To start with there is absolutely nothing I can do about my NATIONALITY. I am Nigerian and that is it. Whether I am proud to be one is a matter for discussion in another post, I am though.
Whether I ought to have had a word with God Almighty asking why on earth he thought I would come out well, not as an American or an Afghanistan , but as a Nigeria is also nof a discussion for this post.
Anyway, here are 7 things I Babajide Salu like about being a Nigeria. Please feel free to disagree, add, subtract, divide or multiply. Happy reading.
1. The Enduring Spirit.
It is only a Nigerian that can endure the sort of hardship amidst plentiful resources. An average Nigerian believes that s/he will become rich over night one day, hence he endurance. The Nigerian keeps at it one day to another, come rain, sunshine or harmattan.
2. The ability to laugh through adversity.
Here again reveals another quality, depending on how you view it, as some have deemed this specific attribute a disadvantage to the progress of Nigeria. There is no problem that can hit an average Nigerian that will wipe out the wise cracks that will lead to rip cracking jokes. It’s become the norm with Nigerians.
3. The Nigerian Music
Gone are the days when your CDs must be American artistes. These days Nigerians don’t need the help of DJs to churn out American based hip hop or rap music. We are proud to dance all night long to Nigerian artistes led by 2 Face, MI, Vector, PSquare, D’banj, Wiz Kid, and many more, too numerous to list. There are equally a lot of aspiring artists that are looking for that break through. Watch out for F.B.I for instance.
4. The Sunny Weather
Any Brit will die for the Nigerianweather anyway. As much as I love it, it can be too hot, dear I write sometimes. For the Caucasians in Nigeria, they are guaranteed a deep sun tan, no need for any artificial tan.
5. The Opportunities
Nigeria may be referred to as a 3rd world nation in jest, however, the fact of the matter is that with the abundance or resources mixed with the chaos are hidden the immense opportunities. Whilst Great Britain and America may wave the flags as developed nations, in truth, they are maintaining the incredible structure in place and in reality, the rate of growth when compared with Nigeria should be minimal. There are countless numbers of opportunities here in Nigeria. You name it. As huge as this talented nation is with the enviable human and natural resources, much can be done. This is all seen by theI daily influx of foreigners in Nigeria. I must point out that the existence of democracy has helped a great deal.
6. The delicious Food
I simply adore the food in Nigeria. Even though I am one for not experimenting withmy stomach, there are a great varieies of dishes that tourists are now enjoying. My favourisill till remains either Jollof or fried rice with Dodo (fried plantain). I also adore beans, even though I still must be careful not to over indulge.
7. The Prayer Warriors
Yes, we are still weighed down with man made catastrophes, catastrophes that are no where nature induced, hence the need for heavenly intervention. In Nigeria, we are awash with what I can simply refer to as “Prayer Warriors”. It is a fact that without Prayers, Nigeria would have ceased to be a nation united. We are a complex nation, simply put.
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