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Nigerians are the Smartest People in the World – Akon

Nigerians, according to singer Akon, are the smartest people in the world. The Senegalese-American rapper stated this while appearing on the Drink Champs podcast co-hosted by N.O.R.E and DJ EFN, adding that Nigeria produces more billionaires than any other country in the world.

The “Locked Up” singer however added that there are a few “bad apples” destroying the image of the country. “This could be debatable, but the Nigerians are the smartest people on the planet,” he said. ”I promise you, there is nobody more smarter than a Nigerian. Of course, there is a few bad apples that came out. They [the bad apples] are extremely smart. But they put their intelligence all in wrong place.

“If they were to gear that towards something more positive or productive… Because the ones that did, there’s more billionaires being made in Nigeria than anywhere in the world.”

Nigeria, the most populous Black nation with a population of more than 220 million, remains Africa’s largest economy, with a GDP of $440.78 billion in 2021. The GDP size is an indication of the huge number of production activities taking place in the country; without a doubt, Nigeria has many billionaires and millionaires among its entrepreneurs and businessmen. As a result, it is not surprising that Nigeria boasts three billionaire families among the eight wealthiest families in Africa.

Recently, the country’s previous leader, Muhammadu Buhari, stated that the West African nation is “unarguably” the most successful Black nation in the world, citing certain characteristics that the country’s citizens possess.

“Everywhere you go, Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academia, business, innovation, music, movie, entertainment, fashion and culture,” the former president said.

Buhari and Akon could be correct. In the United States, for example, despite prejudice and discrimination, Nigerians have continued to flourish, and they are now one of the country’s most successful immigrant populations, with a median household income of $62,351, compared to $57,617 nationally, as of 2015.

According to the Migrations Policy Institute, approximately 29 percent of Nigerian Americans over the age of 25 have a graduate degree, compared to 11 percent of the entire U.S. population. According to the 2016 American Community Survey, 45 percent of Nigerian-American professionals work in education services, with several others serving as professors at some of the country’s finest colleges.

Nigerian Americans are also rapidly venturing into business and establishing tech firms in the United States. They can also be found in the medical industry, as they continue to leave their home countries to work in American hospitals for better salary and working conditions.

Over 376,000 Nigerian-Americans have also produced some “firsts” in America, such as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was the first to discover and publish on chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players, and Pearlena Igbokwe, the first woman of African descent to head a major U.S. TV studio. ImeIme A. Umana is the first Black woman to be elected president of the Harvard Law Review.

Aside from typical occupations such as doctors, lawyers, and engineers, Nigerian Americans are also excelling in entertainment, sports, and the culinary arts. Tunde Wey, a Nigerian chef in New Orleans, recently made headlines when he utilized food to expose racial economic inequalities in America.

Elsewhere, According to the Institute of Physics, Nigerian-British scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock received the 2020 William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for her “exceptional services to science education and physics communication.” This made her the first Black woman in the award’s history to receive a gold medal. Irenosen Okojie, a Nigerian-British author, also received $13,000 as the winner of the 2020 Caine Prize.

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