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Dialogue Uno

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Lady G: Hi.
Mrs. A: Hello. how are u?
G: good. u dont remember me, do you?
A: im really sorry. I’m new here tho.
G: yes nao, it is u. is it not u that ur husband just got a federal govt contract worth hundreds of millions? Shebi ur kids now attend greensprings. U people’s house is even the finest in the estate. Ah! my sister, I envy u o. So what do u do? m sure u r not a house wife. I dont think u have registered with the women’s association in this estate? it’s not like those people even do anything serious, it’s only talk talk, amebo. Can u imagine, Mrs. Amodu organized one very big party like that, and u won’t believe her husband didn’t show up. he was in his room all thru. Me I knew something was nor right. My sister, after me I chopped buffet free, I left o. Because my husband doesn’t like all these women gatherings. Chei. men r wicked o. I heard later from the amebos that he slipped in one hotel bathroom. only God knows what he was doing there. My sister, dont let me delay u jare. maybe ur off to work. Ah, see me, it’s past 10, u can’t be going to work. do u own a shop? what side are you going? U dont have a driver?

You have only one shot at a ‘killer line’. What would it be?

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MY Dream NAIJA

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This is definitely a throwback, but then still holds water, whenever…

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Today, the 15th of April, 2012, a warm hot Sunday it is, i pick up my pen, figuratively speaking and begin to write this book I have always intended. A book about Nigeria, its present, obvious and not-very-known problems, the experiences Nigerians have faced and are still facing, especially the youth as well as the possible solutions to these problems. I intend that this book will reach Nigerians, far and wide and also help in contributing to the development and growth of the country, which is the ultimate goal of this project. I, with this book, hope that the message of the Nigerian youth be passed across to our leaders, that their voices and cries are heard, that the challenges they face in schools, societies in general, within and outside the labour market and in the Diaspora are brought to the public’s notice and most importantly, solutions are proffered.

There are several issues bothering and hindering the capacity and capability of a large number of the Nigerian youth, hence, the stagnant growth of the country. It should be known that the undermining of an individual’s capacity and capability eventually leads to failure. According to the Structural-Functionalist theorists, the proper or adequate functioning of an organism or structure is as a result of the perfect conditions of the structures or bits that make up such an organism or system. In essence, the cohesion of several units performing their roles makes up a system in its best form. I always tell people, everyone is a pace-setter. We all have the ability to do what no one has done before and if we so do very much, others simply want to follow. Start something today, meaningful or not, pleasant or not, legal or not, and thousands of people follow suit. This thus makes you a pace-setter. However, the type of legacies we leave should be those in which everyone would love to be remembered for.

Nigeria seems to me like a broken pot that can be mended with the right proportion and mixture of clay/adhesive. The positive attitude and contributions of people of my generation towards the growth of this country in the right proportion is the much needed adhesive to cement the broken pot. This generation is a thinking one and is revolutionary in nature, I suppose. Nigerian youth need to speak up and let their voices be heard. Actions they say, speak louder than voice. I was also taught sometime ago that the hands that work are far better than lips that pray. Words won’t do all of it. Yorubas would say ‘enu oshe’ (Words alone won’t solve a problem). We need to Stand Up and Stand right!

We all hope for a better Naija, and we all will strive for a better country. I hope for my country to return to free accessible quality education; for our government to be corrupt-free; for good roads; for clean free water; for better houses and homes for all and sundry. I hope that in a few years, Nigerian Universities will be ranked among the best in the world. I hope for a Nigeria where my freedom of speech is highly respected. I hope for a country with a just judicial system. A system that actually supports free and fair elections.  A system that can fairly and justly attend to and cater to rape victims. I hope for a sensible and reasonable government, one that wouldn’t praise ‘thieves’ and rub their deeds on our faces. I hope for a country where the truth isn’t swept under the rug because a High Chief is involved or a politician. I hope for that country where lives of its people are not compromised for money. I hope for a country in which merit is put before anything. I HOPE FOR A BETTER NIGERIA!