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How Do You Define A Nigerian?

I was having this conversation with my cousin on whether she is considered a Nigerian or not. She was born and raise in the States to Nigerian parents. Doesn't speak their language neither has she been to Nigeria. To her when a Nigerian asks her where is she from? She considers it a trick question. If she says she is American or from America they will say she denying what/where her parents are/are from. If she says she from Nigeria, they question her ability to speak her parents language and the fact that she never been to Nigeria. So they will call her a typical American.

To me if both parent are Nigerian then you Nigerian regardless if you have not been there or don't speak the languages. Yet where you were born and raise is where you are from. Agree?

If you are a product of two Nigerian parents yet you were born and raise outside of Nigeria are you Nigerian?

If you are a product of two Nigerian parents and born outside of Naija are you from Nigeria or from wherever you were born.

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I say my cousin is Nigerian, period. At the end of the day she got to feel and believe that.

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True talk my sister, no be lie!

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Born a Nigerian or Born of a Nigerian.

I dont care if you were born on a foreign land, but as long as your mama and papa are NIgerians, you're a Nigerian.

It only takes little effort to learn about your people, your culture and your language.

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Even being in America all ur lyf doesn't make u an American. such person is a Nigerian dat live's in America!

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lol

u dey mind d Arrow?

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Dat's serious, pls contact the FBI now.

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Nigerian=Both Parents are Nigerian

I do understand why your friend claims to be American, because she's been in America basically all her life.

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A Nigerian is someone born to do great things but could not because of the politican factors

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@Hachney and London, UK for dat matter can tumble in ile igbe!

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you've been chatting shiit, all over this forum.

are you okay?

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This thread and nigeria for that matter can tumble into the abyss.

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^^

Lolz,

very funny peeps

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okay is this thread about nationality or. . .?

because American is not an ethnicity, as far as im concerned.

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It's where you are born. If you born in Nigeria, you are Nigerian. If you are born in America, you are an American.

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This is often misunderstood because of the difficulty of understanding the LAW.  The LAW says (and both LAWS in nigeria and england agree due to international treatise etc etc) that you are Nigerian and British by nationality whether you hold a passport or not.

However as for RACE you belong to the RACE your mother and father enjoy.

This has nothing to do with sentiments or emotion but is codified in custom/immigration LAW.

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Nationality has nothing to do with how one feels or whether they know the culture or whether they speak the language, eat the food, sing native songs, etc etc etc

Nationality is DEFINED by state/sovereign LAW and for most nations these laws are codified under custom/immigration laws

So by law even though i was born in England i am both Nigerian and British because of LAW. Why because the law (which is man made) says so and understood by international law. However i am not British by Race but IGBO. So correctly speaking the RACE one belongs to is taken directly from ones ancestry and in most cases is different from ones nationality.

I cant remember where but in UK immigration law my children are considered to be "more" British than I and enjoy the "rights" (rights=privileges since they can be altered by Government) as the indigenous British however though i was born here i do not enjoy the same rights because my parents where born in Nigeria. I'm quite sure of this but cant remember where in UK law where this is said. I'm quite sure this applies to the US also.

SO correctly speaking RACE speaks of ancestry and is often NOT the same as ones NATIONALITY

NATIONALITY is defined by law. RACE is defined by HISTORY

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Nigerian. - Born, bred, buttered, everything

Nigerian by birth- Born in Nigeria by maybe other African or other races

Nigerian by parentage - Born outside Nigeria by Naija parents

Nigerian by descent - maybe grandparents are Nigerian etc.

At the end of the day, the individual determines their identity.

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i think it bouys down to the person

i was born in england by nigerian parents and was in nigeria from 3 till i was 17

having spent a significant part of my life in both countries albeit at different stages of my life, i think i regard my self as british but of nigerian decent

yes my parents r nigerian, but i have always been at odds with the culture and the place

whether or not u speak a language is not the point, more importantly is whether or not u are comfortable with the culture and the culture is comfortable with u

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You have to show a passport if you are Nigerian. The fact you are Nigerian does not mean you would not have a passport esp in a foreign land. Even in Nigeria you will be expected to brandish you passport if you are inviting someone to Naija.

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A Nigerian is someone who is not a non Nigerian.

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A friend of mine from brazil once told me that nigerians are the most enterprising in africa(both good &bad) . If you see that hustling spirit in you , u r a nigerian forget whether u fit speak tiv, urhobo or annang.

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A Nigerian is a cool, calm and collected person. QED

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E ma tan ra yin!

so long as ur paleh n maleh na naija citizen, if dem like make dem born u for pluto, Ogbeni, u'r a NIGERIAN!!! finito!

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^^^^

that just about sums it up

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over-religious, soccer-freak, hustler and superstitious.

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my point is a straight answer to the question. right?

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one that is born of two nigerian parents,

born and bred in nigeria.

has the local swagger!!!! (VERY VERY IMPORTANT)

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Ni·ge·ri·a (n-jîr-)

A country of western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea. A variety of states were established in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans, including the Bornu, Benin, and Songhai empires. Exploited by Portuguese, British, French, and Dutch traders in the 17th and 18th centuries, Nigeria was eventually claimed by the British, who consolidated the area into one colony in 1914. The country attained its independence in 1960. Abuja is the official capital (since 1991), but many government offices remain in Lagos, the former capital and the largest city. Population: 135,000,000.

Nigeria

(Placename) (Social Science / Peoples) of or relating to Nigeria or its inhabitants.

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My guess is culturally she will be American. Add to the fact that she was born here in America, that makes her American. I was born and raised in America, and no one is saying anything about me a full blooded Upper Voltan (sorry I prefer Upper Volta to Burkima Faso). At the end of it all, you are what you feel like: If she feels she's American, then that's what she is.

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An american of nigerian descent

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@slyfoxxjoe,

okay, you have giving a definition of heritage,how does it apply to yur definition of a Nigerian and the poster's question?  Lemme see how you think,

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Yes, Nigerian citizen by heritage if born outside Nigeria and A pure citizen of which ever country you were born. Dual citizen is possible unlike some

countries that won't allow dual citizenship for their citizen. for instance.(China will not admit the dual nationality of a Chinese citizen. China

Nationality Law declares that as soon as a Chinese takes a foreign citizenship, he will automatically lose his Chinese citizenship , Many other

coutries in Africa and Asia too.

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@ makajibbz i dont know if it is the dictionary ur father composed u are using to define heritage but here is a more concise definition of the word "heritage" i extracted from a dictionary composed by an actual literate man:

her·i·tage (hr-tj)

n.

1. Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.

2. Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

3. The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright (such as citenzship, nationality or decsent)

as u can see there are more than one definition to the word (as most words in the english language) and my usage of the word was based on the third definition listed above. u dont just post the first definition of a word and start bragging like u know it all calling other peoples post "nonsense". educate yourself or at least do some proper research before u open ur bacteria infested mouth to pour out rubbish. k

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She is American with Nigerian heritage. It is up to her if she want to go and know more about her heritage.

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Tell that individual that he/she is a full blooded Nigerian, both by right and birth. The only difference is that the place of birth confers another citizenship to him/her.

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SIMPLE--He's American by birth/Nigerian descent.

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This confusion only came about because many people wish that they were not Nigerians. Were Nigeria not so corrupt, were Nigeria not so broken and plundered, I am sure your cousin would have no qualms to display: PROUDLY NIGERIAN to the world.

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Nigerian by descent.

And the fact she can't speak her language does not make her less than whatever her family hails from. I blame the parents, not her that she can't speak the language. Sadly, a lot of Nigerians born in America cannot speak their language.

Also, there are Nigerians who live in Nigeria that cannot speak their language but are well verse in Pidgin. Like some of my Igbo cousins who were raised in Lagos, but can't speak their mother tongue. It is sad.

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Seriously? are you serious with this post? you really want to know? trust me, you dont want to know? Describing a Nigerian. it would take a life time just to do that.

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im american, who jus happens to love nigerian things

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@Engen,

No one is happy about the state of the Nigerian economy and our short-sighted leaders [ Minus Fashola and two other Governors ]. We all want Nigeria to take her place in the comity of industrialized nations. However, we should not forget our roots. Developing a defeatist attitude will not help matters. You can travel and live anywhere in the world. Don't just forget that you came from somewhere. Be proud of your Nigerian heritage. A leaf that does not know it is part of a tree is doomed to be lost. Cheers.

www.vibes-extra.blogspot.com

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Abi you wan take style tell us say your cousin born for America

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Please she ain't any nigeria,her parent are, what or who is a nigerian anyway,we all get sentimental and blind patriotism and quickly to defend ugliness and stagnation am tired to be called a nigerian, lets stop deceiving ourselves there is no hope for nigeria not in this century.no amount of prayer can change this

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it's not a trick question.

even in Nigeria if you've lived all ur life in a city and have never stepped foot into ur father's village, u are still considered to be from ur father's village. so why should it be different if you move out of the country? ur still from ur father's country aren't u?

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@ THE AMAKA,

You're spot on, I'm talking about the Mixed Race Fashion Designer. Thanks.

www.vibes-extra.blogspot.com

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A Nigerian Is A Nigerian

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I like the way you didn't disagree with me!

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But that's you,we're talking about most people!

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