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Why Nigerians love Guinness

BACK IN the day before political correctness and the Irish were regarded as stupid, there used to be a schoolyard joke that went something like this. “Why did God bless the Arabs with oil while the Irish got potatoes?" Answer: “Because the Irish had first choice.”

Nigerians it seems also had first choice. But instead of choosing yam we went for the ugly black stuff called crude oil and we've been cursed with it ever since.

So it's no surprise that when us naijas say ‘Black and Beautiful', we're talking about Guinness. It brings out the ‘Irish' in us. When it comes to the tall dark and handsome stout from the emerald isle, we can't get enough of that funky stuff.

In fact its reckoned that in a year or two Nigerians at home and abroad will be consuming more Guinness than the Irish.

It's a milestone that we are ecstatic about because when it comes to brewing stout we do it better than they do in the land of leprechauns.

Nigerian Guinness has become one of the best exports from naija-land.

It's sweeter and stronger than the bitter water you get from Dublin and it's available at an offie near you (particularly if you live in ‘Little Lagos', ie London SE15.

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