So a lot has been said by Nigerians lately about the cop killings in America, most socia
media platforms were awash with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. But that whole very sad scenario didn’t inspire this write up, this was inspired by a conversation or sort of a debate I had with my roommates a few days ago that really got me thinking.
Some students studying Chinese were discussing about how life would be for them for the next two years they’ll be in china for the exchange program, then my other roommate whom I’ll call peter asked them if they actually intended on coming back, the following conversation ensued.
Peter: so have you guys made plans on what you’ll do in china
Chinese students; plans? We are going there to study na, and we’ll be back after two years.
Peter; Ahha see this boys o, so you people actually want to come back to this ‘useless’ country, if I were you, I’d already be making plans on how I’ll ‘find my way’ over there and ‘do better thing’.
The conversation went back and forth, and the issue of the recent killings came up, but my fellow Nigerians were adamant, the belief that a greener pasture awaits them in another man’s land has been deeply enshrined in the subconscious of most of our youth. For those that want to run away, ‘nowhere wey e better o’
But then it begs the question, if we all keep going abroad to look for greener pastures, who will then develop our country?
So when we condemn the cop killings in America, and the recent attack on Nice in France, but we do not remember the 81 people massacred in Benue and many more, it makes me wonder, social injustice anywhere is social injustice everywhere, therefore it is only logical that we lend our voice to a just cause, and we were all quick to condemn the evil done abroad, even the political class were all quick to speak out, but the way we let the massacre in Benue slide is surprising, even the presidency is yet to issue an official statement on the issue as at the time of writing this article.
Does it then imply that we have no love for our country?, or that such things have become usual and warrants no reaction?, do the people on the other side also remember the wise saying that social injustice anywhere is social injustice everywhere?
The truth in essence is that the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it is greener where you water it. No matter how much we try to run away from it, the fact remains that Nigeria and Africa’s development and progress as a whole lies solely in our hands, we, the leaders of tomorrow, those that come with gifts of silver and gold always have vested interest, and end up leaving us in worse shape than they met us, if they leave us that is…
Our problem? The African mentality, that’s what we need to change, that’s one aspect of our everyday life that has got to go…typical case scenario, you’re walking down to your street from the bus stop, and then you noticed that the street before your street has light but yours doesn’t, what’s the first thought that crosses your mind? Do you hope that their light is gone like your streets’? That’s part of the problem.
I figured it’s because of the orientation of the average black man, where he has placed himself on the social ladder and not necessarily where he has been put. We have undervalued ourselves too much, our self-esteem as a continent is too low and we have no love for our continent, that is why the political class keep on clamoring for the wealth of our nation, and the people keep on trooping en masse to the white man’s land at the slightest opportunity we get, and getting branded with names, doing dishes to get by, things like that…
We cannot go far because we are at war with our selves, and thus cannot realize our full potential, we do not see past the manipulations and mind games being played on us, we simply cannot realize our worth. When it goes down to even the tiniest details, it is the white man that suffers from the lack of melanin, which we have abundantly, just like the continent is blessed abundantly, not just with natural and human resources, but also with the absence of some of mother nature’s most lethal weapons.
Why does a black man go abroad and is treated like an immigrant’ but the white man comes here and suddenly attains celebrity status?
The way forward? We need to realize certain things as a continent, only us can bring the change we seek, the self-inflicted stereotype must be torn. We are all equal, the sooner we realize that, the sooner we stop running away from our country and continent, the sooner we stay here and start thinking of ways to develop here for a better tomorrow, the better for us. Black people are strong, charismatic, and intelligent and have the capability of achieving greatness, but these qualities are innate in us, we need to start thinking, Rene Descartes said ‘I think, therefore I am!’.
I felt the need to write this because I believe in Africa, I’m black and I’m proud of it! our culture, our heritage, its something to be proud of.
Black is beautiful
Black is confident
Black is better!
Black isn’t just a skin color, it’s an attitude, the all in one package, and do not be deceived, nor suffer from any kind of inferiority complex, we are the most hardworking set of people I know and I believe our future as one continent depends on our ability to work together for a better tomorrow.
‘The love of God transcends all races, creeds, religions, beliefs and ethnicity, we exist because God loves us all, and all men are equal before God. The love of God is what man needs’.