Wednesday, 1 October 2008

miss independence

Arise, O compatriots
Nigeria's call obey
To serve our Fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom

Peace and unity.

I haven't sang that in so very long.

I remember once as a child we had to go to a ceremony. My dad told my mother that all his children must know the words to the national anthem off by heart.

I must have been a bit older than 5 years old.

Even though I am not there anymore,
I still know those words now,
Simply because they are etched in my heart.

To your 48 years
I hear that you've been taking care of people since at least 9000 BC
To the fact that you look after about 148 million people now
Within your 36 states
Apparently you are the 8th most populous country
So when I think of all how long and how many you have nurtured
I am filled with pride.

You survived the Portuguese explorers
You survived the colonial rule of the British Empire
You survived the disequilibrium of military rule
You are silent even now as you cope with crippling corruption
Still yours is a land fueled with resources and rich in its traditions
But when I think of all the egocentricities you’ve borne
I am filled with sadness.

Apparently you are the 32nd largest country
They say your regional power cannot be ignored
That you are one of the Next Eleven
A country with an economy with great potential
So what, that China may get there before us?
Our progress is not a race but we will get there
‘Slow and steady’ my mother used to say
I hope we can help you realise your potential
I hope that in doing so we will realise ours
So when I think of what we could achieve in solidarity
I am filled with hope.

Happy Independence Day

God willing, I shall see my beloved Nigeria at Christmas.

23 comments:

Miss Definitely Maybe 1 October 2008 at 13:03  

First!!!!!!!!!!!
and i read the post first before i wrote my comment !!

Happy Independence to you, its a pity in the UK you wont get the long holiday

Shubby Doo 1 October 2008 at 13:08  

@miss DM - i heard that they got a 3 day holiday...i couldn't believe my friend in Lagos when i read her IM...

i was just like i wish!

aloted 1 October 2008 at 13:16  

wow..i like ur approach...looking at the positive of our dear country.

Happy independence day and i wish i had holiday too over here:(

wearing a green and white top today to celebrate ;-)

Naapali 1 October 2008 at 13:36  

I wish Nigeria Independence Day today, I have decided to drop the happy since we have been saying that for 48 yrs. Right now I will just settle for independence.

(vixenchick) 1 October 2008 at 13:39  

hey babe just dropping by to show some love! and i added you to my blog roll i hope you dont mind!

vixen

Carlang 1 October 2008 at 14:11  

Hurray.
Nigeria's 48.
It's supposed to be a good thing.
I'm supposed to be delighted for my Mother country.
And i am i suppose..

It's just that...
well..
She is 48...
Pretty impressive...

But why do i feel older and more matured than her?

Omotee! 1 October 2008 at 14:21  

yeah, happy independence! am hopeful too, things can always get better.
i am soooo patriotic, by that i mean, am wearing green and white, even my eyeshadow na green! and i wont throw any dirt on the roads! thats patriotic

@MDM,shubby doo:
yeah, we got 3 days holiday! just like xmas. i am just faffing around the place!

simeone 1 October 2008 at 15:07  

true naija patriot..
yes o we had 3 whole days of sleeping and blogvilling....

Shubby Doo 1 October 2008 at 15:13  

@simeone - 3 days off now and christmas is just around the corner...mehnnnnn...not fair

p.s
did i also 4get to say that my friend said the idea was backwards in her IM...no mind me jare it is just bad belles :)

Shubby Doo 1 October 2008 at 15:23  

@omotee - you got 3 days off and you are just faffing...you mean for the whole 3 days… as in that is how u spent your 5day w/e… *sigh*...i need to move back home...Nywayz...do go out and enjoy!

p.s
hurray 4 true patriotism

@carlang - damn...if every one can get all excited about madonna's 50th birthday plus the fact that she was snogging the face of britney and christina in her forties...you better get excited about this!!!

p.s
it is not her that you are older and more mature than...it is her people as a collective...bcos we are not that...we are yet to think as one...personally I sometimes think we'd have to wait for the borg to assimilate us for that to happen...yikes...now that is a sombre thought!

@vixenchick - thanks hun. i am flattered.

@naapali - i know...i know… I dream of that… i look back at its history and it has already been thru so much... Now I hope it frees itself from those who still think they are at liberty to keep on abusing it… i wish 4 its independence 2… but nothing in this life is an absolute…

p.s
does that mean on your bday i can't say happy bday naapali?...hmmm….sorry but...i don't care how many years people have been saying it 2 u i will add my own ‘happy’ bday

sometimes it is the spirit behind the word(s)… behind the thought…that helps us remember to keep moving forward… to keep striving for something better…even if it is just for an instant…even if it is just for 2day…the few working hard towards a good future 4 all will be cheered on as they carry on towards the goal… hopefully today a few others will join them

@aloted - you go girl...sport the green white green spirit with pride

Jaycee 1 October 2008 at 15:24  

Beautiful...really beautiful. I believe today we can start hoping for genuine independence, we haven't really had that before...as long as the people are still in the chains of corruption. But the captives are slowly being set free...

The youth are turning things around...

Nigerians 4 change 1 October 2008 at 15:25  

I think this is a poem that needs to be viewed by a larger audience. Permit me to share on the Nigerians4Change blog.

Uzezi 1 October 2008 at 15:37  

i love 9ja, and i love it more when i read such remarkable write ups about Her. This our country and how love for it will be the determination that will make it the best country not only in Africa, but in the world. Only time will tell.

ShonaVixen 1 October 2008 at 15:54  

Happy Independence to you Naija!!Her children rock!!

rethots 1 October 2008 at 16:23  

Peace and honour to her..........

Rita 1 October 2008 at 20:16  

Happy Independence day to you...

At some point in my life I forgot the words of the anthem becos I lost faith...but things have changed in my heart...

I really like your write up about Nigeria. It gives me hope. I pray Nigeria could reflect on these words for herself.

Ms Sula 1 October 2008 at 21:26  

That was a beautiful tribute!

Funny, Nigeria shares a birthday with my Daddy!

Remi, United Kingdom 1 October 2008 at 22:07  

Meeeen, I have not seen that song for a looooooooooong time.. Happy Independence day!!!

We use to sing that every single morning afternoon and evening assembly.. I miss home... sniff sniff... I pray our country will become the great nation, it is supposed to be. New beginings...

Hope u're doing good.
much love

naijalines 1 October 2008 at 23:09  

Nigeria shares a birthday with my timeless crush 'H'

But unlike him, Nigeria our beloved country leaves me cold.

Wish I could share your positive vibe today but too much 'realism' of poverty, corruption and suffering.

'Like the post though.

Sele Akobo(curvyice) 2 October 2008 at 06:27  

I love this stuff u put together. With pride i say I am Nigerian..and i would sing those lines over and over again.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY IN AREAS...

OluwaDee 3 October 2008 at 08:31  

"I hope we can help you realise your potential
I hope that in doing so we will realise ours"

lovely piece.

U coming home 4 xmas??????????

N.I.M.M.O 3 October 2008 at 13:03  

I liked this.

Positive. Powerful.

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