On the Eve of Our Independence Day

Nigeria turns 56 tomorrow which makes Monday a public holiday to celebrate our National Independence. Whoop Whoop! Okay, what exactly are we celebrating in this time of recession as a nation? Let’s see.

You’re alive and reading this post so that’s something to be thankful for.

Our special brand of humor which takes us through every single hurdle (example: during the time of the Ebola crisis where you could pass the market and the usual sellers dragging you will part like Red Sea when Moses commanded so). To test this theory out, go to popular social media networks and laugh away your problems.

Our rich culture and even richer food. Have you ever gone for a Nigerian traditional wedding? Or had a tall, dark and handsome Yoruba demon man woo you in his language? Gosh! Then the food (ooooo the food) which are rich in spices and soups that contain obstacles. No matter how bad your day is, always remember there is rice at home.

The ability to throw a mean-ass, road-blocking-with-canopies owambe where you see beautiful guys and girls using style to hustle for small chops and party jollof rice. These parties have saved a couple of Nigerians on more than one occasion from going to bed hungry or going through the stress of entering the kitchen to cook.

Need I go on?

You’ll always find a Nigerian in every country/continent of the world (yes, even in the North Pole) which makes us explorers and resilient people who thrive in any geographical location.

Nigeria is the birthplace of some of the most brilliant minds (Philip Emeagwali, Saheela Ibraheem, Paula and Peter Imafidon and so on) who are putting our country on the map for good things. Not saying we are known for bad things though.

Lagos, a mega city where startups are thriving even in a harsh economy and the IT world is gradually overtaking the other sectors, is something to be proud of. I mean, which city in which country did Mark Zuckerberg visit? Any guesses? Ghana? Rwanda? Well, it’s Lagos, Nigeria!

This is also a time for you to reflect on your past achievements no matter how little or insignificant they may seem. You are not the person you were last night and have grown and made good changes to your life over the past years. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to begin. We are still trying to get it right as a nation.

Well, there you go. It may not seem like we have much and yes, we are facing a lot of difficulties but be thankful and remember that there’s always rice at home.

Happy Independence Day!


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