I started reading Chude Jideonwo’s ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation?’ this week and it’s definitely given me food for thought in regard’s to Nigeria’s history, the problems that have plagued it and the direction we’re heading in for the future. It’s easy to be pessimistic on a day like this, thinking about Nigeria’s unfulfilled potential but we have the rest of the year for that. Today I want to share some joyous reasons of why I love Nigeria and Nigerians.
1. Grit and Resilience
One of the interesting discussion points that Chude Jideonwo poses in ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation?’ is whether Nigeria has a coherent vision that unifies its citizens. While I can’t say that the vision exists, there’s something special about what I call the ‘Nigerian Personality’.
Worldwide, Nigerians have a presence and our impact is being felt in different fields. We are known to be creative, entrepreneurial, driven, ambitious, resilient, and hard working.
2. Joy and Humour
In the midst of it all, Nigerians still find joy in everything. Especially Nigerian Twitter which snatches edges every day! Those comebacks are brutal.
If this picture is not a perfect embodiment of “they will not come and kill me,” I don’t know what is. Can you imagine anyone else sneaking this much food on a plane just so they can enjoy their life?
Also, check out the comments on this post from Kemi Adetiba’s page.
3. Nigeria’s contribution to literature
Nigerians are currently making their mark in the creative industry worldwide! It’s a vision to behold. But since a huge part of my blog is about books I couldn’t possibly write this list and not talk about the contribution of Nigerians to literature. From Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri, Teju Cole, Buchi Emecheta, Chigozie Obioma, Helon Habila, Chibundu Onuzo, the list is endless.
Nigeria has an incredible literary tradition that I’m proud of and I hope we continue to share our narratives and shift conversations.
Below are some of my favourite tweets about Nigeria’s Independence Day