Happy 50th Birthday, Nigeria! #AllNAIJAErrthang
Y’all will catch me randomly yelling out “ALL NAIJA EVERYTHING” today because it’s my country’s birthday! Nigeria turns 50 today and celebrates half a century without British rule! Naijas everywhere will be rejoicing like nothing else, so excuse any rowdiness you see from us.
Nigeria’s the most populated country in Africa. There’s a good 125 million of us. Yes, we are indeed everywhere. The green on our flag represents the lush land. The white is for peace and unity. Nigeria is more than the email scams it’s become known for (unfortunately). It’s more than the civil wars that have plagued it for so many reasons. It’s really where my heart lies.
We’re a proud people.
We’re taught to respect our elders.
We point to things with our mouths.
We love to spray money at parties (we made it rain before there was a song about it). We enjoy life without apology.
We drink Bailey’s Irish Cream.
We name our children things that mean God, Royalty, Honor. Concepts we hold dear to us.
We have long names that mean something and are hard for everyone else to pronounce.
We love high tables at weddings.
We call folks “IJOTS” and tell them to “SHARRAP!”
We have uncles and aunts who aren’t related to us at all.
We drink palm wine.
We’re seldom on time.
We eat white rice very often. Some of us (read: me) daily.
We eat spicy food.
We love to dance and have more rhythm than a little bit. See: Bro. Franklin
We rock socks.
We LOVE Nigeria.
Oh, and our music is IT to me. Getchu a piece below.
P-Square is one of my fave Naija artists. And that song gets me all verklepmt. Naija R&B. Y’all know I’m lowkey sappy.
9ice and 2Face Ibidia. BOTH are some beasts.
So to all my countrymen around the globe, I say let’s celebrate. For the country we love. The country we sometimes leave. The country we care deeply about. The country we carry with us everyday in our blood. Flawed but fixable. I wish nothing but prosperity for my homeland.
I’m proudly Nigerian, bleeding green-white-green in addition to the red. DOWN NEPA, UP NAIJA!
Are any of my readers Nigerian? SHOW YOUR FACES! Tell me where you’re at. And what tribe you rep. I’m Yoruba ALL DAY ERR DAY! *throws up crooked letter Y* To my non-Naija readers, do you have Nigerian friends? NO?? Well go make one today! And eat jollof rice.
P.S. NAIJA STAND UP!!!