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Such A Sad Day For Me: Will This Name Ever Be Clean Again?

I've never had such a terrible day in my 3 years working in finance. I was speaking with someone on the phone who was supposed to give his cc details to pay his overdue bill and just as he was about giving me the details he jokingly asked what nationality i am (obviouosly from my accent) and i unproudly said Nigeria and as if i was a devil the guy hung up immediately.

Until now the fact that the name has been soiled never made meaning to me sort of but that yesterday i felt so disturbed, so bad, so sad. Just wondering if such question should come up again will i proudly say that i am a Nigerian again or decide not to answer as i am not obliged to?

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Don't let that bother you, it's happening to almost every nationality in America. The Asians are being tagged as terrorist and corrupt as well. What you can do is represent Nigeria in your own lil' way. Be honest, do your job and respect yourself. Bernie Madoff is definitely not a Nigerian and the greedy @$$wipes responsible for this worldwide crisis are not Nigerians. Similar experience happened to an ex-girlfriend few years back. A white guy called to activate his account with her company, the next thing the guy said is "Can i speak with a white person"? my ex was mixed with black and latina. So it happens to other people as well.

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Enron, global banking crisis. Na 9ja do am? In the UK, buy Exchange and Mart; turn to Business Opportunities. Tell me if a good pecentage of the adverts are not some type of scam. Is it printed in 9ja?

Does anyone say the US is fraudulent because of Enron and the banking crisis? Can the sums from Enron and Yahoo be compared?

The problem is that the average 9ja cannot hold their ground with confidence. In public, we want to shout loudest to strangers about how dirty our home is. When people say we are fraudulent, we start mentioning supporting stories as if we too are not 9ja that will be harmed. If it behaves like a donkey, its a donkey.

I hate the people giving us a bad name. So I will not change my accent or my name or feel bad in any way about it. 9ja is my home.

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i agree with this statement 100%

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Hi All,

Surely, everybody in this part of the world is in some kind of debt.  It's impossible to save up enough, inorder to buy things.  The world revolves around credit - it's what oils the engine of industry.     

Sadly, fellow-Nigerians have given everybody a bad name such that the mere mention of the name Nigeria makes some people tremble out of fear of what the one might do, by way of a scam.

That said, personally, I wouldn't trust any Nigerian with my credit card.  Never!  The same thing goes with Indians.  As soon as I hear an Indian voice on the phone at a call centre, I just hang up, swear at them for taking someone else's job in the UK, or ask to speak to a UK-based call centre.  They are just as bad as our people when it comes to scamming.

My advice to you is never lie about your country of origin - Nigeria.  Never deny your roots either, because of some ignorant people out there.  Be proud of who you are - sod them!  It doesn't matter what they think of you. 

kiwi992.

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for up to 3 years plus now BA dont accept your cards online for flights to nigeria unless u have an idemnity in place to pay if the transaction dont go through. they dont accept $100 and sometimes £50 notes for payment onboard too. every good business should protect itself from all forms of frauds so i dont blame them.

some people where trying to be funny here 2 yrs ago when i asked why a nigerian would be paying £10 for an MTN card barely 5 mins to landing in naija. of course he was trying to pay with $100 note. it was so obvious he was up to no good but he made noise so much you would think they were about to kill him. they were racist in his book.

so many people give us a bad name

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I wont blame the guy for doing so. It's all down to the perception we have created in the minds of people for ourselves. I may also hesitate to give a Nigerian my credit card details in a call centre, knowing that there are quite a lot of Nigerians in the UK who are unashamedly into these credit card things.

Its up to us to start shopping the idiots among us who make the world laugh us to scorn.

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learn to answer questions with questions,

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The issue raised by the poster is something that happens on a daily basis, i have had experiences in that regard but when it keeps happening on a regular basis then one begins to wonder if nigerians are the only ones involved in fraudulent activities.

I used to work in a call center a couple of years ago in the uk and a colleague who happens to be a naija guy always get calls hunged up on him when it gets to the credit card part. The guy can not fake accent hence it was easy to know he is a nigerian.

I think it easy for some people to say there is no big deal about it but when being a nigerian start being a block on your ambition then you realise how serious this is.

Fraud is a big thing in nigeria and the number of nigerians involved in fraudulent acts is not by no means small.

Infact 419 and yahoo yahooism is like a prominent economic sector in nigeria as the number of operators and perpetrators is increasing at an alarming rate.

Imaging being warning about getting calls from nigerians trying to make orders with stolen cards and the next 2 calls you get are from nigerians placing orders with cards that doesnt bear their name.

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I actually wondered if you were joking about the Nigeria thing. Thanks for explaining anyway.

yes, some companies do that because of the high level of fraud and scams associated with the country.

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Inasmuch as i know its true our name's been soiled like diapers, I dont give a f%*k about wat they think seriously!! I dont care!

The greatest fraud of the modern era or indeed the century, Bernie Maddof, true to his name made-off with over a billion dollars of people's sweat.

I f*cking billion!

I no sure say y! boys don scam people reach dat amount since d inception of fraud for naija. Chai!

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make the ladies go hang. if they have a bad rlshp with some naija man they should be matured enough not to make a hasty generalisation of all naijamen.

instead they should examine themselves and find out why they attract only bad men.

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Now that is the funniest!!! ROFLMAO!!

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that is how low Nigeria descended oh 'how the mighty are falling"

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Roflmao!!! This is seriously terrible! Ghanians now look down their noses at us? OH GOSH!!! lol

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The Ghanians are not only laffing at Nigerians.

Nigerians are now running to Ghana looking for greener pastures.

Some Ghanian friends that i have are now blaming Nigeria for the stealing and some petty fraud going on in the country, and do i blv them, yes i do, cos we are just pathetic liars.

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i love that name for that dumb sucker.

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You must be a barrel of laughs at parties eh?

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Considering we are discussing the negative stereotyping of Nigerians, I think the clip in your profile will soon have them calling us insensitive, . . .what, with the recent death of Mike Tyson's daughter. It is just not right nor funny.

Please Please Please remove it.

In fact I will endure your picture in its place.

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True. Akunyili's rebranding effort is understandable for that reason , even as it is doomed  to fail because of its insincere attempt to "put the cart before the horse" . I can understand that our universal negative image riles Akunyili , and virtually all decent Nigerians ,  but she must understand that the World did not just choose to single out Nigeria.  When , for example , our politicians and leaders (to include Akunyili ) partisanly used our armed forces, miscreant thugs and Electoral commision to shame our entire nation in full view of the world over the Ekiti Gubernatorial elections did they not think of the damage they were doing to our collection reputation? Our negative perception by others is not the result of victimisation and it will not be wished away with anything but  a sincere attempt from Nigeria and Nigerians to do what is right and just always. That is what earns you an enduring good reputation !!!

@ Poster . Abeg , like someone said already , just say you are Ghanaian next time !!!

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No. The same Ghanaians that claimed to be nigerians in the 70s/early 80s are now laughing at you.

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From the Government YAR A'LIAR to young men and women in Nigeria, there are too many YAHOOZE, or YAHOO YAHOO.

Ordinary people are 419's , Our Government are 41(12) dozen . The rebranding excercise MUST start with our own President start being responsible to the people and the electorate and tell the truth.

He lied and continue to lie, the head of a country, believe me no one will trust citizen of lieing country President.

Read my lips ' I WILL DECLARE EMERGENCY ON POWER WITHIN 100 DAYS OF ASSUMING OFFICE'

President YAR A'LIAR April 2007

Today's date: 16th June 2009 = 2 years 2 months.

If the head of the home does not tell the truth, you cannot exepct the kids in the house to tell the truth.

I am sorry for the posters predicament, this is all we go through on daily basis.

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ok!

She can continue feeling depressed then.

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Well said, but how easy we can shake things off is not same.

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well, I dont see what moaning over it is supposed to achieve, thats all.

Stuff happens. Shake it off and move on.

The same customer will be praising Nigeria to the high heavens if they offer him some contracts there.

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it depends.

Some people also give you the funny stare because your naija brothers used them for green card then went home and brought over another wife.

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So u just finding that out?

But i will never pretend to be from a different country though, i remember a Nigerian for life, and i will challenge any nationality for that.

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I wonder how come some of us don't see what the poster is trying to say. To be honest, even I won't give my credit card details to a Nigerian over the phone!!! only in cases where the person in question is my friend ad even at that, I have to be careful.

The truth is a few people have spoilt the name of the country and as such, rubbed mud on a lot of others. It is so bad that when you even introduce yourselves to some citizens of poor countries in the world even in Africa, the first reaction you get is a general laughter, then they try to cover up by saying some funny things and massaging your ego.

For me, I do not think I will be hapy walking around carrying some other country's passport or tagging my self with any country except the one I was born in and I am proud of. We have our short comings, our leaders are thieves, some of us followers are scums, and I understand that this may view the way people look at me but everytime I have the opportunity, I will defend NIGERIA in all ways I can!

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So the name nigeria is no longer saleable?

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should have said Ghanaian or Senegalese. Get with the times.

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Like Kobojunkie has said, dont take it personal, it has nothing to do with you.

So just dust it off and go about your daily duty.

Good luck.

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Thanks for clearing that up. I wonder if none here owes a dime to another!

I had the similar experience a couple of years ago, while working as a sales clerk as one of the major banks here. Now it is not your fault, so you should not blame yourself. Also, do not blame the man for hanging up as it is possible he may have been a victim of 419 himself. Just take some time to compose yourself and get rid of that guilt( if any), continue your work. 

In my case, the lady asked me to call my supervisor so she could confirm she just gave away her information to someone legit and she was nice about it. My Manager almost had to give her own SSN to the lady to assure her we were legit. She finally had to give her direct number to the bank before the lady finally calmed down. Roflmao!!

I definitely know of the "Not being able to pay with a credit card" experience too. I happen to make purchases with HP with no problem but the day I called to have a machine shipped to Nigeria, I was told I would have to go to another HP reseller to pay with my credit card. I did not know if to laugh or cry and it so happened the person I was talking to happened to be somewhere in India. Roflmao!!

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Maybe the guy got scared.

Maybe all he has heard made him think, the faster you hung up the lesser the chance of his info being stolen.

I do admit, he doesnt have to hang up, but that only show you how scary "Nigeria" sounds to people.

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Poster is just begining. We have seen these things over and over. Grow a thick skin, sis.

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Yes mam, i live outside Nigeria.

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@ayomifull

Have you travelled outside nigeria before?

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Now as if that is not enough while just getting over that sad incidence i just called klm to pay for a reservation i did online yesterday topay over the phone the agent i spoke with ''kindly'' told me it is not possible to pay for this flight over the phone but directly on their desk at the airport. I should not have asked why because the answer to my why added to my problem the agent said 'because Lagos is a fraud destination and we have credit card fraud at the moment''

Now i know there is problem with this name and i dont find it funny.

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well, its your Nigerian brothers and sisters giving you a bad name. Neither are their activities going to stop anytime soon because these things are part and parcel of our culture.

Stuff happens. Get over it and move on.

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Yeah i understand i am not under any obligation to disclose that if i dont want to, but come to think of it someone asks you what nationality you are and you have to think for a few seconds and say em em that has got nothing to do with my job. I understand when someone ask the question with some sort of racism on his voice but someone just want to be friendly and just ask isnt it a shame and isnt it so disgraceful that you cant proudly answer it. Now i understand why some ppl are having changing the colour of their passpt. So sad.

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Omo it happened to me about a 5 years ago when i was working in call centre - Solution give the caller a different nationality

it is not your fault - Get over it

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The world is owing, so cos he is owing dont make him a loser.

people like him make some people keep a job

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the man owes on his overdue credit card and he's still making yanga.

what a loser.

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welcome to the club.

i dont see any change to that anytime soon.

Next time, just say, what has my nationality got to do with the bills.

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