Nigeria, the home of my fore-bearers, the place where I was born, raised and learnt to be me, the place where I learnt to believe that nothing comes easy and you need to work your fingers to the bones to make it, you could get lucky (if you are an ardent socialist) or you could be favoured by the supreme being and through how much of your Faith you put in God (for the religious).
No matter where Nigerians eventually get to reside in the world, the invisible pull will eventually bring them back, even if it is just to visit.
Nigeria, my home.
According to the World Happiness Report 2012, produced by the United Nations, Nigeria is Africa’s Sixth Happiest Country. Although it is obviously categorized as a crisis-torn nation; the insurgency, economic recession, poor infrastructures (little wonder we’re still seen as an underdeveloped country), the amazing thing about all of it is that the citizens and residents of Nigeria still find joy in everything they do. They may be going through lots of financial, economic and social crisis, it may be gnawing at them real bad. But they still find a way of playing through it and just be happy, it’s of little wonder that even the poorest of persons can survive in Nigeria.
Social media has helped to bring humour to seemingly every problem, and the citizens do not see it as a problem anymore, but as a joke. They try to turn every problem and mistake into a joke, not to say they don’t want a change in their daily lives, but only saying “I cannot come and die” when faced with adversity.
The report also shows that Africans are optimistic about the future, Nigerians in particular, and this optimism comes from the hope they have in their leaders, they hope for a leader that would make a positive change, a leader who not only wants the ‘National Cake’ for his pocket alone but is able to use it to better the lives of every other person, down to the smallest of citizens. Their optimism stems from the hope they have in the country, that one day they would have a voice that speaks for everyone and there would be a place for their children. They look forward to a country where their kids wouldn’t need to run out to other countries under the guise of going to study or searching for greener pastures, but a country where they are proud to say anywhere that I’M A NIGERIAN, AND I’M PROUD OF MY HERITAGE.
The report shows Nigeria’s track record of such positive expectations, and according to Centric’s 1960s study, it’s already been reported a difference of 2.6 points between the country’s average present 4.8 and future 7.4 ladder ratings.
Similarly, in 2016, there is a difference of 2.9 points between Nigeria’s present 5.3 and future 8.2 ratings in the Gallup World Poll. An international study of comparative ladder rating in ten countries with large populations, including China, India and the United States, found Nigeria’s 2.6 point difference between the present and future ratings to be by far the largest. Nigeria’s spirit of optimism may be exceptional by world standards, but not in Africa.
Nigeria, my home.