8 ways Santa Claus in Nigeria is different from others elsewhere

Posted on December 25 2016 , at 02:03 pm
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  • He’s present at all children’s parties in his red and white costume.

If there is one character you are sure to see too often this season, it’s Father Christmas, sorry Santa Claus.

He’s present at all children’s parties in his red and white costume … and great white beard.

Here are eight things you should know about African Santa.


1. Abroad, they call him Santa Claus but in Nigeria, he is known as Father Christmas

Father Christmas

In some places, he’s even called Pastor Blessing.


2. Anybody can be Father Christmas


It could be 2face Idibia 

basketmouth santa
Santa Bright

… or Basketmouth.


3. Father Christmas has got no sleigh or reindeers to fly him around

Santa on a bike
… or a bicycle.

Gifts gotta get where they belong is all that matters. So don’t be surprised if you catch him in daytime flying a bike.


4. In Africa, Father Christmas is more of a corporate mascot

Santa in a boardroom meeting


5. Don’t expect Santa to leave your gifts under a Christmas tree

Santa ain’t for free here

You’ll have to pay to receive your present at any funfair of your choice.


6. Father Christmas is no clown

Why the children get scared of him remains a mystery

He didn’t come all the way from his house to make you laugh. He was paid to take pictures with you.

Any more expectations and you’ll end up in tears.


7. Long as he’s dressed in red and he’s got a white beard, he’s Santa in Nigeria

They come in all shapes and sizes

He may have hips, an overly powdered face, red shirts and red trousers or leggings and looks nothing like Santa … but he’s Santa.


8. Father Christmas always finds a way to make a living

Santa in this recession

If you ever find him begging on the streets, don’t judge him. Man must eat.

Merry Christmas!

This post first appeared on ID Africa.

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