nigerian way

The Nigerian Way

Ask me again if I never get tired of singing the Nigeria song and my reply is NO.. Why should I get tired when the only song on my lip is the Nigeria song, the only air I breathe and the only people that have accepted me are the...

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Nigerian Delicacies

Nigerian Delicacies: BOILED YAM WITH GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden eggs are vegetables rich in vitamins E, C, and B6 and minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper, Zinc and Iron. They come in two main colours: yellow, white or green colours. Some come in a combination of two colours: green and white or yellow and green. Garden eggs...

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pidgin

WETIN DEY HAPPEN NA, HOW UNA DEY?

Forgive me if I am not perfect or fluent in the pidgin language, but I am one of those Nigerians who is ready to learn… yes! Although it hasn’t found its way into the school syllabus, it is still a language we value in this part of the world....

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fairytale

ALICE, BUT THIS IS NO WONDERLAND

I watched the movies I read the books Had tears in my eyes And a dream in my mind I wanted this! Fairy tales are what I want or should I say what I wanted That cuddle from the night time till morning in the movies Or that kiss...

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arrival

THE HOME COMING

The day I made the life changing decision to return to Nigeria had started out just like most other Tuesdays in New York, an endless stretch of hours completely occupied with boring routine activities. I was seated at the dining table in my two bedroom apartment, sipping from a...

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food for thought

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As you go around your routines think about this: Routines are what you have created to suit the kind of life that feels comfortable, Safe, Secure, In some cases, the routine allows you achieve, make progress etc. Routines also tell a lot about who you are Whether or not...

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Use-The-ATM

Attention!!! Ladies!

So… I am angry. Yes. Why? Why shouldn’t I be? I have two brothers and friends who have overtime become brothers to me and Lord knows I’ll pull the wig off any lady that turns those guys into fathers, SDs (sugar daddies), banks and Atms. What happened to the...

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Sukur Cultural Landscape(Adamawa State)

Nigeria Beyond The Surface Level: Adamawa State

Did you know that Adamawa State…? - is the land of beauty? - Capital is Yola? - established 27th of August, 1991? - has twenty-one local government areas? Namely: Fufore, Ganye, Gombi, Guyuk, Hong, Jada, Shelleng, Demsa, Madagali, Maiha, Mayo-Belwa, Michika, Mubi North, Numan, Song, Mubi South, Yola North...

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APC and PDP

When Things Go Right

In recent times, the region of West Africa has become synonymous with the spread of the Ebola viral disease which has claimed victims in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and to a much lesser extent, Nigeria. Even before Patrick Sawyer had gotten on a plane and flew to Lagos bringing...

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leboku

LEBOKU NEW YAM FESTIVAL

I can safely assume that a lot of us had no idea people celebrate New yam festival, talk more of celebrating in a colorful way but today it is what I introduce to you THE LEBOKU FESTIVAL. Don’t rush, Leboku is a feast observed yearly in the peoples paradise...

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TYBello1

Personality of the week: TY Bello

Two songs come to mind when I think of the amazing TY Bello. Greenland and The Future. I know that my renewed love for Nigeria was birthed the first time I listened to TY Bello’s ‘Green land’. Already a lover of her unique voice when she was still a...

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Nigeria – Our Country, Our Legacy

We are not Nigerians because we were born in Nigeria, we are Nigerians because Nigeria was born in us, both as an individual and as a people, we are all there is to be ashamed of or proud of…

It’s really frustrating to see how much of ourselves (Nigeria) we have lost in our need to be accepted, appreciated, heard and defined. I am not an exception and neither are you. there’s no sense in blaming our leaders for our mistakes, we are responsible for all that happens to us as an individual and as a people. maybe i will believe the masses are justified when people start coming from Togo, Namibia, Ghana or some other countries to rule us; because as long as it’s Nigerian people becoming Nigeria leaders, i’ll uphold my opinion of status change and not difference in national identity. our leaders are only a mere representation of who we are deep down within; our greed, lust for power, selfish interests, our ambitions etc.

Good citizens make good leaders, it’s not the other way round. we may have so many short comings as a people but there’s good in everyone of us. We only need to emphasize it more in our words, attitude and actions.

We have a rich cultural heritage. a history of model citizens to learn from, people who gave their lives and lots more to get us where we are, both the ones that made it to our history books and the greater ones that didn’t.

i hope the video below can give you a glimpse of what we have lost.
I challenge you this day to become a model citizen to the generations yet to come. to aim for legacy and not riches.

for more insights into what we hope to achieve, you should click on this post title and see our model citizen video.

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#funnyfridayz: No Racial Discrimination

so.. i saw this video and it was funny

what made it funny was how true it was

please note that there’s no racial discrimination intended just sharing the fun…

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love

The Butterfly Experience

I really do not know why this tingling feeling I have in my stomach when I see or think about us are called butterflies I don’t know where they come from Somewhere in my head I can hear “run, run as fast as you legs can carry you” But...

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NYSC-corps-members

The Corpershun Salute

…The struggle continues, After completing four, five or even six years in the university, the coper shun salute is the last phase which ends an era in every Nigerian student. (although it begins an entire new world). The experiences that come unpacked begin from when you pick your posting...

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human body

Drawing Lessons From The Human Body

The Human Body Definition: “… the entire structure of a human being and comprises a head, neck, trunk (which includes the thorax and abdomen), arms and hands, legs and feet. Every part is composed of various types of cell”. Let’s scratch the surface of Biology a little shall we?...

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Nigerian Mothers1

NIGERIAN MOTHERS

The Nigerian way has always been the different way, but taking a look at our moms, you shake your head and silently whisper “they are the best”. Don’t worry, I stand to be corrected, but I will prove my point first. She is first a teacher, yes, she put...

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danfo

SAVED BY THE OSHODI BUS!

“It is a beautiful and good day. Enjoy it”, When I come out of my house and there isn’t a single falomo bus to take me to work, what’s good in the day? When the thugs or Agberos at the bus top near my house harass bus conductors for...

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Abia_state_tower

Nigeria Beyond the surface level: Abia State

Question : How many states make up Nigeria? Before you judge me for asking this seemingly simple question… do you know that a lot of people that LIVE in Nigeria have no idea… don’t believe me? Well.. it’s true… and even some that know that there are 36 states...

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natural hair styles

LET’S GO NATURAL

  Every Monday morning need a little inspiration for the day, so let’s go natural In this piece let’s talk hair, not just hair, natural hair. It doesn’t matter if your hair has been hidden under the hot chemicals of relaxer. Just like salvation, it is never late to...

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Hardworker

The Heroes of Hushville.

  In a world where success is hyped and celebrated more than the core values of ethics, justice, love, family, and where ‘successful’ people are displayed on billboards wearing outfits whose cost price can feed the entire population of University of Benin for two weeks straight (no pun intended),...

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plantain porridge

AWANAIJA DELICACIES: PLANTAIN PORRIDGE

  Plantain porridge can be cooked with or without vegetables-I prefer it with veggies. I use ugwu, spinach, bitter leaf or uziza. Unripe plantain porridge is very healthy. Those avoiding sugars can eat it with relish. Porridge with bush meat or goat meat is also very tasty; remember to...

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cobhams

Personality of the week: Cobhams Asuquo

  Cobhams Asuquo “Let us have a world of ordinary people, living life the way God wants us to… If we have a world of ordinary people, extraordinary things will happen to me and you… Every little baby has the power to be great and every tall tree grew...

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#awanaija Reading Culture

Opinion: Nigeria Records 70% Failure In Wassce

  The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results of the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). 145,975 out the 1, 705, 976 candidates’ results are being withheld on the grounds of examination malpractice. These malpractices were reported both during the conduct and the marking...

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#awanaija delicacies

AWANAIJA DELICACIES: EDIKAIKONG SOUP

  The Edikaikong soup has gained popularity over the years because of its nutritional value and delicious taste. This soup is native to the Annangs, Ibibios and Efiks of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. However, people from all over the country have at one time or the other...

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#funnyfridayz Proud Nigerian Citizen (FUNNY VIDEO)

 It is good to be proud of your Country and Home
Proud of your achievements and what you have accomplished
You never can tell what really makes you a Star…
The accomplishment itself or how proud of it you are *wink*

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Hounrable Patrick

#funnyfridayz We are all Unique

We are all UNIQUE in our own way Some people may call it Weird while others will see it as Genius whichever way, it is most important what you think of yourself. So Judge this… Is he just happy and proud being him or Is he just really weird?...

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ebola_cure

Ebola now has a cure at last #AwaNaijaUpdates

for a long time, nothing actually trended like the breakout of Ebola virus in Nigeria, the hype was so much that even BH lost their shine and media grip. from painful deaths of well meaning Nigerian citizens who turned out to help the Librarian Patrick Sawyer to newly weds...

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runaway-love

That heart break story

“He: I’m sorry I have really tried but this has not been working for a long time now… She: (Stuttering) So… What are you trying to say (tears rolling down her face) He: but babe you know this as much as I do, don’t you? She: Let me make...

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Photo by Juju

FREE VERSE

Last night, I dreamt a dream and woke up with bruises. I called it love. I am a woman from Nigeria. I drank from the palm of familiar hand, it was bitter at first, but the after taste sweet. I am a woman raised in Nigeria. I am walking...

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delicacies

AWANAIJA DELICACIES: AFANG SOUP

Raised by an Akwa Ibom mother and surrounded by aunts and cousins from Akwa Ibom, I can boldly say that I have eaten the best Nigerian meals you could think of. No kidding. Lol. When I was growing up, my mum cooked different meals of different origins and we...

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Nigerian Family

Title This..

There’s a Greek proverb that says, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Wow… the proverb is a mind-blower. In other words Nigeria will grow great when our leaders fix our nation even though they may not live...

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Patriotic Nigerian

A Patriotic Nigerian

He was born far from home, circumstances almost never permitted him to come home. But unlike a thousand others, he craved for a time to find his roots even if it meant he had to stumble on foots. He cared for anything that related to home and went far...

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Bayo-Ogunlesi

Spotlight on Adebayo Ogunlesi

Most times I just give deaf ears to the “naysayers” when it comes to being positive about the possibility of Nigeria becoming a renowned peacefully and economically inclined country because (sigh), it is feasible. Nigeria is blessed with amazing individuals, impacting the world positively through their various endeavous. Of...

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eledumare

The Script Finale II- Mortals

I am glad to present to you the final chapter of “The Script”. I’d like to thank everyone who was a part of the process of writing this series (you know who you are). A special shout out goes to Sandra who was immensely helpful especially with this finale,...

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a beautiful green landscape

A Beautiful Patchwork

It is always interesting when I meet other Africans and they describe how heterogeneous their nations are in terms of ethnic and religious make-up. I remember this particular conversation I had with a group of South Africans I met on a foreign trip. I asked them how many ethnic...

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Hard working Nigerian

EVERYDAY IN #AwaNaija

“Every day for Naija my country people even before cock crow mmm, plenty people don wake up to begin work o for Nigeria. Farmers dem dey Builders dem dey market people nkor, we dey Lawyers dem dey Some dey work for Office, others na factory Sports people nkor, their...

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Rumour has it

Rumor has it…

Now I have nothing against the United States and England… Well not much… Well let’s be honest… these nations haven’t exactly done right by Nigerians and Nigeria… but that’s none of my business. Now, rumor has it that the federal government intends to Borrow $1 billion from the US…...

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Happy Nigerian Farmers

AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA

We are those people who are branded with life, fertility and freshness.That is why I present to you today another means of livelihood in our country. Agriculture has to do with a lot of things, you could explain it to be what it is in your own words, but...

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Break up

IT GOES BOTH WAYS

I am not saying that I am a standard Neither am I saying I have not made mistakes All I am saying is, I do not want to be compared to anyone I’m sorry your heart was broken And I understand the pain because I have gone through that...

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Awa Naija blog launches Video Campaign with a difference

This is one of the difficult periods in Nigeria’s history as a nation goes without a say, with many fearing for the future of the country remaining together as a single entity. However, with renewed optimism and resilience which characterizes the ‘Nigerian psyche’, we are refusing to give up hope on ourselves and our nation.

We believe Nigeria would have been in a better place today if we all work with our government rather than tear it down. Development does not just require good leadership; it also requires good citizenship and follower-ship.

As we continue to find our collective voice in the demand for responsible leaders and better living conditions, and for our stolen daughters to be returned to us, We also extol ourselves to individually play our parts in building a better Nigeria, by being better citizens, because awa naija is awa country, and awa pride.

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Innovation

#funnyfridayz Innovation

When we hear the word “INNOVATION” so many things come to mind. For some it is the IPAD, NOKIA LUMIA ETC. TO Some people it is really really out of the box Look at this: T Now! Wouldn’t you agree?

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tinie tempah

Tinie Tempah on the spotlight.

The latest from the Nigerian international rapper, Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu popularly Known by his stage name, Tinie Tempah is that, his next album may be his last because, according to him, the format is dead. The rapper feels there are better ways to let his fans hear his music...

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Fela Durotoye

PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK… Fela Durotoye

I first heard about this extraordinary gentle man at a youth retreat in Kaduna State in 2005. I didn’t get to attend that retreat that year and wondered why my friends made such a fuss about him. In 2006, All giddy… super excited. I was looking forward to listening...

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