As I am on my way back to Lagos I am just preparing this ready reckoner to help me with my constant battle to keep money in my pocket. This is never successful as I always fall for the following:
Ways people ask for money in Lagos.
- Good morning sah
- Oga how now?
- Welcome sah
- How was the flight?
- How are you today sah?
- How is the family?
- How is madam?
- How are (my) your children?
- How are my friends (referring to the kids)?
- How was your night?
- How was your day?
- How is your health sah?
- Anything for your people sah?
- It is your world sah.
-I hate to bother you sah.
- Park here sah
- Oya reverse
-Standing very close and smiling
-Hugging you like a long lost relative
And of course the very direct - "everyone lie down on the floor and give us your money and GSM handsets" which I have been lucky not to experience so far.
Other suggestions welcome. I will compile a list and maybe we can get it printed and hand it out to people as they come off the plane!