Sitting at the window with my hand resting on its sill
I am staring outside at the beauty of nature
This place is peaceful but out there is war
Man pitting war against his fellow
Women spiting each other
Power abused like codeine
Love, no place for it in a world that chooses to ignore it
Tearing kindness and chewing off innocent children
Our lands are decaying
Our culture becoming extinct.
Bibiana Ossai © 2017.
It was a sunny afternoon and someone had ruined my day when I decided to excuse myself to let out some steam because I do not find it necessary to exchange words with people who do not know when or when not to speak. This day for an unusual reason aroused my interest towards the prevalent issues that have been existing in this country even before my generation, although I am not one to indulge myself in political discussions and I do not want to sound critical of the Nigerian government because I am just a neutral fellow who believes in the good of the land.
Two important issues faced in Nigeria are Corruption and unemployment. Corruption has eaten deep like a cankerworm in Nigeria such that the very obvious ones claim to be the very innocent ones and that is what amazes me; when you have been cut red-handed but still deny being the one in the act.
“Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.”
A thirsty man must quench his thirst by all means regardless of whom he has to trample upon to get even as small as a drop of water. Corruption is now resting at the foundation of Nigeria’s growth, a country positioned as 144th out of 177 countries measured in Corruption Perception Index. I remember during the start period of recession, people kept complaining about how everything was falling apart whereas there were others spending billions like pure water. Apart from the government eating more than a thief, our fellow citizens are also a part of this problem as you have traders selling sub-standard products or tripling prices so as to get double their profits while the pockets of their buyers are squeezed dry.
Regarding unemployment, it is really saddening to see young people who have spent part of their lives working hard to gain a degree roam the streets of Lagos and other states in Nigeria. People who are gainfully employed or are opportune to have a steady source of income claim that there is enough opportunity for everyone out there. Not that I do not agree but the fact is how many paying jobs can actually feed a family in Nigeria? The fault is not entirely on the government but also schools who fail to teach their students vocational skills that will make them worthy of a quality job.
Many Nigerian graduates did not learn good skills during their studies. They were busy reading only textbooks without knowing the applications of what they read.
-The Nigerian Observer.
With this understanding that no matter how bad the issues get in Nigeria, there are people who make the best out of it so I say to myself, “why can’t I be part of the few enjoying wealth despite the state of the nation?” No matter how condescending the situation of Nigeria is, there are avenues created by private organisations or individuals to create opportunities for each class of its citizens such as SAED, an entrepreneurship avenue for Nigerian youths to learn one or more skills that will improve their chances out there in the labor market among others. As for Corruption being eradicated, it will take years as long as the stubborn flies keep going back to their shit.
Therefore, Nigeria is where it is today because of the government and its people because I believe if we can all rewire our mentalities and channel our goals and positivity towards the growth of this country without self-ambitions and satisfaction of selfish desires, this great country will finally attain the heights faster than it would in say 50 years. Photo Credit: Bibiana Ossai.
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Break up, make up, tear each other apart
Where do we stand?
For how long are we going to bear the burden of our feelings?
Even with the distance that pushes us apart.
Continue reading “My Kind of Love Story.”
East meets West, North meets South
Happy finds joy, Love finds life
At first sight, I pray we fall in love
An everlasting oath to be cherished
To confront death and be bound by joy
What other soulful conviction is there
than a love that unites and lights two different worlds?
Continue reading “Wildflower Love.”
“We Will Rise” is a CNN film that showcases young women overcoming incredible odds to change their lives and do extraordinary things in their society. It is a mission by Michelle Obama, America’s first lady with the help of other strong women like CNN’s Isha Sesay, Meryl Streep and Freida Pointo. We Will Rise is one of the most compelling film-documentary that I watched in the last days of year 2016 and it made me realise that despite the fact Nigeria is evolving in so many great ways, there are a lot to be done to improve eradicate educational discrimination in some parts of the country.
Continue reading “Becoming Somebody II.”
Mama, I hear the field is green and the roses are red
The wildflowers are growing in the farmlands and
I just wonder when the girls will be one, Mama
When will the girls be like the boys?
Free like the air with a voice of authority
When will I truly live?
Mama, why cannot the girls be like Papa,
Working day and night to be somebody
Let me run till my feet grow weary
Let me fly till my wings grow faint
There is more to me as there is to life but
Doing nothing and being ill-informed is going to eat me up like a canker worm
Tell me Mama, am I just a sold out slave to nothing and everybody?
A help mate you say I am but how can I help when
I am just a bag of culture, religion, norms and limitations.
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Photo Credit: Diva Diaries.
Bibiana Ossai © 2016.
Inspired by – Okut p’Bitek; the cry of Lawino.
Her heart so soft
Her tear so melting
Her beauty so striking
Her carriage dashing.
She is as breakable as an egg
Precious yet as an egg
She is the source of production
Goddess of the earth.
Continue reading “Pains of a Woman.”
ArtxLagos an International Art Fair was able to unite Africa in one building as it was the first of its kind in West Africa. The event took place in Civic Centre located at Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island Lagos on the 4th to 6th of November, 2016. Art xLagos featured the works of 65 African artists from various African countries with 14 exhibitors. The three-day event saw artists, patrons, collectors and lovers of art from all works of life. It also saw over “30 local and International speakers delivering talks and conversations on the unwavering growth of African art in the global art scene and how African creative economy can lead to the rise of reshaping the African narrative” http://www.artxlagos.com
Continue reading “ARTXLAGOS: Expose on African Culture.”
My dear Nigeria, you gloat with eloquence
while gazing at your fantasies that are years to come.
You exist in the suburbs of a dysfunctional world
Your innocence raped by corruption.
Far from a distant future even with the speed of your shining cars
I wonder how long people of different classes will continue to strive
in an atmosphere echoing nothing but noise and suffering
A weather harsh for agenda setting.
Continue reading “My Dear Nigeria.”
Born Eagles, birth to fly
With wings trained to soar
Let us stand strong together
As we face head-on the disparity
that causes poverty.
Continue reading “We Are Nigeria.”