October 1st just went by and I keep asking myself, what are we celebrating, 55 years of independence or 55 years of living in dependence?
Don’t get me wrong, I love Nigeria. I see how far we’ve come but I think we can do better. Back then, when the colonial masters forced themselves on us we found a way to still be ourselves. We loved our culture. We respected them but we evangelized our culture to them. Our culture is what is interesting about us. The diversity, the people, the natural resources etc. are the things people see about us that attracts them but what have we done with it?
I always talk about how the children of the rich hardly ever amount to much beyond their parent’s achievements. You doubt it? Then answer the next 2 questions, what is so amazing about Bill Gates child? What have we heard about Steve Job’s child? Most often they thrive on the legacy of their parents and probably run it down. They are hardly innovative and I think this is the syndrome Nigeria is suffering from. What should we call it? Abundance Blindness Syndrome or Abundance Block Syndrome (ABS). The creative and innovative block/illness suffered as a result of abundance. You have too much and you are careless about it. You feel relaxed because you are blessed/lucky. We need to rise above it.
Look at America, what did they ever have? Everything they currently own was built from scratch. It was conceived by the mind, the mind of people who knew they had nothing and wanted to have everything. People who are doing everything to be truly independent. Hunger, suffering, poverty and the thirst for wealth spurs creativity. Ask BasketMouth (Bright Okpocha) and he’ll tell you how hunger was a great inspiration.
The likes of Ben Carson, Steve Jobs, Robert Kiyosaki, Nike Okundaye, Genevieve Nnaji, Oprah Winferey, think of the great names or read their stories, they had to deal with a level of pain, suffering or poverty and somehow this created a defining moment in their lives.
We are at this point where failure is beginning to frustrate us. We have to make good use of our defining moment. This defining moment is the bridge between excellence and mediocrity or failure. We have to make up our minds as individuals to quit our average mentality or the mentality that foreigners are better than us. We have to decide as individuals to be excellent in everything we do. I’d write something soon on THE PESTFRIEND CALLED AVERAGE. We are stronger than we know. We have to translate our mistakes, failure and pain to exceptional success. We need to stop depending on everyone but ourselves to be great. Greatness lies in us. TRUE INDEPENDENCE START FROM YOU.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE MY FRIEND,
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE NIGERIA.