There are misconceptions about Nigeria and Nigerians due to people’s myopic view of the country. Anyone that can look keenly and take time not only to visit the country but can just find out the truth about the special Nation will only but appreciate this great gift; (Nigeria) God has given to this world.
Nigeria is a great country, full of good people, but due to people not getting the facts, they give this country different names which are not palatable.
To this end, I want to make clarification on the very common misconception or misinterpretation the world has about Nigeria.
- All Nigerians are Spammers/419
This is arguably the biggest misconception the world has about this country. Almost all spammers/419 to an average human being is a Nigerian, which is far from the truth. There are Nigerians that are spammers but not all Nigerians are spammers. Nigeria is not a spam country, neither is its citizens spammers, but ‘it’s the bad sticks that is scattering the fire’. Most Nigerians are hardworking people, who work legitimately day and night to put food on their table. People need to erase the mentality that all Nigerians are spammers. There are evidence to back this claim that spam letters that claim to originate from Nigeria are blatantly not true. Read this http://gizmodo.com/5919818/why-nigerian-scammers-say-theyre-from-nigeria to know the real truth. I repeat, not all Nigerians are spammers and not all spammers are Nigerians. Know the truth, before you speak.
- All Nigerians are corrupt
This is almost synonymous to the first misconception as people think almost every Nigerian is corrupt no matter your age or sex. I sit to disapprove with this thought as most Nigerians are extremely hardworking and intelligent people who engage in legitimate businesses and endeavors. There are points everywhere pointing to the fact that not all Nigerians are corrupt has the world make it look like. For example: I recommend this article http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/how-culture-passion-and-genetics-are-fueling-a-nigerian-takeover-of-u-s-sports/. As you will see the excellent, dedication and hardworking spirit, Nigerians possess. To say the truth, the most corrupt people in Nigeria are our leaders, not the common man on the street.
- All Nigerians are arrogant/pompous
This is a very funny misconception which mostly comes from Southern & Western Africa. They believe because Nigeria will not accept to be pushovers or second string, then they are pompous. The simple truth is that, Nigerians are excellent people, who pride themselves on their achievement as who will not be proud of his/her achievements. Nigerians feel they deserve to be treated specially but not trying to step on people, but putting themselves in a position of honour and regard. So is that arrogant? I have come across different comments claiming this misinterpretation but I have not seen any concrete evidence to show that Nigerians are arrogant. Nigerians respect people no matter the race, colour or where they come from and the only thing Nigerians demand is for the world to reciprocate that respect.
- Nigerians are terrorists
There are believe in some quarters, due to the Boko Haram terrorist ravaging the country, that Nigerians are terrorist which is far from the truth. Nigerians are not terrorists and will never be. We are peace loving people as evident by different peace keeping missions our troops have undergone in the past years and even recently. Details of Nigeria’s peace keeping missions can be found here – http://www.providingforpeacekeeping.org/2015/04/24/peacekeeping-contributor-profile-nigeria/. See this excerpt from the link, which says; ‘Nigeria’s participation in UN peacekeeping is primarily motivated by its quest for global peace, security and stability’ – www.providingforpeacekeeping.org. Is like saying because there is a bomb blast in the UK, France or any other country attacked by terrorist, then all the citizens are terrorists. A country that has contributed immensely to the peace and stability of not only Africa but the world at large should not be tagged with this evil name.
- All Nigerians are Drug dealers
This very grave misconception is common among South Africans who due to some Nigerians dealing in drugs in their country, now term all Nigerians as drug dealers, which is unacceptable. Yes, there are some Nigerians who deal in this things but the truth is, it’s not only Nigerians who deal in drugs. We have even the so called South Africans also doing same. The fact remains that drug dealers are everywhere, they come from just anywhere, and even most of them are from the developed world. So it’s very mind bugging to class all Nigerians as drug dealers because of some bad heads amongst us. The good ones are far greater than the bad ones, you should know that. Nigerians are hardworking, law abiding people who indulge in legitimate ventures.
- Nigeria has the highest number of AIDS cases
This is very wrong and misleading. Nigeria doesn’t have the highest number of AIDS cases rather it’s South Africa. Get the truth, know the truth and digest the truth, before you propagate that truth.
- Nigerian players are age cheats
Even though it may be true that some Nigerian players reduce their age which is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, to face the fact, it happens everywhere in the world. But the truth remains, not all Nigerians are age cheat, some of them are rightly young.
- Mistake Niger for Nigeria
I come across this comment on a website and I have noticed that people mistake Niger for Nigeria which is very funny. Some people think Nigeria is a landlocked country; which should naturally not have a Navy but this is a big misconception. Nigeria is not a landlocked country, so it has Navy, check Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_Navy, it’s located in West Africa see the location of Nigeria here – http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Nigeria-LOCATION-SIZE-AND-EXTENT.html or in Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria or https://www.thoughtco.com/geography-of-nigeria-1435246. This all point to Nigeria’s location in the world. Read this article – http://www.newscurrents.com/nc1/demo/nc1_6324/632412.pdf to know that Niger is the landlocked country not Nigeria.
Taking all the points into consideration, you will now know that Nigerians are good, caring and loving people, who are not only interested in the peace and prosperity of the world, but take it has a duty to make this world a better place for all of us.
I love my country; NIGERIA – Good people, Great Nation.