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Nigeria is 2nd Most Religious Country AND has 4th Heaviest Marijuana Use in the World?!



imageThere are studies that make you go … huh?

Pew Research released study results that list Nigeria in what people could say are contrasting ways.

Religious countries study

The Marijuana use study is published on the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime website (see the corresponding map above)

Nigeria Marijuana Study


  1. EllesarisEllendil

    April 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm


    The Marijuana thing is due to how large our population is, if out of 180m there are 20m marijuana users that is more than the population of most countries. Look at the other countries on the list, all high population countries except Iceland LOL!!! everybody most be baked in that country.

    • CovertNigerian

      April 6, 2015 at 12:21 am

      Ummm…that is unlikely. These things are usually measured in percentages not absolute numbers. NZ has about 5 million people, Canada and Australia less than 50 million none of them are particularly large in global terms.
      Details about methodology may be available as part of a full report.

    • Manny

      April 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Percentage or not, I can bet you their methodology was shit. I’m sure their sample size was a thousand and they extrapolated to the rest of the country. I’m more sure they used snowball/referral sampling which introduces a lot of bias.
      I’m not saying Nigerians don’t smoke pot but there’s some over-estimation going on here. I’m sure the study was done in mushin or Oshodi or ojuelegba where of course potheads abound.

  2. tee

    April 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    NOT surprised!!!!!!

  3. Confuzzled

    April 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Loving God and loving weed aren’t supposed to be mutually exclusive. i see no problem with this…

  4. dee

    April 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Wa shere. A country full of contradictions.


    April 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm


  6. Ada bekee

    April 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Ehen?! What has marijuana got to do with religion? Biko ka m nu ihe. Mchewww.

    • uc

      April 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      It has alot ooooo Biko ask Nde Guinness and Nigeria breweries their profit of last year then you will ask the simple question. who is drinking these? both Muslim and christian religion rebukes it oooo but still the over religious people still dey drink wella

  7. cindy

    April 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    hath thou surprised? I’m not

  8. Anonymous

    April 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    …….and I’d love to see a country where good and bad don’t reign. Of what importance is this contrasting report? Is it supposed to be news? Why must the world find ways to smear Nigeria even in the face of apparent progress,no matter how little? Irrespective of what is said we are a growing and great nation dealing with its faults. BN,in my opinion this isn’t news,I will not join the rest of the worid to my tear my country by debating the above. I personally choose to see the best in and what can become of Nigeria. Enough is enough!

    • LotusFlower

      April 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Calm down and breathe. Nigeria, like many other countries, is filled with hypocrites- whether they use marijuana or not. Marijuana is not the only thing that smears Nigeria’s image.

  9. Ashley B

    April 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    hahaha……. isnt it ironic and thought provoking that the countries with the least amount of religious influence get to have the higher percentile of the GDP per Capita, and vice versa!! Taking Xtianity as the case study, For me as a xtian, this is significant because it raises serious questions in my head about the existence of heaven and hell after DEATH.. Becuz, Quite frankly, heaven is here on earth for those countries that have the lower religious affiliation percentile with that kinda WEALTH per capita. Whilst the more religious countries without a doubt get to live in Hell on earth. Clearly, we are not serving the same GOD in Nigeria as those other states if this were True. To make matters worse, in the case of Nigeria, the Xtian religion was sold to us by the british CMS— Church Missionary Society!! im sure the name Bishop Samuel AJAYI Crowther rings a bell.? Clearly a Yoruba man.He was what in todays socio-politiccal narrative would be described as a ”Puppet” that was used to sell Xtianity to Nigeria, Abeokuta can arguably be described as the birthplace of Yoruba Xtianity.

    So my question is, how can we be more religious than the guys that even introduced us to this religion? one of my favoured answers is always HUNGER- when people r perpetually hungry, the mind n brain starts playin tricks…… u know how the story goes!!! Or could it be that SCIENCE is just as much needed in any decent society in order to alleviate it of the Hellish way of Life suffered by the people. something we as a people have not given enough attention. Since SCIENCE and RELIGION are both Man made, the former has to be paid more attention in Nigeria in order to improve her competitiveness and improve her citizenry’s way of life. Because clearly, science has provided a lot more to make this world a better place than religion in my own opinion.

    The other Puzzle i struggle with in my head is that, if Xtianity as a religion, got introduced to the Yoruba people circa 1841-1860? Where are now presently as we speak, the SOULS of the Yoruba generation and other tribes that pre-date the arrival of Xtianity as a religion and the BIBLE in that region? Are they in HEAVEN or HELL or in LIMBO? since they never heard the word, how can they be judged?

    Sorry bout the epistle guys!! #justwondering

    • niki

      April 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      I think i heard that they would be judge by their conscience. We are all spiritual as well as physical.

    • Somebody

      April 5, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Your statement is so bigoted. What has the fact that a man is yoruba got to do with anything? ‘He is co early yoruba’? You are ‘clearly a bigot’.
      To answer your question. Nigerians (and other countries with low GDPs) ‘need’ God. When you don’t have a system that supports you, you need to be able to hope in something. There’s no welfare system in place. Nothing! Take the UK for instance, they’ve got Job Centre, Unemployment benefits, disability allowance, the National Health Service (NHS), Shelters for the homeless during winter and so many other things. Nigeria has nothing. We just have hope. Hope that things will be better. Hope that next day will be better. And religion gives us hope. So yeah Nigerians are very religious. What else have we got? And before anyone tells me things are not that bad, please kindly take a drive to the start of 3rd mainland at iyana oworo and look at the conditions actual human beings in 2015 live in. Or drive to ajegunle. I don’t care how many BN posts paint a glossy picture, 70% of us actually ‘gat’ nothing. But yeah we have God.

    • Lee

      April 6, 2015 at 1:48 am

      Oh my! Ashley,you hit the nail on the head all the questions in your response are quite thought-provocative. Unfortunately, Nigerians are so blindfolded that the concept of religion has not yet been put in perspective, thus, it is not something most ever challenged. However, religion has its place in the society. It’s a glue that tends to bring us together, without which could be chaos. Unfortunately also, it subjects poor people in Africa to believe that both Christianity and Islam (the two dominating religions) are superior, hence if you don’t belong, you’d go to hell. I have practiced both and still have reservations about the mythic life after death. So, what happens to those who practice Hindu or Budah? Also, why are both religions not condemned by the missionaries that went to the countries where they are practiced, but yet citizens of those countries (India and China) are more respected than Africans?

      Just wondering!!

  10. Anon

    April 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I agree with this. Church in every corner and igbo easily assessable

  11. rs

    April 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    praise the most high!!!!! *pun intended

  12. C'est moi

    April 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Not surprised at all, one can barely hold a conversation or get through a post without someone alluding to what some imaginary friend or celestial/dead being, jesus, god, mary, st. paul etc or ancient fable book has to say on the matter & with so much conviction too! It must be all the weed! Studies do suggest the it leads to paranoia. And psychosis, people are even convinced they’re being monitored by celestial cctv & we’re all gonna sit and watch it someday!!. There was even one post on here about a girl that claimed to be woken at 3am every night by no other than the big almighty man himself or was it his son? One & the same, for a girly chitchat over a loaf of bread about her boyfriend and upcoming wedding! Mind-blowing stuff, y’all need to lay of the wackybacky.

    • niki

      April 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Okie dokes c’est moi! You are entitled to your opinion!

  13. Jigsaw

    April 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    And what exactly has religion got to do with kush? What’s wrong with hitting a lil ganj once in a while????

    • og

      April 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Not a damn thing!!!

    • jay

      April 5, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Stoner alert!

  14. Carliforniabawlar

    April 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Maybe because smoking weed is not a sin? 😛 . Oh well…herein the lyrics of this song lies your answer…”….Baba iwo lewe at’egbo, fun lilo awa omo eniyan, shey lati ma fagbo? Baba dahun dahun, Daddy dahun….pass ne the ganja!”

    Summary: all herbs were created for the use of mankind 😀

    • pearly eyes

      April 6, 2015 at 5:34 am

      U got me laughing out loud,as in, I like ur comments and the song by 9nice, besides u must be a ganja man.

  15. A stoner

    April 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    As i light my blunt* i laugh and say, If we have proper education, well kept history, and less corrupt governance, watch the religious sector of the country go down. Its all based on belief man. People need something to believe in, what would you expect of a man that knows nothing in dire need of something? His belief can be toyed with effortlessly. How can I argue with someone about the bible, and he’ll still refer me to the bible to support his argument. Well, As for weed, i’ll light my blunt again and let you know if its bad next time i comment. Stoner.

    • girlie o

      April 6, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Smoke on stoner…am wich u (in mama p’s voice). Blazing up till forever. We have many coded weed heads oo. all na packaging..hehehehehe

  16. TheRealist

    April 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    You need weed to deal with Nigeria’s peculiar brand of religion…
    Where the pastors serve Mammon and enjoy their own reward here on earth!

  17. girlie o

    April 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Where’s jamaica on the Marijuana list? flawed analysis alert. As per naija, im not surprised at the numbers. Weed is an anti-depressant and very necessary to survive the daily hustle and step down after spending whole day in traffic.#barbeach tinz

  18. Udochi

    April 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Errrrr…. bummer! They keep making up some list and somehow; of all the countries in Africa, Nigeria always make those lists…. So many haters out there….y’all
    I still love my country

  19. ATL's finest

    April 6, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Lmao @ the title. I got excited a little bit when I saw the Most religious …. Until I read the rest of it. But honestly tho, barely 2months ago an article said Ghana was even my friend was joking about it but now, it Nigeria smh.. Abeg let’s pray for the Kenyans who past away instead of this .

  20. mabel

    April 6, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Now I’m confused and I don’t want to be. Is smoking igbo a sin? People will just sit down and compare things that do not make sense. If you have some smoking it and some who do not, it simply means some like it while some don’t. Abi make people no smoke again?

  21. Tosin

    April 6, 2015 at 6:49 am

    i haven’t seen a lot of weed around Naija, so I’m surprised. even Yankee, the little I know, it wasn’t that much weed around…but I guess some people smoked enough for their whole county 🙂
    Whatever. If you do, do in moderation.
    As for religion, we are big on the Christian/Islamic rituals shaaaa.

  22. bruno

    April 6, 2015 at 7:26 am

    @A stoneer
    @c’est moi

    these are the 3 most intelligent people on bellanaija. you 3, have said it all.
    It’s very rare to see intelligent people in the comment section.

    all is not lost.

  23. Silent observer

    April 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    @bruno last I checked this is a section where people are free to,air their views & opinions,maturely. That your attempt @ gaining some kind of cheap,fame here failed woefully does not give you the right to come here and tell us who’s more intelligent or seek for votes. Do you know the definition of the word & you are determining that based on or as who?Albert Einstein? It’s okay to disagree with comments made here but never okay to be insultive by insinuating others are unintelligent. Kindly keep your insults,silly comments to yourself. Rude,uncouth,crass,child,that isn’t all that. Do some of us a favour and get over yourself.

  24. nnenne

    April 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t buy the Marijuana use!

  25. tunmi

    April 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I am just glad Nigerians aren’t hooked on something stronger. So abeg, hold onto your igbo. It could be worse. It could be cocaine, heroin, meth, or alcohol.

  26. Benito

    April 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    2nd Most Religious and one of the most corrupt countries. How about that for being a very religious nation

  27. Ebony

    April 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Are these percentages though, ‘cos if it’s mere numbers then population is a factor and renders the report unreliable

  28. Ada Nnewi

    April 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Weed is medicinal…The leaves when not dried out are great in smoothies…

  29. peace

    April 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    @uc please i also ask the same questions, who are those drinking the beer when we all claim to be born again Christians, we should stop deceiving ourselves.

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