A country which shelters innumerable ethnic and social groups, a country with her imperial love for indigenous arts and crafts, a country distinguishable by varieties of languages, a country whose expression is shown in countless number of ways especially culture,. Her folklore and religion gives a sweet smelling savor together with her impeccable clothing rooted from the soil of culture. Although, it is crystal clear that the vices and wiles of corruption and its associates has subtly crawled into the fabrics of the beloved country reproducing much more daily, but despite these strongholds, one thing that has kept the backbone of this country together is culture and this beloved country is Nigeria.
How great is Nigeria! Indeed it is a great country but much more known by her culture. It is an undeniable reality that one of the best ways to identify a country’s unity in spite of flaws here and there is by culture. The country Nigeria has therefore not failed in this test. The Nigerian culture has always placed emphasis on personal appearance and jewelry, of which many are made of cowry shells and similar materials and also a lot of emphasis is placed on food, as well as greetings.
*It is important to mention that most achievements by Nigeria/Nigerians achieved abroad should not be relegated as being ‘superior’ or achieved out of a ‘privileged comfortable environment’ as most of these achievements are usually first in recognition of what has been done or attained within Nigeria and as such requiring an international/global export.
Nigerians should be more observant towards the progress, development and excellence made in/by the country and fellow citizens.
The right conditions for the vivid manifestations of these achievements and subsequent potentials are needed.
Existing implementation frameworks should be critically reviewed with an indigenous approach.
Strategic planning and an effective monitoring system with a focus on sustainability.
Better coordination among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)
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I am a graduate of English Language from the University of Ilorin. While I am politically non-partisan, I am nonetheless a patriot; I love and believe in Nigeria. So, as soon as I saw the title of this year essay contest (How Great is Nigeria!), I knew it was a perfect chance for me to consummate my passion for writing with my love for my country.
My hobbies are reading and writing. I believe in hard work, karma, love and God. My greatest aspiration, as trivial as it may seem, is to be a Gentleman: well-bred, well-cultured, learned and rational.
“Nigeria’s greatness is beautifully reflected from the dark shadows of the past, gently radiates through the battles of the present and shines for the hope of the future.”
I possess a first degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Rivers State. I am melancholic in temperament. I enjoy creative writing, playing lawn tennis, travelling, researching and cooking.
My philosophy of life is: Everyman has his/her weakness; use your strength (positive) to overcome your weaknesses.
“Nowhere else is the greatness of Nigeria more pronounced and accentuated than in human capital.”
I am a graduate of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) with a degree in Sociology & Anthropology. I am currently enrolled for the M.Sc program in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the National Open University of Nigeria. My research interests are in the areas of democracy and good governance, rural and urban development, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment, race and ethnic relations, among others. I have an immutable faith in the Nigeria and in her potentials and as a patriot, I will continue to project Nigerian values and cultures in positive light both at home and abroad.