Proud To Be Nigerian

Born in a foreign land
Grew up in my Motherland
A land filled with Milk and Honey
Our flag is Green, White Green
A land so beautiful
It took years to grow on me.
Returning to this foreign land
I learnt to honour my Motherland
Precious to me my homeland
Proud I became to speak my mother tongue.

The White man’s land is not my land
His ways
Not mine to imbibe
It took my return to this foreign land
To acknowledge
Proud to be NIGERIAN
A land God blessed full and free
The earth’s bounty abundant naturally.
My return to this foreign land
Exposed the White man to me
Being black is best and beautiful
Our skin the colour of earth
So wonderful.

Why did it take so long
To honour and cherish
All that I am and blessed with?
The White man’s desire
Is that I forget I am a blessing
Bold, Proud and of Royal lineage
In the White man’s land
I’m only a slave
Never to be brave
Or know courage
The blessings of my heritage.

In the White man’s land
I knew my name
Without shame
Held my head up high
Refusing to be blamed
For having a “foreign name”
A name with meaning
Full of praise
I’m definitely proud to be called Nigerian.

Denying ones heritage and culture
A great crime
Tantamount to throwing away ones bloodline
An inheritance of great importance
If I can’t be proud of whom I am
Who will I be?
All I become is a wannabe
For the White man to see
Laughing at me he will be
All he sees is a caricature of He
Me trying to be him
What a sorry sight that would be
A crying shame for what God made me.



24 thoughts on “Proud To Be Nigerian” by aturmercy (@aturmercy)

  1. Proud to be a nigerian, though we’ve got our wahalas…

    ‘All I become is a wannabe

    For the White man to see
    .
    Laughing at me he will be
    ,
    All he sees is a caricature of He

    Me trying to be him
    ‘…tell this to those pipz who take on fake accents and pretend not to know a word of their mother tongue..
    Nice one aturmercy but i did see an error. I ll let you seek it yourself..Well done…$ß.

    1. Thanks Bubbli

  2. So proud to b Nigerian,so proud to be black,so proud to be every thing i am and would ever be…this is beautiful @aturmercy.two thumbs up for you.

  3. So proud to b Nigerian,so proud to be black,so proud to be every thing i am and would ever be…this is beautiful @aturmercy.two thumbs up for you.

  4. Patrotism to the core Aturmercy. Thumbs up man!

  5. VIVE NIGERIA!

    @urmercy, well done! Another one for the mother land.

    F***k boko haram, corruption, big brothers robbing us blind and all those little things that make us want to commit( well you know).

    Every once in a while, a really big HOLLA is needed to stir those embers of love lurking inside all of us.

    1. @dotta thank you

  6. one love bro…..nice one

    1. Thanks alot

  7. Trying to prove to the ‘white’ man that we re special only makes us more inferior! I wish we could rewind to the early days…..farming replacing oil boom, tying wrapper replacing jeans and Watever ‘sexy’ clothes is en vogue….seriously!

    Nice work. Well done

    1. True talk my broda…na so we see am o

  8. Nice in its way.simple diction that drove the point home.Home Sweet Home!

    1. @osundu thank you

  9. Nice one, proud African

  10. I dont know if i am proud to be a Nigerian anymore.

    1. lol…PROUD NIGERIAN is a much tampooned expression.

    2. Kaycee, some ugly shit has happened and is happening to our great nation, but as night becomes day the tide will turn and by God’s grace we will all live to see Nigeria live up to that name Giant of Africa.

  11. Hmmm…interesting… it takes being a second class citizen in a foreign land to realize the value of one’s heritage….

    Well…At least I’m proud that as a Nigerian I sabi write story as good as any knucklehead oyinbo, akata, Americanized Nigerian or Visa lottery fortunates.

    I rock jo!

    1. Actually it doesn’t. Are you not a point in case? And yes o you sabi write well well…

      You would be surprised to know how much our people readily throw away everything that is Nigerian, just to embrace Western culture. Some Nigerians think that as a mark of being born or raised abroad, its okay for their child or children to be ill-mannered and allowed to throw tantrums!

      If anyone should say otherwise, “leave am na oyinbo pikin” in different dialects… atleast I’ve heard it in Igbo, Yoruba, Effik and English!

      Many Nigerians are quick to throw away what is ours to embrace as truth but willingly embrace the lies that others live as theirs.

  12. Nigerian in deeds and creeds
    I see every bit and pieces
    of true Nigerians
    not some Morovian

    happy with my roots
    I begin to sing
    praising the land of my birth
    where I remain part of

    just like yesterday
    and even today
    and for every tomorrow
    Nicely spiced with words……………….

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