5 Students, 1 Question: Why Did You Start Taking Drugs?

September 25, 2020

What does life look like for Gen Z Nigerians everywhere in the world? Every Friday, we ask five Gen Z Nigerian students one question in order to understand their outlook of life. 


We recently wrote an article about some Nigerians struggle with drug addiction, so we decided to ask five students why they started using drugs in the first place.

Here is what they said:

Kunle; 19/UniLag

We all complain of how this world is bad, so when I am offered a first class ticket out of it, I take it. Some people might say I have a problem. I smoke at least 2 blunts a day during weekdays, and the pills during the weekend. Like how people with Cancer take drugs till they get better, I take mine till inside my head stops hurting me.

Vanessa; 21/OAU

I just did? One day I was hanging out with my friends and one of them mentioned it. It not like I was pressured or anything, but I wanted to know what it felt like to be high. I don’t think I am addicted.

Hamzat; 20/American University of Nigeria, Yola

I started smoking because I was very bored with life. I felt empty and unimpressed with everything, and because I was supposed to be a Muslim and alcohol is a sin, the green stuff is an exception.

Kola; 18/UniLag

It started off as something for fun, and slowly I found myself dependent on it. I can’t eat, sleep or function without weed. I started therapy for it.

Samantha; 21/University of Port Harcourt

I am a suicidal adrenaline junkie. I’d never do anything to put another person’s life in danger, but mine? Anything that works. Pills allow me go so close to the edge without actually slipping. It’s the perfect thing. LSD and ecstasy are my favourite. Am I addicted? Maybe. I tried cocaine once, but I didn’t really like it.


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