DEMOCRACY DAY IN NIGERIA AND POSITIVE FACTS ABOUT OUR COUNTRY.
Fellow Nigerians, today is May 29, let us reflect on the following positive facts.
All over the world Nigerians are setting the pace and becoming the standard by which others measure themselves.
In the US, Nigerians are the most educated immigrant community. Google it and you'll see it. Not one of the most educated, the most educated.
60% of Nigerians in the US have college degrees. This is far above the American national average of 30%
Nigerians in US are some of the highest earners, typically earning 25% more than the median US income of $53k
In Ivy League schools in Europe and America, Nigerians routinely outperform their peers from other nations
A Nigerian family, The Imafidons, have officially been named the smartest family in the UK. Prof. Chris Imafidon has been referred to as a world intellectual icon by Harvard Professor William Maxwell. Prof. Imafidon grew up in Nigeria.
The designer of the famous car, Chevrolet Volt, Jelani Aliyu, is a super talented Nigerian from Sokoto State. The Volt has been described as an American Revolution and one of the hottest concepts in the design line. Jelani grew up in Nigeria & graduated best in his Architecture class from Birnin Kebbi Polytechnic after abandoning the same course at ABU because he preferred the course content. He only left for Detroit in 1990. The rest is history.
The wealthiest black man and woman on earth are Nigerians, Aliko Dangote and Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija
South Africa couldn't have ended apartheid & achieved Black rule if not for the leadership role Nigeria played. Of the 3 Presidents who ruled South Africa after apartheid, two of them once lived in Nigeria under asylum- Nelson Mandela in the 60s and Thabo Mbeki in the 70s. Nigeria gave financial & human support, boycotted an Olympics and our politicians, musicians and activists campaigned relentlessly.
Nigeria spent over $3 Billion and lost hundreds of soldiers to end the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone that the world ignored because they have no oil.
When there was a coup in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2003, Nigeria restored the elected President back to power President Obasanjo initiated talks with the military junta & personally took the ousted president who was visiting Nigeria at the time, back home to be reinstated.
Before there were street lights in European cities, Lagos had electric street lights. The ancient Benin kingdom also had street lights fueled by palm oil
500 years ago, Benin casted metal alloys to create magnificent art including the world famous Queen Ida Mask
Amina was a warrior queen who ruled the Zaria Emirate in Kaduna state, Northwest Nigeria 400 years ago in 1610
We gave monetary gifts to Ireland during our oil boom years
The first television station in Africa was Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) in Ibadan in 1959 long before Ireland had their RTE station.
The greatest comedians on earth are Nigerians. Just walk the streets of Warri and you will die of laughter.
Wherever you look in this great country Nigeria, heroes abound both now and in our recent and ancient past.
If all we do is help mainstream Western media, to bash us in the Press by bashing ourselves, we will never be great again. We have a rich and proud Nigerian heritage. Others envy us but we destroy ourselves.
Not all Nigerians are criminals. We're not a nation of scammers, drug pushers & corrupt Govt. officials but a people with a verifiable track record of greatness.
Bad leadership over the years has brought us where we are but we now have a second chance to CHANGE the narrative & we should seize it.
Throughout history, nations have gone through their dark patches and emerged stronger. The western nations we idolise today & seek to emulate have gone through periods they are ashamed to recollect. They keep silent & put their best feet forward. So should we.
What CNN, BBC, Aljazera and western media will not tell you about Nigerians is that apparently 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. Also a Nigerian Dentistry candidate, Queenate Ibeto was chosen to be the Valedictorian and welcome the Commencement Speaker, President Obama. But you will hardly see anything about that in the press.
Olympic medallists that didnt get to the UK until they were almost adults are "Nigerian-born British" but terrorists who were born & bred in the UK and have no ties at all to Nigeria save for their names are "British-born Nigerians". Oyinbo sef like good tin!
The under 17 Nigerian football team are the most successful in the history of teenage football in the world
If we don't believe in ourselves, why should anyone else? If we don't believe Nigeria can change, who will? If we don't blow our trumpet, who will blow it for us?
We are NOT a criminal nation. Be proud of Nigeria. Be proud of our heritage. Be enthusiastic and optimistic about our future greatness.
If we believe it, we will say it. If we say it we will act it.
If we act it we will begin to show it.
I am a proud Nigerian and I believe in Nigeria!
#Change the narrative
Please share until it reaches all Nigerians in all corners of the globe. We are a GREAT people and a GREAT nation!Send to everyone you know. Each one tell one! Let's share more stories of who we REALLY are. Let's stop complaining about where we're not and start celebrating where we are and where we are going. Slow & steady wins the race Rome wasn't built in a day & that's why its still standing.
Let's stop saying and start DOING something to change Nigeria's narrat