We are very quick to point hands and blame others. Bad mouthing our country is a favourite pastime. Nigeria is this…Nigeria is that. We quickly fail to remember that we are all individual units that make up Nigeria. We conveniently push aside the fact that indeed we all are single units of Nigeria, that wherever we are and whatever we do, we represent Nigeria and are indeed walking Nigerias.
In their character, the Future Awards Team held a Town Hall Meeting (THM) in Abuja. Its usually a forum to bring the message of the awards to the people in their own backyard, explain the award, and get them to make nominations for the various categories. By some design, the Abuja THM fell on the same day and time as the Big Brother Africa All Stars finale. Expectedly, the e-lounge Wuse II venue was virtually empty with many expected participants hurdled around their TV screens at home, feverishly waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the winner of the prize money.
It was no coincidence really for indeed the events of that evening confirmed that we really are very passionate about our country and are quick to identify with and celebrate success by one of our own. Luckily for those of us who turned up early, the TV screens at the lounge were tuned to the now inactive DSTV channel 198 so we were not left out.
I need not recount the details of the tension soaked moments of the show. Personally not being so attached to the show, it was all fun watching the reactions of more ardent followers in the hall, listening to their comments…i am sure i heard some offer prayers and having my ear vibrate at the drumming from their hearts. And when that name UTI was finally named as winner, there was no containing them, they went wild.
Such was the Nigerian spirit on display that day and the significance was not lost on me at all. As Nigeria’s Uti Nwachukwu stood there in glory, he was Nigeria….he carried on him the dreams and aspiration of over 150million people in Africa’s most populous nation. At that moment he was not Uti, he was Nigeria and that is the theme of this years The Future Awards.
Ironically, earlier that day, the world media had been agog with the news of how Nigeria’s Amos Adamu had been caught on video by some smart journalists of the Sunday Times agreeing to accept about half a million pounds to sell his votes in the bids for the hosts of the 2018 FIFA world cup. National embarrassments don’t get worse than that and believe it, he was Nigeria and in that moment of shame he dragged us all along with him.
And that leads us to the crux of my rant today; We all are individual Nigerias and by our actions (or in actions) we can either uplift or bring low the rest of our country men & women and affect the lives of even the generations unborn. We cant thus afford to act any how any more. We must begin to put that touch of excellence in everything we do and register it all over the globe that Nigerians are much more than religious clashes and internet fraud; that we are a people of intelligence, with talent….a hard working lot. And we have many examples to show as proof.
So proudly i declare; I am Nigeria, and if you share my thoughts, i invite you to declare same.
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Photo credit: Future Nigeria Site.