Mobile phone penetration in Nigeria is at an all time high! Whenever a trendy gadget is introduced into the market, within a few days, you will find it in the country. A clear example can be found with the current scramble for the latest Apple iPhones. With the growing use of mobile devices, there are a few habits that are unique to Nigerians alone. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shed more light on some of these quirks.
One person, three different phones
Call it show off or whatever you like, Nigerians use more than one phone. This is no a fault of theirs. To a very large extent, the reason for this is because of the inadequacies of the telecom providers. So, to prevent yourself from being stuck especially when the mobile services are erratic, you can easily switch to your second or third line. However, there are a few people who use more than one phone to create a spectacle.
Disclosing your life history over the phone
In public spaces, many Nigerians discuss private and sensitive matters over the phone. They discuss family brawls, business transactions and their destination over the phone among complete strangers. This has led them to been trailed and attacked by unscrupulous persons. It is advisable to tell the person to call back or simply send them a text. Even with that, there are some who cannot just get their eyes off your phone screen.
Respecting seniors is a culture embedded in Nigerians. However, what will you say about someone that is so courteous over the phone that they could genuflect or kneel down? As far as the person is not physically present, it is not necessary to curtsy. Some people can use ‘’sir or ma’ more than 5 or 6 times in their phone conversations.