Nigeria of my dreams series

Today is better than yesterday in Nigeria if you ask me: I know, no one asked me but I’m a Nigerian youth and the vibes I’ve been getting recently has made me proud to be part of this generation and part of this fight to have a better Nigeria, according to Aishatu Yesufu “A place where a child of nobody can become somebody without knowing somebody.”

This stuck with me; we have become so used to the terrible things that happen in this country to the point that we don’t even see it as “wrong.” Things like connection before getting a job rather than it being on the basis of qualification, bribing police officers even when we don’t have to, the fake description behind “bail is free”, the sexual harassments we face {a topic for another day}. These and many more wrongs we see as normal because our expectations are pretty low.

Let’s be honest, we have always wanted a better Nigeria, with better schools and better opportunities and to be a citizen worthy of emulation but sometimes the reality of our situation forces us to become somebody we would rather not be. Nigeria has become a place where people can’t even dare to dream big but dream real; imagine how disappointing it would be as an innocent child with great expectations of the future to meet the future and there’s barely a chance to make it unless you can play the game. How can you win a game when you don’t have the chips?

Nigeria as a nation doesn’t have a good image internationally, these peaceful protests has shown me that we are not bad people, we hear stories of phones returned, valuables being put up so the owners can get them, people donating and lawyers working pro bono. Our generation understands the power we have as a nation, under the rain, under the sun, people are willing to stand for what is right, it is more than you or me, it is the foundation we are building so that we have a better future and a better country for our children.

The EndSARS movement has shown us that anything is possible, that we can come together and strive for a better future, and that is a beautiful thing. We are a nation doing the best with the little that’s cycled to us. This has given the hope and rekindled the faith it is possible to make Nigeria ours, a place where we can truly and proudly call home. This movement is more than just SARS but a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the country, We are the power, and don’t forget that.