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Happy 50th Birthday, Nigeria! #AllNAIJAErrthang

Y’all will catch me randomly yelling out “ALL NAIJA EVERYTHING” today because it’s my country’s birthday! Nigeria turns 50 today and celebrates half a century without British rule! Naijas everywhere will be rejoicing like nothing else, so excuse any rowdiness you see from us.

Happy Birthday Nigeria! 50!Nigeria’s the most populated country in Africa. There’s a good 125 million of us. Yes, we are indeed everywhere. The green on our flag represents the lush land. The white is for peace and unity. Nigeria is more than the email scams it’s become known for (unfortunately). It’s more than the civil wars that have plagued it for so many reasons. It’s really where my heart lies.

We’re a proud people.
We’re flashy.
We’re giving.
We’re taught to respect our elders.
We point to things with our mouths.
We’re loud.
We love to spray money at parties (we made it rain before there was a song about it). We enjoy life without apology.
We drink Bailey’s Irish Cream.
We name our children things that mean God, Royalty, Honor. Concepts we hold dear to us.
We have long names that mean something and are hard for everyone else to pronounce.
We love high tables at weddings.
We call folks “IJOTS” and tell them to “SHARRAP!”
We have uncles and aunts who aren’t related to us at all.
We drink palm wine.
We’re seldom on time.
We eat white rice very often. Some of us (read: me) daily.
We eat spicy food.
We love to dance and have more rhythm than a little bit. See: Bro. Franklin
We rock socks.

We LOVE Nigeria.

Oh, and our music is IT to me. Getchu a piece below.

P-Square is one of my fave Naija artists. And that song gets me all verklepmt. Naija R&B. Y’all know I’m lowkey sappy.

9ice and 2Face Ibidia. BOTH are some beasts.

So to all my countrymen around the globe, I say let’s celebrate. For the country we love. The country we sometimes leave. The country we care deeply about. The country we carry with us everyday in our blood. Flawed but fixable. I wish nothing but prosperity for my homeland.

Naija Luv Luvvie

My avatar's repping HARD! OluLuvvie AdeRatchet is in the building!

I’m proudly Nigerian, bleeding green-white-green in addition to the red. DOWN NEPA, UP NAIJA!

Are any of my readers Nigerian? SHOW YOUR FACES! Tell me where you’re at. And what tribe you rep. I’m Yoruba ALL DAY ERR DAY! *throws up crooked letter Y* To my non-Naija readers, do you have Nigerian friends? NO?? Well go make one today! And eat jollof rice.


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  1. October 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Naija for lifeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    I rep Igbo all day every day! Ndiigbo kwenu!!! You coming to the Parade next week?

  2. October 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

    – We travel with suitcases the size of club speakers.

    – We add “O” to the end of most phrases… “Me: Uncle, how are you this morning? Him: “I am well-ooo”.

    – We are industrious. In every major American city if there is not an Nigeria store, there is an African store or an International store owned by Nigerians. I mean, errbody needs their palm oil, Nollywood movies, and bleaching cream (no shade… I’m lying… ALL shade).

    – We LOVE our country and our people. Let a Nigerian name crawl across the screen… We didn’t even watch TV like that growing up, and my peoples can name any half Nigerian actor working. (Ex. Mama Afropolitan was one of the 12 people to buy Wale’s album. She was salty when she found out the dude from Clueless and Scrubs parents’ were Afrocentric and not Yoruba.)

    Oh, and I am Ibibio. E me di oooooo!

    Deuces. No Chris Brown.

  3. Lite Bread
    October 1, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Yer Most Naija Awesomelynessis,
    You forgot one …
    “And some of the most fan-tast-ic-ali Beautiful Women in the World”
    Full Lushness …

    Along with the ever-present smile, the wonderful, upbeat attitude on life – no matter how crappy it is at the moment … I just love the positive vibe of people rejoicing in Life.
    And I really mean that.

    (We’ll all try an’ forget the awful parts of the British legacy for one happy day)

  4. Dee Dee
    October 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Naija al day! Luvvs you already know I rep that Yoruba tribe. I am the crown of joy that was born. POW! All Aramide Errthang!

  5. mcstephanton
    October 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    YASSSS!!!!! Happy Naija Independence! Some of the BEST people I know are Naija, you guys have the BEST sense of humour PERIOD.


  6. October 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Happy Birfday, Nigeria!

    Homie. The first time I tried jollof rice is probably top 20 moments of my life. I’ve never had a rice from any culture I didn’t love, but jollof is up there as one of my faves, fo’ sho’.

  7. October 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    You be making me wish I was Nigerian!!! I loves y’all!!!!

  8. likeramona
    October 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    happy birthday nigeria! yep i gots me a naija crew and because of u i now say to them “all naija er’thing”

  9. MissMaryMack
    October 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I used to date a Naija (ibibio), and although he wasn’t for me, I miss the fufu, red sauce, jollof rice, and the overall good time his family had.

    Y’all really do know how to party!

    Oh, and Osita Iheme is the ish! *drops mic*

  10. Uche
    October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I’m MAD late, but that’s okay! You know how we Naijas do, lmao! iRep Naija and my Igbo people! At my tiny little school of 2100 I (prez of the African Student Association) went ahead and hit that Independence Party…#weinthisthang.I LOVE BEING NIGERIAN! Speaking of jollof rice/food…I’m making chicken suya this week. YES.

  11. Mr. TKO
    October 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I’m super late with it, but Happy Birthday Nigeria, I’m an American Born Yourba child, gave me some rough times growing up but I love having my culture behind me.

    • October 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Better late than never, my Yorubro!

  12. Princess Lequisha
    October 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I’m non-naija and work as an event planner/manager. I do a lot of naija events ever since I hosted my first naija wedding last year (my client warned me that after her wedding, they would be coming out of the woodwork). She was correct. October 1, I hosted the main event for the Nigerian Embassy located in DC. I was told to expect about 500, about 1000 showed up. That was definitely a challenge. You all definitely know how to party, but better planning would sure be appreciated!

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