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34 Year Old Nigerian Man Who Can't Drive: Normal?

A 34 Year Old Nigerian Man Who Doesn't Know How To Drive A Car? Normal?

O.K, I just had a chat with a friend of mine, she's just got hooked up with this guy based in Nigeria, the problem she claims she's having is that the guy says he does'nt know how to drive a car, not to talk of owning one!

Now don't get me wrong here, she is not a goldigger, she just refuses to accept that at this very age and time any guy above the age of 25 years should at least have the courage to handle a car, especially in Nigeria where driving rules are not too rigid, also she claims that it's a form of psychological way of assessing how adventurous and strong will powered an individual is?

I mean honestly speaking I tried to convince her against this belief but then, I would like you to share your views, Even as a girl, I started my own driving curiosity when I was 13 years, either begging our driver or a friend's.

Can one honestly use this to ascertain a man's willingness to take risk? Or is he just slow?

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I will be more concerned if a 34 year old does not have the basic IT skills to survive in any decent job in Naija. Driving is not that special. You can learn to drive when you want to. I have a friend who will only be driving in a few weeks when his car is delivered. Friends had tried to embarass him into driving before then but he does not see the urgency in it. He has multiple work place/enterpreneur skills that he considers more urgent than driving.

You can pick up practical driving skills in a day or two. why are we making it look like its something special.

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if you don't have a car, there is no need for you to learn.

after learning how to drive

can you go to the embassy for visa?

after learning how to drive

can you get a work through it?

after learning how to drive

can you get rich through it?

abi make fuel finish you up

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Abeg driving has nothing to do with adventure. My dad was not rich enough to own a car when I was growing up so I never touch a steering. I left naija when I was 17yrs old came to London where the driving rules are tough that if you break it you could end up in jail. As a broke student I could not learn to drive because it cost about £21 an hour for a driving lesson and an average novice will do upto 30 lessons to pass his test. At the age of 21 with a few pounds in my pocket I did 5 lessons, bought a car, drove it without license, crashed it  two days after (lack of experience), police everywhere and I found myself in court begging not to be jailed. I did not touch a car until I was 27yrs old did enoug lesson and finally passed my test.

I am a businessman I risk thousand of pounds and I even sell cars sometimes, WOULD YOU SAY I AM NOT ADVENTUROUS.

There are lots of men in naija that simple have never had the opportunity to learn or own a car. Would you let someone drive your car for practice in naija.

I hope your friend is not a spoilt snub.

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YOUR WORDS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>especially in Nigeria where driving rules are not too rigid, also she claims that it's a form of psychological way of assessing how adventurous and strong will powered an individual is?>>>>>>>>>

From ur words ,u re quite correct but not totally.I think u should use other parameters to jugde how adventurous he is.I am 29 yrs and started aactually driving 3yrs ago.Although i could tell u how to drive 10 yrs ago.i.e I know all there is to know theoretically 10 yrs ago.

The Nigerian economy is d main reason why many Nigerians cant drive.Its even better now with the advent of tokunbo cars=more opportunities to drive.I am one of the few lucky ones.I had to wait to buy my own car b4 i could drive.

Am sure the guy is courageous enough and like most nigerians knows he could drive well within 3days of learning.

Just get him a car and he will suprise u .I bet he will take u to diner and home safely regardless of the chaotic lagos traffick within 3 days of handling the steering.

You and I know drivinfg a car is no task.

When a 10yr old road-side mechanic can ride a bike and a 15 yr old road-side mechanic or conductor can take u from Ikeja over the longest bridge across a river in africa(10 km----3rd mainland bridge) to Obalende/race-course safely.

Abeg if u luv the guy ,give am try and if not stop wasting ur time and his using un-necessary pretext.CHIKENA

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i think it has to do with opportunity and time, some people don't have the opportunity to learn while some can't just make out time and you know time waits for nobody

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And for your dad owning more than 20 cars not knowing how to drive! well <<i have nothing to say, but I'm going to waste valuable time and space saying it>>

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But I didn't say he doesnt know how to drive well, I said he doesn't know how to drive! At all.

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Do you think it is a crime not knowing ho w to drive a car well from my own point of view i don't see anything bad in it cause you may start by having a driver in your first workplace thereby the need doesn't arise and moreover is it someone who doesn't have a car that will learn how to drive? From what i have seen many non nigerians are out there without the knowledge of how to drive a car cause they take train most of the time

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I believe it not a big deal for him not to know how to drive a car. You must understand how things work in this part of the world. Do you know that some families don have cars at all am talking of extended families some people are at that cross of the society. Now how do you expecting someone that his relatives and his father those not have a car or his friends. If you don have a car in Nigeia you are looked down upon for me i started learning how to drive about 2months ago because i will By Gods Grace buy mine buy the end of the year and itś because a close friend of mine takes time to teach me. So don blame the guy itś the situation here in nigeria. But itś not too late to learn

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or they got a chauffeur

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@ niajacutee, i dont think laykay was referring to you, he was only refering to the first poster i guess

And for your dad owning more than 20 cars not knowing how to drive well, i ll say this is where too much money comes in. why spend all the money alone, divide the labour and share the burden, give driver,give drycleaner,give house boy, give chef,give cleaner,give gardner,give gateman jare afterall, its too much money but come to think of it, dont you think times are that he would wanna drive alone,be alone and have fun alone without a driver?

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No, with all due respect, he's nopt abnormal. He has got a driver

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hey the guy must be abnormal what has he been doing since? or letting a woman drive him around? thats bad!

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I do not think that driving is compulsary. If I decide not to drive, I can hire a driver. The issue is not driving but owing a car. I remebered quarrelling with my cousin concerning his car, and right there I swore not to touch anyone car until I buy mine.

So if someone does not drive there may be a reason for that, what of if none of hgis relation has a car or even a freind. If you win Glo promo now and they give a car, if you do not know how to drive, you will go and learn because you now own one

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Just teach him or get him a driver .

Noteverybody that drivesa car can Drive.There is more to driving than moving a car.

I will not sit with just anybody .

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What a man can do, a woman can do better. Your friend can drive him around with the hired car or teach him. Duh!

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@diddy4

yeah u feel me , there are some things in life one should have the desire to achieve at a point in life, d problem now might be, he feels too ashamed or too big to ask his friend for assistance now especially if he doen't yet have the savings to buy one, believe me u've got 2 equip yourselves of somethings in life before the need arises-- O.K CHECK THIS OUT my friend says she 'll be going to nigeria in a couple of months, she might either hire a car to move around or get one from her relatives. in the U.K , we drive right hands, she says she might not be too confident to drive left hand at her arrival especially on nigerian roads, so HOW DO U THINK BOTH OF THEM WILL GO OUT TRIPPING ? TAKE OKADA ?

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yeah, i get what u mean chinani. that might be another possibility too.

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well, if he cant afford a car and he has friend and family members that can teach him, then i think its a fault on his part.

it was my friends that taught me how to drive before my dad even decided to send me to a driving school.

may be he is shy to ask knowing he cant afford one or he just doesnt wann@ learn how to drive because he cant afford one.

which ever one is the case, i still think your friend should stick with him and let him be. its not as if the care issue is what she wants in a man. abi is it what she wants in a man?

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ehm ---- not really, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't possess d drive to learn anyhow.

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@beyonce1

just one quetion,

can d dude afford a car?

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its really no biggie. Whats d point learning how to drive when you dont have access to cars. But preparation + opportunity = luck. When you have the opportunity abeg explore and b4 u know it, you have learned yet anada thing! its fun, u ll enjoy it

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maybe he didn't have anybody who would lend him their car to practice with?

i don't think its ridiculous at all.

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Who cares if he can't drive? Just be patient, he'll learn , end of story.

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not everyone has the same opportunity as doz of us who are fortunate enough to drive. he might have never had that chance to go and drive. your friend might have met him and i know damn well dat when she did, he wasnt driving cuzz he cant drive. she should either teach him how to drive(which is pointless cuzz he aint got no car) so he will have a knowledge of it than contemplating whether to leave the guy or not.

people are face with different circumstances and only those fortunate enough to learn how to drive will make good use of that opportunity.

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