The etiquette of cheek pecking

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My fellow Nigerians, Wa Zo and Bia, I greet you this warm Tuesday morning. I am here again and today it  is all about this greeting habits which Nigerian who live or have been to the diaspora have brought back – Cheek pecking.

I always say a Nigerian has the uncanny power to change the ordinary to the extraordinary and that’s what we have done to pecking. We have taken what was started as a simple form of greeting and turned it into a thing of class i.e it’s like they need to peck you so that you know that they have been or lived in the diaspora(even if its Slovakia), a privilege only the rich can afford.

TBH, I am indifferent to pecking as a form of greeting (I mean, sometimes I  unconsciously do it), but I am sometimes confused by it – calm down, I will explain how. So I see an aunt for the first time in a while and she starts with a hug. She then slams are Mac ruby woo painted lips unto my beautifully blended House of Tara foundation on my right cheek, leaving her lip print colored. Being some-what familiar with pecking, I know she is coming in for another one, so I turn my cheek in for another foundation massacre. And just when I turn my face to pull back from her embrace, she goes in for a third kiss and then I tilt my head back confused but I notice she does not stop and so I quickly turn my cheek to her so it does not land on my lips. Confused too?

So after she massacred my foundation on both cheeks with her lip print, she now wants to reprint it again so I can end up looking like a clown, or what. Aunties who peck, you don’t want to leave people like us feeling very confused, scroll down so I can help your matter.

  1. When pecking was created, it was not made to be lip to cheek, instead it was made to be cheek to cheek. So stop making all we young people live in the fear of greeting you up close as you might end up turning us into clowns.
  2. So just because I said cheek on cheek does not mean you should slap your pimples and black head infested cheek against another person’s cheek. There should be a little gap(at least 5cm wide) between your cheek and the other person’s.
  3. We need to come to a conclusion and stop confusing each other How many times are we going to peck? So you have done the first cheek and then you do the second cheek, I don’t understand why you want to go a third time – if anyone knows why NIGERIANS should go a third time, please let me know in the comment section. I believe pecking three times should be done only in countries where that is the culture, not in Nigeria where this style of greeting was imported.
  4. Cheek pecking is a light kiss on another person’s cheek. So all my aunty ruby woo, please kissing so hard that you leave your lip print on people’s faces.
  5. Not everyone likes cheek pecking – so don’t feel obliged to do it!
  6. NOTE – These apply especially when you are pecking someone who you are acquainted with (it could be different when kissing a lover, immediate family or CLOSE friends)



Wa – ‘come’ in Yoruba language

Zo – ‘come’ in Hausa Language

Bia – ‘come’ in Ibo Language

TBH – To be honest

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