In my late teens and early twenties, anytime I saw a man or woman from Akwa-Ibom or Cross River State, I would laugh till my intestines hurt. Their language was so funny. And like every ignorant girl, I thought Nigeria was just made up of Yorubas, Igbos and 'Hausas.'
Infact I remember walking into a toilet stall when I overheard some people speaking in a language, I kept trying over and over to decipher if it was the Chinese language or if it was the Efik/Ibibio Language. It turned out to be some ladies speaking Efik.
That day, I crowned them 'Nigerian Chinese' (of course, it was said silently in my mind, those ladies looked mean!)
At every turn when I saw them, I laughed at their language because well, it just seemed funny. The rise and fall of the pitch and tongue twisting words seemed impossible to comprehend and worthy of laughter or so I thought.
Years later, I am married to a 'Nigerian Chinese' and I have to learn the language. (Yes oh, don't want anyone abusing me or selling me to the highest bidder)
And the first word I have learnt is 'Mbok'
So please as I start to speak this language, please please do not laugh at me (already my mbok sounds very funny) because I know what goes around comes around. God please take this cup away from me! lol
Have a good evening!