The meaning of ‘wahala’ in Nigeria


Driver When We Reach Benin, Please Tell Me!!!

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“”An old woman boarded a bus from Calabar to Lagos and told the driver: “Driver, please, when we reach Benin tell me o.”

The driver nodded and then she shouted again: “My children, una hear wetin I tell am?”

Everybody responded: “Yes, mama.”

On the long journey to Lagos, everybody slept off and forgot about mama’s request.

After several hours of driving, they got close to Lagos and by this time Benin was about four hours behind. Then the old woman asked: “Driver, you never reach Benin since?”

“Ooooh!” the driver exclaimed, “Mama, Benin is like four hours behind us.”

“Ah!”, the woman shouted and started crying, saying: “Take me back to Benin, abeg, I no wan wahala o.”

 Considering the age of the woman, the passengers agreed that the driver should turn back to Benin.

On getting to Benin, the driver came down, opened the door and told the woman she was in Benin.

The woman simply opened her hand bag, brought out two tablets of Panadol and swallowed them with water. Then she smiled and said: “Thank you, my son. Na my daughter say when I reach Benin, make I drink two tablets of Panadol…I don take am now…Oya, make we dey go Lagos…”

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