Survival in Africa’s most Populous nation is not easy, in case you are looking for some inspiration, here is how to survive in Nigeria.
Nigeria with a population of over 180 million is the most populous country in Africa and one of the most populated countries in the world. With this great population comes increasing competition for limited resources and opportunities leading to a survival of the fittest struggle.
Nigeria go survive is a song by Veno Marioghae that ruled the airwaves in the 80s. It is a song that expresses optimism about the survival of the people and the country despite all challenges.
Today, Nigerians need similar songs to inspire and motivate them to continue to exist in a country with many challenges.
How to Survive in Nigeria
To survive in Nigeria, you need to be hardworking.
The place of hard work cannot be underestimated or wished away. Laziness breeds poverty of the mind which translates into failure and inability to meet expected responsibilities and duties. You have to put in hard work in whatever job you are in engaged in. You need to do the job well. In the face of growing competition, if you fail to work hard, you will find yourself being overtaken by others and will ultimately lose out in the game of survival
Another way of survival in Nigeria is to be Creative.
Creativity is needed now more than ever. Life in Nigeria offers so many challenges to the individual, most times the standard ways and methods of doing things no longer work or are ineffective, so you need to find an ingenious way of completing and executing tasks and responsibilities.
If you are creative enough you will be able to do many things and achieve your goals. When you are creative, you can multitask and successfully complete assigned tasks and duties.
In today’s Nigeria, creative people are making money. Don’t be left out, find a faster and better way of doing that job, go where others have not gone, do what others have not done. Don’t be afraid of failure. So stir up the creative potentials in you, find a need in your community and meet that need and you will find yourself surviving in Nigeria without stress.
You need a Viable Support System
Having a viable support system is one of the ways to survive in Nigeria. There are certain things you cannot do on your own, there are times when you need help. This is where having a support system to fall back on is necessary. Your support system will give you the necessary support and backing at all times to achieve your goals. The support system ranges from family members, friends, colleagues, church members, Muslim ummah, neighbors, bosses etc.
You may need money, material items, ideas, counsel and advice from time to time, this category of people will be around to provide these for you.
You need to Learn to Persevere
Perseverance and resilience are some of the critical qualities you need to survive in Nigeria. It is often said that Nigerians are a tough people with a tough skin and are able to adapt to different circumstances and situations. You need to possess the never say die spirit to keep on hustling and making progress. The situation may be tough, the economy might be harsh but you should never give up. Despite the setbacks you are experiencing and no matter the storms of life that you are passing through, you need to keep your head up and keep moving on.
There are a thousand and one stories of Nigerians who have risen from grass to grace, who have moved out of poverty into wealth, out of challenges into success and are now being celebrated. You can be one of those success stories.
You need a Little Bit of Religion
Nigerians are a very religious people. The predominant religions are Christianity, Islam, and traditional religions. Each religion has millions of adherents. A strong faith in a religious belief system is necessary for survival in Nigeria. Religion gives hope and hope is critical for survival. You should be part of a religion. The teachings and beliefs will strengthen you in your daily quest for survival. The meetings, discussions and fellowship with fellow adherents will go a long way in helping you in the survival game.
To survive in Nigeria, networking is a must. You don’t have to be a lonely wolf, you should not live in solitude. In Nigeria getting a task done most times amounts to who you know. If you do not have connections, you will experience stumbling blocks at various times. So get out there and mix up with people, make new friends, exchange contacts, join various groups, be social. This social exposure will benefit you in many ways. You will get to know and be informed about opportunities that are potentially beneficial to you. You will be granted access to open doors.
Life in Nigeria can be akin to a jungle where only the strongest survive. If you dutifully follow the points outlined in this article, you will be able to weather the storms and live successfully in Nigeria. Do you live in Nigeria? What strategies do you use to survive? Kindly share with us.