Have you ever wonder why we like calling Nigeria Naija?
Now, we want to know your opinion why people like calling Nigeria Naija.

To me its more concise and fit to our regular Pidgin English more than the other - Nigeria.
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Apparently, Nigerians just love to say things with minimal effort as long as it's possible to retain it's meaning. Hence, Nigeria becomes Naija.

  • “I'm going” becomes “I dey go”.
  • “Don't kill me” becomes “No kee me”.
  • “I beg you” becomes “Abeg”.

And many more. That's the basics of the Nigerian Pidgin English, to say as much as you want with as little effort as possible.

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Over the years, Naija has become an endonym (the name given to a place by the people living in it) for Nigeria. Especially in popular culture and the hustle of Lagos. It's continually displayed in songs, movies and what not.
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To many people, Naija represents a cultural shift. A shift towards our own identity rather than that bestowed on us. An opportunity to show that we can rewrite our own stories.
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The reason why I like calling Nigeria Naija is quite simple. It is because I was born during and/or after this shift. It's popular culture. Naija is one of the words I grew up knowing. And it is the only name for Nigeria given to Nigeria by Nigerians.
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Ever heard a Nigerian say the words,“I love Naija”? Well, they often mean it when they do and using Naija in that statement greatly amplifies the passion in it.
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