I am Nigeria – An Ode

I am Nigeria, the heart of Africa – at least by virtue of my geography; a nation uniquely designed and endowed by God on account of my deposit of vast natural resources, possessing the potential for exponential growth and prosperity. I am a wealthy nation of many accolades. I am the most populous black nation on earth and the world’s largest producer of cassava; OPEC’s 2nd largest oil exporter; the 3rd largest economy in Africa; the 4th fastest growing economy in the world; the 5th largest supplier of crude  to America and Western Europe; the 6th largest crude oil producer globally; the 7th most populous nation in the world; the potential 8th wonder of the world; the 9th largest producer of natural gas; and a country with the 10th largest online audience in the world.

I am Nigeria – the putative giant of Africa. Thrice, I had a vision to be an economically advanced nation – initially by 2000, then 2010 and now 2020. I built my vision on woolly thinking instead of committed action; so much that these visions have become trite and I have begun to lose faith in myself. The challenges that confront me are many. I am a rentier state, a ticking time bomb, with 54.7% of my population below the poverty line and 64.7 million youths (of which 41.6% are unemployed) not expected to live beyond 48 years. Consequently, my youths may not live to attain my present age and I am relatively young in the committee of nations!

I am Nigeria, I belong to over 250 tribes and I speak 521 languages; I have a high regard for culture and tradition; I respect my elders. I am enterprising and I possess a strong sense of self-worth. I am rugged and resilient, ready to push the boundaries of any limitation. I am an eminent scholar; a business magnate; a peace-keeping soldier; a nobel laureate; a musical genius. I am hospitable; my people possess a vibrant communal spirit and they derive strength from my diversity.

I am Nigeria, I am rich, but my people are poor. My motto reads Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress, virtues which my citizens pay lip service to. My intention at independence was for my people to live in peace, and be united towards the common goal of progress through faith in God and our capabilities. Instead, my people are united along political, tribal and religious lines often towards selfish ends. I generate my electricity, I secure my residence and I provide my own water. I am a militant, an internet scammer, a materialist, a graduate willing to work but without a job. I am who I am because my leaders are not who they are required to be.

I am Kola Dairo Jnr, a voice in my generation of 64.7 million youths craving for a paradigm shift. I am not just a ‘leader of tomorrow’; I am today’s future, I am today’s leader. I choose to harness my strengths rather than dwell on my weaknesses. I am a problem solver; Nigeria’s problems are my opportunity. She may seem hopeless, but she is not beyond redemption; her condition is acute but not without a solution. I am an active advocate of Nigeria’s potential for greatness not a passive stakeholder. Change begins with me.

God bless Nigeria!

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    • oladapo
    • October 1st, 2011

    Well written choppy.I admire your Awe inspiring writting Skills.

    Dapsyray.

  1. If you keep on writing stuff like this. You will get an invitation to run the country. Keep it up.

    • Tobi Disu
    • October 1st, 2011

    How else can Nigeria be described, if not in this brilliant piece of yours. Keep it up dear. Am proud of you. God bless Nigeria!

  2. Thanks guys. Much appreciated

    • Marie
    • October 2nd, 2011

    A very nice inspiring piece.Keep it up

    • Mr NiceWatch
    • October 2nd, 2011

    Wow nicely chopped and screwed

    This are the kind of repetition we need

    • Babs
    • October 2nd, 2011

    Kola,

    This is an interesting article. It describes, albeit paradoxically, the vices, virtues and potentials of our country. It is a known fact that we have failed both man and God in the way and manner that we have administered our resources thus far.

    I believe Nigeria will soon get out of the woods to reveal to the world at large the glory or the fruits of the abundant resources that God has bestowed upon the land.

    In order to forge ahead, we will rely on the blend of the experience of some incorruptible elders and the frankness and knowledge of energetic and visionary youths.

    Let us continue to pray and hope against hope until God turns around our captivity in Jesus’ name. Amen!

    Thanks for sharing.

    dad

  3. Nice articles, Nigeria is great and will continue to be great and greater.Like your article

    • Image
    • October 18th, 2011

    Bullet! Nice one the USER is beginning to become like the maker. Well said

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