An entity was founded in January 1914 when Lord Fredrick John Dealtry Lugard consolidated the Northern Protectorate, Southern Protectorate and the British Colony of Lagos to establish what we have come to know as the country, Nigeria.
Rumoured to be way above the reported figures, there are over 250 ethnic groups and about 200 million people on a landmass of 923,769 km2 cohabitating, tolerating mostly, in Nigeria.
‘to build a nation where peace and justice reign’
Surely the most populous nation in Africa and the 7th most populous in the world must have some sort of common bond to have endured the numerous threats to its existence which include but are not limited to civil wars, terror attacks, communal clashes, corruption and an economy on a constant downward spiral.
There’s a saying among the youths that goes like this
What this means is that the people of Nigeria are well aware of the numerous travails their country faces and would not welcome any unkind remarks on the state of affairs from foreigners.
Have they demonstrated this? Yes!
Nothing brings Nigerians together more than when there’s a common ‘threat ‘
Some examples that come readily to mind are the Ghana v. Nigeria arguments on social media, every time the National football team plays a game, Nigerians defending their famous jollof rice, Nigerians standing up for Burna Boy during the Coachella saga and most recently Nigerians raising funds for their favorite Big Brother Nigeria housemate.
Nigerians connect when they have a point to prove. And they got better doing this using technology.
Mobile phone technology and the internet have done more in promoting unity of mind and purpose amongst the people than any written laws or policies have since 1960.Nigerians have forced the hands of legislators against obnoxious bills, started movements on social media that caught the attention of the world e.g. #BBOG Bring Back Our Girls and have succeeded in making being a Nigerian a culture the cool kids want a bite of. Nigerian music, dance steps and movies are the biggest export markets at the moment and it looks like the way forward is UP.
The recent videos of Ikorodu Bois gaining the much deserved popularity and recognition by Netflix, Josh2Funny’s #Don’tleaveme challenge that went round the globe and the ballet dancing of a lad in the rain have only proved one thing… with technology in the hands of a Nigerian youth ‘great lofty heights ‘ will definitely be attained. Perhaps the question that begs to be answered is how far do Nigerians care to go for Nigeria as an entity to survive ?
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