Nigerians

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‘Omo Naija’ and I am proud of it, that is one of the reasons why I started this blog. The other reason being that I need to utilize the writing talent that Baba God blessed me with.

{I have always loved writing, for as long as I can remember I have taken to putting pen to paper about anything and everything since I was extremely young. I wrote in diaries throughout my entire schooling experience, varsity included, any enough about my under-utilized talent}

I am a student, hustler and a South Africa blogger but I am proudly ‘Naija’. Most Nigerians are proud to be Nigerian but ironically “in Nigeria, when a Nigerian is living abroad it is considered a lifetime achievement”, children aspire to fly to and reside in The United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and so forth. The fact that what the children of the land aspire to be when they get older is ‘anywhere but in Nigeria’ deeply eats at me. It is an utter injustice to the giant of Africa to say the least. On the other hand, with the amount of poor government accountability and transparency I do not blame those who do decide to leave for greener pastures. It is five times harder to succeed in a country where a constant uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water and electricity are a luxury. At the same time, it is these very conditions that have made Nigerians so ‘self-reliant’ and strong.

Nigeria’s greatest asset is NOT its oil, it is its PEOPLE, in my view and experiences Nigerians have that ‘hustler’ spirit in them. It is that hustling spirit that eventually breeds success when most of these very Nigerians settle abroad. Despite the fact that they left their fatherland of Nigeria in pursuit of economic freedom and growth, they happen to love Nigeria with all their hearts. Nigeria has its fair share of challenges (some of which I mentioned above) but those who live and have made it abroad should never dream of permanently deserting it. Nigerians are after all considered some of the happiest people in the world (in the words of the legendary Fela Kuti – ‘Nigerians are suffering and smiling’).

Nigerians can be found just about any and everywhere in the world; from the loud yellow streets of Lagos to the golden streets of Johannesburg to the colorful streets of New York City.
With an estimated population of 150 millions; It is forecasted that in the next ten years 1 in 4 Africans will be Nigerian.

*Nigerians in South Africa

In South Africa, Nigerians are perhaps some of the most misunderstood people in the land. In a country globally known for its people’s xenophobic tendencies, I interviewed ten people so as to get enough angles of the story. Among the interviewees were five South Africans and five Nigerians.

Please read my interview on my next post