Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Why should I care?

Because whether you like it or not, if you have not been blessed with dual - nationality we are a disgrace in the worlds eyes.

We were spared any negative introductions by the commentators at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but we are not free from the worlds comments and opinions.

We are seen as one of 3 things:

1) Corrupt
2) Fraudulent
3) Backward

As much as it is amusing to watch TV shows where they star some far away silly made up Prince from Nigeria, or a Nigerian corporation or in some cases we have been used as the name of a con played on corporations, it isn't all that amusing.

All of those roles had a thread - Fraud and Corruption.
To be honest it sometimes hurts. It hurts to show your green passport when traveling and have them double check your visa page, just in case. It also hurts that if you want to convert money at the Bureau de Change, Naira has not made it.

Out of all the African countries, we have the most resources, the most money and the most political pull to get on it. However as corruption plague the government and its people, and people seek to be selfish, we can never progress. We won't ever get the internal economic balance and infrastructure to be noticed for good things.

You should care because your children have to live with the nationality.

You should care because you should like to see your country be recognised for the great things that it should be.

You should care because it saddens me to think that a country that has such potential has too many problems.

As much as we can blame the government, at the end of the day its up to us to incite change, educate ourselves and give back.

Hoarding all the money, resources and connections could serve you well personally, but ultimately it will bite you in the ass; in the various forms I have depicted above and in various other ways.

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