Many Nigerians all over the world, no matter where the life circumstances get them, often repeat like a mantra that they are “proudly Nigerians”.
As the country approaches its 55th Independence anniversary, Naij.com goes deep into the essence of understanding the meaning of a person being proudly Nigerian and considers at least 10 reasons to be one.
1. Cultural heritage
The culture of this African country is shaped by multiple ethnic groups. This diversity brings a fabulous variety of songs, dances, traditions, customs, values and even character features. Different, still united.
2. Land of talents
It will take eternity to count how many brilliant Nigerians live both inside and outside their Motherland. Good at sports, literature, business, music. Recall Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, AFCON winners Super Eagles, prominent novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whose award-winning book Half of a Yellow Sun also served as a scenario for the same name movie recognized with Oscar award.
3. Guided by God
Religion is not simply something to say for show in Nigeria. People are truly spiritual and the concept of God is central among them. They attend services, pray for the welfare of their families and peace… peace… peace…
4. Focus on family
Many children, respect for the elders, following traditions. Amid changing family values in the country, this is something Nigeria is not likely to lose, because relative always, always come first here.
5. Nigerian women
The point which needs no additional explanation. Just look at our girls and women: they are gorgeous, they are good hostesses, good mothers, they are respectful and caring.
6. People are entrepreneurial
Nigerians are creative and this drives them to make things come to life. They create business out of nothing and survive the worst economic conditions because of being smart business people.
7. Incredible landscape
Although there are many industrial cities, there is a bunch of places where one can feel Mother Nature and enjoy rare plant and animal species of plants and animals.
The oil and gas sector accounts for about 35% of gross domestic product, which makes Nigeria one of the most wealthiest countries in the African continent.
9. Sense of community
There is nothing like “individualism” and “selfishness”, basically mean the same thing – both are abhorred. Thinking beyond self is one of the Nigerian values.
Some things can be found only in Naija. Special dishes from various tribes. And everything is extremely delicious.