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Lagos, Nigeria: 5 Reasons Why I Love Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria: 5 Reasons Why I Love Nigeria

Have you asked yourself why Nigeria is the giant of Africa? Why do business men and women come to Nigeria to invest? If you don't have answers to these questions, then here are some answers:

1. People: We are friendly, we are creative, and we treat foreigners well and make them feel at home. Most foreigners have seen and testified that Nigeria is the best country to find the right people to work and live in. This is the number one reason why I love my country.  

(Photo by Nick M)

(Photo by Nick M)

2. Pidgin English: This is one of the most common languages in Nigeria. It is similar to English but you can tell the difference when you hear someone use it. These are examples; I go come your place (I will come to your place), you don chop (Have you eaten),you dey hungry (Are you hungry) etc. Other native languages of Nigeria include: Yoruba, Isoko, Igala, Igbo, Hausa.

(Photo by Zouzou Wizman)

(Photo by Zouzou Wizman)

3.Natural resources/ Agricultural products: We are blessed with natural resources such as gold, crude oil, tin, and coal. The government generates revenue from these resources especially the crude oil from the southern part of Nigeria. Also, Nigeria is blessed with agricultural products such as cocoa, rubbers, timber, palm kernel, and more.

(Photo by Toyosi Onikosi)

(Photo by Toyosi Onikosi)

4. Food: We satisfy your taste buds with all kinds of food you’ll want to try and then ask for more, just like Oliver Twist. Some local dishes are:

-Bean cake: Also known as Akara when it is fried, it’s made from beans and we use bread and ogi (a type of maize porridge, also known as pap) to eat it.

(Photo by Atimokuh)

(Photo by Atimokuh)

-Beans: It is mostly called ewa in the western part of Nigeria when cooked. It can be eaten with either fried plantains, garri, ogi/pap, or bread.

-Eba and Fufu: These two recipes are made from cassava. Fufu is more commonly known as akpu in the eastern part of Nigeria. It’s a type of carbohydrate that we eat with our native soups, such as  Ogbono, Egusi, Peppersoup, Bangs. 

Fufu and Edikaikong (Photo by Donaldson Chickeme)

Fufu and Edikaikong (Photo by Donaldson Chickeme)

-Other notable foods include; Jollof rice, rice and meat stew, Amala with begidi (a doughy dish made of yam or cassava flour)  ,yam and fried egg, moin moin (bean pudding) and so on.

5.Marriage: A man who wants to get married in Nigeria must be sure he is financially stable before he asks permission of the woman’s family. He is required to pay a dowry to the woman’s family as well as give them gifts. This is known as the "bride price." Marriage is not complete if the man fails to do all of this.

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