Nigerians often complain about the negative portrayal of their country in the international media which often focuses on corruption and violence.
So the BBC asked residents of the commercial capital, Lagos, what they thought was best about living in Africa’s most populous nation and what they wanted the rest of the world to know about Nigeria.
Here are their 10 favourite things:
1) Nigerians are happy:
According to Emeka Iluchukwu, a visual artist: People are so ecstatic. An average Nigerian is a lively person, always smiling in the midst of all the troubles”
Also, according to Okocha Jude, a businessman, “We are happy people no matter what we are facing”.