Seven things Nigerians do to stay awake on New Year’s eve

By Biodun Busari

Nigerians will stay awake tonight as it is the last day of the year 2022 to cross over to the new year – 2023.

There are many reasons why people all over the world stay awake on New Year’s Eve, including Nigerians.

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Below are a few key reasons why Nigerians refuse to sleep but stay awake on New Year’s Eve.

To pray

Nigeria is a secular state with religious people. The two dominant religions – Christianity and Islam – have groups that organize prayers for people to attend. This is a popular belief that Nigerians should pray instead of sleep to make the new year better than the previous one.


Many Nigerian women stay awake to cook food that their families would eat for the New Year celebrations. Some city carnivals take place on the night of New Year’s Eve, so women and their male counterparts defy sleep to cook for the townspeople.


Some Nigerians choose New Year’s Eve to party. They think they have experienced a lot of stress and labor in the past year. To reward their efforts, they do not sleep on New Year’s Eve to enjoy good food, drink, dance and other exciting activities with their loved ones.


It is normal for some elite and top professionals to stay awake on New Year’s Eve making plans. Although not common among ordinary people, some entrepreneurs, top investors and technocrats don’t sleep on New Year’s Eve to brainstorm and chart a new course for the new year.


Nigerians, especially in rural areas, use the night of the new year to hold association meetings. In some environments, families and communities stay awake to hold a New Year’s Eve rally for the betterment of their people.


Due to some security challenges in the country, most security guards and local vigilantes do not sleep on the eve of the new year to guard the cities. They know that gunmen and other attackers use the holiday euphoria to attack, so they stay awake to prevent possible attacks on civilians.


Nigerians also use New Year’s Eve to travel to see their loved ones. Roads are usually traffic free on New Year’s Eve night, so some people use it as an opportunity to travel especially within cities.

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