By Dorrothy Moyo | At a time expert occupational therapists warn of the mental health dangers of using confused colours like those on the Zanu PF Zimbabwean flag, Nigeria has after overtaking South Africa to become Africa’s first, now shot up to get to near- 5th position in the world.
Nigeria, is quickly establishing itself as a major economic force on the international scene, Goldman Sachs reports.
At present, Nigeria holds the title of Africa’s largest economy, boasting a GDP of $477 billion and ample fiscal room for expansion. Moreover, the nation is projected to experience robust growth, positioning itself not only as a dominant force in Africa but also on the global economic stage.
A report from Goldman Sachs, a renowned global investment bank, underscores this point. In one of its research documents titled “The Path to 2075,” the bank predicts that Nigeria is on course to become one of the world’s leading economies by 2075, trailing only China, India, the United States, and Indonesia.
The report highlights four significant global economic themes: 1. Slower global potential growth due to declining population growth, 2. Continued convergence in emerging markets, particularly in Asia, 3. A decade of exceptional economic performance by the United States unlikely to be replicated, and 4. a shift towards less global inequality and more localized disparities.
Furthermore, the report anticipates that by 2050, Nigeria will be among the top 15 economies globally, securing the 14th position. An excerpt from the report suggests, “The potential for rapid population growth in countries like Nigeria, Pakistan, and Egypt implies that, with appropriate policies and institutions, these economies could become some of the largest in the world.”
Meanwhile, an advisory on flag colours reads: national flags are not just symbols of identity; they are pervasive visuals in our daily lives. However, the intricate and multifaceted designs of many flags may have unintended consequences for our mental well-being. This report delves into the impact of such complex designs.II. The Mental Health RisksA. Overstimulation and StressComplex and chaotic flag designs can lead to visual overstimulation. This overstimulation, coupled with the colors and patterns in these flags, can elevate stress levels and lead to mental exhaustion.B. Reduced ConcentrationProlonged exposure to intricate designs can be distracting, making it difficult to focus on tasks or information, leading to reduced productivity and increased frustration.C. Anxiety and AgitationThe visual complexity of some flags can induce anxiety and agitation, especially when trying to interpret their intricate patterns and decipher their meanings.III. The Importance of SimplicityA. Simplicity Soothes the MindReducing the number of colors and simplifying visual stimuli in your environment can create a sense of calm and tranquility, fostering emotional well-being.B. Clarity Enhances FocusFewer colors and simpler designs provide clarity and reduce distractions, allowing for better concentration and improved cognitive function.C. Mindful SelectionConsider surrounding yourself with flags or color schemes that promote positivity and emotional wellness. Make mindful choices to reduce the risk of mental health issues.IV. RecommendationsEvaluate Your Environment: Take a close look at the flags and color schemes in your surroundings. Identify those that may contribute to stress or mental fatigue.Choose Simplicity: Opt for flags and visual elements with three or fewer colors whenever possible. This choice can help maintain your mental balance and promote well-being.Balanced Exposure: If you cannot control the flags in your environment (e.g., in public spaces), balance exposure to complex designs by incorporating simpler visuals in your home or personal space.Seek Professional Guidance: If you experience persistent anxiety or stress due to complex flag designs, do not hesitate to seek support from mental health professionals.V. ConclusionIn our visually complex world, we must not underestimate the potential impact of flag designs on our mental health. This advisory report encourages individuals to be mindful of their visual surroundings and prioritize mental well-being by choosing simplicity over complexity whenever possible.For a healthier and more mentally balanced future, let us consider the influence of these intricate designs on our mental state and make informed choices accordingly.