Nigeria At 50 – Day 18; Happy Independence to Nigerians, but not Nigeria



Introduction: This is part of a 31 day series involving Nigerian bloggers from all over the world. Trace your steps backwards all the way to day1 and forwards to Day 31. Here is Day 17.

What can one say about Nigeria at this point? I’m one of the citizens that always has hope and always looks to the future as possibly being the bright spot, but too often I’m let down and a lot of things happen that literally spit in the faces of my hopes.

A few days ago I had a discussion with someone who said Nigeria was getting better because we’re advancing in technology, and we now have malls, movie theaters etc in Lagos and Abuja. Sigh… Is that really a sign of development and progress? What good is a movie theater and fancy technology if it’s not affordable by half of the population?

In all fairness, I will say Lagos and Abuja have improved significantly since my younger days, but what happens to the rest of the country? There’s still no power anywhere, Boko Haram has hijacked the north, there’s constant religious fighting in jos, that has turned a once beautiful city into a military lock down zone, people of Abia state cant move freely because you can get kidnapped for N35,000 ($233), MEND is trying to blow up everything that stands, and things seem to be getting worse, and worse. It’s almost like some places don’t have a govt, which in effect causes a massive meltdown. So what good is progress in Lagos and Abuja, if it’s negated by regression in all other parts of the country?

I have hope for Nigeria, and although recent trends of the upcoming elections are trying to give my hope a major black eye, I’ll still believe that things will turn around soon. Amidst the chaos and foolishness, there are some dots of hope. Those dots are the brilliant citizens of Nigeria that have shown excellence in their individual efforts.

In conclusion, if I have to summarize 50 years of Nigeria, i’ll say this. Nigerians as a people have excelled in aspects that does not involve the government. Nigerians have been successful in all aspects of life from science, technology to literature, arts and music. We as Nigerians are a very resilient group of people, and as individuals we have excelled. Our government on the other hand, has failed us tremendously, but it’s left to us to make an attempt to change it. Our government should be the way it ought to be, the government of the people by the people.

Happy Independence Day to Nigerians, but not Nigeria.

Day 19: Stuck –


  1. "Nigerians as a people have excelled in aspects that does not involve the government." absolutely correct. So, now for us to excel in government, we need to stop paying lip-service to governance.

    We could start by making sure our voices are here (in practice) in the coming elections and not just in complaining by registering to vote. More importantly, utilising our individual votes, even though, tis just one vote each.

  2. You summarise the naija situation quite well. Without the positive actions of a government that is accountable to its people, the individual efforts of hard working Nigerians more often than not is frustrated.

  3. I agree entirely. And in my opinion, there’s almost no use talking about individual success if the nation is not doing well. Talk about one member of a family excelling and the others doing poorly!
    Nice thoughts on the subject!

  4. I think that the level of development in Nigeria has improved dramatically in the last 10 years. I have noticed the change in Benin and Lagos and even though the changes are still slow, it is still change.


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