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My People, My Land

As a little girl I loved the smell of the earth, wet, dry, however it came. Somehow it reminded me that I was home, on my land, a place that I’ve always loved. I’m all grown up now and the love I have for my land has grown with me. I do not see land as just sand, stones, grass and trees, when I’m done telling this story you’ll understand why.
My country Nigeria is one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, my people however are rated one of the happiest group of people on earth, but no one has heard our story, no one knows our trials, struggles and problems as a people.
As Nigerians, joy is our watch word, we believe being sad cannot change your situation, on the other hand our motto is “Hard work brings liberation”. Undoubtedly, bad eggs live among us, they desperately want to get rich quick and will use any means to make sure they do. Their constant appearance on world news headlines has turned the face of the world from us. Now we have to prove our worth before we are reckoned with. “Has it weighed us down” you might ask, the answer is No! It has made us stronger.
Nigeria is home to over 150million people, hardworking, loving and joyful people, normal people who feel the pressures of life but do not break under it, people who want to prove that they are better than the world says they are, people who work to make sure that their children live good lives, free of all the external judgments and untrue conclusions.
I have great admiration for my people because they always seem to rise against adversities and push forward no matter what happens in our government and no matter what people say or do to us. For me, my land is everything a land should be because of its colorful, happy, and hardworking people.

Comments

Mwierenga's picture

Beautiful!

Thank you for sharing this! I must admit that I do not know much about Nigeria and have never been to any country in Africa. Your description of the people and how joy is your "watch word" was very moving to me. I am so glad to learn that you are surrounded by some of the happiest people on earth, which makes me want to learn more and hear more about your part of the world. What does the earth smell like to you?
Thank you.
Marlies

Okhianosen's picture

beautiful in deed!

Thank you Marlies, first of all i'll tell you that earth smells like life to me, to be honest this is something that i can't find the words to explain further. i'll definately write more about Nigeria, so that you can see her through my eyes. Most times you get to hear just one side of the story, but like Chimamanda Adichie says, There is danger in a single story. Stay blessed.

Osuide...J

Mwierenga's picture

Earth - life! Love it!

It's a good thing that earth smells like life to you! Perfect description! My Dad is a soil scientist and he always taught me that what some people call "dirt" is "soil" - meaning it is full of life, just like you said. I look forward to more stories about Nigeria and really appreciate your willingness to share with others.
With admiration,
Marlies

Rebecca Snavely's picture

Joy

I agree with Marlies - "Joy is our watch word" caught my imagination, and reminds me to make joy my watch word. We can learn so much from you, and though few may have heard your stories, know your struggles, your voice is one that is changing that, allowing people to hear, to know.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Rebecca

Okhianosen's picture

Thanks for taking the time to

Thanks for taking the time to read my post Rebecca, and i'm glad you've been reminded to make joy your watch word. ENJOY your day.!

Osuide...J

JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Thank you for sharing this portrait of the people of your land. Your words ring with such pride and I love that land means everything to you, not just the soil, grass and trees but the people who work the land and work on the land. I hope you will share more about the people of Nigeria, their hopes and dreams, their challenges.

Okhianosen's picture

thank you!

Thank you janice, I'm glad you enjoyed the post.I hope to right more about Nigeria in the nearest future, and i'm sure people will see more of what i see when i look at this blessed country. God bless you!

Osuide...J

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