I do not aim to write a poem or an article write in any sort of order. My aim is to pour out my heart just so maybe I will get an answer or just maybe Nigerians will arise from our slumber.
I walk on the streets of Lagos, from Surulere to Ikoyi,
I look into the eyes of the everyday Nigerian.
What I see gives me a mixture of feelings.
First I see resilience, I see determination.
Determination to make it in life inspite of the odds
Determination to get to work before 8am despite the fact that a journey of 15minutes takes over 2 hours on Lagos roads
In the eyes of the father, I see determination,
determination to provide food on the table for his wife and three or four children,
even though his salary can barely provide enough food for himself alone
I see determination in the eyes of the Nigerian mother,
who aims to supplement her husband’s wages from the profit she makes from selling biscuits and sweets at her kiosk
I see determination in the eyes of the Nigeria child,
who in a bid to pass her exams reads with the aid of a lantern exposing herself to dangerous gases,
I see determination in the eyes of the Nigerian undergraduate,
who strives to make his degree comparable to his counterparts outside the country
even though school has been closed half of the term due to teachers’ going on strike,
I see determination in the eyes of the average man on the street,
who under rain and sun stays in line for hours to vote in his preferred candidate
even though all the candidate ends up doing is to make life worse him for the next four years.
And in all this resilience, I wonder, is there hope?
When will we get tired of shouting ‘Up NEPA’ when they give us our weekly one hour ration of light?
When will our graduates get frustrated of leaving school and not finding jobs?
When will we get tired of watching our leaders fly abroad to treat common cold
when we are dying of malaria at government hospitals?
When will we get frustrated and march out to streets to tell our leaders ‘Enough is Enough’
In all the resilience, again I wonder,
Is there any hope?