1 October 2016
As Nigeria marks the 56th anniversary of her independence on Saturday, October 1, there are two main reactions making the rounds on the social media; One is that of despair, the other is that of hope.
Many are of the opinion that with the current situation in the country, its 56th independence is not worth celebrating.
They buttress their opinion with the fact that 24 hours to the celebration a Nigerian needed about N500 to buy one dollar. Worse still, there is no indication in the horizon that things will improve soon.
The feeling of despair is palpable not only on social media, but also in the minds and in the hearts of a large section of Nigerians.
It has even led many to a call for a deliverance session in place of a celebration. An obvious reaction in a nation that readily turns to the divine when all other routes to success have failed.
On the flip side, Nigerians who are still hopeful speak of survival. “We are Nigerians and we are resilient; we will get through this,” they opine.
The independence day messages of hope do not deny the problems at hand and neither do they look to a deity for answers; they look instead to the things that can be done in spite of all the challenges. That despite where we are now, we can overcome.
It is not the answer that many want, but it is the answer that we need, because it is the answer that will get us to continue to fight. A fight that many countries also fought at some time in their history. Countries like the United States did not get to where they are now overnight, it took some growing and learning.
Thank goodness the new generation of Nigerians are prepared for that. While the present seems hard and tough and unyielding, the future has promise for greater things. When you reach rock bottom, the only place left for you to go is up; this is like the rockiest of bottoms we can ever hit, so all that’s left for us is to rise like the phoenix from its ashes.
Nigerian poet, Edwin Ikenna Madu, writes a very inspiring poem for the country at this crucial time:
“On this day, 56 years ago, a child was born prematurely.
But a child is still a child, so we did not throw it away.
Deformed face with limbs not fully formed, the first few years gave us hope.
That this child will live.
That this child will be fine.
And this child has lived
But this child is not fine
This child did not grow
This child I call mine
This child has some hope
Although she is dying
But a dying child is still a child, so we will not throw it away.”
Happy 56th Independence Day Nigeria: we will not throw you away.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.