Naija: Our Present, Our Future.

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This time 59 years ago, our fathers and mothers were still in jubilation at the birth of our nation. A dawn of hope had come and they were enthusiastic about building their country for themselves and for their children. A country where the national cake would go round from palace to farm shed. The future looked beautiful and continued to look so for a long time, even when the present did not.

A dawn of hope had come and they were enthusiastic about building their country for themselves and for their children. Click To Tweet

Time passed, the war came and went, our economy rose and fell but through it all, Nigerians did not lose hope. A 2011 Gallum report pegged us as the 2nd most optimistic country in the world. We are ever looking to the future. In the toughest of times, we are looking to the future. It's the stuff of the Nigerian spirit. Resilience, tenacity and ambitiousness are part of our collective description.

While they are good qualities, it seems they are the exact reasons we are where we are. When pushed to the wall, we have the uncanny ability to push the wall down and make a path. These are good qualities but maybe we should be selective about when to turn around and when to stay and fight back.

When pushed to the wall, we have the uncanny ability to push the wall down and make a path. Click To Tweet

If we focused more on our present, perhaps we would realize that Nigeria is just 59 yet most of the people in the political class are way older than her. They have been here all along, causing the mess and worsening it.

Perhaps we would see that most of the key players in all of the chaos that has rocked Nigeria are alive and are not being held accountable. If for nothing else, to at least give a correct account of history so that we do not tow the same lines.

If we looked, it would become obvious that while the years have passed, as a country, we have barely moved away from appreciating people who were instrumental in getting independence. Our national present and future are still a gratitude package and retirement plan for elder statesmen of our early independence and staggering democracy.

By avoiding the temptation to use optimism as an escape from our present quagmire, we might get fed and seek a collective way to rectify it. Click To Tweet

By avoiding the temptation to use optimism as an escape from our present quagmire, we might get fed and seek a collective way to rectify it. But we are a positive people.
Rather than face home, Nigerians are relocating en masse to other countries. Pushed to the wall in our fatherland, we are making beautiful headway abroad. Crunching records and coming out tops is part of who we are. It's the Naija way.

Cheers to us.
Happy independence.

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