Go and write it down somewhere, 15-20yrs from now, Nigeria will be one of the most desired countries in the world. The Nigerian VISA will be more priced and more scarce than that of Dubai. People will literally kill to visit, and people will smile and get excited about you, when they hear that you are a Nigerian. What Nigeria will be is not like anything that presently exists. The men and women, boys and girls who will be remembered for their parts in this struggle of selflessness are the ones I urge to cast their votes for a New Nigeria here. Don’t join the bandwagon, think about it, and say YES!!! Say yes to a New Nigeria, say YES to the Nigeria of our dreams. It is a struggle that will require sacrifice, patience, strategy, persistence, courage and strong desires. But we will make it! Not can, WILL. And I, Adeolu Akinyemi together with You will be part of the success story of the New Nigeria.
This is a clarion call to all those who believe that something good can still come out of Nigeria. That we can team up with our little drops and make a mighty ocean. That together we can raise a force of African Role Models, that have the capacity to cause change in Nigeria and Africa at large. Just recently, I was reading the blog of a friend, and I saw prophecies/perspectives from a guy about further doom for Nigeria, and I wondered…it is true that the only thing that good needs to do for evil to prosper is not shine. Silence is the crime of good. Let me remind you, no matter how comfortable you feel as second class citizens in another mans land, home will forever be more appealing if things are done right.
There is no future for Nigeria outside of us, we are the future, and if we play the games that our fathers did, leaving the stage for the guys whose only claim to power is via the privilege of having ever handled a gun, then we mortgage the futures of our children. Near of far, abroad or here, we will live and die as Nigerians.
A friend of mine presently in the UK, considered me worthy of being the first she’ll discuss this with. She read my mind, I’m interested, and I think some people who read this blog are too. This is an opportunity for us to register our interest or perhaps lack of it and why. Just put your thoughts and comments here, and lets inform others. Eventually we might need to move from here into a forum of our own…but for now, lets know who is interested.
Excepts from mail 1 from Yinka…
I’ve had something on my mind for a while and i thought i’d just ask your take on it. I came back to school to study development economics because i want to get involved in the development of Nigeria at some future point in my life. I realise that the skill set required for building Nigeria must be multi-faceted and i just decided that economics is the angle i want to aproach it from. Obviously this building up requires people with complementary skills and a common vision and purpose to make it work and the idea of getting in touch with people who are interested in developing particular skills which will be beneficial to addressing the problems in Nigeria and who will follow through in applying those skills appropriately came to my mind. Personally, i think a lot of Nigerians have good intentions and have tried their best when in positions of power but their efforts didn’t have the desired impact cause they couldn’t build the necessary momentum on their own.
Essentially i was wondering if you knew people who are willing to lay down their own self interests and get together to do something. I’m not thinking in line of a club with a motto and regular meetings or some charitable organisation…been there done that. I’m thinking more of a network of people who are aiding and monoitoring each other’s progress in acquiring the necessary human and physical capital and who are actively making inroads into the corridors of power…not a political group per say although that has to be an essential ingredient to the whole mix but a group that is ready to get its hands dirty at every level….i hope you catch my drift and everything i’ve said sounds a bit coherent. Will give you a call as soon as i get a response in the affirmative. I’m sorry if my mail sounds very formal…i’ve been reading too many academic journals….. Take care and reply soon,ok.
Are you qualified, willing and able?