Shopping: Nigerian pilgrims using calculators to ”communicate”

Written by on June 22, 2022

As over 10,700 Nigerian pilgrims converged on the city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, shopping has become fun with the use of calculators.

The calculator has reduced the language barrier between pilgrims coming to the city worldwide who could not speak Arabic and resident shop owners.

Few Nigerians were able to quickly pick up the word “kam”, which means how much, to start the shopping conversation.

An FCT pilgrim, Hajiya Na’ima Kassim, told Newsmen that the experience was fascinating.

He said that it was not easy at first, especially when one wants to know the exact price of goods, adding that the calculator was always handy.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), on its part, has cautioned pilgrims to patronise only genuine bureau de change operators to change their money to avoid being short changed.

Meanwhile, pilgrims have continued to leave Madinah for Makkah on the second leg of the Hajj rites.

A total of 3,073 Nigerian pilgrims are now in Makkah while 7,224 are still in Madinah as at Wednesday.

Those that left for Makkah have performed the first leg of the rites which is the lesser Hajj.

Most of the Nigerian pilgrims came in through Madinah while a few came in through the Jeddah Airport.(NAN)


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