I learnt something while traveling and walking through rural communities.
Communication is key!!.
Prior to this time, I believed to have a good experience in a new place or visiting a new site, language has to be the priority. That is the ability for you to be able to communicate in the local language of the indigenes would or should give you more privilege and access. Which is true to a large extent but not the main factor.
Though, I have largely been to just places in the west. I realised either there is a language barrier or not one thing that stands true is the way you communicate.
Courtesy and approach goes a long way in helping you achieve your purpose in a new community.
I have never visited a community that was not friendly to me aside their roads 😏 which is most of the time bad.
Here, in this picture are two different men or guys 🤔 I met when I visited the ancient petroglyph rock in Igbara Oke Ondo state, Nigeria.
The man in native attire I met while he was working at his mechanic workshop. I approached him and greeted in Yoruba in a very jovial manner of which he answered grudgingly. I proceeded in telling him my intention and where I would love to visit.
At first he was reluctant about answering me at all and was engrossed in his work. He wasn't even going to look up at me nor did he behave like he had my time.
Well, instead of walking away to ask someone else I stayed put and watched him work.
After a while he looked up to confirm I was still there, I smiled 🙂 and said nothing.
At the end of the day he left his work, helped me find a bike man(the chubby guy in the middle) and followed me to the place. And not only did he follow me to the place he even stayed till I was done and ensured I got a good bus going back to Ile-Ife before he returned to his work.
I know this looks like common chivalry. But, in as much as it is I see it more as how your mannerism and approach can make things better and quite easy for you.
Especially in a place, your safety no longer depends on you solely.