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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why I'm Proud to be Nigerian?

In the past weeks nothing has inspired me to believe in the failed Nigerian system more than Dele Momodu's column, Pendulum(Thisday on Saturday). Mr Momodu has been talking about The Search For Our Own Obama. While we have been branded as a country of conmen, advance fee fraud practitioners with the misfortune of an embarassing leadership one must wonder if this is the country that brought t o the fore knowledge of the world the likes of Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Peter Akinola, Nwankwo Kanu, Emeka Anyaoku, John Momoh,Dele Olojede, Sade Adu and Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. We are a country of achievers, determined human beings who want to get that paper. My mind flashes back to the year 2007 while on a trip to America while getting my hair cut when I told him my nationality and he replied "Nigerians are a bunch of driven people who wanna get that paper." That is testament to the Nigerian spirit of hardwork. While our critics would say that it is this detemination to get that paper that leads us to the fraudulent activities prevalent among Nigerians. Here's an answer, Which country in the world does not have fraudsters? Bernard Madoff, the man behind the greatest fraud in history is not Nigerian.He's from God's own country. Look at the works of Babatunde Fashola in Lagos State and you will discover good governance does not come cheaper. Donald Duke is another example. I tell you for every bad egg you have you get one fresh egg. For Faridah Waziri, you get Nuhu Ribadu. For Maurice Iwu, you get Ayoka Adebayo. For ineffective governors like Lucky Igbinedion and Joshua Dariye you get quality governance with testimonies being Emmanuel Uduaghan and Babatunde Fashola.
Listening to the likes of M.I, Naeto C, Banky W and Wande Coal make us realize that the top can definitely not be our limit but our stepping stone. M.I is the best rapper in the third world( Everywhere apart from America and Europe). Naeto- C is one of the greatest trend setters of our time. P, Gidi, Kin Big Deal and Yes Boss have been added to the vocabulary of the African Youth. The ankara hoodie worn in his Kini Big Deal video is testimony of his creative style.
Reading the works of Reuben Abati, Ayeni Adekunle, Tosyn Bucknor, Chiamanda Adichie, Chinua Achebe and Sefi Atta are an indication of a country with literate people who have the world at their feet. Reuben Abati is one of Nigeria's most respected journalists and his column in Friday's Guardian is the stuff legend is made of. Ayeni Adekunle is the best Entertainment Reporter I have read of. His column in Friday's Punch is undoubtedly the best in the land.
Nduka Obaigbena has succesfully organized events that has had the likes of Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Fat Joe, John Legend, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Chris Aire in attendance. Another indication that our country can perform at the big stage. John Momoh runs Channels Television, a news channel in the mould of CNN and he is another example of the Nigerian success story. Dele Olojede is a Pullitzer Prize winner. He runs Next Newspapers, a paper which looks like it's a heaven send.
Ours is a land of opportunity. Though our country gives us a thousand and one reasons to whine( Poor Electricity, Poor water, Incessant traffics), we stick with it. That's patriotism. Till the day we get things right, our citizens would continue to make things happen. This are the things that make me proud to hold a Nigerian passport. As the billboard at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport should do I welcome you to the land of Achievers
Stay Blessed,


  1. Well written again bro, I'm very impressed by articles that portray Nigeria in a positive light. Nice one.

  2. I think that you are being WAY too optimistic about the Nigerian situation. Remember that these guys are the very little percentage of our teeming population really doing anything.
    So what, that our musicians are doing better(Naeto C, M.I and the likes), what does that matter to the poverty stricken population of the country. Where does that leave the jobless postgraduate?
    What am saying is that we've got a really really long way to go and we may not get there for a while. You'll be asking "Why?", right about now.
    I'll tell you Why.
    We are not really looking at the issues of importance like the povery, death, trafficking corruption and all the others. Yes, we've caught some of the bad guys because of the EFCC but there are undoubtfully more of them.
    Hey, What if the EFCC is a conspiracy, a cover up for a bigger mission to whisk more money away cooked up by some really smart Federal Dons?
    It's possible

    Its good in some way that you are being optimistic but I do not feel that the time has come yet for us to praise ourselves...............................we are a long way from where we ought to be!!!!

    However, maybe that little percentage working now will make all the D.I.F.F.E.R.E.N.C.E

  3. Miss Okoro....You know the saying "There's always light after darkness"....Now, that's what I'm talking about....Things look bleak( Thats even if there's anything that can be seen) but it's only this optimism and belief that a difference can be made that would influence people with the power and ability to make a difference to make a move....This is cliche but it's the truth Fifty years ago no one thought America would be led by a Black. Ten years ago no one thought that We would spend ten years under a democratic dispensation...Though it's a shame how we have made use of it...Little drops of water make a mighty ocean....More people doing the right thing can lead to the Revolution we await...Cheers

  4. Mayowa I'm taking my hat off for you...You know the main reason why I love my school is because it allows me to see stuff the way other people don't. Recently someone asked me if I think my country is the best and you know what I said? NO! That's right! My country is not the best but I still love it because it has potential in the wierdest places...places no one bothers to look. And not just Nigeria but Africa...I hope I don't sound like one of those fake people walking around talking bout Great Africa.

  5. Chika I love ur comment. If u r eva going into politics holla at me..........lol
    Mayowa Im beginning to think your blog is entertainment based as your views are mainly based on the entertainment aspect.
    Attacking your point on a black beign an american president, very good that he is the president. The good news is that the black man is visiting African countries. The bad news is that he refused to visit Nigeria because we have no efficient government and corruption has now become the order of the day in Nigeria. He did not consider the likes of Naeto C and M.I when making this decision. So its true to say that good that our entertainment industry is flying high, other MAJOR aspects of our economy is suffering

  6. I thought carefully before I answered this comment and I also had to consult the papers....Point one The fact that Mr Obama is visiting Africa and didn't find Nigeria worthy is testament to what I have said in previous posts...Nigeria is a country im proud of but it also doesn't mean I'm not disappointed at the pace at which it's development is moving.
    Point 2: Today's paper indicates that the value of the Naira has appreciated in comparision to the dollar.Few weeks back a dollar was about a hundred and eighty naira now it's between a hundred and sixty seven and a hundred and sixty eight...Not bad


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