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: UKEME JOHN
CONTESTANT NO.: 16
My name is Ukeme Godwin John, am 20years of age. I’m from Itiam Ikot Ebia in Uyo Local Government Area and a student of the University of Calabar. This article represent the theme of the season 7 contest which says’ I believe in Nigeria’
Nigeria is a sovereign country located in the Western region of Africa. The country is made up of 36 states with its capital at Abuja and its membership in many International organizations. Nigeria is the most populous black country with over 140 million people and has one of the fastest growing economy in the world according to IMF(International Monetary Fund). The Nigerian flag is a vertical bi-color of green and white color and it was designed in 1956 and first officially hoisted on October 1,1960.. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth while the white band represents peace.
I believe in Nigeria, I believe in our victory, in our history, in our present and in our future. I know there is no Nigeria without us. I know we have failed ourselves in many situations, I know we have a long distance to cover, I know we might not be where we thought we’ll be by now, but I also know that a thousand deeds can be planned but cannot be done in one day. I am black and not just black but a proud Nigerian. It’s easy to lay blames for what others do but I’m also ready to make things right in my own little way. If we all could sweep around us, there will be very little dirt left in our country. I believe in Nigeria because I believe in humanity before an entity. I believe in joining hands to making our country a better place tomorrow. I believe in the giant of Africa, a giant might fall but it’s ready to stand up a thousand times again. A lot of people from Nigeria and beyond as tagged us as failures in many ways and many have condemned our political views forgetting that in our fifty five(55) years of independence, thirty (30) years were being ruled by military juntas. Thirty (30) wasted years of embezzlement, dictatorship and wasting of human lives like the likes of our prominent Dele Giwa, the Ogono nine, thirty years of no free and fair election followed by the break-out of civil war, yet, people’s faith hung on and people still believed. I see it in our children’s eyes when they sing their national anthem and say their pledge, I see faith on workers faces as they sing their song of solidarity, I see it in our unity, I feel it when we pray for the nation. Togetherness is our greatest achievement. I have faith when an Igbo hugs a Yoruba, when the Efiks do business with the Hausa, when the Tiv children play with the Oshobos without discrimination. I feel it when we speak with one voice. Our future is pregnant with promises. Nigerians are strong people, I hear them laugh ad-mist challenges and faces it squarely instead of running from it.
I know many compares Nigeria to other countries like the U.S but they conveniently failed to realized that America had her independence since 1776, which is more than a century before Nigeria was even born. This is like comparing a toddler with an adult. We are bound to make mistakes, this doesn’t make us failures because as a child, we are trying to stand firm and walk. I believe Nigeria is still developing and will reach its promise land soon.
Instead of condemning, this is a time to appreciate our humble beginning and our achievements. Nigeria has achieved a great deal. Look at the likes of Wole Soyinka,who gave Africa its first noble prize in literature. What of our sons and daughters who are breaking records within and outside Nigeria. Our entertainment industry in which Rhodies World as contributed a great deal is a top notch. Nollywood which started few years ago is now rated as second largest in the world and at present produce more movies than Hollywood. Our movie industry is worth more than five million dollars($5,000,000) just after seventeen(17) years of international recognition. Even with our different believes, we still love our similarities and respect our differences.
I see Nigeria attending greater height in the future to come and i believe that one day we will all join hands and sing this song by one of our best soul singer,’Timi Dakolo’
”Here we stand as a people
With one song, with one voice
We’re a nation, undivided and poised
We will take our stand and build our land
With faith to defend what is ours.
Here we are as a people
With one heart, for one cause
We’re determined to rebuild and restore
Where freedom reigns, and truth prevails
A land where there’s hope for us all
Though we are many people
Different tribes, different tongues
We’re united in our strength and resolve
To upload the honor of our land
And for generations to come.
We’re all we have
We’ll defend our land
We believe in this nation
And we know we’ll get there
We believe in Nigeria
And the promises she holds
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun
We’re a great nation
I believe in Nigeria and I am a proud Nigerian. I love my country, black is my color, green and white is my logo.
I wrote this article not because I’ve been told to do so but based on what i feel and believe. I hope after reading this, you will feel the same way too. Vote for Ukeme John to win the Face of Rhodies World Magazine Season 7 if you’re a proud Nigerian.
COMMENT FROM THE CREW
1) Message: 300
2) Paragraphing: 300
Green & White: 600
Total Score = 2500 / 5000
Photo scored by: Otobong Otis Smart
CEO:Otis Model Academy