When Africans, particularly Nigerian parents spends their money to send their wards to school, they assume you’re going to become one of the following – A doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, basically something of that nature.
But now, as the world keeps evolving, some professions have been added to that very short list. We now have people appreciating their children in other fields – geology, biotechnology and even entertainment/sport – music, acting and football. After they heard that Wizkid charges millions per show and that Mikel Obi’s salary per month is what they’ll collect as gratuity after 35 years of service? Why wouldn’t they agree a appreciate you? But still at that, there are a few jobs that not all Nigerian parents have come to admit. A lot of them have to do with the fact that they cannot brag about it to their friends or in most cases, cannot explain fully what you do.
“KUNBI IS A DOCTOR”, “SADIQ IS A LAWYER”
“MY SON? HE WORKS WITH..ERRMM… OYA BANKOLE, TELL YOUR AUNTIE WHAT YOU SAY YOU DO AGAIN”
Here’s A List of Jobs Nigerian Parents Still Do Not fully Understand:
Try explaining to an average Nigerian parent that you are a blogger and the reaction is one you will never forget. Trust me, you no go ever forget am for your life!
The ones that even seem to understand what it means will still ask you to come and explain why and how you successfully spent their money abroad, and now all you do is carry make-up around their house teaching strangers (your “fans”) how to use it. Instead of you to kuku apply for a teaching job, you’re there wasting your life on the internet.
And the parents who do not understand will spend nights trying to figure how your sharing food preparation methods as a food blogger will bring money to the house.. In fact they begin to organise prayer sessions for you.. lol
“SO WHAT DO YOU DO NOW TIMI”
“I WRITE CODES AND DEVELOP PROGRAMS FOR COMPANIES”
What kind of programs really? Church programs? Abi what exactly does this your program do? Tell us!
“I knew you shouldn’t have gone to that school. We should have invested the money instead of you to sit down all day and be pressing laptop”
“ARE YOU SURE IT’S NOT 419 YOU’RE DOING?”
“SO YOU’VE DECIDED WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS CARRY A CAMERA AND BE SNAPPING PEOPLE EHN?”
HOW WILL YOU MAKE IT IN LIFE? IS THIS WHAT WE SENT YOU TO SCHOOL TO DO? HOW WILL YOU TAKE CARE OF US IN OUR OLD AGE?
Nigerian parents will never get this
4. Social Media Managers/PR Executives
“SO NNANNA EXPLAIN EXACTLY TO YOUR UNCLE WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING BECAUSE I DON’T UNDERSTAND CLEARLY”
“UNCLE, I WORK WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND THE LIKES”
Your dad and your uncle probably look at each other, sigh and try to understand how you work with Facebook – the same facebook they use to post about their rendezvous in the old boy’s association groups. Lol.. they think you’re going crazy. Lol
Nigerian parents will never understand being a model too. Most especially about the ones from staunch religious families
“SO YOU WANT TO GO AND SHOW OFF YOUR NAKEDNESS TO THE WHOLE WORLD ABI?” AND MAKE US LOOK LIKE WE DIDN’T GIVE YOU PROPER HOME TRAINING EHN? NOT IN THIS HOUSE.
The ones that understand modeling will try to understand how that will make money over a long period of time.
No words. Nigerian parents will insult you for even thinking about it in the first place.
THAT’S ASSOCIATING YOURSELF WITH BAD GANGS AND USELESS CHILDREN. LOOK! BEFORE YOU MAKE US LOOK LIKE WE DIDN’T TRY OUR BEST TO TRAIN YOU IN THE WAY OF THE LORD, WE WILL DISOWN YOU.
Make beautiful art pieces and have exhibitions. But the average Nigerian parent will say no to this.
“YOU BETTER DROP THIS HOBBY AND PURSUE REAL LIFE” COS I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEED YOUR FAMILY WITH ALL THIS SHADOW PAINTING AND WOOD
Haa!! Omo no be small thing.. but then we love our Naija parents just like that. They only want the best for us. So taking things ‘P, is out of it.. na to explain till they grab..