Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1 Nigeria: Being positive

It is quite easy to be negative about my dear country nigeria at 54. I don't need to rack my brain to list things gone wrong around here.
As an optimist and patriot I will like to enumerate some positive some positvie things.

We are still together:
Against all the odds and insurgenicies, varying petrol price, change in focus of the economy,wars and many nasty things, we are still together

Our spirits are up high
The never die spirit of nigerians is still there and that alone in the face of all our problems is something that makes me marvel.

If you like it or not, nigeria is the largest economy in africa, eclipsing South Africa months ago. At first I couldn't believe it but it is true. Whether that is a result of government effort [niggas will disagree] or a consequence of individual hustle, private sector or the mere size of the nigerian market (120 million + people) that attracts investors I cannot say for sure.

We are rich (some individuals are)
Just check the forbes list. You will find nigerians topping the money list here and there. More than anything this shows that there is so much wealth to generate in nigeria that those that are doing the generating are stinking rich.

***This was first pointed out by an high ranking government official in nigeria. I have sort of put it in perspective

We win cups
This one is funny but we still live up to our name of "Giant of Africa". We simply oppress our african compatriates with our soccer prowess. Damn we are good and we have cups to prove that point.

We still have our national cake
Ehn ehn... national cake
There is no national cake but there is a national cake ( *__ *)
National cake is an imaginary cake just like the north pole, south pole, latitude and longitude, they are imaginary man made elements. Such is the national cake. It is a cake we all know is there but still can't be seen. Call it the "good of the land". Our outrageously overpaid politician are simply having their share of the national cake.Won't  you like to have a bite?
The interesting thing about the cake is it seems never to deplete.

We are diversifying(at last)
Nigeria started out as an agricultural country with the bulk of the economy based on agricultural export of cocoa,palm produce,cotton and other cash crops( I wasn't there but the history books have a tale to tell) The work force consisted of strong, capable, skilled, unskilled and generally vibrant youthful population. There were high hopes for the prospects of the new country. Everyone felt nigeria was going to RULE THE WORLD (we will get there remember the exodus of Isrealites). You will be wondering what happened, well OIL HAPPENED. Someone was quoted saying
"The problem of oil in nigeria was simple, we were not searching for oil, when oil was struck we didn't have to refine it, all we did was get paid"

You see agriculture is hard work but here comes oil and gas where you just get paid, no work.


The good news is that the economy is balancing out, encouraging agriculture, small and medium enterprises etc

It's all  good.

I think there is one negative thing I have to mention though


Happy birthday mother naija

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