How is the stereotype of people from Nigeria?

Like I always said before. Here on this blog doesn’t matter if is right or not, it’s just a stereotype.  Also include stereotypical physical appearance if exist.

Nigerian Stereotypes
Nigerian Stereotypes

[hana-code-insert name=’Google1′ /]Factual information is easy to get, but cultural info e.g. stereotypes are hard to analyze. Cultural stereotype gives insight not only about the stereotyped society, but also the society who stereotypes. So please remember, it’s just a stereotype!!!  Don’t get emotional over stereotype!
I heard popular stereotypes such as Nigerians are internet scam artists (Nigerian bank spams).

I will burn my money . Those white people never answered my emails
I will burn my money . Those white people never answered my emails

Other stereotypes that I have found are:

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Positive Stereotypes about Nigerians

  • neurotic;
  • open-minded;
  • modest;
  • manipulative;
  • hard-working;
  • creative;
  • enjoy life.
  • Very smart if educated.
  • Very business oriented
  • Mostly prefere traditional cloths, bracelets, and walking sticks (for men)
  • Very religious , light or fair complexion, brown eyes, red or black lipstic, Lots of make up,
  • Their women often braid their hair or leave it natural, long du rags to the ceiling. Shiny slippers and purses and shoes.
  • Old Mercedes benz, jeep, and jaguar owners, favorite food ebar, big perels, etc
Nigerian Stereotypes
Nigerian Stereotypes

Negative Stereotypes about Nigerians

  • Very aggressive people,
  • disparity in education and social status
  • create rubbery and
  • identity theft among lower poor class,
  • speaks loudly,
  • speaks with lot of actions,
  • lot of witchcraft
  • black magic,
  • money thirsty,
  • prostitution,
  • corrupted government
  • tribalism
No time to explain!! Just grab your cactus!!
No time to explain!! Just grab your cactus!!


Weirds Stereotypes about Nigerians (or not)

  • Speaks their own English(very rapidly)
  • Chew tobacco( old men)
  • Family influences marriage all the time
  • They are giants. They have huge masculin bodies.
  • They are mostly dark skinned.
  • Their heads are flat at the back.
  • They are conmen and drugdealers
  • These guys are real hustlers.
  • They shout when they talk.(they can be sitting next to each other but you wont believe how loud they will be)
  • They are flashy dressers.
  • They are love machines.
  • They know how to treat women good. In fact south african women prefer them than the local men.


meanwhile in Nigeria
meanwhile in Nigeria

i dont agree with the UNEDUCATED aspect. Loud, maybe but Ghanians are more louder. An average Nigerian man is not very violent unless you are just putting up the people you have been in contact with.

Education is the backbone of average Nigerian family. The education system might be funny but parents always insist that their children go to school.

The most common Nigerian Stereotypes
The most common Nigerian Stereotypes

The Truth About Nigerian Stereotypes

Now I know that there are a lot of crappy stuff perceived to be “typical Nigerian behavior” that are making the rounds. Most of it are pretty messed up but some are just so darn annoying. Even more so because I hear these things either directly or indirectly, quite on a daily basis. While we might choose to be the bigger people and overlook the lot of it, some particular notions must and will be aired out because they are misleading to non-Nigerians and embarrassing to any decent Nigerian (and we are quite a number by the way). So here it goes, the basic truth about Nigerian stereotypes you probably have heard about yourself, by yours truly.

1. Every Nigerian is into advance fee fraud: Popularly known as “419, yahoo-yahoo, scamming” call it whatever you may, this first stereotype is hilarious as it is annoying. What with the way, foreigners tend to clutch their credit cards with a Nigerian in sight. First off, just how many Nigerians exposed to the internet actually fully understand all of its intricacies? Not like its their fault, you might want to blame the crawling speed of some modems. Now even I, hate to admit the fact but it is true. Just like any one else, we use the internet for homework, social-networking, office work and the like. Seriously speaking though, I am aware that quite a number of Nigerians have been associated with this vice so much so that Sony had to incorporate the fact into it’s PS3 advert a few years back. Truth be told, it hurt. Fact is, we aren’t the only people that indulge in this. Many other nationals of different countries have been caught in the act pants down so what makes us so special? Sometimes I have to wonder though. Let’s face it people, criminals aren’t all citizens of one country alone, they are scattered everywhere, deeply rooted in every civil society. So please for the love of God, spare us the drama of looking over your shoulder when a Nigerian stands behind you on the queue of an ATM, we got our own.

2. We live in the thick of jungles with the wildest animals, swinging from tree to tree in an attempt to run for dear life. Stop. Now go back and read it through. Seriously? This is the year 2012 AD in the 21st century. How benighted can people be? This is one stereotype I find is shared with the rest of Africa. (Funny how some people see Africa as a country and not a continent). So just to clear things up, Nigeria and indeed the rest of Africa like anywhere else has its own highbrow areas, middle-class housing and then the of course, its ghettos and slums. No, we don’t live in the tropical rain forests wearing nothing but hide and hunting down lions and deer. We live normal, civil lives.Yeah, you saw some pretty bad stuff on t.v but then again you do know better than to believe everything shown there.

Nigerians live in the thick of jungles with the wildest animals
Nigerians live in the thick of jungles with the wildest animals

3. Our lives are run by voodoo and black magic. Even though it is practised under another name (juju), not every single Nigerian indulges his/her self in the practise. You should also know that Nigerians are very religious people as seen on every Friday and Sunday (Moslem and Christian worship days).

4.We are naturally volatile people. So maybe we are having issues in the country right about now but then, who doesn’t? Thing is, it will all come to pass. Nigerians are naturally very happy people. Doubt me? You should fly into the country soon and be greeted by the billboard welcoming you saying the exact same thing. What’s more? Ever wonder how even though we might be suffering so much, we make jokes about it on twitter? Need real proof? Check out the world’s happiest people surveys and be amazed at how we top the list year after year.

Ranking of the World’s Happiest Countries

1. Nigeria
2. Mexico
3. Venezuela
4. El Salvador
5. Puerto Rico

The Ranking of the World's Happiest Countries is leaded by Nigeria
The Ranking of the World’s Happiest Countries is leaded by Nigeria

Now that I have straightened this out, I hope you have your facts right.

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  1. This is kind of wrong, top 10 list of happiest countries in the world is different , it includes only western european countries, and canada and australia… don’t know where did you get your facts…

    • So from every single point that was raised in this, the only thing that you have to say is a sentence of correction?

  2. It’s quite clear you are Nigerian then… all you’re other Sterotype content is actually very balanced, tangible and un-bias and seems to be well informed and very intelligent but this section on Nigerian Sterotypes reads more like a rant and in some places, quite agressive? (a Nigerian sterotype on you’re list) You have made the mistake of making it personal and it’s come across in you’re writing. I quote:

    “While we might choose to be the bigger people and overlook the lot of it, some particular notions must and will be aired out because they are misleading to non-Nigerians and embarrassing to any decent Nigerian (and we are quite a number by the way).”

  3. Most of these stereotypes of Nigerians aren’t true. In fact there shouldn’t ever be a stereotype about any country especially a massively populated and highly diversified mix of people like Nigeria. Most of these stereotypes are new to me. Whatever you see in any Nigerian you meet should represent the whole population stereotypically.

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