I’m proudly Nigerian

​Hey guys!

Happy Sunday.
I’m sure you’re wondering what my post title is all about. Well, I’d just like to share some of my experiences as a Nigerian. My stay in South Africa opened my eyes to a lot of things about discrimination which was actually a new experience. It’s very funny how the singular act of one person or a group of people can actually put a stench to the whole country or tribe.

Scenario 1: I was at a party where there were only two Nigerians, and so I began conversing with some guys of different nationalities. The first guy I spoke with asked if I did drugs just because I’m Nigerian. It was a really dumb question to me, but of course, I replied and told him how not all Nigerians are drug dealers. The second guy asked the same thing but was more polite and we both agreed that although some do it, certainly not all do it.

Scenario 2: I was at a store to buy stuff and I tried not to speak with the Nigerian accent but the one time I slipped, the cashier instantly became so rude and was actually like that just because I was Nigerian. I mean, she was nice to those who were with me but just not me. Why?
Scenario 3: Immediately I stepped into the country and was at the entry point, the immigration officer was also very rude. “Do only that which you came for and don’t violate our rules,” he said rudely, who does that? I’m pretty sure not everyone gets that treatment.

My questions are: Why? Why? Why?

Why do some Nigerians tarnish the image of this country?
Why so much stigmatisation?
Why can’t I be treated normally?
I’m Nigerian not a second class citizen.
Have you ever been stigmatised? Ever had to claim another nationality just because of what some people have portrayed your country to be?
I’d like to know your thoughts. Just comment in the Comment Section below.

P.S: Not all South Africans have this mentality, I met some other awesome South African. 

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30 thoughts on “I’m proudly Nigerian

  1. Meeeehn, like someone said, Nigeria needs flushing, we need to flush out some disgraceful beings. I cant just imagine how you must have felt. Well,what can we do? Hope for the better, I guess.

    1. Yes, we need flushing but it actually starts with us. Haven’t you noticed how some Nigerians favour some white people more just because they feel more important or something. We need to appreciate ourselves too and those who tarnish the image of Nigeria should stop already. Thank you Tinuke

  2. My own opinion and what I’ve noticed about South Africans is that they stigmatise a lot. Not just to Nigerians but Nigerians get the most share of it. Remember that time people who weren’t South Africans were being killed by the illiterate South Africans because they claimed foreigners ‘stole their jobs ‘


    1. Yes yes I remember, their government treats them well, gives them jobs before foreigners but its just not human that some people still think this way. Not all South Africans stigmatize though. Thank you Collins

  3. South Africans are the problem! I always say this “I have a big problem with ignorance”…. How can they not know that not every Nigerian is a drug dealer.I’m also going to pretend that I don’t know that not every South African is stupid.

    1. Yes boy every South African is stupid, I spoke with an Uber driver who was South African who totally respected me and even said some do others don’t so he just puts everyone he sees in the category of those who don’t unless proven otherwise. Thank you Tonye, you instigated this, lol.

  4. I didn’t realize that it was like that in South Africa. As a Ghanaian in America there is definitely discrimination. I don’t have an accent since I was born in the states, but people automatically assume that I’m black american. Some white people and occasionally black people seemed to think they were better than me and avoid eye contact or have something rude to say. I had to learn to let it go, but there is definitely a lot of ignorance in the world.

    1. There’s definitely a lot of ignorance in the world. Notwithstanding people should understand that irrespective of out race or colour we’re all human and should be respected. I have friends black and white and I treat them equally.
      Thank you for stopping by

    1. Yes some many other people experience the same thing. My prayer is that we that are not ignorant learn to treat people equally and shoe love to others irrespective of their nationality

  5. I experienced a little bit stigmatization while I was in the university especially because I am black and Nigerian. My friends had it worse based on their location. Some had this picture of violence and poverty for all Nigerians and fail to realise that over 60 percent of the school’s tuition comes from Nigerians, when they say things like that, I don’t get angry at them, I just educate them, if they are willing and tell them to visit Nigeria, lol. Seriously, I was asked for what I ate to make my hair coily and a woman asked my friend and I to stand from her side on the bus because I’m black, Lol. I just laughed because I didn’t care much for all of that, it was a once in a while thing and only get it from ignorant people. But in this day and age, this level of ignorance shouldn’t be. We should treat ourselves equally. However, Let’s start with ourselves because some Nigerians/Africans stigmatize people outside their tribe/country/race. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Wow! Some Nigerians/Africans also need to quit stigmatizing, have you noticed how we prefer to treat other race/country/tribe better than ours. Its generally just ignorance, the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened sooner or later. Thank you Debbie

  6. Hey!Very interesting experiences you’ve had, I would have thought people in other African countries would not be as naive; but it’s an individual thing. As a Nigerian living in the USA, I expect nothing but ignorance since the stereotypes of Africans are too many.

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