About two days ago, I was angry about today. I was bragging about not celebrating the Independence Day. Why exactly are we celebrating? What is even in this Nigeria to be happy about. At that point, I had every reason to be angry – I still do quite frankly. It’s been 58 years and sometimes, I’m not sure if we are “Giants” or “Dwarfs” of Africa. The whole country sef tire me.
I’m sure this is why a lot of you will read this post. Everybody wants to lament about this country and how it has failed us. It has honestly messed some people up. Nigeria is the kind of place that surprises you every time and then makes you laugh all over again.
Today, I don’t want to talk about all the failures of this wonderful country. Today, I want to speak positively about the country. I’m almost certain that someone will have something to complain about tomorrow morning or maybe before today runs out but for now, as you read this, I want you to think about a little positivity.
If there’s one positive thing I love about Nigeria, it’s the resilience of Her people! No matter the circumstances, these people always find a way to smile and laugh. It’s very exciting to watch and even better to experience. One second, there’s a cause to be angry and there’s an annoying or depressing post about the situation of Nigeria. 2 seconds later, check the comment section. You’ll have yourself a good laugh. If you doubt me, just check Instablog or Linda Ikeji.
I’m not quick to preach perspective in this country because, even me, I cannot always look at that glossy side. Fam! I get pissed off all the time and then I go to the streets and I see children that are begging, playing. It always melts my heart. The hustle in every city in this country is commendable. Everybody knows that at the end of the day, we go dey alright.
This year, I have witnessed one of the most beautiful things. After deciding to do the things I love without apologies, I joined the Slum2School Volunteers and at first, I thought about how stressful it’ll be until I met some amazing Nigerians who are willing to go out of their way to help children be educated. It was emotional for me, watching these young people do the same things our grandfathers are sitting on in high places (I did not call anybody’s name o).
I used to be angry about people leaving the country. I would always say “If everybody leaves, who would help fix this country?”. See! My people, if hunger wants to kill you and you can reach for food in the next compound. Biko, do as you wish. A lot of people are not finding it funny here o! I cannot judge anyone looking out for themselves. Please if you cannot do again, you can go. Let God guide you.
You know what I believe? I believe that we are learning and growing. I believe that more minds are rising and opening up. More of us are getting familiar with what we want and we are allowing it to reflect in our own ways. Nigeria is better than it was when I was a child. It’s more about the people for me – they are growing. They are becoming more aware of what is going on and they are acting. Every single day, I do not only pray for growth in this country, I pray for wisdom and foresight.
I love you. I want to grow with you – old and wise. You won’t be a country without your people and so be kind to us. Don’t listen to those selfish ones, some of us are happy and generous. I hope you get better – I can’t wait! You’re on your way so don’t lose hope. I’m rooting for you. We’re all rooting for you.
We made it to 58. We make Nigeria what it is and we are here to celebrate Her. She’s going to be fine tho. We all are. We need to realize that we are the power and not succumb to the greed and fear that surrounds us. So, keep the positive spirit. Pray for Her in whatever way you can and act on your own. Make the impact and others will follow.