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, thereby making it a total of 5000 points in this category.
Below is an unedited written document sent in by this contestant.
NAME: UDUAK UDOFIA
CONTESTANT NO.: 17
Many positive facts about Nigeria. Nigeria is the most populous black country in the world with a population of over 174 million people. What this means is that 1 in every 5 Africans is a Nigerian. Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups and about 521 languages, the 4th most in the world and is home to about 7% of the total languages spoken on earth. The importance of this is appreciated when one understands that language is the “soul of culture”. UNESCO says that the world’s languages represent an extraordinary wealth of creativity. Language diversity correlates with cultural diversity. This means that Nigeria can look inwards and drive itself to become the greatest centre for cultural tourism on earth and consequently empower her citizens tremendously in the process. Even in the face of the multi-ethnicity, various languages and religions, Nigerians still co-exist as one. Hence, the phrase “unity in diversity”. Nigeria is a country blessed with abundant natural resources (oil, solid minerals and fertile lands) and human resources. Geographically, Nigeria has a vegetation and terrain that is the envy of other nations ranging from the high savanna covered plateaus in the North to the oil-rich Niger Delta in the Southern part down to the rain forest belt region towards the coast. I believe in Nigeria.
Even in the face of challenges, I still believe in Nigeria. Nigeria faces problems of insecurity, economic and industrial underdevelopment, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption and high rate of unemployment. Nigeria has the 4th largest number of poor living under a dollar a day in the entire world. Nigeria, although having the biggest economy in Africa is ranked 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index). I believe in Nigeria.
Ultimately, I believe in Nigeria because Nigerians are the most beautiful (we can proudly boast of a former miss world), intelligent, creative, peaceful, industrious and accommodating people on earth. Nigeria was ranked “the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world after China and India” by the (IMF) in 2009. In the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Nigeria was the first country to effectively contain and eliminate the Ebola threat that was ravaging the West African region. All these are positives to buttress why I so much believe in Nigeria. Things can only get better for Nigeria. All we need to do is to harness the various natural and human resources God has abundantly blessed us with. I am proud to be Nigerian. I believe in Nigeria!
COMMENT FROM THE CREW
1) Message: 300
2) Paragraphing: 300
Green & White: 500
Total: 2500 / 5000
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