Nigerian Quotes

Quotes have a way of inspiring us to believe in greater things. You’ve got to love quotes because they give you a simple blueprint that you can take and apply to your life and even your day immediately.

Enjoy a growing selection of quotes by Nigerians from all walks of life. If you have a favorite quote you’d like to share with other Nigerians and the rest of the world send it to us.



You’re able to do more when you’re not clouded with wasted anxiety.- Toks Olagundoye
When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you’re suffering in.- Ben Okri
I like to be called a Nigerian rather than somebody from the Third World or the developing world or whatever.- Buchi Emecheta
There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.- Francis Arinze
I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria’s growth and development.- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
When I look at the system here and look at my position – not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from – I feel so blessed to be from Africa and from Nigeria.- Hakeem
I am convinced that Nigeria would have been a more highly developed country without the oil. I wished we’d never smelled the fumes of petroleum.- Wole Soyinka
We will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation.- Peter Akinola
The work of Nigeria is not complete for as long as there is any one Nigerian who goes to bed on empty stomach.- Ibrahim Babangida
It’s a real pleasure to go to work when you’re in the most extraordinary surroundings, and working with people who are young and interested and creatively keen.- Hugo Weaving
To sustain your belief through situations that completely undermine it is quite something.- Ben Okri
I moved around a lot when I was a child; two of the houses I grew up in have totally disappeared. One was burnt in a riot, and the other was pulled down.- Toyin Odutola
Don’t hesitate or talk about what you want to do. Just do it.- Gbenga Akinnagbe
If you’re able to grow up in Nigeria and go through certain things, you’re able to tackle anything around the world because you’re able to live wherever, if you can survive in a city like Lagos or Warri or Niger Delta, as far as I’m concerned.- Nneka
To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria.- Ibrahim Babangida
Men are stronger and women are superior! That’s why real men make superior choice in marriage.- Anyaele Sam Chiyson
There isn’t a class structure in Nigeria; there’s a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.- Sade Adu
The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future- Philip Emeagwali
Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.- Chinua Achebe

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