In the heart of different cities in Nigeria, lies certain aggregation of houses known as ‘Face-Me-I-Face-You’. The life over there is on a whole-noda-level, I tell you.

So for those that had the ‘luxury’ of growing up in such quarters, these are some of the things they can understand perfectly:

1. The struggle to bathe every morning

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TNC / Via MemeNaija

With just one bathroom  for 50+ people, I don’t need to explain the struggle.

2. When need to take a dump and another tenant has been stuck in the toilet for the past one hour

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TNC Gifs / Via YouTube

After downing a plate of hot porridge beans, ukpaka, two boiled eggs and one bottle of Small Stout.

 

3. When it is time for monthly compound meeting

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TNC / Via MemeNaija

They will now start tabling all the fuckups in the compound like Mama Azeez, your soup dey too smell, you fit reduce the smell?

4. How you escape from your room when you see all your neighbors coming to say ‘WELCOME’ because you just came back from a trip

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TNC Gifs / Via YouTube

Don’t welcome me. Where did I go sef. Ordinary Cotonou and you people are welcoming me. If I now go to London nko?

5. All the kabashing and shouting that happen at the weekly prayer meetings

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TNC / Via PBS Kids

When the landlord leads the prayers and goes…. Every tenant, I say EVERY TENANT… holding my destiny should do what? Fall down and die! DIE! DIE! DIE!

6. After watching the Indian film – Teri Meherbaniyan, everyone in your compound will be like…

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Especially that time the dog was crying by the graveside!

7. The other tenants, when Iya Bisi starts frying her delicious puff puff

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TNC / Via Instagram [@welove2laugh]

Let me wait five minutes before I go and knock!

8. When landlord decides to add money on top house rent

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TNC / Via Imgur

Oga Landlord, ordinary one year of CHANGE and you are already increasing rent. We no go gree o!

9. How all the tenants turn up for a neighbour’s child’s naming ceremony

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TNC

*Now Singing* Ceeeeleeeebrayyyyshun time, c’mon, let’s celebrate!

10. When you are watching a movie and your neighbour’s children ‘chook’ head through your window

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TNC / Via YabaLeftOnline

If I konk you people’s head now, they wee say I am wicked!

11. When they bring all the accumulated NEPA bill to the compound

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TNC / Via Imgur

We never hexperred it.

12. When two girls start fighting over boyfriend or stolen pant

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TNC / Via YouTube [Grafton Records]

*tears bra, weavon, pant and shimi*

 

13. When NEPA brings light and the children in the compound will not let you hear word again

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TNC / Via YabaLeftOnline

Now all the children wee be shouting ‘UP NEPA’, ‘UP NEPA’ upandan!

Responses

  1. Imaobong
    😂😂😂
    This is so hilarious!
    Even though I’m sure these could be serious issues in these sort of compounds, we can also always point out the bright sides in every situation.
    2+
  2. Jade
    LOL, You forgot major points;
    1. when you dey play for backyard and pesin wey dey front sight either of your parents and shouts “ezinne your mama dey come”
    2. when two people are fighting and everyone is shouting channel 5 channel 5
    3. when your neighbor says “chukwudi your papa dey call you” and you ask him “abeg wetin him dey talk when e say make you call me” because you know you have committed.
    5. when your neighbor’s children knock immediately mumsie brings the pot of food inside the house
    5+
  3. Blaqlotus
    Number 7 killed me.. When, your ma is quarreling with a neighbor and gives you a stern warning not to greet them. And this particular neighbor is the one that shares treats for kids.
    3+
  4. Boom boom
    Or when aunty bose comes home with yet another uncle.
    We all queue by her window to see what he brought for “us”
    Or stealing aunty Rose’s fallen braid and she starts chasing us cos she’ll need it for her next Ghana weaving
    1+
  5. Boom Boom
    Na to bathe inside big baff for my sister and I. Parents wld have bathed before sunrise.
    Also when water ppl bring water! See queue to fetch after which all d children will baff under tap till we freeze.
    Those days were actually fun!
    2+

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