The Next Big Thing -National Rebirth

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Deolu Akinyemi

Patriotism

I have not had much sleep in the last 48hrs, I have been working hard with a few colleagues at arriving as close to perfection as possible on a project many of us are working on. My patriotism and desire for my nation and it’s unique people’s development is undeniable. I decided to venture into a book I wrote over a year ago that still remains unpublished. The title of the book is “10 things you should consider before choosing a career”. I don’t know if it happens to you, but I feel eerie when I read what I wrote long ago, I feel like it wasn’t me… and perhaps it really wasn’t.

One of my objectives for writing that book back then, was to help in Nation building and national rebirth. Today, my heart goes out to Nigeria and I think the thoughts in the book are still as powerful now, as they were when I wrote them. Read the entire clip from the book here.

When a soup is unpalatable, and the paste of the pounded yam that goes with it is not smooth, that is the time to know a man who loves to eat pounded yam. –Nigerian proverb

True patriotism is only detected when things are really bad! Many Nigerians, who have run away today, will soon come back when things start taking shape. The cry is for a vibrant nation, full of potentials and maximizing its potentials, a nation where its people can trample over themselves in Diaspora to come back to. While the principles set forth here are valuable to any community, it is my sincere desire that it will help my country to birth its next generation of leaders. People fully utilized in their primary interests, a people secure enough to burn the bridges of survival as they progress towards significance and national impact.

At this moment my mind flashes back to a video I watched some months back. A writer went to the open seas to meditate. He was out to see something that could free him from his writer’s block, and get the pages rolling. He had made a commitment with himself to show up at this beach everyday for the next 3 days. On the very first day everything seemed pretty normal, until precisely 2pm in the afternoon. A certain young man approached the waters, bent down, picked something up, ran forward and swung his arm towards the waves. He kept running back and forth each time repeating the same sequence; bent down, picked something up, ran forward and swung his arm towards the waves. The writer did not make much of it, he gathered his thoughts together, and later left.

The writer was back by the beach again the next morning, everything seemed pretty normal, until by 2pm again, this certain young man came again and resumed his dance, or what looked from afar like a dance. Out of curiosity, this writer decided to approach him. On getting closer, he discovered that rather than a dance, this man was doing something really strange. As the waves came in and returned to the sea, they carried millions of seashells with them. These small creatures if not returned to the water immediately would get scorched by the sun and die. The writer watched, after it seemed like eternity had passed, and bewildered by this apparent lunacy, he decided to ask the ‘dancer’ a question. “There are millions of seashells on the shore, by picking them one by one for an hour; do you think you can make a difference?” The ‘dancer’, without hesitating in his strides or discontinuing his work, ran back towards the shore, picked up a seashell, ran towards the water and swung the seashell towards the waves. As it landed in the water he smiled and replied, it sure makes a lot of difference to that one! The writer was deeply touched and joined the routine. 5 days after his commitment ended, he was probably still back in that place, helping to make all the difference in the world to one little seashell.

I may not be able to save all the seashells on the seashore, I may not be able to make a difference to all, but that should not stop me from making a world of difference to just a few fortunate ones, and who knows-the world may join me.

We can make this country great, one person at a time! Not tomorrow when everything is smooth and good, NOW!

When a soup is unpalatable, and the paste of the pounded yam that goes with it is not smooth, that is the time to know a man who loves to eat pounded yam. –Nigerian Proverb

{The next big thing has nation building as it’s primary objective, giving Nigeria and Nigerians a better image at home and abroad and reducing poverty in the land… it will be unveiled this week, watch out for it}

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