As part of the task for Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 7, contestants were asked to write on the theme of the contest (I Believe In Nigeria). The article carries 1000 votes, while photo rating carries 4000 votes. Below is an unedited written document sent in by this contestant.
NAME: JANET ONOBO
CONTESTANT’S NO: 20
Certainly, I believe in Nigeria, any Nigerian who does not believe in Nigeria does not fit to be called a citizen of Nigeria. This great country nick named “Giant of Africa” owing to its large population and economy is one of the countries God loves most. If you should embark on intensive and accurate check you would notice that the name ‘Nigeria’ contains seven letters, and seven is the number of divine resolutions and cycles, the number of creator dominance that symbolizes world impact and control, everything about Nigeria is complete. A nation that is endowed with both human and material resources in abundant quantities. Therefore, I believe in Nigeria both consciously and unconsciously. To this end, any right thinking person who fails to believe strongly and be committed to the course of building this great nation,” I regard this as a profound error” in fact, it is a profoundly mistaken view .
To all intents and purposes, Nigeria has all it takes for every positive thinker to believe in and love her uncommonly. Irrespective of socio-economic and political problems, Nigeria is a country that no other countries of the world can ignore. This is because she does not lack anything, but for the intermittent poor leadership problems, sufferings, struggles and vicissitudes of life, which is only but a matter of time as we are in the era of change. Obviously, as a Nigerian, my absolute believe in Nigeria is incontestable. This idea unfolds its content and is transformed into maturity, into the material world and is embodied in my unmistaken decision to participate actively and effectively in the ongoing contest. In fact, every Nigerian should be able to believe in and love Nigeria unconditionally, and establish his or her identity and differences that exists between Nigeria and other countries, especially, in black continent. Her superb quality and unique and unparalleled quantity help us to compare her qualitative and quantitative characteristics. In order words, her connection with other countries globally is very impactful and impressive.
Obviously, over the years, I have developed infinite capacity to believe in Nigeria, and love her. When ever I read in some newspapers and magazines that some Nigerians have gone to the extent of naturalizing themselves into the citizenship of other countries of their choice, I feel sorry for them. Whatever are the circumstances or situations that might have compelled or warranted them to embark on such irrational and dubious action, definitely there is no acceptable justification. As a person, I don’t believe that there is any other country that is better than or superior to Nigeria because God was not mistaken when He sent me to Nigeria. Obviously, one important thing that I have since discovered is that, the problem with some Nigerians is impatience. They always require prompt solutions to their teething problems, thus unjustly blame and perhaps condemn our beloved country, Nigeria. Indeed, they fail to realize that all great achievements world over require time and persistence.
In this connection, the best thing to do is that they should be persevering, because the last key on the ring may be the one to open the windows of heaven that would certainly shower blessings and breakthrough upon them.
One famous philosopher opines that, he would rather fail in a cause that he will ultimately succeed than in a cause that he will ultimately fail.
Indeed, I overwhelmingly believe in Nigeria. And my love for her has made me to be undoubtedly an unyielding advocate for national unity, integration, and harmony. An instrument that makes Nigeria to remain an indivisible and indissoluble entity.
Therefore, those who believe in Nigeria and love her as I do should be able to develop patience, tolerance, and faith. Hence, the dreams that came true did so because dreamers stuck to their ambitions. One can only be judged by what he finishes not by what he starts. Therefore, patience, courage, and faith are some of the inevitably essential requirements for success in life. I am proud to be a Nigerian, I believe I can be the change, I believe in God, I believe in unity in diversity, I believe in myself, and more importantly, I believe in Nigeria and love her with my life.
God bless Nigeria.
COMMENT FROM THE CREW
1) Message: 300
2) Paragraphing: 300
Green & White: 600
Total: 2600/ 5000
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