Nigerians are smart, adaptation to hardship coupled with the intense ‘survival of the fittest’ situation we face due to a peculiarly high population density made us smart. We are undoubtedly the smartest people in the world.
Well, smartness is a mental state, a response to environmental conditions. Basically, smartness is an adaptation for tolerance, the capacity to endure continued subjection to the uniquely challenging Nigerian state made us who we are, smart! Adaptation definitely still occurs in humans, and at a different rate proportional to environmental factors.
In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each individual organism, that is maintained and has evolved through natural selection.
Generally, organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow, and show adaptive plasticity as traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. Therefore, if this index does not exist already, I would state that the Gross Adaptive Plasticity (GAP) of a Nation is a measure of the smartness of a Nation: that’s what we are talking about here.
Consequently, this index is a direct reflection of the degree of enhanced evolutionary fitness, and it seems imperative that this factor correlates to population growth. The evidence of this can be attributed to the ever-increasing population of people in Nations with smart people.
It is projected that Nigeria will surpass the US population sometime around 2050 to hit 500m despite the prevailing circumstances. Yes, of course, the next generation of Nigerians would need to find ways to support this growth, by finding value in population growth. Certainly the smart once would thrive in the midst of this and even become smarter at surviving.
Thus all the peculiarities and unique challenges as Nigerians have allowed us to develop tolerance and resilience to varying environments across the world. The agility and swiftness towards this success facilitating adaptation is what we basically regard as smartness. Undoubtedly far more Nigerians tend to be on top of this than any other Nationality today.
Ultimately, smartness is a strength, and “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
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Did You Know that Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala made a name for himself in the 1950’s by travelling, on mostly his bicycle, but also his motor scooter (Vespa), to an estimated 87 countries — including Israel, Australia, India, Iran, Russia, Ghana, Cyprus, and Egypt
In 1952, while he was a University student in Chicago, Ajala embarked on a cross-country tour of the United States, with just his bicycle and agbada. He covered 2,280 miles, with his bicycle, in 28 days. Starting from Chicago and ending in Los Angeles. #TLTDidYouKnow #TLTNews247
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Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala made a name for himself in the 1950's by travelling, on mostly his bicycle, but also his motor scooter (Vespa), to an estimated 87 countries — including Israel, Australia, India, Iran, Russia, Ghana, Cyprus, and Egypt In 1952, while he was a University student in Chicago, Ajala embarked on a cross-country tour of the United States, with just his bicycle and agbada. He covered 2,280 miles, with his bicycle, in 28 days. Starting from Chicago and ending in Los Angeles. #TLTNews247 #TLTWorldNews #TLTPolitics #TLTLifestyle #TLTMoney #TLTSports #unfilteredpolitics #nigerianpolitics #politicsofliving #politics #newpolitics #politicsinnigeria #politicsnews #geopolitics #muhammadubuhari #buhari #apc #nigeria #labour #instanews
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