“All Nigerians are Not Scammers”

As a humanitarian, I seek others’ welfare when it comes to a country, a continent, and a nation. Often I hear people say, “All Nigerians are Scammers,” it occurs to me the person saying it becomes the suspect.
I have friends from Nigeria and was once married to one. My ex-husband at the time did not like scammers and hated it with disgust. Sometimes, I would suggest doing some side hustling, and he would object. He wanted legal money and worked very hard for his own. He stayed up, day and night working for something to earn every cent and dollar.
There is a saying that “one nut can spoil the whole soup”. In this case, would you throw the whole soup away or still eat it anyway?
When it comes to being a Nigerian, all questions rise from the “North Pole”. Nigerians are smart; hard-working people and the world perceives their smartness as crooks.
In a country of 209,199,814 million people recorded in 2021, according to word meters.info, Nigerians lack a lot of infrastructures. The employment rate averaged in Nigeria, 85.42 per cent from 2014 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 93.60 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014. A record low of 76.90 per cent in the third quarter of 2018. In terms of employment, statistics show that the employment rate is dropping and continuous growth of census.
America is categorized as a racist country when it comes to race, but racism exists everywhere globally. I say this not to defend America of such oppression, but racism has to stop from Africa. A country that can’t provide food for its people is a nation oppressed.
There are children brought up in oppressed and broken homes. When it comes to racism, it starts at home. What you teach your children; what they learn and hear.
I state this as an example because Nigeria is a country of massive impoverishment and without proper leadership can lead the people astray. “You got to do what you got to do to survive”.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released the “2019 Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria” report, which highlights that 40 per cent of the total population, or almost 83 million people, live below the country’s poverty line of 137,430 nairas ($381.75) per year.
There are scammers in Africa and all over the western world, not just Nigeria.
I often question myself, “am I, Nigerian?” Yes, I am. I say this because I am from Africa and I live for Africa. The better way to help Nigerians is better leadership, more employment, and not judging a book by its chapter. I am often told to be aware of Nigerians. I would rather say, beware of the person expressing that; they are the real scammers.
I remember a friend of mine saying, “Africans are always late.” I knew right then how ignorant she was. Then I asked her, “how did Oprah become the world’s richest woman?” I bet she was on time and showed up for the job. How did Folorunso Alakija become one of the richest women in the world? Moreover, Aliko Dangote?
Most of these successful pioneers are from Nigeria. So before you judge, I would suggest you bring a pen and paper and let’s make a difference.
Everybody deserves a chance, an opportunity. After all, one nut can’t spoil the whole soup. We love Nigeria and Africa as a continent. Together we stand, divided we fall.
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5 Comments

  1. I love the article about the stereotypes against Nigerians, classifying them all as scammers, you’re a good write but your vision and choice of words is really amazing! You know sometimes people can just admire someone because the light in them, such are a blessing that we should always cherish and utilize. I don’t know and I never met you, but you inspire me with your elegance and intelligence, courage and motivation! I just wanna say keep spreading the positive energy and the gift you have. Mad love 🖤

  2. This is something called impression and desire, I have always wanted to see different point of views from someone who truly cares. You seem genuine to care for people.

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