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Sometimes, I wonder why we go by that name “HOME FOR ALL”, - the gateway to eastern, Nigeria – my land, my origin. My pride?

She gloats proudly by the tag, “HOME FOR ALL”, this tag is everything but the truth, a land that is plagued with erosion which threatens the decaying infrastructure. Greedy politicians with promises, gone with the wind and ..., Oh yes, kidnappers- able bodied young men who refuse to be responsible to the society, using the lame excuse of unemployment to leave in their trail, widows, devastated mothers and fatherless daughters. This group of three are still casualties of my culture... of my land.

I look back in nostalgia, the days of going back home to the waiting arms of my grandparents, without being afraid of my shadow, but today, I cannot even have my traditional wedding in my homeland for the fear of my father being kidnapped. With each coming election, empty promises are made as the erosions dig deeper the graves for our primary schools and our secondary school leavers used as political thugs.

The victims - the women. We, who dare to hope and pray for a better tomorrow, it is our sons who become kidnappers, our babies that fall into the gullies of the erosions and our loved ones who die in political violence ... but then we still dare to hope and stand against all odds because this is meant to be our HOME FOR ALL!


JaniceW's picture


It is such a joy to welcome you to our community. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Land. I so applaud the efforts of courageous women like you, who dare to hope, dare to speak out and in turn, educate us on the challenges and issues facing women in Nigeria every day.

It is sad that you cannot hold your traditional wedding in your homeland but voices like yours are strong and when you are given an opportunity to speak, you have the ability to start movements, reform laws and transform lives. We stand in support of our Nigerian sisters and hope that you will share more of your thoughts with the community. Best wishes,

Mwierenga's picture

Really powerful!

This story really struck me with anguish. I want to yell "it's not fair" like a 5 year old child. It's not fair that so many people are casualties of the group of three. It's not fair that there should be a home for all but it's being eroded and destroyed by corruption. I found this story to be incredibly personal and emotional, especially how you cannot have a wedding without fear of your father being kidnapped. Not fair at all.

The women have to continue to have hope. To imagine a different life and tell stories of the old life reminds people what was and can be.
Thank you for sharing!
In shared hope,

Rebecca Snavely's picture


Your words make me think about the word "home," the deeper emotional connections I have to what it means, what it stands for. I want to give you my support as you stand for your home, for a place of safety and security, where kids can play without fear, where generations can gather and celebrate the beautiful aspects of your land.

Thank you for raising your voice and sharing this story with us. The more informed we are, the more voices raised, the more hope there is for change.


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