I asked this question on Facebook and my Nigerian friends struggled with answers. Most of them did not respond. To be honest, only 2 did and they had no answers. I was surprised. The only other person that responded is a South African. Kups mentioned some famous Nigerian writers but I wasn’t satisfied. Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka may be Nigerians but can their success be linked to present day Nigeria?
As if it wasn’t bad enough that I already felt this way, a friend of mine on Twitter sent out a tweet about how disgraceful it was that Nigeria imports most of its food and linked it to corruption. True but I felt awful. I had that ‘don’t kick a dog when it’s down’ feeling especially as Nigeria will turn 50 on October 1.
Then, I started to remember a few good things about Nigeria that I’d heard such as the new president, Jonathan Goodluck who uses social media (he has a Facebook page with loads of likes) and is the second Nigerian leader we’ve had in less than 10 years that is a graduate. He is in fact a PhD in Zoology. Not bad eh when I consider how long we were ruled from the Barracks?
How can I forget the amazing story my parents-in-law told me about the tornado in Akure, state capital of Ondo? As you’d expect the Federal Government provided relief funds for the victims. Fortunately, the state’s governor is a decent guy and personally went out to distribute the financial relief to the victims. There might be several governors who are greedy and corrupt but thankfully there is still one who believes in compassion and honesty.
Again, there’s the Governor of Lagos State who has transformed the city from a mad man’s paradise to a centre of excellence, as the state was used to be branded. There are now proper bus lanes and central reservations with fauna and flora. So, it’s not all bad news. It will take a lot of time to restore Nigeria to its former glory but thank GOD there are still Nigerians today, may be few in number, choosing to do what’s honourable and defy the status quo.
How can I forget the story I read this week about 40 Nigerian women under 40 who have distinguished themselves at home and abroad in their professional fields? When I went through their profiles I felt proud and motivated. There are indeed some positive things about Nigeria. Do you have any to share?