In Africa, Nigerians are the “big boys”.
They copulate a lot. Nigeria is the most populous country.
They are the best entrepreneurs. Nigeria is now the first economy in Africa. Lagos alone has a GDP equivalent to that of 25 African countries combined.
They are also lucky: Nigeria is the first oil exporter of the continent.
Everyone loves to trash Nigeria, but how come they succeeded to overcome Egypt and South Africa to become the first economy on the continent? Transparency International would tell you corruption is the cause of Africa underdevelopment, Obviously Nigerians don’t like wrong assumptions.
You don’t become triple champion by accident.
Big at home, Nigerians are also the best abroad.
They were the only Africans mentioned in the top-eight of best performing ethnic groups in the United States of America, in the best-seller book “The Triple Package” by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld.
According to Chua and Rubenfeld, Nigerians have three distinguishing characters in common with Jews, Indians and Chinese: a complex of superiority, a feeling of insecurity, and impulse control.
Nigerians feel superior. It’s the country with the highest number of self-proclaimed “Princes”, “Princesses”, “Queens”. All have a story relating them to an ancestral kingdom or a king. They feel entitled to a high social status.
Nigerians are very competitive. When you come from a crowded country, you feel insecure about your part of the pie. Parents plug a “fighter spirit” in their kids early on.
Now, when it comes to the third factor, “impulse control”, I have hard time believing the authors.