Whenever I think of an adjective to describe Nigerians, the word 'ingenuity' always comes to mind. This is because despite the circumstances, Nigerians manage to survive in a country that faces incredible challenges and problems. I recall the story of Mohammed, who in 2007, used scrap metal to create a functioning helicopter as an illustration of ingenuity. Or, a news report on how some created affordable alternative electricity sources from compact disc-torches nicknamed 'African light'.
I still cannot believe that this most simple attitude has shaken my attitude. The speaker was correct to point out that if indeed Nigerians were ingenious they would have tackled the nation's issues. As I think about it, I must confess to myself that in the 21st century, Nigeria continues to tackle issues that were solved by others at least a century before. That reality turns 'Nigerian ingenuity' into a myth of sorts.
Regardless, I feel that dismissing the concept of 'Nigerian ingenuity' would discredit the many Nigerians who somehow create order out of what could appear to be chaos. As a result, I still believe that Nigerians are ingenious, I just think the level of ingenuity needs to be magnified if that adjective of ingenuity is ever going to stick.
So what do you think? Do you believe Nigerians are actually ingenious or do you not think that should be considered a general attribute of Nigerian people.