For Nigerians living in London, Peckham is like mini-Lagos. If you’re looking for a lost friend in London, you’re likely to meet the person on the street of Peckham. If you have any problem as a Nigerian, somebody in Peckham can quickly suggest “street” solutions to your problems.
We also have some Nigerian spiritual consultants and Babalawos in Peckham.
A sacrifice for “Awon-Momsie-Agba” was once discovered on a 3-way junction of Peckham some years ago. Aye mojuba ooo!!!
We have “ghosts” living and walking on the streets of Peckham. That talented Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley grew up in Peckham, South London.
To be honest, I briefly lived in Peckham during my “struggling” years in London, and Peckham library was my second home, still holding the Peckham library card till today.
Our own Damilola Taylor was stabbed to death in Peckham about 20 years ago by the dreaded Preddie Gang Boys.
If you’re in Peckham, you need to watch your back. Anything can happen at any time! You can just hear gunshots or knife attacks or just street fighting.
Rio Ferdinand, that popular British footballer who grew up in Peckham, often tagged as the “Beckham from Peckham” I once lived near his childhood council estate in Peckham.
We have a large population of Nigerians(mostly Yoruba people!) in Peckham. Quote me anywhere!
In Peckham, many whites in the area understand either Pidgin English or Yoruba language. Quote me today!
Anytime in London, I must surely visit Peckham and high possibility to run into old friends. I met some old friends today in Peckham.
In Peckham, you will surely see drug addicts, career beggars, homeless people, mentally unstable people, and petty criminals.
In front of Peckham library today, I saw one mentally unstable poorly-dressed young Nigerian man.
As if speaking with unseen spirits, he said in the Yoruba language, “Oba ni mi, mi o gbodo se bi omo eru.”, Meaning, “I am a King, I cannot behave as a slave’s son.”
I did not exchange words with this “mentallo” guy. Wetin concern me sef? The British government will look after him very soon. I quickly rushed to Lolak Afrique Restaurant in Peckham to enjoy pounded yam, Okro soup plus a giant Tilapia fish head.
Even if you’re a pathological glutton from your mother’s womb, you cannot finish this Tilapia fish head. I carried the remaining part away back to my hotel. Abami Ori Eja! I cannot waste my money! I spent close to £15 for the entire lunch.
Summer is here, at last, Peckham girls are now on a pseudo-porno rehearsal with their “waka about” garments of erotic seduction. Don’t let me blow this speaker!
In a nutshell, Peckham is not really a good environment to raise children. There’s one coded corner in Peckham, you’re free to smoke anything at your own risk! Peckham is “Mushin” of London.
Scotland is boring but very peaceful, not many African people because of the extremely cold weather in winter.
We have a scarcity of Okro, Nigerian beans, Nigerian bread, and yams in Scotland. I bought some in Peckham Rye market. I will buy more in Manchester. My bag is now fully loaded back to Scotland.