like home!

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I think we as people have our own oder, it's call DNA. You can take the same perfume and spray it on two of three people and get two or three different smells.

I have a friend from Nigeria and he takes a bath up to three times a day. I know he wakes his kids up before school for a bath, when they come from school and once they get ready for bed. 

I only take a bath once a day and thats in the morning before I go to work. If I need to freshenup later in the day I will.

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Any smell you dont like, block your nose or remove yourself from the vicinity of the odour.

If that's not possible then keep hollering about it everywhere.

Any of those options is fine.

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I believe that, naturally, we as black people have a distinct odor (though not as bad as white or central americans, and nowhere as bad as asians----especially the chinese. hehehehehe). i used to smell the african/haitian cab drivers alot. but the day i knew that Nigerians had a certain odor was at a party in NY earlier this year. everyone was dressed to the T; lookn all classy and poo. but the moment u stepped in what hit u was how rancid the whole place stunk, i couldnt even try to talk to any gal in there.uuuuurrrrggggggghhhh!!!!!

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i just looked up jamie foxx's africa jokes. that boy is a trip! LOL

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jamie foxx once made fun of us in one of his comedy shows about his first visit to Africa and he was talking about the "African Smell".

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lol. chiogo. the girl i'm talking about was smelling like ogbonno soup and something like that. that kind of smell made me hungry for some reason is why i appreciated it. but I pitied her because I don't want to be smelling up and down like that lol

@Uchenna, where do u live? in the cold, showering too often will just dry out your skin plus you are certainly not sweating as much in cold weather.

and if you're a student with early morning classes, showering at night is no biggie.

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I'd say the average cleanest person would have a smell, if they didn't use deodorant.

Sweating, allowing it to dry on your skin, sweating again can lead to unpleasant odours. Often, it's the clothes that smell, not the wearer.

Not limited to Africans though.

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There's nothing like AFRICAN SMELL as far as I'm concerned.

It's body odour maybe from some people

The smell me I know is of the Chinese, they got a general body odour.

Not all smell thou but majority smells::: kinda of odour male/female

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I can't really say I associate it with Nigerians sha. The Bo is just BO. The Nigerians I am surrounded by do not walk around with BO except the few here and there at church

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There is a particular smell I usually associate with Nigeria, not neccesarily a bad thing but it just has this distinct smell.

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You smell it when you hit the airport in Lagos and I used to go to a Nigerian church in Chicago which I will not name and one particular day I opened the door and was hit with the smell of overwhelming body odor. I don't think it is because they are dirty because if anything Africans take more showers than the average American. The body odor comes from sweating like everybody else but not using deodorant.

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WHO DOESN'T SMELL? Stench is not a respecter of race. I work part-time as a cashier, and gosh do people smelllllllllll? Ranging from the Americans to Mexicans to AA's, a dirty man will always be a dirty man especially the smokers. I have my lysol with me to spray and disinfect the area after they have killed me finish with their stench. Just this week, I made myself nauseous because I was holding my breath. So who doesn't smell?

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The "African Smell" I have always encountered in the U.S. and Naija is body odour. I mean overwhelming funk. it was sooo overwhelming on the airplane ride to Naija, and in various places- I would gag (and still do).

Some people just don't believe in Soap. my in-laws help supposedly washes, but he doesn't use soap- so he reeks!

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African Smell? Lmao! You learn something new everyday.

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Yes its true, some Indians/Pakastanis also have a strong smell.

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^ well, my pastor is African not indian/pakistani. the 2 AA girls on the train were talking about Africans, not indians/pakistanis.

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Lol, there is a smell, sometimes its B.O, which people have even abroad. I must say its probably not always the food, because many of us eat the same food abroad (although maybe we dont flush our bodies out with enough water). Whenever I come back from Nigeria I do notice a musty smell all over my clothes which I have to wash at least twice to get rid of, but I dont smell it while in Nigeria.

I think it may have something to do with the generator fumes in the heat, it also hits you as soon as you get off the plane.

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there are different african smells

some from stinky foods, some from BO

but africans do smell(not all but ALOT), Truth be told

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i know when i got off the plane here in nigeria i was imediatly struck by the "smell" but i have to say it was BO. some people here i have tried to talk into wearing deoderant start off on this whole "its all posioned and the evil ones use it to kill/cripple/maime us" i have gotten used to smelling others BO but i do demand anyone who comes to my house use at least collogne if thet refuse deoderant/antipersperant

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but we eat naija food abroad and there's no smell- not that i know of.

maybe not using deodorant does have something to do with it.

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It's not so much an 'African smell'.

Some of the guys (men and women) that 'smell' are those who have not acquired the good habit of using deodarants. Some simply can't afford it. Sometimes it's the lingering odour from having indulged in a steamy dish of pounded yam and the heavily spiced soup that usually goes with it. What some people don't realise is the fact that some of our spices do have very powerful odours, which the 'uninitiated' can't fully appreciate and which follows us evrywhere we go. That's until we've had a good wash and sprayed that perfume or whatever it is that we like to spray on ourselves.

It's just like the lingering smell of garlic on the breath of someone whose just had a heavily spiced Asian meal and forgotten to rinse out there mouth and pop a mint or something in it.

Unfortunately a lot of the newly arrived guys-the illegal ones anyway-can't afford to attend to their personal hygiene. Others who do are not aware that the smell from the food can linger with them for the whole day. And it is a problem which can't really be ignored. It's just that there's really no nice way to tell your paddy that s/he smells of crayfish without coming across insensitive!

So it's not an 'African thing' per se.

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