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419 reasons to like Nigeria

419 Reasons to Like Nigeria

For too long, Nigeria and Nigerians have been readily associated with the online scams, financial crime and impersonation – termed ‘419’. However, beyond the unfortunate stereotyping, there are several positive characteristics and cogent intriguing traits of the country, Nigeria and its people, some of which are highlighted below as part of the ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ campaign which enlisted 100 volunteers and bloggers to share reasons why they like Nigeria. These reasons echo the voices of Nigerians, with resonating similar themes. The campaign is being facilitated in partnership with ‘The 419Positive Project’.

 

 

NIGERIA – THE LAND OF POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITY

v  I like Nigeria because it is a land of endless opportunities and possibilities. Nigeria is one country I believe the world is yet to experience it true potentials. I believe Nigerians are sharp, brilliant and accommodating people. Giving the right enabling environment the world will marvel at what Nigeria will become.

v  Nigeria is the most populous black nation – and a buying one at that. From a capitalist point of view, this makes for a great investment opportunities.

v  The fact that Nigeria currently lags behind so much – in infrastructure and developmental terms – hints at the size of the potential for innovation and transformation, and at the huge number of vacancies that exist for ‘transformers’. What I think this means is that the world will be hearing a lot about Nigeria and high-achieving Nigerians (in the public and private sectors) in the near future.

 

NIGERIA – THE COUNTRY

v  The Nigerian Green and White flag is a notable national symbol. The green color symbolises agriculture, seeing that the country is endowed with masses of arable land, while the white colour signifies unity and peace. Other national symbols include the Nigerian Coat of Arms, which depicts an eagle on a black shield, tri-sected by two wavy silver bands, and supported on either side by two chargers. The national motto underlies the coat-of -arms: “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.” Her national symbols convey great meaning to its people.

v  The Nigerian accent is currently ranked by CNN Global Experiences as the 5th sexiest accent in the world.

v  Nigeria is home to Nollywood, one of the world’s biggest film industries.

 

NIGERIA – THE CULTURE, THE FOOD, THE WAY OF LIFE

v  Something great to like about Nigeria is our cultural diversity. A strong affinity exists, despite our differences. Learning about other ethnic cultures in my country really helped me personally relate to other cultures when abroad.

v  I think the food is tastier in Nigeria than that I have found in other countries.

v  Nigerians live a communal life style.  The extended family is part of the immediate family in a Nigerian home.

 

NIGERIA – THE MUSIC, THE MOVIES, THE DANCE, THE ART

v  Nigeria has produced many world class musicians. A notable mention in this regard is Fela Anikulapo Kuti. A Broadway show titled ‘FELA!’ was produced in 2009 depicting the life and times of the Afrobeat musician.

v  Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, is reputedly the 3rd largest film industry after Hollywood and Bollywood, and has grown gradually into a $250 million industry in more than 10 years.

v  Nigerian indigenous musical instruments are unique, soulful and rhythmic. They comprise the popular Talking Drum, producing proverbial and storytelling sounds, the Shaker (shekere), the Udu drum, the Lute, the leg and arm Rattle, the Omele, the Ogene (Gong originating in Eastern Nigeria), the Ekwe drum and the Kakaki (A 4m metal trumpet popular in Northern Nigeria). Many of these instruments have been incorporated in South American music over the years

 

NIGERIA – GEOGRAPHY and NATURAL RESOURCES           

v  Nigeria is a nation blessed with rich human and natural resources. As the 8th largest exporter of Oil in the world, with the 10th largest proven reserves, our blessings cannot be overemphasised. No earthquakes, no tsunamis, no droughts, an evergreen land. The rest of the world should live here.

v  The beauty of the Nigerian state cannot but leave one in awe. Blessed with captivating physical features and abundant wild life. From the rolling hills to the vast plains in the North Central Nigeria and the forests in the South, the beautiful scenery of the country is more than breathtaking and with the wildlife spread all over the country; Nigeria is surely a beauty to behold and a tourist’s delight all year round.

v  Nigeria is blessed with tremendous agricultural resources. Cotton in the North, Cocoa & Oil palm in the south amongst many others. The flag is green for a reason

 

NIGERIA – WEST AFRICA, AFRICA and THE WORLD

v  Nigeria has the largest population of any country in Africa. Approximately 1 out of every 2 West Africans, 1 out of every 4 Africans, and 1 out of every 5 persons of African origin is a Nigerian.

v  Nigeria is the largest contributor of troops to the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) and by extension, is the largest force for peace and stability in West Africa.

v  A Nigerian will stand out anywhere you find him/her, from Libya to London, Tokyo to Timbuktu. Well known examples include Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets, USA), Olumide Oyedeji (Seattle Sonics), Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Sunday Adelaja (Ukraine), Chris Aire (US), etc.

 

NIGERIA – INDUSTRIOUS, INNOVATIVE and ENTERPRISING, with ACHIEVEMENTS        

v  Nigerians are intelligent, brilliant minds who have proven their mettle in various fields – Wole Soyinka was the first African to win the much coveted Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Chinua Achebe’s classic novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ was ranked as number 14 in a list of top 100 books in the world by Newsdesk in 2009. Others include Cyprian Ekwensi, Mabel Segun, Chimamanda Adichie and Helon Habila whose literary works have won both international and local awards at various times.

v  We have budding fashion designers. Yes! It’s a line every Bunmi, Amaka and Amina has decided to tow but to disregard the effort and originality of our Fashion Designers would be disrespectful. Tiffany Amber, Lanre Da Silva and Deola Sagoe are building world renowned brands, not to mention the legacy developed by the likes of Abba Folawiyo, Maureen Onigbanjo, Remi Lagos and Zizzi Cardow.

v  Nigerians have excelled in the fields of economics and finance, managing well established global bodies. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the current Minister of Finance, was until recently a Managing Director at The World Bank.  Obiageli Ezekwisili is currently the Vice President for Africa at The World Bank. Mr Adebayo Ogunlesi is a first class graduate of Oxford, and Managing Partner of Global infrastructure Partner (GIP), a concessionaire of London’s Gatwick International Airport.

v  We take technology and expand it in ways those who created it could not have imagined. For instance, take the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) which allows you to send broadcast messages to all addresses on your contacts list; Nigerians recently found a unique way of advertising the different businesses they do. Someone started a message highlighting the fact that many people in Nigeria are entrepreneurs or provide a service and included his BB PIN in the message and sent to all his contacts with the charge that they state the service they provide, include their PIN and send on to all their contacts too. This seemingly small campaign has gone “viral” with whole lists of entrepreneurs and their BB PINs being passed from phone to phone. This is a clear sign of the ingenuity of Nigerians!

 

NIGERIA – GREAT PEOPLE

v  Nigeria is the 7th most populous nation in the world (over 160 million) and most populous in Africa – a gold mine of energetic, determined and talented people in each and every field. From Lagos to Aba to Kano, the Nigerian business spirit and desire to succeed is visible. It requires just proper harnessing of these human resources before Nigeria becomes the super power she was meant to be.

v  Nigerians are passionate, friendly, welcoming, hospitable, and well cultured people. The average Nigerian reflects a combination of vivacity, intelligence, energy, talent, and resolution.

v  We are a nation of people that can hardly hide their excitement at seeing family and friends. Some misconstrue this thinking we are loud but let’s just say we are EXPRESSIVE! If you see us on the streets of New York making a big ruckus and hugging? No sweat. We are just happy to see each other.

 

NIGERIA – THE RESILIENT SPIRIT

v  The Giant of Africa: Not ignoring the current challenges, eventually, when we get our acts right, we will reign supreme on the global scene. We have the potential and as is much touted by the Warri people – “Naija no dey carry last”

v  The ‘survivor-mentality’ hard-wired into the DNA of Nigeria’s people. The fact that against all the odds (and there are many of them), Nigerians continue to live, hustle and seek to triumph. It is not by mistake that Nigeria is regarded as one of the “happiest” countries in the world, despite its challenging economic and social conditions.

v  We are hardy. The average Nigerian does business under circumstances that are unimaginable to people from other parts. In a place where there is no power, no credit, and scant regulation, people do business and do very well for themselves too. If you can make it in Nigeria, you can make it anywhere in the world.

 

NIGERIA – TOURISM and SPORTS

v  Nigeria is an amazing tourist haven and is home to the Obudu Cattle Ranch, located in Calabar. It is only 45 miles from the Cameroon border. The Obudu Plateau is spread over 40 sq. miles and is 5,200 feet above sea level. The Obudu resort features a Gorilla Camp where tourists may observe gorillas in their natural habitat.

v  Nigeria has two UNESCO world heritage sites, the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa. UNESCO world heritage sites are places designated as being of cultural significance.

v  Nigeria has produced great footballers like Teslim “Thunder” Balogun (the first Nigerian to play for an English Club – QPR), Segun Odegbami, Muda Lawal, Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini (who scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup), Nwankwo Kanu, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, to mention but a few.

v  Nigeria has excelled in athletics over the years, still holding continental records in the 100m men and women, 4x100m men and women, 400m men and women, among others. Over 100 skilled Nigerian professional footballers played in First Division leagues in different countries all over Europe in the 2010/2011 season, 9 in England; 8 each in Finland, Norway; 10 in Ukraine and 7 in Sweden.

 

 

 

NIGERIA – UNITY in DIVERSITY

v  Nigerians, despite our diversity are a united people who always strive to help one another. With 774 local government areas, multi religious and ethnic affiliations, 36 States, and population of over 160 million, we still stand undeterred to move forward together.

v  Even outside the country, Nigerians remain united. This gives a quiet assurance somewhat that you can get on a plane and go to any country of the world and find a Nigerian there who will not only make you feel welcome but will go out of their way to be of really good help. I have experienced this several times on my travels and each time it amazes me how all I need to be is a Nigerian, not Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa and once I run into another Nigerian, I will immediately feel at home.

v  Our greatest strength lies in our diversity.

 

The ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ Campaign is in partnership with ‘The 419Positive Project’.

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Deafening whisper

Itz been ages, I feel like a stranger on this blog. I guess life just had a different dish for me and I couldn’t eat from the menu of the blogosphere.

Honestly I don’t have any topic in mind, I’m just doing this with a view to updating my blog and knowing what it feels like to blog again.
Since my last post, my life has had many dramatic episodes

  • I’ve grown much more beard
  • I got into college
  • Had the craziest love life ever (trust me)
  • Got more privacy from my parents
  • Started working (Just for a while)
  • Got a better insight of life (I guess that happens to everyone)

You could just say I’ve grown a bit and when events occur, I’m expected to have a man’s vantage point.
The world has played itz own part in shaping my life further (not like my life was ever in shape), but I think this is the part where my choices possess much stronger consequences and there is a very urgent need for caution. And I guess this is where I have to make my own “I have a dream” speech coz I sure wanna suceed in life.

I’ve seen wealth, wine, women, everything there is to see, my only pain is that I’m outside looking in, a window shopper, I’m thrilled by the luxury, the fame, the fortune but you only get a glance and life reminds you that you can’t taste it just yet. You can look but don’t touch.
So the wine, wealth and women I see aren’t mine and I’m striving to give my existence a definition, Striving to have a taste of the good life, trying to MAKE MONEY but I guess we all know there are a million ways to do that and I’ve just gotta make the right choices.

Everytime I’m reminded of the task and how far I’ve gone but everytime I fail, the world is in my ears telling me with a deafening whisper.
I’ve just gotta get it right coz I don’t wanna hear no whisper no more

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

There is a rest

With sight of the raging storm
Trepidation rising with every heartbeat
The burden getting heavier
The Journey steeper
But at the verge of giving up
I look to the hils
And behold the light of his glory
The bright assurance of his presence
The burden is not lifted
But I am given strength to carry on
His gentle voice assures me of his love
And I smile knowing there is a rest at the destination
The beginning was ugly
The Journey is rough
But the end will bring fulfilment

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2009 in 1

 

College Boy

I have successfully registered being a college boy. My inability to update has been as a result of my schedules.

School is extremely stressful and so damn hectic, my exam starts on wednesday.
Love from the Oracle

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2009 in 1

 

Fire Fire fire ………..

From the title, you would know that there is reason to run. There are many things I’ve seen, some good and some bad but the sight from this morning’s tragic incident was disheartening.

  It was about 1:30am on the morning of 2nd June, 2008 when Timothy stepped in and asked if we smelt smoke, I didn’t smell anything neither did any other person so we acted like he didn’t exist until 20 minutes later, it really was unbearable, it was obvious that something was burning up. Then Edu came in and told us that the supermarket across the road just opposite our building was on Fire.
We ran to the balcony to see flames ascending to the heavens, I would have compared this inferno to that of the World Trade Center but I was never there in New York, it was a gory sight the kind we see in movies.

Tim and I decided to go out for a closer look, we got down and there at the scene gathered people and the most surprising thing was that the Fire Service guys were there with their Truck. Now I’m not trying to sound negative or pessimistic but I never knew that the Fire service in Nigeria would respond to you if you called them at that time of the day.
 
Problem #1: There was no way to get water in, the doors and windows were tightly shut. Don’t know where the key was and for some minutes everyone stood helplessly watching goods worth millions burn inside the shop. Some guys broke open the back windows, then the fireman pumped water into the building. It kinda abated the fire.

Problem #2: All of a sudden the fireman said the water in the truck had been exhausted, now this was definitely not a good time for that. When he was told to go and get another truck, he said the fire service had one and only one truck. Now isn’t that something. People had to use buckets to fetch water from a nearby well. The fire finally went off at about 3:00am, I bet this was a day of horror for the owner of Tonson Supermarket.

Misfortune strikes at whoever is close to it, all the while I was asking God “Why”.
“God why would you let this happen” I don’t think the shop got burnt because the owner is a sinner or because he blasphemed against the Lord. Itz something we call a disaster which can happen to anyone. It was touching to see people give a helping hand.
It kinda made me appreciate the life we have, we grumble about a lot of things but there are people with far worse problems than ours. We quietly marched back to our place, feeling sorry for the fella that just recieved a deadly blow from life.

Just Like Asa would say “There is fire on the mountain”

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2008 in Life

 

Happy Married Life

Thatz what we all had to say to my Cousin Uloaku, who recently got married and has been registered as an “M R S”. I’m sure she’s elated.

It kinda got me thinking about when I’m going to get married, that’ll be a long time but I’m sure itz coming.
Her (Uloaku) Traditional wedding (Igba Nkwu) was held on the 24th of may 2008, the white wedding is tomorrow the 31st of may 2008. I wish the couple a happy married life. Lots of Joy, peace, Happiness and every good thing they would ever wish for.
I’m expecting a miracle from God, I kinda believe I’m gonna get some good news very soon. So I’m acting according to faith believing I already have it.
I’ve been the guy I’ve always been known for, nothing has changed only the fact that I’m growing older.
I hope we are all met at the point of our needs.
Love from the Oracle.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Personality

 

“Tagged” – Six (6) quirks

I was tagged by Ollay, it was a calculated attempt by her to make me blog and I guess she succeeded.
First, I guess itz the rules.
— Link the person who tagged you
— Mention the rules in your blog
— Mention six (6) quirks of yours
— Tag six (6) bloggers by linking them
— Let each of the bloggers know they’ve been tagged

Okay, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
Ladies and Gentlemen, letz now hear the crazy things Oracle does.

1. I talk to myself: Now this is one crazy habit of mine, I actually speak to myself when I’m alone in a room. Ask myself questions and answer them. I’ve thought about it a thousand times but I don’t see whatz wrong with it, Once my friend was stepping into my room, he heard me talking and thought I was on the phone. When he stepped in and saw me, he had reason to believe that I was crazy.

2. Lost in thoughts: I’m always lost in wonderland, when I’m remembering an incident that occured earlier, I’m so deep in thought that i may not notice someone step in.
It has to do with remembering things, itz like I’m seeing a video in my mind and itz very clear, that kinda helps me with poetry, itz like I’m seeing what I’m writing about.

3. Daydreamer: I’m an incurable daydreamer. I’ve fantasized about being everything there is to be.
A thousand thoughts,
A thousand wishes.
About being some rich guy living in some massive house, about winning some big international award, being a superstar. I could go on forever, the list is endless.

4. “The other side”: I can say I’m a guy that believes there’s a possibility besides reality. Like seeing the other side of something that happened. Many a times my friends don’t like reporting things to me, coz I might end up not supporting them. A female friend of mine was once mad at me. She told me some guy pissed her off and refused to apologise.
I asked her. “what if he doesn’t know he did it”. Considering the evidence she provided, it was really obvious that the guy was wrong but I just seemed not to see things her way. There’s always that question. “What If”

5. Haircut: If there’s anything I hate to have, itz a haircut. My hair could actually be braided. Like most mothers, my mothers has been a thorn in my flesh. I just had one (Haircut) a few dayz ago coz I came back home. Itz the second time this year.
I can really go for a whole year.

Music: This is the obsession of my soul, my love. I think I’m addicted to music. I really can’t do without it. When I’m walking by, and there’s melody blazing from speakers somewhere, I won’t leave until I’m through with the music. Matter of fact, I’ve got my headphones on right now.

Well, I guess thatz it. Ollay should be satisfied now.

I tag Queen Ebong and Uzezi.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Personality

 
 
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