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This weekend, I was home alone and hungry as hell and since I don’t cook, I decided to drive down to Mega Plaza food court to get Shawarma. On getting to the Sphinx food corner, I meet a young lady and a charming guy on the queue, they were both waiting for their orders and I was lucky enough to stumble into their conversation. Men, that guy had lyrics…the girl smiled and giggled until her shawarma was ready. The lyrics were so on point, that for the first time in my life…I wished that I was a girl, so that I could be flattered like this young lady right in front of me.

Well the guy left Mega Plaza that night with two things (the girl’s number and of course his shawarma). I left with the conclusion that Nigerian men are number 1 when it comes to toasting. ABEG, WE ARE TALENTED!!.

Are you looking for talent, well check out our music industry, its one hit after the other. My playlist changes on a weekly basis.

Now, let’s focus on Sports the main reason you are reading this.

I see our bikers on Third Mainland Bridge and I know they can compete with the likes of Rossi, Max Biaggi and Casey Stoner in the MOTOGP World Championship. Back in my university days I tried racing a biker, I thank God I am still alive today.

Our Danfo drivers are just wasting their time on the streets of Lagos. With the way they speed and overtake, they should be professional drivers and should be making millions in NASCAR, F1 and other race circuits.

What about our Bouncers? Wasting their lives away at Auto lounge and Marquee. They should be in the WWE or better still the UFC. This brings back memories of when American wrestlers such as Jake the Snake and co came to Nigeria to face our Nigerian wrestlers. They thought it was the ‘aje butta’ wrestling they practiced at home. Power Uti and our wrestlers taught them a thing or two. They had to turn to the oldest trick in the book…cheating, which lead to their eventual disqualification and a bloody tournament.

In boxing, it’s the same thing. We have produced legends such as Bash Ali, Obisia Nwankpa, Hogan Bassey, Jeremiah Okorodudu and Dick Tiger. No wonder world famous boxing promoter, Don King invests in Nigerian Boxers.

Ever wondered why Nigeria has the highest number of Professional American football players than any other African country. Well, our men have the build and are fighters anyday. From the likes of Christian Okoye (a prolific Running Back during his playing days) to Amobi Okoye (the youngest player to be drafted in the NFL), Nnamdi Asomugha to Brandon Ayanbadejo, the list is endless. We were born to play that sport.

Basketball: Nigeria has produced so many stars in the NBA, including Hakeem Olajuwon (who went number 1 in the 1984 draft, ahead of the legend Michael Jordan) and Olowokandi (first overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft). No other African country can boast of two “first overall draft pick”.

I get so pissed when I watch the World Eating Championships, and an American wins by eating just 68 Nathan’s Famous hotdogs in 10 minutes. Go to Shitta and see Naija men devour 10 wraps of amala in less than a minute. We dey chop men, no other nation on the face of the earth can compete and that is a fact.

Have we ever thought of taking our Niger Delta brothers to swimming competitions, I heard they can stay under water for days…Michael Phelps got nothing on these guys…for real.

I am pretty sure you have noticed that despite our woeful performances at track events (well that is due to the use of drugs by the Americans). Nigeria still tends to produce numerous athletes. Just a few days ago at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, Nigeria won gold in the 100m and 200m Women’s event. Nigerians can run…or is it just the Nigerian mentality… we are always running away from something or someone.

I can go on and on.

I am just simply proud to be a Nigerian.

Dami Dupri

Dami Dupri

I eat, sleep and drink sports. You can catch me dissecting all kinds of sports at a sports bar or pub near you. Did I mention I am a part owner of Manchester United F.C.(I wish !!!)


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