I would like to start first of all, by saying that to some Nigerians, Naija isn't 'home'.
This could be for whatever reason. They might never have fully identified with the Nigerian way of life, or they have been raised abroad and thus to them, their home could be America, England, or any other country in the world.
To those Nigerians who have schooled abroad - should you come back to Naij?
I believe the answer is Yes. We have educated ourselves abroad and have gone on to work abroad for a while, using your brain power and creative potential to allow various other countries and companies flourish whilst Nigeria, that so badly needs such brainpower, starves.
In order for Nigeria to truly progress, we all need to come back 'home'. A lot of people who come back quickly get the hang of things whilst others take a little longer to adapt. Nevertheless, if you make a good network of friends and family, Nigeria is a lot more fun.
We are all gifted in many ways, academically and otherwise. It is imperative that we use such gifts in a country that not only needs our ingenious ideas but also needs a new wave of people. People who are active and no longer passive, people who are dynamic and most of all, people who are willing to put the work in.
It shall not be easy, I by no means want to paint a pretty picture, however, Nigeria believe it or not is a land of opportunity. There is so much you can do in Naija, as long as you keep striving and build the connections necessary.
I would like to go back home someday, and give back all the knowledge that I have received. Be it in outreach programmes, Academy's, or in the world of fashion.
Yes, I said fashion - just you wait!
I met a guy recently who went back to Nigeria right after his degree and got stuck in right away. Some of you might have heard of his project. The Ingenious Youth.
Here are a couple of links -http://www.ingeniusyouth.com/index.php
and the founder on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Qr33PnJkBro
In a period of five minutes I was never more amazed and inspired by any individual - kudos to him.
What I am trying to get at, is that it is not impossible. Even those that have given up hope. There is still hope for Nigeria - you.
For those who don't feel Nigerian - here's a little something for you. Come back, explore the land that you are from - see whether you like it, and if not, fair enough. Just know that Nigeria does need your help and guidance.