October 1st, 2011 marks Nigeria’s 51st Independence Day. Taking time out to say, I am Nigerian-American proudly representing Nigeria from USA courtrooms to runways, in front and behind the camera, online and offline. I am and remain about uplifting my people, bridging gaps, telling our positive stories,calling out the ills, challenging us to do better, challenging us to leave a strong legacy for generations to come. Challenging us to get past tribalism, religious limitations and what have you. I love America but I say often that the Uduak Oduok everyone sees today was not molded in the USA.All the work was done in Nigeria. Happy Independence day to a great nation and great people. God bless Nigeria.
What is there to love about Nigeria and Nigerians? My top 10 list:
- Nigeria’s Music industry is fast becoming what South Korea’s music industry is to Asia. It’s total dominance across the African continent.
- Nigeria’s fashion industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds. South Africa used to be the prime destination for African fashion, now Nigeria is a must.
- Nigerians remain the most educated African group in the USA
- Nigerians can be found in almost all industries, and usually are key players and decision makers.
- Nigerians love to have a good time and can party like no tomorrow.
- Nigerians, especially the women, are just very gorgeous, no lie.
- Did you know Nigeria’s accent now ranks as the fifth sexiest in the world?
- Nigerians have such great hospitality and even 419 attempted dark cloud does nothing to eviscerate our hospitality.
- There are hundreds of thousands of Nigerian medical doctors in the West saving the lives of many and making significant contributions in science.
- Nigerians, they say, never carry last. Indeed. We are a resilient people, intelligent, driven, innovative, passionate and just down to cool people. When next you meet a Nigerian, be sure to say “well hello there!” LOL!
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