Seasons are synonymous with human beings. Asides determining
agricultural produces, they determine fashion choices, lifestyle
changes and types of enjoyment.
However, due to geographical
locations, weather differs. Thus, seasons do. Europe, The Americas,
Oceania and Asia have more complex seasons and weather than most
parts of Africa.
Due to America and Europe being the ideal concept
of “good” to the average African-Nigerian, and their status as the
bar for most of the world, their livelihoods inspire the rest of
If you are in your 20s, you must have heard your parents refer
to July – September classes as “Summer lesson”. The problem, it’s
far too unrelatable to average Nigerians.
What is Summer?
Typically, a summer is usually a long, heated season of low
natural, cooling moist and filled with a need to sleep in ice
Asides the Southern Hemisphere, most of Europe and America –
Africa- Nigeria’s biggest influences, both enjoy summer between
June and September.
To the West, it is a time to relax, go on
holidays to exotic locations, sweat wild oats, party, engage in
random hookups, eat through Rome, party till 6am, purchase
footballers for exorbitant prices and so forth, depending on what
The idea of summer as a period of enjoyment and chill
is the little to no moist. Rain can sometimes be an inhibiting
factor to certain outdoor activities and even constrain movement.
‘Cool’ Nigerians might refer to June to September as
“Summer” due to an adoption of foreign lifestyle. However, June-
September is known as the rainy season in Nigeria while dry season
is from October to April. So where does this craze for summer come
Colonialists were used to the idea of summer, and since they
brought contemporary literacy and education to Nigeria, learning
and information passed must have made cultures overlap.
have been attributed to our own June – September when in fact, it
is usually our wettest season. The problem was, we accepted it
without due evaluation.
However, we cannot be blamed.
What we can
be blamed for is how we strengthened the hold of this phenomenon
even in our literacy and through contemporary media – music, movies
and the Internet – imprinting our psyche.
Without due evaluation,
some of us picked the idea of Nigeria July – September for shows.
Why is beyond me because it usually ends in disastrous manner.
If we claim Westerners appropriate African culture, we
should equally not appropriate western culture because we do not
even have a summer.