Saturday, January 21, 2012

What was good about #Occupy_Nigeria

It appears to all that the #OccupyNigeria was a failure. But I dont think so. 
What sticks to memory was how Nigerians at the last minute were boxed into a corner by people incapable of representing them; people who constantly swayed the rule of law to directions that best suited them.

But I don’t think we failed. I think Jan 2012 gave us the opportunity to see that underneath it all, we are one Nigeria. For years, we had been divided along our ethnic and cultural line. And by our division we were held hostage by our leaders who continually fuelled it, to benefit from the chaos; which they have.

In all honesty, I am not yet hopeful in the power of our electorate to deliver the candidate we desire in 2015; NO. We still have a long way to go.

But what I am confident about is the birth of a new Nigerian who will not sell his birthright for a morsel of meat. A breed of men and women who (for the first time in our history) are breaking the shackles and bondages put in place by culture and religion; a new breed of Nigerians who boldly question the status quo in a quest to understand their reality.

We might not see a free Nigeria in our lifetime. But as we dare, we steer up the consciousness of our oppressors to feel that we matter and create the opportunity for change, even if it is by the hands of our children.

One day, it might be next week, it might be in ten years’ time, a time like this time will come when Nigeria will be ready for freedom.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Call to all writers...

The African renaissance will be the product of writers. It will be our thoughts that will shape the revolution we seek. 

The labourious process of documenting every aspects of our daily lives will provide us the opportunity to put our reality in perspective and empower our readers to make decisions that would change the destiny of our continents.

The future we write for might not emerge in our lifetime; it might take centuries for the communal mindset to evolve to a position when it can begin to harness the thought birth today. But one thing is certain; it is out there. The arsernal is available for our offsprings to harness and change their reality.

A call to all writers: write. People might mock you, saying you are writing trash. But take heart with this knowledge; The power to change this land is in your hands.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

To commence a new year..

I don't think wishing anyone stuck in the Nigerian grind a "Happy New Year" would mean anything more than cliche phrase that sounds right to say at the beginning of the year. Our leaders didn't intend for it to start out happy and I fear this will probably be the toughest year in Nigerian's history. 

There is lot to be concerned about; when the take-home salary can't take most home; when the leade
r lacks the right charisma and makes questionable decisions; when the leader impose austere measure while they live in plenty, you know something is not quite right.
I think the best wish anyone can give/or be given this year is a closer walk with thy creator (who ever you assume He is).
And to take pleasure in Tai Solarin's famous quote "May your days be rough"... because by it, we might attain enlightenment.

So as we savour our twilight moments between 2011 & 2012, I wish you a richer walk with your creator.