#Independenceday - Musings Of A Nigerian Teenager.

Here's a throwback piece on Nigeria.

Photo - Image Faculty.

The nation of 'Up Nepa' and 'Our Transformer don blow'
The nation of Danfo stickers that read 'God dey' 'No be me na papa God' 'Wabilahi Taofek'.

A peculiar nation. The nation of Azikwe, Bola Ige, Soyinka, Achebe, Saro Wiwa, Dele Giwa, Ironsi, Gani Fawehinmi. *raises celebration glass*
The nation where PHCN unfailingly sends a monthly bill, despite my being on alternative electricity 23 1/2 hours of each day. The only country where cars from all around the manufacturing world daily grace our pot holled roads.
The nation of "...omo Naija ni mi. Naija l'obi mi si. Naija ni mo ti bere si ni ka ABC..."
The only nation of the sprinting olympics worthy gala/recharge card/tom tom/handkerchief/pirated cd's/car charger hawkers.

The nation of 'I better pass my neighbor generators'
The Green and White Nation
The nation of wazobia
The nation of overtly religious men and women forever waiting for their own 'big break'
The nation of Kilishi, Suya and Mr Biggs
The nation of ridiculous and pointless 'go slow'
The nation of owo, ego, kudi
The nation of Fela, Fuji, King Sunny Ade, Lagbaja, Dagrin
The nation of 'Owambes' and 'aso ebi'

923,768 Square kilometers of 521 languages
Home of eba, amala, iyan, lafu, tuwo, akpu, kunu, zobo, afang soup, egusi and miyan yakuwa.
The nation of THISDAY style and Elan
Oh great Nigeria of Okin biscuits and Olasco films
The nation that survived the Biafra war and the Abacha regime

Nigeria is all these things and a carton of Indomie noodles
The only place we outdo ourselves with the non-existent level of enthusiasm and optimism
Nigeria I hail thee.

Bunmi Victoria Adegboye.


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