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Excuse me, where did you learn your “phonay”? – Gbubemi Atimomo

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  1. Niyi says:

    Lovely 👍🏼👍🏼

    I simply didn’t bother trying my tongue at British English, and the only category of persons who had any difficulty understanding me where those in their late 80s to 90s, those living in the deep country side and the posh chaps who only mingle with their own social class

    The UK is a very highly multicultural society, perhaps the most culturally diverse country in the World, so I think the ears of the typical British fellow is trained to understand varying accents. Interestingly some white folks could clearly tell my Nigerian accent even though I didn’t know I had one 😄😄

    Even my cousin who’s been in the UK since her early teens and is in her mid 30s now, she’s got a British accent, but she says some white folks still ask her, “where’re you originally from?” based on her variant of British accent and she finds that vexing🤣🤣

    The one I HATE in this accent ish is our Nigerian OAPs falling all over themselves to sound British / American 🤦🏽‍♂️🙁🤦🏽‍♂️, it’s so sad and vexing that I switch off the radio or change the station when they start yakking 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

  2. Demola Adesina says:

    Even people like us that only got as far as the airport…our phonay was so heavy that people thought we schooled abroad. The bright side was that it helped you “corner” some of the finest babes in the area…lol

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