Nigerians have been hailed as the “smartest people” in the world by Senegalese-American singer, Akon. In an episode of the Drink Champs podcast hosted by N.O.R.E and DJ EFN, the popular musician praised Nigerians for their intellect and entrepreneurial spirit. According to Akon, Nigeria is witnessing the emergence of more billionaires than any other country.
While acknowledging that there are a few individuals tarnishing Nigeria’s image, Akon emphasized that their intelligence could be channeled in a more positive and productive direction. He believes that if Nigerians focused their talents on constructive endeavors, the country’s potential would be truly unleashed.
Akon, who played a significant role in popularizing Afrobeats internationally, recalled his first encounter with Nigerian musicians in Lagos back in 2007. As a renowned Popstar whose music shaped the early 2000s American R&B and Hip Hop scene, he also collaborated with Nigerian artists to propel Afrobeats into the global spotlight.
The singer’s recognition of Nigeria’s intellectual prowess and economic growth aligns with the country’s position as Africa’s largest economy and its vibrant tech and entertainment sectors. Despite challenges, Nigerians continue to demonstrate their resilience and determination, harnessing their skills to make significant contributions to various industries.
Akon’s remarks serve as a testament to the remarkable potential of Nigerians and their ability to excel on the world stage. With the right opportunities and support, Nigeria’s smartest minds have the capacity to continue driving innovation, economic growth, and societal progress both domestically and globally.