Share your thoughts please. Here is a excerpt of the Minister of Information, Prof Dora Akunyili’s statement where she mentioned that the word “Naija” was offensive and should be stopped.
“It is very offensive to call Nigeria ‘Naija’. We are making plans to write companies to stop using the word Naija. I have heard that name Naija in adverts. I want them to go back and remove that word. If anybody says this is Naija, ask the person, ‘Where is Naija?’ We have to stop this word because it is catching up with the young. If we don’t put a stop to its usage now, it will continue to project us wrongly.”
These days the word naija is pretty much part of our culture, and so ingrained in our vocab that it sounds odd for anyone to find it offensive. But is it? Drop your thoughts….