«Home

Why Do Nigerians Especially Those Abroad Hate The Nigerian Accent?

If an Italian speaks English, he speaks with his heavy accent

The French, the German, eastern Europeans etc speak English with their own accent.

Our Nigerian brothers and sisters socialise with them without complaining. But the moment they see a Nigerian with a heavy accent, they will be like hooo?

why is it soooooooo?

Unfortunately the victims begin to make effort to blend focusing on changing accent and forgeting the importance of proper English pronunciation.

Another form of mental slavery?

Avatar
Newbie
43 answers

Smh, sounds like their suffering from of self hatred.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I love naija accent

I remember this afican guy came on this comedian show (american) and he was making fun of africa or african ppl. he had an accent and all (natural accent, i think he was from mali or something like that) then he showed the audience his "photo album of his family". The pages were nothing but blk paper and he was like "this is my family" so you know the audience was cracking up, some were shaking their heads.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Well, when it comes to pidgin English people love the Nigerian accent

0
Avatar
Newbie

@OP you pretty much answered your own question. It's mental slavery. I feel like even if other people make fun of something this is part of you, that should make you embrace it even more because they feed off of your insecurities. Nigerians abroad should not try to hide their accents because that is who they are.

@Spiked according to an American comedian (black guy) who did a joke on Comic View about how he'd rather hear a girl talking sexy in a spanish, french and Caribbean accent than Nigerian, ofcourse this had the ignorant audience cracking up but thats just ignorance. Slavery messed us up bad.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hahahahahah!!! Omg, do you remember when a lot of people in Nigeria were saying FERK instead of FORK??

That was the most annoying thing ever!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

Nigerian accent is mint. . . . .It sucks only when tribal phonetics are applied to it.

There are some Nollywood movies where actors go with the Naija accent without faking and it sounds really nice.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I love the naija british(posh) accent. And no not the innit peckham, brixtion. . basically not the ghetto ones.

0
Avatar
Newbie

agaba sorry to say but you must have gone to a public school. I was born and bred in Nigeria and only moved to Europe two years ago but anytime I speak people think i grew up in u.k or u.s.

0
Avatar
Newbie

where did you get that from? I sincerely beg to disagree.I think the well educated nigerian with little or no mother tongue interfrence has one of the best sounds from Africa.Kenyans ke? immediately they talk you know they are kenyan but a well spoken nigerian who speaks well(not silly 'innit' 'yeah') will be asked where that accent comes from.I have had clients ask me if i was canadian,american when they heard me speak on the phone and i feel that i sound nigerian(without the yoruba 'H'factor)

0
Avatar
Newbie

what baffles me though is how some people go ahead to put their mis-pronounciation down.

Take a look

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-187502.0.html#msg2992919

0
Avatar
Newbie

But let me ask you. With what yardstick do you measure primitivity?

0
Avatar
Newbie

Because it sounds very backward and primitive. Nigerians tend to speak a bad level of english compared to South Africans and Kenyans.

0
Avatar
Newbie

David Imitating American means prounoucing it the way it is done. I am sure that no one will 'pardon' you if you pronounce English word the way the news casters in CNN and BBC. Most of those guys have little or not accent and even when they have, the pronouciations are clear.

We all know a problem those who were thought English in nigeria face.

For instance

we pronouce teeth as tit

Bath is bat or baff when the person wants to be phonetical. It all stems from those who taught us. Thos could be improved on.

But say 'Innit' instead of 'isn't it' is rubbish. Nobody will 'pardon you for saying isn't it

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hi All,

As a Nigerian, I wouldn't say that I hate the Nigerian accent.  Hating it is similar to hating my people and that can never happen.

The problem is that the Nigerian accent is very strong and it's hard to understand what our people are saying, most of the time.  One really has to listen hard.  Indeed, this holds true with people from other African countries as well.  It's either that our people speak too fast or are inaudible because they are rushing to finish their sentences.

If only they could speak slowly and pronounce the words in syllables, that would be great because majority do speak excellent English.  By the way, Nigerians and the Irish have the strongest accent.

As a kid arriving newly in the UK many years ago, I had to attend elocution classes inorder to 'polish' my accent.

kiwi992.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I am not sayin that missing or adding things to an English word is right. Though it is part of accent such can be overcome so that one can pass across his message. Such defects in accent that can distort a communication like adding h to as to sound like has is not proper and it can be overcome.

But the ajebo type type that comes from inferiority complex irritates me

0
Avatar
Newbie

I'm sure most of the people clowning the accent in this thread have a thick one.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Mah bad, Hi mean no 'arm and Hi ave halways said hit to anyone who will lizzen that it his a melodic assent. Very sweet hin the 'ears.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Ok Nigerian accent is definitely better than Ghanaian

0
Avatar
Newbie

David said he likes Hausa English.

Could it be because they make no effort to imitate foreign accent?

0
Avatar
Newbie

No ma'am, my name is n-guage and I know when people lie, a lot of them are genuinely in love with it.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Thats Ghanian, no dey mix am up. Na so you don tey for abroad?

0
Avatar
Newbie

The beuty is that Nigerians really have different accents. Even Yorubas have about ten different accents

The young rich educated yoruba.

The young educated yoruba

The illiterate yoruba

The old yoruba

The old educated yoruba

The rich educated yoruba

and that's not all of it.

0
Avatar
Newbie

they actually shake their heads to mean yes whereas the rest of the world nods for yes

0
Avatar
Newbie

Oh please. They pull that line on everyone cos it's the in thing now to like "exotic stuff"

What's your name

Blah blah

Oh that sounds so unique and pretty.

It's like abeg shut up.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Nigerian accents are beautiful, you want try how girls dey ask me where my accent is from. Eh

0
Avatar
Newbie

Indian accent isnt funny/. It's the fact they shake their heads like they are playing ludo in their brains that is hilarious

Osisi I maintain they are worse than us jo.

0
Avatar
Newbie

The generalization for this forum dey alarming.

Question is what does a Nigerian accent sound like?

0
Avatar
Newbie

douin souf accent I can't stand! I swear It's like. . . out with it already! Sheesh!

0
Avatar
Newbie

You are the only person who could help sort out Ruby's problem.

So a virtual german husband would be handy as you are already in germany

0
Avatar
Newbie

I'd rather that they dont even talk sef

Lmao Boston accent ke? Those people sound like sheep.

0
Avatar
Newbie

My own mother sef dey immitate accent.

she'll say to my child

get me some  worra (water)

do you wa'nna eat jellof

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hausa english is the best.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I like NY/Boston accent

0
Avatar
Newbie

we have the right to love other accents. I for one like Italian language and the accent.

They like their own and make no effort to sound like the english.

Why do we force ourselves to speak like the londoner. They have their own peculair accent different from the the midlands and so on.

Fairplay to those born abroad.  Though they hate everything nigerian including their accent.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I still don't understand why you think it's a form of mental slavery. Explain plz

0
Avatar
Newbie

French is sexy. Italian is sexy. Dutch? Um No.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Do they change their accent? No They do not.

Those who make fun of their accent are the english who thinks they should speak like them.

Why should they abandon their accent for Enlish accent?

0
Avatar
Newbie

How is it a gneralization if I heard them speak and giving my own personal observation? It sounds terrible to MY ears

0
Avatar
Newbie

gosh, german language is so sexy!

0
Avatar
Newbie

People make fun of German accents all the time

or is it just me?

The German & Dutch sound terrible

0
Avatar
Newbie
Your answer
Add image

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.