Up Nigeria!

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So many times, they denied you; they cover their passports with a red or blue sheath just as I cover my eyes with my hands each time you make the headline yet again – another sad story.

They try to speak different than you have taught them not because you taught them wrongly, No, but because they give themselves away each time they do, and yes,they dread to hear the question, where are you from? But no matter how hard they try to be different, they still can’t get you off their minds for you are their past, present and future.

They can’t deny who they are or where they are from. It’s almost like denying a name or gender. Above all else is the fact that you are our roots, our beginning and our ending.

How dare they call you a disgrace and all sorts?

Discrediting you while they live in another man’s country?

They howl out insults and very quickly judge you without giving a thought to the many complex issues surrounding you.

I see the errors in our way and I wonder why they can’t see it too- why won’t they succumb to peace and justice?

Even if they hate you as they say, how soon can they forget you?

My pride, my race, my Africa, my Nigeria – no matter what happier fortune one finds outside your shores, no matter how excited they are to sail on the first favouring wind yet see how quickly they rush back to celebrate their success or nurse their failures as the case may be –finally, they all agree there is no place like home!

For a patriot like me, it becomes very tiring to keep hope alive when every moment you blink, another life is lost. Apparently evident as reports and news from the north, south, east and west- no one is happy at the blows dealt out without reason.

My country is blessed with enormous resources, and a lot of untapped economic potentials; these economic resources are either developed, in the process of development and many still unattended to, yet there is every reason to be proud of you – you are still the giant, sleeping, or sleepwalking nevertheless.

How blind they are; for amidst all the struggles, challenges, and mishaps that have befallen you. All they did was fold their hands and watch.

They let politics; power play and religion get in the way!

They say your schools are useless, yet we perform better anywhere we find ourselves.

They say your roads are bad yet they cruise on it on a very high speed

They say you are poor yet they rank amongst the richest

Such mockery! Such impunity I almost can’t stand the hypocrisy!

If you were a woman, I bet your heart would have been shattered in a thousand different pieces.

You would have been so dead in your sleep that not even a thunderstorm can wake you but here you are still thriving though not appreciated, your strength is resilient and soon the sun will shine again and we all will rejoice.

God forbid – the struggles of our heroes past can never be in vain, Let every patriot be honoured; without them, freedom would have died; what they did, we can’t repay. “Let’s take decision to value our nation and I hope to God, never to forget that sacrifices gave us freedom and to keep at it”.

Remember, no nation is perfect; it needs to be made perfect by you and me.

I am very optimistic that one day, not too long from now, Nigeria will be on our minds for the right reasons-At last, the colour green white green will soar high.

I silently pray for you every day! Prove them wrong I mutter. I know you will!

I hear it loud and clear as I drift off to sleep…….

As we celebrate our independence, regardless of the numerous challenges that surface daily, there is still a lot to be gratified about.

Let’s reflect on it ……..One Love.

Happy Independence Day!

God bless Nigeria!


Vivian Belford is a lover of God and all the good things life can offer, a girly girl who believes in having fun with whatever she does. She is currently starring in her own reality show titled, Living and Dying With a Smile! Her Mantra: *Put on some lip gloss,pour yourself a drink, sit back and have a really good laugh!* The world is one big comedy afterall!!!!