I’ve been sitting here for the past 7 minutes thinking of a title for this post, and for the love of me I can’t find one. I can tell you though this post has absolutely nothing to do with Cabin Biscuits and Cornflakes. I want to write about my country, Nigeria. Something is happening in that country. There is a long overdue revolution taking place and I am super excited because I get to tell my children.. “and OUR generation said #EnoughIsEnough!!”. The first trace of this uprising that I saw was in the #LightUpNigeria movement. When that first started I was all for it. I mean I was tweeting, posting, commenting on everything light-related. For a while most of it was just web-talk and I must confess I started to feel like this was just ‘mouth’… Then the rallies started, and other groups started emerging. Now I strongly believe that the Nigerian youth are not backing out of this. Not this time.
Today I read a blog post by one of my favorite Nigerian RnB stars, Banky W, and I was really inspired. For a short while I was lost in a daydream of a Utopian Nigeria where there was order, stability, good government, and constant light! Suddenly a thought slid into my mind. I remembered a few years back when I was talking with a classmate of mine about how corruption has taken over our country and he said something that I could never get over. This is not exactly what he said but its exactly how I remember… “Well our father’s have had their turn to chop money and when my turn comes I must chop too”…
I am all for a better Nigeria, I will do everything within my power to see that Nigeria becomes a better place. But today I had an electric jolt of reality that not all Nigerian youth are as optimistic and good-hearted as I am. As much as I would love to dwell in the naivety that all will be “Cabin Biscuits and Cornflakes”, it won’t. Just because a good number (and I say that with all optimism) of us youth see change in a future Nigeria, does not mean that there aren’t a few of us that are purposely pessimistic about our Fatherland. I have a (Bad?) habit of seeing things in practical and real terms and the fact is when Nigerian power is handed over to the next generation, corruption is not just going to be magically obliterated.
I don’t mean to bring anyone’s spirit down or anything but I say what I see and from what I see the real challenge starts when ‘we’ are the one’s in power and have to confront our own comrades regarding bad governance and corruption. Its one thing to tell someone else that they are doing it wrong and its another thing when the issue is raised among peers.. I know that its a good idea to take this one step at a time and I can understand if you think that this issue will be dealt with when the time comes, but it does not hurt to mention it now. As a popular saying goes, “The end of everything is always the beginning of something”.
From what I have been reading, and please correct me if I’m wrong here, it seems like most people see this revolution as the Nigerian youth telling the current generation in power that they have messed things up and should give us youths a chance to show that there is still hope for Nigeria. I don’t think this should be seen as one generation versus the other. I mean if and when we do get that power to shape Nigeria and, God forbid, we do not see the change we all envisioned, who then are we going to blame? I don’t know about you but I see the sudden outcry as a battle between what Nigeria is and what Nigeria could be. Old school Nigeria or New School Nigeria, you fall into one of those categories and that is what determines which ‘side’ you are on. My friend that I talked about, he was seeing things as what Nigeria is and was willing to just go with the flow.
When Nigeria just got her independence I doubt that the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Tafawa Balewa had this, the current state of Nigeria, in mind. I bet they were filled with all the hopes and dreams that we have now, so where did it go wrong? I’m sure they had plans for our great nation, so where did all those plans go to? Just like the dawn of the ‘new Nigeria’ in 1960 I think this will be another memorable moment in our history. I do pray that, in another 50 years our children will not be seeking change but will still be reaping the harvest of our leadership.
This is totally unrelated to this post but I am very curious as to why we say “Nigeria got HER independence” but in our anthem we say “to serve our FATHERLAND”. Please comment with your thoughts. lol