Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Build Up Nigeria

If you’re like me, you love the United States of America. Sure, we have our share of problems. I’m not afraid to admit them. But I believe that our strengths outnumber them. This is my home country, and I’m proud of it.

I also love Nigeria, my second home. Nigerians are rightfully proud of their country and their people. Their president Goodluck Jonathan encourages them (and others) to build up Nigeria’s image. Today he posted a video on facebook (click here to see it), and said, “We should all learn from this video the importance of always thinking, speaking and acting good about Nigeria…If we Build Up Nigeria, Nigeria will build us up. GEJ”

I’m all for sharing the good aspects of Nigeria and its wonderful people. But I won’t sugarcoat the problems. This blog will continue to discuss both strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, joys and sorrows--in both Nigeria and America. In the end, though, please know that I choose hope and joy. I agree with the “Build Up Nigeria” project “to attempt to highlight the positive side of Nigeria and get Nigerians to think and act positively about Nigeria so that Nigeria will be a better place for all of us.”

The Faith Alive Hospital and Elim Elementary School in Jos, Nigeria are a huge part of Nigeria's strengths. If you have any doubts about that country's future, just read about or visit these inspiring places. Then you, too, can build up Nigeria.

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