Why is Nigeria called Naija?

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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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