Wednesday, August 4, 2010

President of Nigeria—from Colorado?

Imagine my surprise to open a local newspaper on Sunday and read that a Colorado man is running for President of Nigeria. 46-year-old Sam Wantings Nwanti actually has dual-citizenship (U.S. and Nigeria), and thinks that his background as a KGB and FBI-trained detective and business entrepreneur is a solid basis to lead his home country.

“Nigeria needs to change,” he said. “And I’m the only one who can effect that.” He added, “Criminals and corrupt politicians run my country now, and I feel I need to run now to make any kind of difference.”

I wonder if fellow Nigerians feel the same way, or if they will trust someone who only spends part of his time in their country. Either way, it’s kind of exciting to know that a man who lives 45 minutes away from me shares a passion for making a difference in Nigeria.

(Photo is from Nwanti’s website.)

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