Last Updated On September 28, 2020.
One of my favourite places to be at anytime of the year is with my family, friends and loved ones in my beloved country home, Nigeria. First, it’s the fatherland and then the “Giant of Africa.” So why not?
Home to over 200 million people and only becoming a sovereign nation in the year 1960, my country has been quite progressive since Independence. And Lagos being one of our coastal cities, is predicted to be one of the top five most populous cities in the world by the next decade.
Now that could spell big business opportunities for both entrepreneurs and investors! *wink*
Before we specifically get underway, I’d like you to dislodge all preconceived thoughts or ideas about Nigeria and her people. Read this with open mind and keep things clean in the comments section. Thanks in advance!
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FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA
When asked what she missed about Nigeria in an interview with Gist Nigeria, Wendy Okolo – US based aerospace engineer answered, “I miss the food, fried yam especially.”
Evidently, there’s a sticky crave for Nigerian delicacies that often hit our brothers and sisters in diaspora and who knows? Maybe that’s why we splurge huge wads of cash at Nigerian restaurants overseas.
From the Tuwo Shinkafa up north to Isiewu and Nkwobi of the east, Efo Riro of the west and did I forget to mention, the ingenious Afang Soup of the south and finger foods – Akara, Bole, Moi Moi and Suya alongside many other mouth watering delicacies like the legendary Nigerian Jollof.
Naija delivers on all fronts of culinary pleasure.
Our colourful way of living, the several cultures in Nigeria are definitely worth exploring.
Experience the traditions of the three major ethnic groups – Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. And let’s also remind one another of the prominent empires that reigned in ancient times, the Benin Kingdom, Kingdom of Ife, Nok and Igbo Ukwu Cultures.
Nigeria is pregnant with many cultures and societal references. You should see as much as you can.
Don’t mean to throw no shade at citizens living in chilly or extreme climes but I’m sure you’ll agree that the weather in Nigeria is near perfect.
A While ago, a lady took to Twitter to rant about cold in Canada! Swearing and cursing at the weather in Yoruba language. I was a likkle surprised to be frank.
The best time to travel to Nigeria is after the wet (rainy) season when flood prone areas have dried up. That’s the worst that could happen aside pockets of drought or pale harmattan. The rainy days are from May to September while the dry season lasts for the other six months.
We don’t panic about winter over here or scrape snow off windscreens on some mornings. It never comes…
And the Grammy Award for best World Music Album goes to… heck, how can I forget our very own African Giant, Burna Boy. The thing is, Mr Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex is very outspoken about bad governance, racism and inequality on his songs. In fact, his 2020 single, Monsters You Made (featuring Chris Martin) is in my opinion, revolutionary! Make sure you watch the video.
In the same tune, Davido and Wizkid alongside Queens, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have carted a bunch of prestigious international awards. From shutting down the o2 Arena, topping billboard charts, featuring in colorful tracks with top industry players and impressive appearances on internationally acclaimed talk shows. The Nigeria Music Industry is one that should be reckoned with.
As if that’s not entertaining enough, our Movie Industry, Nollywood is supposedly the second largest in the world in terms of film output! Genevieve Nnaji’s hit movie, Lionheart was bought by Netflix and the big screen star also went on to play the role of Tolu in Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s movie, Farming.
Our collaborations with Hollywood have birthed movies such as Black November, The Accidental Spy and Half of a Yellow Sun. If you didn’t know, now you do, Nigerians don’t play when it comes to entertainment.
Nigeria is blessed. I repeat, Nigeria is blessed with many tourist destinations and cultural centres splattered across the nation.
The Osun-Osogbo Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Osun state is renowned for a large foreign community that travels to Nigeria every August for the Osun Festival.
Not only that, we’ve got Art Galleries, Musuems, Beaches and Resorts, Mountains and much more especially with the tourism advocacy and participation in recent years. So glad I’ve visited a chunk of this places but ha! I can likely do better.
The Kajuru Castle, Azumini Blue River, Emotan Statue, Moremi Statue, Agbokim Waterfalls, Gurara Waterfalls, Agodi Gardens, Susanne Wenger’s House, New Afrika Shrine, Queen Amina Statue and Zuma Rock and Bronze Igun Street in Edo state to mention a bunch are splendid tourist attractions for everyone who comes visiting.
I’ll like to conclude with these intriguing words by Fela Anikulapo Kuti, “men are born, kings are made, treaties are signed, wars are fought. Every country has its own problems, so has Nigeria, so has Africa. Let us bind our wounds and live together in peace… long live Nigeria. Viva Africa.”
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