That word must be missing from our dictionaries.
We tend to say the most off the wall things and while I understand that half of the time, it's really not intentional, I have lived in Obodo Oyibo for way too long to know that ok, we need to watch how we talk.
I find myself randomly browsing random people's picture comments on Facebook and I'll see comments like this---> 'You look like you've added o. Did you add?' (Add= Gain weight)...and I'm sitting there thinking no shit! If they look like they added, then spank me silly..they probably did!
Or---> 'Ahhh what happened to you? You've added o'..again, spank me silly!
Me sef, I've been subject to a few tactless comments. I remember when my aunt saw me last christmas and all she kept on harping about was 'how fat I've become'. Of course she must have been going from the days when I used to wear a size 3/4 in express pants and I upgraded to a size 5/6. Now that's fat?
Or the most recent one that inspired this post. I picked my mom up from the airport on Sarraday. She had flown in from Naija with a friend of hers that I haven't seen since 2005..so me na, I tok say make I go greet the woman.
Me: Aunty Good evening. *Reaches out for a hug*
Aunty: Mgbeke! *Hugs me back*...You've added. You have pimples. What happened?
I really and truly did brush it off my shoulders. For one, after the initial irritation, I realized that she was just being her typical Naija self and she probably didn't mean anything by it. Secondly, I have no issues with my weight and oh yes! I am a fine girl with pimples so no shaking.
I was just randomly thinking about how we Naija people tend to comment on everything we see without thinking hence the reason for his post.
Aniwoos hHow una dey sha? How ya weekend?
I'm enjoying the mom's visit actually o. The woman too dey worry sometimes sha...like I just KNOW she was one of them evil seniors who used to send ju babes up and down but it's all good. That aside, it's been nice. She cooked one correct Oha soup ehnnn...chei mai pipu. Na to lick plate die be that one o!
I go hala!