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For centuries, we have gained notoriety as a society that imports so many commodities that cannot be named here for lack of space. Even toothpicks! Raw materials are exported abroad and finished products are sent back to the developing world. The situation has degenerated in Nigeria majorly because of our love for class distinction. Some would argue that it is part of our culture to behave in certain ways. But TERRIFIC HEADLINES disagrees; because culture is dynamic and could be modified to suit demands of modern times these days of global economic reconfiguration.. It is imperative to make an allusion to the assertion of Rev (Dr) Mike Oye, a Nigerian Naturopath/Alternative Medicine practitioner who is in high demand outside Nigeria than in Nigeria, his country of origin.  Dr. Mike Oye who holds two doctoral degrees in Agriculture and Naturopathy has revealed that it is very possible to live healthy without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. He asserts that whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than the synthetic alternatives imported from abroad. Baba Mike Oye cannot be faulted because of the advances made in Chinese traditional medicine in the past few years, aside other locally produced commodities in that country. OUR CULTURE & THE EARLY NATIONALISTS:  Nigeria has been for decades the catalyst of African renaissance. The pattern of dressing of the early nationalists was to abandon foreign made products to patronize Made in Nigeria products. You hardly saw them in foreign attires. Check it out: Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ladoke Akintola, Mbonu Ojike, alias: ‘’boycott the boycotables’’ Festus Okotie-Eboh, (Omimi Ijaw) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello and several others politicians, were in love with Nigerian styles of flowing robes. Additionally, they engaged in persistent consumption of African forms of cloths, food, dresses, religion and dances, while also believing in the selective benefits of foreign amenities. Some even deemphasized their middle names: Benjamin for Nnamdi Azikiwe and Jeremiah for Obafemi Awolowo. MADE IN NIGERIA PRODUCTS & STYLE: People in the tropical region go about in three-piece English suits in spite of the unbearable heat because that was what they inherited from the colonialists and as a result of class distinction.  The English suit is a traditional form of men’s formal clothes in the Western world that suffers from freezing temperatures. They could serve the purpose if they are sewn with local fabrics that would…

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