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AbstractThis paper had made serious effort in defining the concept &#8220;giftedness&#8221;. It went further to discuss the place of giftedness in Nigerian education system in the light of the recommendation of the national policy on education, disregard for merit in our society, the menace of our quota system syndrome, and tribal sentiments in the country. Consequently, in conclusion among other things the paper suggested that merit should not be compromised with, for any reason. The school system, educators, planners, administrators, counsellors, psychologists and government should play their parts in identifying and developing the gifted persons early enough, as doing this would mean developing the nation technologically and otherwise, for self-reliance and nation building.