Nigerians love to party. We come up with parties for everything. A child is born? Yorubas have a naming ceremony when he/she is 7 days old. This often comes with a naming part and a party following it, with or without the actual baby present. In fact, it’s best if the baby isn’t there. Tuesday? Let’s pop some Bailey’s because it’s the day after Monday. We party for ANY reason. But our parties are THE BEST. If you haven’t been to a Nigerian party before, befriend a Nigerian and make them take you to one.
The party I’m describing below aren’t the ones we have at the club. They are the ones where folks are wearing native.
Why are our parties so AWESOME?
*They are NEVER on a small scale. I’ve never seen someone have a “quaint” party. Our parties can have 300-800 people invited, easily. We are no strangers to renting big halls. And it’ll be for something random too, like a 37th birthday. o__O
True story: When my Granny had her 60th birthday celebration in Nigeria, she shut down 3 blocks for 2 straight days because of it. Had a total of 4 cakes. AND had the most popular Nigerian singer (and an icon) sing live. It was Ebenezer Obey (that’s like having Luther Vandross serenade you for 4 hours). It was THAT serious. We does it SO big.
*People come dressed in their BEST. For most Nigerian parties, people are dressed to THE NINES! You haven’t seen G’ed up til you go to a Naija party and see 30 people rocking the same material clothing all in different styles. The women in elaborate headties (called geles) and the men in their long robes (agbadas). These outfits could cost up to $500 too, between buying the material, headtie and getting them sewn by your seamstress (Sidenote: Every Nigerian has a seamstress. Shoutouts to Abena on Wilson!)
Oh, and the person throwing the party will often change 2-4 times. Calculate that. Yeah Gucci what? PSHT!
*We spray money. When people dance at Naija parties, they get sprayed money. What do I mean by “spray?” I mean, people literally make it rain on your head. We were the original folks that made it rain, while others make it drizzle lightly. Everyone comes to a formal Naija party with purses and pockets full of singles because you have to spray people as they dance. And you will get sprayed too.
The people who are throwing the party get sprayed the most though. They get sprayed so much that they usually need 2-3 people designated to picking up their money from the floor. This can end up meaning they take 3-4 trashbags FULL of money home. Money money money money… MONAY!!!
I ain’t gon lie. I may go to a party and not feel like dancing. But let the spraying start, best believe I’m 2-stepping my way to the dance floor and doing some jigs. I danced for 10 minutes once and walked away with $50. KACHING!
*We party til 6 in the morning. LITERALLY. Nigerian parties are known to last until 6 or 7am. This is typical. Remember how I said we can’t be on time for nothing? Well, we get to parties at 1am and kick it until 6am.
So yeah. Nigerian birthdays, weddings, memorials (yes, even those) are events to be at. We’re a flashy people so we definitely take them the extra mile. Oh and in case you were wondering why I like Bailey’s Irish Cream so much… well you won’t go to one of our events and NOT see any. It’s our drink of choice.
Have you ever been to a Nigerian party? What did you think? To my Naija people. Do you agree?
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