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Akon Hails Nigerians as the World’s Smartest People


Popular Senegalese-American musician and entrepreneur Akon has made the assertion that Nigerians are the world’s smartest people.

Akon appeared on the popular podcast Drink Champs recently with co-hosts N.O.R.E and DJ EFN to generally discuss life before starting his music career along with his developmental plans and visions for Africa.

In the interview, he centered on the admiration he has for Nigerians when it comes to their natural intelligence. Akon also claimed that Nigeria generates more billionaires than any other country in the world.

This could be debatable, but the Nigerians are the smartest people on the planet. I promise you, there is nobody smarter than a Nigerian.”

“Of course, there are a few bad apples that came out. The bad ones are extremely smart. But they put their intelligence all in the wrong place. If they were to gear that towards something more positive or productive… Because the ones that did, there are more billionaires being made in Nigeria than anywhere in the world.”

Akon is recognized for his passion and adoration for things African, and he is always demonstrating it on any given occasion, with the recent podcast being a clear example. 

Do you agree with Akon’s assertion about Nigerians?



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