Nigeria is respected as the most populous black nation and one of the power houses of Africa yet so many of its citizens are not proud to be associated with her. Nigeria just celebrated her 55 years of independence, yet some of her citizens do not see any reason to celebrate since 50% percent of the masses are still living in abject poverty. But even in the most dire situations, there is always light at the end of the tunnel because where there is life, there is hope. Despite the fact that there is poverty in Nigeria and there are diseases, and our politicians are siphoning our hard-earned money and the nation seems to be on the brink of full-fledged war with terrorism, there are still a thousand and one reasons to be proud of Nigeria. There are too many reasons why we still look to heavens and thank God that he made us Nigerians rather than Cameroonians or even Britons or Americans and those reasons are what we want to show you.
Even when Nigerians don’t love the country, other people around the world do and there are many reasons why Nigeria has become the love of millions of people around the world. It begins from beautiful color, to our lifestyle, to our unrivaled sense of humor, our amazing landscapes, our tasty and spicy foods, we are indeed a blessed country of extraordinary variety. Nigeria may not be a perfect country, of course; we’ve got no perfect country in the world and this is why we feel compelled to stand up for the nation of our birth. We have listed 11 reasons why you should be proud to be a Nigerian:
1. We are a Talented People
Nigerians are outrageously talented and you see that everywhere. No matter where we find ourselves, we perform excellently. Distance is no barrier and we do not let the foreign environment affect us. We’ve got the ‘brains.’ There is no field in this world where we have not made our marks, talk about the prestigious Nobel Prize, sports, the world of blogging and internet, entertainment, politics, medicine, engineering, etc. Just name any field and we would tell the Nigerians who are making waves there. Time and time again, you see excel in one thing or the other. We have the prominent novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka and recently, Uzodinma Iweala, whose novel, “Beasts of no Nation” was bought by NETFLIX for $12 million, among so many others.
2. We Still Fear God
Nigerians still have moral values, born out of our deep religious inclinations and beliefs. We believe in God and that he is at center of everything we do. Our faith in God is not void. People are truly spiritual and demonstrate this in their religious activities. You can worship your God in Nigeria without anyone stopping you from demonstrating what you believe in.
3. We Still Respect the Traditional Family Values
Nigerians have a deep respect for family values. Amid changing family values in the world today, Nigeria is not likely to lose their strong family values. The LGBT agenda is “alien” to our culture, little wonder why it was rejected out-rightly on the floor of our National Assembly, upholding the values we believe in as a nation. Even in the family setting, children show respect for the elders, following traditions. This is who we are.
4. We are Dodged, Happy and Resilient
Nigerians never say die! We always find a way to be happy in the midst of pain. It is in Nigeria that ugly situations are turned to be dramatic, little wonder we are called the happiest people on earth. We do not bow to pressure of circumstances, we rise above them. We have seen it all but when it comes to hardship and turbulence as a nation, and yet we ride on. On the individual note, we have had the toughest blow. While some live in slums, some under the bridge, we still do not lose our cool despite all the suffering. In the midst of fear, challenges, difficulties, pains, frustrations and anger, we still find one reason to be happy.
5. We are Geographically Blessed
Nigerians have God to thank for this. Mother Nature has so blessed our country with not only beautiful land mass, but also breath-taking destinations you can visit for tourism. From Obudu Cattle Ranch to Lagos Bar Beach, to mention but a few, you can see adorable landscapes that you will think it’s just a painting. Nigeria is blessed.
6. We are Blessed with Resources
Nigeria is blessed with all kinds of resources – both tapped and untapped. Littered across every state of the nation are all sorts of resources. Crude oil is the most pronounced and accounts for about 35% of gross domestic product, which makes Nigeria one of the most wealthiest countries in the African continent. But others abound in their abundance, which as the global oil market is taking a plunge, we can decide to shift our attention to.
7. We are Very Industrious
Nigerians are very creative and industrious. When it comes to business, there is nothing we love more that blazing the trails. We enjoy making things come to life. It doesn’t matter where we find ourselves, no matter the situation, we push forward and create life in our environment. We create business out of nothing and survive the worst economic recession because we are smart entrepreneurs. Anytime a Nigerian starts a business around you, better buy shares because when you return in few years, you will meet a conglomerate.
8. We are Rich in Culture
Nigeria is blessed with a rich cultural heritage. We are a multi-ethnic nation which means we are endowed with various cultural values. from the Igbos, to the Tiv, to the Urhobos, to the Hausa/Fulani, down to the Efiks, we are never in want of cultural displays.
9. We have a Sense of Oneness
Nigeria is one. You may not believe me but you only need to go outside the shores of the nation to understand what I mean. We have a communal spirit. Irrespective of the seeming disunity along ethnic lines, the spirit is one. We are quick to jump into the embrace other Nigerians once we meet outside the country and realize their identity. We become at home with them.
10. We have the Freedom that People in most Countries only Dream of
Nigeria is a free country. It can be a haven for you. There are things that are not obtainable in other countries (at least not for free), that you can find in Nigeria. One example is that you don’t need to be scared of getting parking space tickets or over speeding fines in Nigeria. You have an overwhelming freedom of expression and association and can be who you really want to become without harassment.
11. Food is not a Problem
Nigeria is synonymous with food. We are richly blessed in that regard. There are special dishes from various tribes. The South-South region of the country is more often than not referred to as the region of soups. Share with us why you are proud to be a Nigerian in the comment below.