Musings: Sometime Ago…Before 1960 – BY CHRISTIANA UKUNG ALAWA

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Christiana Ukung Alawa
Christiana Ukung Alawa

It was a pathetic state that needed a saviour..

It was a black hole that needed to be washed and allowed to sparkle…

She wasn’t a NIGERIA yet, just a young maiden with a lot of dreams, ambitions and potentials that laid helplessly in the hands of lords.

She was crowded with people who traded their own flesh and blood for a cup of tasteless coffee.

People who sold their brothers for a pair of slippers or a stick of eye pencils or their sisters for a bicycle seat.

Even their own children were exchanged for a match box. She was exploited.

coat of arms

But like the giant of Africa that she knew she was, she allowed her children fight for her, she decided to soar like the eagle and define the term CIVILIZATION in another unique way.

The same way she was pushed to the extreme and called a fool, she bounced back even wiser.

54 years after 1960, she stands tall, stronger with scars though..

Prettier with the sweat from heroes past.. And her people humming the unity song of not letting the 1960 struggles wash out in vain.

Our Nigeria is unique, from her various cultures, despite religious differences and beliefs, from her beautiful customers to her lush vegetation….And even her seren atmosphere.

She is surrounded with a people guided by the motto, Faith and Unity!

A people who obey the only call to serve their father land.. Our Nigeria is a struggling nation, no doubt, but like a new flute, her solos are long and lasting.

Show me a perfect country and I’ll show you a square box with just one side..

Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa in a hand shake
Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa in a hand shake

We all, make up NIGERIA, and our attitude towards her determines whether we are building from the “before 1960 ”struggles or we breaking the chain.

We all want the eagle to soar high and the horses to race faster even the flowers to blossom sweetly and the grass to grow greener.. It’s a collective responsibility and it starts with YOU.

Sometime before 1960, I wasn’t even born then # that’s what you probably may be thinking# but after 1960, we had the good old moonlight memories where our fore parents narrated in details.

Is never too late to wish us a happy independence…

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