I decided to do this piece to light the fire of hope in our hearts, remind us of who we are and what we are capable of as a people.
It’s no news that Nigeria and Nigerians have seen better times. Because of past mis-management of our resources by our leaders, Nigeria seems to be falling apart. No good news from anywhere. Suffering and hardship staring us in the face daily.
We need to be reminded of the potential we have as a people.
Wherever you look in this great country, Nigeria, heroes abound both now and in our recent and ancient past.
If all you do is listen to mainstream Western media, you’ll not get the full picture of your Nigerian heritage.
Do not listen to any leader who says Nigerians are criminals, no matter who he is, or his height and position.
Nigerians are a people with a verifiable track record of greatness and we will surely get our great country back and on track again.
Here are some facts about Nigeria and Nigerians that you need to know, to light the fire of hope in you.
- In the US, Nigerians are the most educated immigrant community with 60% of Nigerians in the US having college degrees. This is far above the American national average of 30%. Note, not “one of the most educated”, but “the most educated”.
- In Ivy League schools in Europe and America, Nigerians routinely outperform their peers from other nations.
- A Nigerian student, Ufot Ekong, achieved the highest grades at a University in Japan (the best marks since 1965) and also solved a maths puzzle that was hitherto unsolvable for 30 years!
- Nigerian-born Dr. Bennet Omalu, who hails from Anambra State, was the first to identify, describe and name a new disorder known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE, a neurodegenerative disease which affect American football players.
- A Nigerian family from Edo State, The Imafidon family, have officially been named the smartest family in the UK.
- The designer of the famous car, Chevrolet Volt, Jelani Aliyu, is a super talented Nigerian from Sokoto State. The Chevrolet Volt has been described as an “American Revolution” and one of the hottest concepts in the design line. Yes! A Nigerian designed a car that has stolen the hearts of people around the world!
- The World’s fastest supercomputer was designed by a world renowned inventor and scientist, Philip Emeagwali, a full-blown Nigerian whose patency was awarded in 2015. This means Nigeria has the patency to the world’s fastest computer: a Black Nigerian.
- On the 7th May, 2016 at Howard University in Washington D.C history was made. Out of 96 graduating Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, 43 of them were Nigerians and out of 27 awards given, 16 went to Nigerians.
- The wealthiest Black man and woman on earth are Nigerians, Aliko Dangote and Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija. In the world!
- South Africa couldn’t have ended apartheid & achieved Black rule if not for the leadership role Nigeria played on their behalf. Nigeria also played a huge role in ending the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Talk of being big brothers!
The western media suppress these facts but blow out of proportion how Nigerians are scammers and cheats, how Nigerians are into drugs overseas etc.
Only less than 1% of our total population have traceable criminal records. We are NOT CRIMINALS!
Nigerians are topnotch; second to none around the world. Be proud of Nigeria wherever you go. Take out your Passport with pride. Be proud of our GREEN HERITAGE. Be enthusiastic of our FUTURE GREATNESS