7 Things Typical Nigerian Mothers Do

7 Things Typical Nigerian Mothers Do

Nigerian Mothers: 7 Things Typical Nigerian Mothers Do.

Motherhood can be and is usually full of surprises. Mothering comes with a lot of commitments and responsibilities. There are a lot of things a mum would have to give up when it comes to raising a child. She will have to give up her shape as a result of pregnancy. Regardless of how she was before pregnancy, getting twice her size or even bigger is certain. It would be impossible for her to wear those really lovely dresses she has in her closet.

It also means that her diet may likely change; she may eat more than usual and probably crave for different types of food. She may also get irritated by the smell of certain foods she once loved or by an action that she once tolerated. The point is that her body changes during the period she is pregnant.

When the child is finally born, then the real work begins. She has to wake up in the night about three to five times to feed the child, change nappies at the same time take care of her family and go about her daily business. Then she finally begins to get some space when the child grows. That is how it is for mothers. Without mothers; they will be no us.

The stress we put our mothers through may be the reason for their reactions to us when we eventually get older (especially Nigerian mothers). It is like we have to pay back for all those times we cried at night, pooped in our nappies, asked for food frequently and thoroughly disturbed them. When we are older, they take their revenge. It’s amazing how the similarities are so striking among Nigerian mothers.

Here are 7 things typical Nigerian mothers do:

Your mother has her version of your life in her head

Nigerian mothers do not ever forget the details of their children. They do not forget what they might have done in the past. If you ever thought a memory card or a hard drive could do a good job; you are wrong, Nigerian mothers do a better job. Offend them and hear the list of your numerous sins.

They never pay back money you loan them

If you lend your mum money, just let it go. If you mention it, her response will be: Is that how I have been disturbing to pay me for all the food you have been eating since you were born? (Although many mums pay back their loans when you are an adult. But as a kid who gets free money from uncles, aunties and other relatives– forget it.)

They compare you to others

Come home with a position other than 1st position: Ahan! What is your problem? Why are you coming home with 5th position? Does the person that came 1st have two heads? You didn’t even come home with 2nd or 3rd –you came 5th and you are happy. You are very playful.

In your heart, you’ll wonder what would have happened if you came 10th or last.

One of the most common things you are likely to hear from typical Nigerian mothers is this: “Your mates are… and you are here doing…”

It’s almost impossible to find one Nigerian mother who doesn’t say this at one point in time.


When they scold you for doing something wrong and you try to explain, they will be like: “Shut up your mouth! I am talking and you are talking! What nonsense!

When you keep quiet, she will ask a question and stare at you, meanwhile, you are there wondering if it is an actual question or a rhetorical one; the next thing you hear is a resounding: “Answer me, am I not talking to you?”

When you are done answering and explaining, she will insult you a few more times and keep quiet. If you say you’re sorry, she will say: “Sorry for yourself” and hiss. If you don’t apologize, that’s another level of argument.

“Look at you! No manners! You can’t even say you’re sorry.”


I just finished correcting you and you’re still not apologizing.”

“I felt you were going to tell me sorry for yourself.”

“So what if I say sorry for yourself? Aren’t you supposed to apologize”

“I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for yourself!”

After all these, she will keep quiet for a few seconds and then resume: “Later now you people (you and your siblings) will be saying I like nagging.”

Shopping with them is usually long and tiring

When you go shopping with your mum, you sincerely hope that she doesn’t meet anybody she knows on the way. Most times that hope crushes because she will always see someone she knows. Even if she doesn’t, the one who knows her will call her and they will chat for ages while you stand there like a bodyguard waiting till they’re done.

When you eventually start shopping, she’ll haggle to the point where she ends up buying some things that are not even on the list. You can’t just get angry and go home, you both came to the market together and together you’ll both leave.

They send you on annoying errands

Your mum can call you from wherever you are to give her the remote control that isn’t far away from her just because she doesn’t feel like getting up. She can call you from the kitchen to go back and get her a plate of food. Lmao! It’s only funny when you talk about it. It’s like a game they have been programmed to play.

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They can give long advice

Giving advice is like a never-ending sermon. You would be seated for hours and when she’s done, she’ll be like, “I don’t have much to say.” Like wt???

But at the end of the day, no matter how you provoke your mother, she will never stop being your mother. She will still care for you and love you. When you ask her for something even when she doesn’t have, she will still find a way of getting it for you. She will protect you, she will scold you when you’re wrong, she will annoy you but she will always love you. This is what mothers do.

Do these apply to Nigerian mothers alone? Have you had a similar experience or is your experience different? Drop your comments.

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Well said


I love this especially the comparing yourself to others and the nagging although I am accused of nagging a lot as well

Reply to  StressedMum

Haha! StressedMum, there’s probably more they aren’t saying. 😀


Ha, great post. I think some of those are relevant for most mothers rather than just Nigerian. Parents all love to nag don’t they!!!


I couldn’t agree more, Melanie.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra

This post made me think you are writing about me! Haha. I can relate to all of these, except for the loan thing. I do make it a point to pay back the money I borrowed. Oh, and that coming home with the 5th place award? That reminded me of my mom. Her words to me were. “So, you are happy with coming home with the award of Rank #2 in your class? That only means one thing – there is someone else better than you!” Hahaha. 


Really! Haha! Good to learn that these habits are universal. Thanks for reading, Kristine.

Karletta Marie

Had a giggle at some of these.  I’ve seen these traits in many cultures 😀  Thanks for sharing. 

Reply to  Karletta Marie

Haha! Glad you enjoyed it, Karletta!

Fiorella Madsen

So much fun to read it, remember me a bit of my mum. But I love the long advice, I think the older we get the most we miss it. Not sure yet what my children think about me hehe


So true, Fiorella. You can ask your kids what they think. Would love to hear their thoughts. 😀


So true. As I Nigerian, I can totally relate to all you wrote, lol. Great one Dawn!

Reply to  Catherine

Yes o! Na we dey here, Catherine!


This post is hilarious. I hate shopping. When mum says let’s go shopping, it feels like am ordered to wrestle in the WWE. My mom would survey one item through out the entire market then pick the best. Twenty minutes later she would look at the list and say let’s buy the second item. These days I negotiate to go alone and she laughs. Moms are amazing.

Reply to  Simi

Haha! Simi, the wait is usually long and yes, mothers are amazing.

Reply to  Viano Dee

Ah! That’s very true o. I forgot to add that sef! Thanks for reading, Kemi.


Can’t agree more. These are the things which not just Nigerian mothers do but typical Pakistani mothers do the same.

Reply to  Simi

I guess so too, Shakeel. I just didn’t want to generalize it. I could have been wrong.

Ewuzie Kingsley

Lolz.. You are so right, i cant disagree. But even though it can be annoying sometimes but it does teach us and help us to become better people for those that really pay attention to them.

And i think this is a general thing, its not just Nigerien mothers although i think its more with them.


I guess so too, Kingsley. I just didn’t want to generalize it. I could have been wrong.

Melanie williams

Lol this made me laugh.  I am sure many people will have a good giggle at this tongue and cheek article for sure x


Glad you enjoyed it, Melanie.


LOL, an entertaining post to read.

Reply to  Jennie

Thanks a lot, Jennie.

Yomi Spontaneous

What an interesting read I also pinned this into my motherhood board for other to enjoy as well. 


Thanks so much Jen.

Liz Bayardelle

This one applies to so many different mothers! Mine definitely has a few of these traits. 

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