Today is not a book post, its a rant. So if you do not want to read this i understand.
I am Nigerian, my country celebrated it’s 58th Independence day on Monday October the 1st. Let me quickly say that i am a proud Nigerian but at the same time i will tell you my eyes are wide open and i am not blind to the plight my country suffers from.
We say we are free here but are we really? Recently there have been killings in Jos families being murdered but there is no outcry in this country or on BBC or CNN. It’s almost like it has become a normal thing to happen. We are one of the richest countries in Africa but simultaneously one with the highest poverty rate.
Let’s not talk about the homophobia that is deeply rooted in this country, we use religion to cover up any and everything. They have forgotten God and they follow doctrines created by man ( the irony of it all). You have people openly saying they will kill their children if they find out they are gay? But then proceed to buy Marc Jacobs and brag about it.
Elections are always bloody, its a time were we all have to be cautious, ”don’t go outside so you don’t get kidnapped” ” don’t travel on this road because of this” and so many reasons to be scared. You want to know why people in this place don’t vote its simple our votes don’t count. Whats the point of voting when you can get killed while voting, why vote when you already know who is going to be ”fixed”. Democracy? Ha!..as the great Fela Kuti said, we have demonstration of craze.
And so let me say i hate hope, but i have to have it. Why do i torture myself you ask, i can up my fluffy bottom and get out of here and leave this place to crash and burn to the ground.
But because of Muthafluffing hope i came back, because of hope i want to stay and build. Make no mistake i do not build for this current people, i build for the future ones that they may come into a peaceful country and not be afraid to express themselves. That they would be able to vote in peace and travel every inch of this country without being afraid. So that they would know that their voices are heard and they are important too. That god loves them matter how they are.
I pray for my country, i pray that her citizens become honest with themselves. I pray that her leaders would think about the people they are called to serve. I pray that the haze of religion would be removed and that true spirituality and oneness with god will exist.
So happy? Independence day Nigeria…at 58 God help us all.