Maybe yes or no but there is no way to say an honest yes or no without justifying your reason here considering human, economic etc. development.
Maybe yes or no but there is no way to say an honest yes or no without justifying your reason here considering human, economic etc. development.
For the very last time, let me say it that Nigeria is not the Giant of anywhere. All along, Nigeria was just Nigeria but I think this giant of Africa name started among those of our parents that started destroying this country in the '80s because they could not account for anything tangible that Nigeria was good for at that time so they threw up the giant of Africa and it caught on.
Nigeria has the most numerous amount of people in Africa and that is where it ends. By land area, we're even a child.
Please let it be that I'm hearing the very last of this Giant of Africa matter.
I think this whole giant of africa thing undermines the potential of other african countries. Before you know it, Nigeria(the heart of africa, the trigger of africa, the giant of africa, the etc of africa) will be the most hated country in africa by africans because of its ego. Reality says, there is no Giant of america, Giant of Asia, Giant of europe then why create one for africa? If so, then Nigeria is the giant of africa based on attributes they created for themselves therefore any african country can be giants based on their unique attributes. Nigeria is no better country than any other african country(so is SA and egypt) for them to think so is ridiculous. As far as know(i might be mistaken), i believe there is a military crisis in Niger Delta(Oil) and their is huge slum areas(Population) so i conclude by both oil and population has created bigger problems than making nigeria a giant.
We define ourselves as the giants of Africa based on our population and land mass and yet have no electricity, fraudulant politicians and people. We have hgh inflation, poor infrustructure and lets tell the truth our education system isn't as great as we think it is, for we are producing half baked graduates that can't apply their education to develop and benefit the country, a lot of them can even write in English properly. Based on these facts we are Giants of Africa but "big for nothing".
It would appear then that:
(a) we are a nation of incorrigible opportunists and thieves; and
(b) we are incapable of learning from history.
Taking a gamble is part of the human condition, but to do so in the face of a direct threat to your life and that of others is criminally insane.
Recent incidents, and WITH ALL DUE RESPECT to the dead and the injured in the tanker fires, mob lynchings,militant attacks, molest victims that have dogged your times — from Abujai to Lagos and now South of the country— it is time you faced up to reality and asked the hard question: What is it about Nigerians that makes them so suicidal?
Tanker fires and the subsequent deaths and casualties have become so much a part of our national fabric that one might be tempted to believe that we are doomed never to learn from history. The worst part about it is that the death and destruction is, in large part, self-inflicted.
The overturning of an oil tanker is simply an event. You have chosen to turn such incidents into a national crisis with a regularity that boggles the mind. A tanker goes down and crowds stream to the scene armed with jerricans as though they were just waiting for the whistle.
From Lagos to Abuja, young people stare brazenly into television cameras and declare that they couldn’t care less if they die as long as they get their share of the loot. It beats logic, but little else does in these crazy times. That there should be a blatant replay of such recklessness beyond Incident One should be enough to raise the red flag in a land ruled by the law.
That it should happen so often is enough reason for us to get blazing mad, if only for the sake of those who suffer collateral damage due to curiosity, or simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Nigerias claims of being a giant is blatant wishfull thinking
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French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan once remarked that a mad man who believes to be a king is no more than a king who himself believes to be a king. This is precisely the problem with our Nigerians, or politicians in general.
They actually believe that they are the best in leadership and therefore pretend to be such, begging the question whether one should believe in what they already know as a fact or in that which is uncertain. A good lesson in knowing and believing has always been shown at the family level when children are considered.
It is said that the mother knows that the children are hers, but the father believes they are. But with the advent of DNA this may not hold true any more. Unfortunately, there is as yet no DNA test that can confirm to a politician or Nigerian populace that he or she is.
TWO SUCH BELIEVERS OR PRETENDERS who have been in the limelight lately are former and current Nigerian politicians and the critical ego obsessive Nigerians who insists they are still relevant — Nigerians. We all saw it in the media the other day when members of vigilante groups in towns demonstrated round the towns killing and maiming each other senseless and burning there rival candidates effigy. Talk of being Giants when still living in the stone age era.
For all the reasons we would accept that Nigerians are their own worst enemies regardless of intellectualism. Why? Having leaders who instead of running a country resort to drowning it?
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The greatest LIABILITY of a foolishman is SELF DENIAL and for a wiseman, he will celebrate with the fool knowing fully well that everything else to him(the wiseman) is an ASSET.
The owner of a SLAVE owns not only him but the SLAVE assets.
NIGERIA IS THE PROVERBIAL FOOLISHMAN who live in self denial. We are not even the Giant of West Africa, Yes we have the potential, but that means Nothing until the potentials are harnessed.
Unfortunately if you have YAR A'CLUELESS we don't need to worry anymore we will continue to be in SELF DENIAL with 7 POINTLESS AGENDA, VISIONLESS 2020 and DIVERSION 'SELECTION 2011'
The truth hurts but it never changes to be the truth. Major Road linking the business capital(lagos) with East and some other part of the country are in shambles, no new ones are built neither are they repaired.
The servant leader spent 2 years in ASO ROCK and still continue to study his handover files, trying to do on the job learing.
I said it before and I will say it again, If the office of the President is
YAR A'LIARS fathers business will he employ himself as an employee to run the busness while doing on the job learning.
HOPE is the only thing remaining for Nigeria, otherwise there is nothing left from idioits calling themselves politicians.
Nigeria was formally the giant of Africa,but things has change a lot in the polity,we are not even in the first ten African countries,the earlier we accept this the better for us, because we lack leaders with deep political and philosophical insight on the basic need of the masses.It is when and only when revolution takes its course that the sleeping giant of Africa will awake from it's slumber.
Why are we insulting ourselves when the true culprits seats in Aso rock sipping red burgundy on ice. We like show of words that don't produce any effect.
How many positive cause do we have in the nation? You that is complaining, what have you done to change your next door neighbor suffering?
Talking will not change a thing but putting our acts together and effecting lives in our own small way. He that is faithful in little shall be faithful in much.
What shame? I feel no shame about being Nigerian, if it were not like people like me and my family Nigeria would and Africa would have no goodwill left in the world towards it. I went to my sister's High School Graduation and the Valedictorian Is an American of Nigerian descent with a full ride to MIT. I cannot imagine them being afforded the same opportunities in Nigeria. I amonly feel ashamed of you. Wouldn't it be funny if you happen to live outside of Nigeria? or Better yet to find out that you work in the generator industry or someone within your immediate family is growing fat off the grouse of Nigeria illegally. Just because you've never left Lagos, Abuja, PH and go see what the average Nigerian lives like is no excuse for your gross ignorance of your own country. I don't see how anyone can laud the government of Nigeria as anything but shameful, talk less about bigging it up as Great Nation among Nations.
I know who I am and where I'm going. I respect your views concerning this thread but it is very uncouth to generalize that Nigerians are silly. Yeah, the Europeans and Asians have contributed to our failures in one way or the other but it is because we allowed it. There is no fire without some smoke. Lizards will have nowhere to live if our walls are not cracked. Inter-Group relations has been ongoing for centuries and it is still in place.
You're free to advocate for the implementation of your ideas. This is a free world, mate. Just dont come to a hasty conclusion that Nigerians are generally silly. Cheers.
Lol thread makes me laugh. And people think Nigerians are arrogant, when you get all these people from their flea-bitten countries on the continent coming on this board pretending they hail from anything more important than some cultural wasteland and, in addition, trying to do to Nigeria what their Oyibo masters did to them, which is create in our people’s minds a form of inferiority complex. I sometimes wonder where they find the time and energy after their debilitating time under the sun waiting for Oyibo to drop sacks of supplements on their worthless heads. Then you also get some people, purporting to be Nigerians, who live in Britain trying to fool people living in Nigeria that Britain is a heaven on earth (I do not know about America but I bet it’s the same thing). Yet the truth is far from rosy. Many Black British people are on medication. The country is a cement and concrete hell. Their children risk their lives going to school. To compensate these Nigerian parents send their children to private schools and take cleaning jobs to supplement their income. They shamelessly complain about no electricity in Nigeria as if their ancestors invented electricity. At work, they have to laugh like hyenas in order to supplicate their Oybo bosses or else they get the sack. Little white boys talk down to them and they can’t retaliate because if they do the parents of those white kids would make their lives a misery. I can’t tell you the amount of time Nigerians and other Africans get slapped with banning orders prohibiting them taking loudly, holding parties and for generally making the noise of life.
Don’t believe the hype, the lives of Africans and Nigerians living abroad is terrible. Many of these morons travel often to Nigeria but I bet you if Nigeria stopped them from visiting, most would commit suicide. Many true Brits are even leaving the country and immigrating to places like Australia and Newzeland. Some of these people do so to get away from crime and falling standard of living others because Australia and Newzeland have what Nigeria has but don’t value, which is land, green, air and freedom. To these later, what some ignorant Nigerians take to be development means nothing to them.
My culture put it in me to stand up as a man and be proud. What I have is mine I do not crow about another mans things. If a man hands me food when I am hungry and pokes his finger in my eyes I will throw the food he gave me back at him. My shame is my shame. If things are bad I work to change them not crow to the neighbour about my problems. I was taught not to live at all cost. I am a true child of Nigeria.
the giant that has, still does, and will continue to sleep in the dark.
the giant that has to wake up as early as 5am to carry his rotten buckets and start looking for where to get water to take his bath and head for work in time.
the giant who has to spend half of his life queuing up for petrol.
the giant who always has to send his wife and kids to go queue up for kerosine.
the giant who pays school fees for his kids and they end up spending 9-10 months at home due to strikes.
the giant who has to watch how a bleeping nurse pulls the life support system off a dying child with no single Naughty Person ready to listen to his ordeal.
the giant who has all sorts of riches but is still the worst country in the world except when it comes to prostitution and crime.
the giant who drives around as if he's driving on eggs and the highest consumers of shock absorbers.
the giant who watches a policeman abandon his traffic warden role to run after 10 naira THROWN to him on the floor.
the giant who watches his house burn to ashes with no 911 to call due to lack of communicaions, petrol, and water.
the giant with no human value who watches frsc allow a car loaded with 20 people and more in the boot to drive around freely.
the 50 year old giant that can't host the smallest world cup, when the 15 year old ants of africa are hosting the biggest tournament.
the giant that can't walk the streets due to the smell of trash, urine and poo.
the giant who's people are dying of hunger.
what a giant.
i can go on forever. what a waste of oxygen.
I believe the term "Giant of Africa" came to be, as a result of the potentials we have in Nigeria. Even though we have a lot of problems right now, these potentials still exist.
And if you truthfully want to look at the full portion of the glass, you will identify them. Nigeria is not only full of negative stuff.
In so many ways, anything that affects Nigeria(either good or bad) can be translated to Africa. So, if you can have a people that influential, we are still the giant.
We just need to wake up, and that includes everybody. Because, truly all of us have contributed in one way or the other to making Nigeria what it is today.
I'm not being unduly patriotic. This is just my unbiased opinion.
Nigeria problem is the people, all of us. A nation is built from its integral unit which is the family. The leaders we are complaining about are normal people among us who aspired to rule. The curse of their fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters are the factor thwarting their resolve to serve well. Words are powerful and they continually recreate and produce effect here on this Forum and many years to come.
We will keep producing cursed generations who can only continue the same curses as many are already doing here and the process continues on and on. If millions of Nigerians can start having positive thoughts and outlook about the nation, they will inevitably draw more positive attention and natural development to the nation.
If Nigeria is a cursed or dead nation as many here say, them you also have agreed to be under or inside a curse. Even though you run to US of A or B, you are still a Nigerian. Lets bless our Nation to secure a better future for our generation yet unborn. The so called developed nations you talk about today committed more grievous sin against mankind and Africa but today no body curses them for such acts. Imagine the US of all nation selling Africans and treating them like goats and cow during the reign of slave trade. Today it is a forgotten issue and we still called America God's own country. When they took away our true leaders and brains that would have build our nation. Didn't you know they only took the strong and mighty among us during slave trade. They left really the weaker ones behind and yet they have the guts to say we are a nation of barbarians and monkeys.
What really is Godly about America? We should think out of the box and see our currently wilderness experience like every work with the creator. Israel also went through this and became a better nation even the US also went through it.
Lets bless our nation and shame those using the very few bad eggs to condemn you and I as a corrupt and primitive nation.
I am not corrupt and my generation are not primitive and we will build a better Nation no matter what.
In economic terms, 'comparative advatage' weighing it on a scale of 100% positve or negative between African countries, which ever one is greater, Naija should be the giant.
Poor Economic and infrastructural dev. (%?)
Political Instablility. (%?)
Poor Health development. (%?)
High class suffering of the masses (%?)
Epiliptic Power Supply (%?)
Governmental theft and pilfirage (%?)
not leaving behind
Sum up your answer for Naija, if greater than other African countries then She is a real GIANT in distress.
Following the trend of GEOTUNS,
It isn't the Size of land, nor the number of population, nor the rate of foreign investors and neither the volume of their investment, nor the value of our oil neither the rate of our resources that'll determine the Giantness of this Nation but the management and the leadership put in place by our Leaders.
The non inclusive of this Nation in the List of Coutries visiting by Obama in His Visit to Africa made it clear that Nigeria is only a country with much Noice that were not Heard