Succeeding in all situations is so greatly established in the Nigerian mentality that the nation's unratified slogan is “Naija no dey carry last."
This winning psyche is noticeable at home and abroad. No other African countries have more population than Nigeria. Nigeria now has the biggest economy in Africa; according to Bloomberg, this has earned us our famous epithet, “The Giant of Africa”. Sparkling illustrations of Nigerian success can be seen in the international music charts, literary world, movie industry, and throughout the diaspora.
The Nigerian Grammy award winner, Wizkid topped the Billboard Hot 100 music chart with the music One Dance featuring Drake. He was the first Afrobeats singer to promote a sold-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" was selected as the best novel to have won the Women's accolade for Fiction in the last 25 years.
Professor Wole Soyinka, Africa's first black African playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) 61% of Nigerian-Americans over 26 have a graduate degree, making this set of people one of the most thriving ethnic groups in the United States (US).
Nigeria has won the African cup of nations three-time, won three World English Scrabble Players Association Championships (WSPAC).
What's behind this “Naija no dey carry last" energy? High expectations are vested upon many Nigerian children from a tender age. We are taught to have many degrees, marry well, and earn well to take good care of our family, and parents in old age. The firstborn shoulders the burden of these expectations and should preferably assist the younger siblings, too.
Nigeria is regarded as a society with many talents.
Individuals seeking greatness are a commitment to the pride, wellbeing, and happiness of the family. We are thus highly encouraged to evade shame associated with recklessness or failure. The national anthem contains a vow to attain “great lofty heights” and a serious admonition that “the labor of our heroes past shall never be in vain.”
Success, power, and relationships are not only good-to-haves but are relatively necessary for daily life in Nigeria.
Nigerians are inevitably trained to play hard, work hard, and take tremendous dignity in the fact that they “never come last."
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