Building Nigeria, together

relay, working together

Nigerians are ambitious. Ambitious to succeed as professionals. Ambitious to make it as entrepreneurs. Ambitious to survive in life. They’ll do the outermost in their power to achieve their goals. But really, most people are. The difference is that Nigerians – at home and in the diaspora – are less likely to come together to achieve a common goal. I’ve witnessed this for years and I’m often hearing about it, the person who joins a board just so to carry around a business card that lists him/her as the ‘President’. Meanwhile, we talk about how the Ghanaians are doing great things or make jokes about how Asians in Nigeria and other African countries are making progress by working together and building their communities.

That needs to stop.

How are we suppose to progress, how are we suppose to build Nigeria if we don’t stop taking bribes, putting out someone else, if we don’t share the wealth and can’t stand together as a unit. There are many Nigerians out there who are doing amazing things to build the country. But there’re many more who should come along for the journey. Like the famous African Proverb perfectly puts it: It takes a village to raise a child. Progress is not going to happen over night. And it’s definitely not going to happen if the village doesn’t unite.

Preaching, done.

Happy Sunday!

~ by omonaij on November 18, 2012.

One Response to “Building Nigeria, together”

  1. Preach on. We need to hear it. To be shaken out of our stupor. To find meaning and share meaning with the Naija man on the street. I am troubled by the country I see today, strewn in rags and tatters on street corners. I know I am not alone. Preach on, preach on.

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