I had alot of things to type till I got here, my fingers started wrestling with my keypad. My mind, plain blank.
I had thoughts to talk about rape, no, that’s too common now, it would just be another “trend talk, my mind said. I had thoughts of talking about how scared and terrified many citizens of Nigeria are, how frustrated and depressed the average Nigerian is. That’s a good one but how would I start, considering the fact that I am still point blank…
Okay, let me start from where I can, that’s let me start from “somewhere”.
As a young woman, my mind tried to trace back how Nigeria became this way. Stripped of everything she had, looking at her citizens hopelessly and helplessly like a young woman being raped (sorry, I had to attach the “trend talk”) . How did she become this way? I had no idea of so much that happened in history but I knew that Nigeria was better in the 1960’s and 1970’s than it is now in 2020. How and why did it become worse? I tried to look at the situation and then trace the problem. I wasn’t a news person (still not a news person though and I know it’s bad). But when I sat in a gathering of people, I listened, I observed. “Nigeria is in debt!!!”, some would say. “The country has borrowed so much and can not pay back so it’s affecting our economy”. I also would hear “Oil is our major and only source of finances and income in this country, now it has depreciated, the country is ‘broke’ . Others pointed it to the leaders ruling us. All the statements or assumptions as to why our dear country became this way was right.
Nigeria was dying out but we as her hopeful citizens were positive it could get better. Well, not everyone had this optimistic mindset though. The state of our country at first affected those with families, children to take care of, then , it found its way into the youths, people who didn’t have anyone to cater for but themselves, still had difficulties feeding themselves no matter how hard they worked. You have to imagine the heartbreak when you know that no matter how had you worked, you couldn’t get something tangible at the end of the day. The citizens had lost hope. Weary and tired. The environment wasn’t friendly and it was expected of the citizens to be of good cheer and exhibit great values. Perhaps, I wouldn’t have been up into this topic if the situations didn’t ultimately affect me. Selfish? Well, call it whatever you like but the fact is it affects us all. This article didn’t lead anywhere, obviously because I had to start “somewhere”, so I would as well end “somewhere” too. I didn’t give a solution to Nigeria’s problem, because I just didn’t have any in mind, I just wanted to discuss something affecting a lot of persons – Nigeria’s issues. At least, I the writer and you the reader could feel the same way, the same tired and frustrated way and perhaps you could do better than me! Have a solution!