The challenge being a Nigerian goes beyond our thoughts and our lifestyle. That we survived everyday is a miracle, and a story untold. Everyday is a challenge on its own and every moment a silent prayers is offered.
I look through my days and sojourn on earth, through my times and struggle and I have come to realise that being born a Nigerian is the biggest test I have ever encountered. It’s become even worst if your from the lower class, because it takes several levels of struggle to graduate towards the beginners line of becoming successful.
This days, the only true happiness and smiles I have, are born from the nostalgic feelings of my childhood.
Being a Nigerian from a low income earning family is the toughest experience and challenge of being a Nigerian. Don’t get me wrong! When the situation surrounding your growth and the challenge you face dreaming to become fulfilled hit on you, and there’s little or no option for you to hold on to, then you’ll understand where am coming from.
Reading through my thoughts above, you’ll be wondering (What exactly does being a Nigerian mean?) Is it a cultural thing? A religious or a tribal problem? Why should I be sounding the way I do.
Well, this article is totally base on my experiences and struggle for survival.
My life is a series of experiences and challenges. Every single day of my life shows me how wrong things are in a nation I call my country. Unfortunately no matter what I write or say, the reality, is very different. Neither my article or frustration will be enough to make things better, either for me or others like me.
What bothers me most, is; this experiences have been legitimise into our daily living. We have totally accepted the wrongs, rebranding them to become the normal way of living. Being a Nigerian means, I can’t dream or envisioned to be a business owner, especially if am not from a rich home, or highly connected. The system have been programmed to favour only a few. The hope for the average Nigerian is a civil service job, or a standard job that will guarantee survival, with a monthly income that cannot even sustain you or a family. Civil service or what they tag a white collar job, are a modern day slave parks, no matter how good your plans are you can’t save to start a business of your own. Foreign investors, will refuse to connect with you as soon as you introduce yourself as a Nigerian, banks are not interested in financing good ideas, the rich and the highly connected hijack everything, politicians are tirelessly looting and stealing from the nation’s treasury. The effects and results of the whole thing still falls back to the average and law abiding citizen of the country (ME) and the likes of me.
I am naturally endowed with amazing ideas, skills, and abilities that could help change and affect the society positively, my dreams and aspirations to bring this ideas to fruition are gradually loosing grip and hope, as every effort made prove to be useless, since I’ve got no political class, connection or belong to the social stracter of the rich.
Everyday has become a page in my quest for survival, sourcing for funds, investors and platforms to showcase my abilities and ideas.
The country Nigeria has become a shadow of itself. Leaders are advanced fraudsters, policies are only on papers without implementation.
There was a country call Nigeria…………
To be continued…