Today the 1st of October, 2013 is the day of Independence in Nigeria. Seriously, I don't know what exactly to write and how to start. I also don't want to do the usual history post, there are thousands of site that will better explain Nigeria's history. This article is a very random one. I write as ideas come into my head.
Nigeria as a country became independent on the 1st of October, 1960. Nigeria is a country with 36 six states and a several ethnic group, over 250, with Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo been the three major groups.
The official language of Nigeria is English although she has more than 500 cataloged languages.
The Nigerian flag was designed in 1959 but hoisted in 1960. Its colors are middle white, bounded by a green. The green represents abundance in natural wealth and forests, while the white represents peace.
That's how much of much of history I can take, let's face reality.
Nigeria is blessed beyond major; with natural resources and hardworking people. Although the advent of oil has shifted the focus from agriculture, and has caused a lot of tension over the years starting with the Niger Delta crisis and Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Nigeria has remained united. With insurgence such as the Boko Haram and the corruption in the political system which has over time marginalized the nation, speculations have it that Nigeria will cease to become one nation come 2015.
Anyways, that will be all for the challenges of Nigeria.
I can boldly say that the average Nigerian is hard working. We are survivors, we do not give up easily, we are known all over the world, and we conquer where ever we go.
The typical life of a Nigerian man wakes up in the morning goes to work, come back late and strive to provide for his family. In the traditional setting, the man is meant to provide for the family while the woman looks after the children. In a more modern setting, both the man and wife contribute to the family financially.
Nigerians take pride in their culture, parents take time to advice their children (although this is reducing by the day). There have been controversies if a child should be caned or not, but believe me these canes have done a lot of good. The average Nigerian child is respectful and intelligent.
Generally, the Nigerian environment and society has trained its citizens to survive in any situation of life. We definitely do not have the best of technology (amongst the least), infrastructure, educational facilities, but we have the best of minds and brains.
Rich or Poor, Young or Old, Nigerians know how to have fun, how be happy, and how to enjoy themselves.
That's all, hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment about what you think.
God bless Nigerian, Happy Independence.