10 characteristics of the average Nigerian
- They are passionate about their religious faiths. An overwhelming number of Nigerians want to go to heaven when they die
- Nigerians are closely attached to their ethnic groups and traditional rulers
- They love entertainment and merriment
- They hate being called just plain Mr or Ms No other people on the world live amassing titles like us
- They believe how much material wealth you have is a measure of your worth
- They believe that public transport is for the poor and lazy
- They believe the government has the capacity to solve all of society’s socio-economic woes
- They live high-end products and as we produce none of this ourselves, they are shamelessly happy to import their needs
- We are embarrassingly sycophantic. Decades of living under military rule have engrained the Oga-at-the-top mentality into our psyche. Our top-to-bottom mentality makes it impossible for an average Nigerian to refuse in reasonable orders
- Nigerians appreciate the value of education. However, this means they disrespect people who did not go to university irrespective of what skills they possess
You simply cannot build a global superpower when your population thinks this way. A higher level of thinking is required.
Ayo Akinfe, born in Salford, Manchester, is a London-based journalist who has worked as a magazine and newspaper editor for the last 20 years. Ayo attended Federal Government College Kaduna and obtained his first degree in history from the University of Ibadan.