Nigeria Let Us Be One: The Experience Of A Nigerian Boy In Nigeria

This article narrates my experience in a different parts of the country. From all the experiences, I believe that we can be better together. Hence, a call for unity. It is poetically written.

Nigeria is a very beautiful place. Everywhere has something unique and wonderful. I have been to the North, I have been to the West, I have been to the South, but I have never been to the Eastern part of Nigeria. This is my first time being in this part of the country. I love the East; I love Igbo people; I love the ecology; I love the art; I love the economy. The people are very good and hospitable, very caring and accommodating; I mean those I encountered. The parents are welcoming. The boys are good, and the girls are loving. After enjoying all these beautiful people and the beautiful things in the East, I asked myself, why the division? Why the rancor? Why the call for secession? Why clamor for division? With my experience in the East, I feel we can live and love each other. I feel we can try to see how to close the gap that divides us.

There is so much to learn and enjoy from our encounters. Being one Nigerian, I can easily call Amaka nwa nnem; I can easily call Ekene nwa Nnam, I can easily call Mama Nkechi Nnem, I can call papa Emeka Nnam. I saw with joy how they joyfully laughed when I told them my name was ChukwuNonso. When I asked them, Kedu ka unu mere? (How are you). With joy, they responded, anyi dimma.(We are fine). They laughed with joy, and I told them again, chukwu gozie unu. (God bless you). It was a wonderful thing indeed. We don't have to talk too much. But I bet we are better one Nigeria. There is beauty. Let us see how to build the bridge rather than completely tear it down. I would love to be in the East again and again, just as I enjoyed my stay in the West, South-South, and North. 'Nigeria' is beautiful, I must say.

Hence, MY WISH

How I wish I would one day wake up one day in Nigeria and hear that peace Has returned from her long travel and that violence has peacefully gone to sleep.How I wish I would one day wake up, one day in Nigeria, and hear that harmony Who has been sleeping for years woke that day with me and that disunity slept but did not wake. How I wish I would one day wake up in Nigeria and hear that integrity, which for long was chased away, is again welcomed back, And that corruption is divorced and banished forever. How I wish I would one day wake up, One day in Nigeria and hear that CompassionWho for long has been suppressed, is again allowed to blossom. And that cruelty is cruelly eliminated. How I wish I would one day wake up in Nigeria and hear that love Who was banished is again accepted to live with us and that hatred has been sent into exile. Then with my ears, I will hear the Hausa man say to an Igbo man Nwa nnem, Ndeewo, kedu ka imere? and the Igbo man will reply with joy, Abokina Lafia kalau, and the Yoruba man with deep smiles say to the Hausa"Ya aiki?" And he responds with a warm smile," Mo wa pa. "I wish I will look again and see That the Fulani cow will again prefer to eat their palatable grass and leave food crops for Nigerians, and the Fulani man will shake with joy the Tiv man on that day when I wake up and seeThe birth of unity in Nigeria, my heart will dance till the Sunsets And rises again on a happy and peaceful Nigeria.

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