THE NIGERIAN DREAM
Many people have heard of THE AMERICAN DREAM. They may not know what it means but see it as a doorway of prosperity. I checked the meaning of The American dream from my friend, google and got this definition:
The American dream was first publicly defined in 1932. Historian James Truslow Adams used the phrase in his book Epic of America. …’The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. James went on to say it is not …… ‘a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognised by others for what they are regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.’
Quite an impressive dream! A land of equal opportunity where everyone is free to dream of greatness and given tools to walk into that great future. No wonder many Nigerians especially do anything to become American citizens or set foot in that magical land of prosperity. A visa to America which some call GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is like a visa to heaven. You need to hear the shouts of excitement when anyone shares a testimony about obtaining a visa to go there.
But the first big question is, WHAT IS THE NIGERIAN DREAM? And the other, IS THERE REALLY A NIGERIAN DREAM?
I first heard the expression THE NIGERIAN DREAM from my pastor, Sam Adeyemi. He spoke glowingly of his vision for this beautiful country. In a recent tweet, he asked if a NIGERIAN DREAM existed and got some interesting responses. Funny enough, many people tied the Nigerian dream to a journey overseas. One respondent said, ‘I want to go to the abroad to help the nation that has a dream to develop their dream.’
Do you believe in the Nigerian Dream? Do you think that Nigeria has no dream?
As I write, I dream of A NEW NIGERIA, rising from the ashes of its struggles, emerging as gold from the furnace of fiery trials.
I see a NEW NIGERIA where men will be judged by the content of their character and not the family names they bear.
I see A NEW NIGERIA where intellectual property will be valued above the residue of black gold from an almost tired earth.
I see A NEW NIGERIA, excelling above the struggles of backwardness to stand erect on a pedestal of hope.
I look at a NEW NIGERIA where the citizens shall work together in unity to build a nation where no man is oppressed.
In my mind’s eyes, I see A NEW NIGERIA emerge where the representatives of all the tribes will speak as ONE VOICE and forge ahead to a great future.
I call to existence a NEW NIGERIA where THE VALUE OF A NIGERIAN LIFE will be priced above rubies.
I think of a NEW NIGERIA where love for divinity and humanity will soar above greed for prosperity.
In all I see THIS NEW NIGERIA beckon at us.
My dear readers, do you see this vision with me?
Let us call forth this NEW NIGERIA!
And as we reach forth to bring it to existence, we shall stand as ONE, believing in the unity of our shared history.
Then shall we see it emerge.
THE NIGERIA OF OUR DREAMS, now enthroned in reality
Welcome to a NEW NIGERIA.
Happy Democracy Day.