At the end, only a disruption will save Nigeria
This is my first medium post and I will try to make it simple and short.
I am 32 years old and I have a great distaste for politics especially in Nigeria.
For decades I’ve had my dreams of what Nigeria could be. I’ve dreamt of a country with uninterrupted power and water supply, a country with good transportation infrastructure, a country with a growing middle class. For decades I dreamt and for decades I’ve been disappointed.
Now, I wake up from that dream.
Having studied all the government transitions from since I was born, all the promises to make Nigeria better — creating an environment to support the development and prosperity of her citizens have fallen flat to the ground. Decades of corruption, shortsightedness, and the lack of maintenance culture in the bloodstream of many governmental operations leave only a few to benefit from the many endowments of Nigeria.
In 2016, we are talking a minimum wage of less than $60 a month. How can an average citizen ever save enough to own a home, a car or take an overseas trip to experience developed societies? What about the ridicule of the Nigerian passport?
Not long ago, my family came to visit me in California. My sister, her husband and their boys went through the immigration within minutes. My mom right behind them had to go for additional screening. Why? The former held Canadian passports, the later held Nigerian Passport. You get the point. But is it possible to rebrand this identity overseas without a drastic socioeconomic improvement on the homefront?
With the current trend — low oil prices — millions of youths with no jobs, no savings — What is the hypothesis we can draw for Nigeria say ten or twenty years from now?
In God we trust, but even non believing countries are performing for their Citizens. Nigeria needs to put its faith to work. The Nigeria we want tomorrow is the one we paint in our minds today. The Nigerian government alone can’t solve the Nigerian problem. They need to make alliances with visionary leaders in the marketplaces to create solutions that solve local problems. We also need to inspire our youths, develop their minds and empower them to create for a preferred future.
Actually, the Nigerian problem is not that difficult to solve. All it will take — a disruption.
I’ve been studying disruptions for the last decade. From the wave of iPods to Instagram, Teslas, Space X, and I think Nigeria is ripe for one. I heard about Abuja demo day, I hope its not some copy cat propaganda but that real and sustainable solutions will deliver.
If my post makes sense, please do let me know and if you know anyone in the Nigerian Senate or House, share my post with them. And if they are ever in California, I’ll be glad to present them with an expose’ which will hopefully inspire and enlighten on how the future of Nigeria could be redefined.
Till my next, do have a good one 😊