What do you when there’s trouble at home?

This question has been on my mind for a very long time. In the wise words of Catherine Pulsifer, “home is where we should feel secure and comfortable “. The thoughts of home doesn’t comfort me, instead it brings me despair and pain.

Can I say, Ronke’s lens is also a victim of the Nigerian election postponement saga. I had a completely different story to share on the blog this week. However, in light of the new development with regards to the election; my intended story seemed too meaningless and trivial to be posted this week. On the 16th of February, I cried for Nigeria and her future when I learnt that the election had been postponed . Incase anyone is wondering, I’m Nigerian, although currently living in Britain.
How can you have four years to prepare for an election but still fail to deliver? It’s a national disgrace and can never happen in any sane country. Where’s the accountability? Nigerians even with the hardship faced with daily, fulfilled their part, registered for their voters card and prepared for the election. Why can’t the government respect us? Why are our leaders so uncouth and selfish?

We Nigerians are helpless and the only weapon we have is our votes, which I fear isn’t enough to save us from the terror we are faced with at the moment. Nobody knows if the elections will be rigged, and if a new president can save our dying country.

Schooling in London is very rewarding because the city is very diverse, so I get to interact with people from different ethnical background. This also means in class we talk about our different countries. However, when discussing on different topic areas, Boko Haram and corruption always manages to surface in almost every discussion. it is very embarrassing to have to defend the image of the country every time. I always consider myself as a public relations practitioner, cleaning the mess of the country by using my life and actions to prove to the world that Nigerians are honest, hardworking, peaceful people that can be trusted.
As an international student living abroad, it is so difficult because every opportunity in terms of jobs, housing etc, goes first to British citizens,then it flows to people from European Union before you are considered.( pls note, this description doesn’t apply in schools because everyone is treated equally).The most frustrating part is, you are also treated as a second citizen in Nigeria because only those in power are the true first citizens.
When you are living in a country where things work as expected, it is irritating to see Nigeria cannot plan an election successfully. I’ve been fortunate enough to partake in an election in this country. it’s so peaceful, no shutdown of business activities, no unnecessary long queues,everything is so organised and planned to perfection. It just makes me wonder why everything has to be so different and difficult with Nigeria. Nothing works at home. Security, education, economy, health, welfare, sports, airlines. Nothing works!!!!! I can’t begin to list all the shortcomings of Nigeria. The country has failed me and other Nigerians repeatedly.

We need a Messiah in Nigeria, a change, a revolution, a movement. So I ask again, What do you do when there’s trouble at home?
Thank you for reading and see you all next week.

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3 responses to “What do you when there’s trouble at home?”

  1. Festus Olukayode Kuye avatar
    Festus Olukayode Kuye

    Hello Ronke,
    You’ve raised many questions here. As a Nigerian resident in the UK myself, I share many of your sentiments. That said, in my humble opinion, you are being unduly critical about the prevailing Nigerian narrative. But it’s not just you, most Nigerians quite understandably would have offered the same deductions.
    The truth is, it takes a lot of time and effort to build a nation, especially when we are talking of a nation of over 180 million people from over 250 tribes; majority of whom are largely unschooled and unskilled.
    If this were not to be true, we would not be talking of BREXIT and all its uncertainties, in spite of the UK having been at it for over 300 years!
    And if you think that the situation in the UK is a lot better, you ask the homeless man who has been sleeping in the cold for a decade or Theresa May who’s having sleepless nights trying to figure out how to please the disgruntled citizenry.
    Another truth is, life is whatever you make of it. There’s no right or wrong. It is what it is. I can talk for days about success stories in Nigeria, even as I compose my comments. You have equally done justice to what you believe is disheartening and unacceptable. And you’re right.
    Finally, you don’t need a Messiah in Nigeria. Every Nigerian is one. Because we all seem to know not only what the problems are but also how to fix them. So all that is left to do is for every Nigerian to ACT.
    The good news is that we only need 0.5% to transform the country into a “First World” country;
    Then we shall find out the truth about the human condition; that we are a special breed of insatiable desires!!!
    I rest my case.
    With best wishes,
    Festus Olukayode Kuye


    1. Thank you sir, I like your perspective on viewing the topic at hand. It’s always good to hear other people’s narratives on the country. I hope one day we Nigerians can all work together to achieve a nation we are all proud of.


      1. Olukayode Festus Kuye avatar
        Olukayode Festus Kuye

        Hello Ronke,
        You can fulfil the dream of enough critical mass of Nigerians collaborating to create a “First World” right away. If you seek in the right manner, you’ll be surprised how many people of like minds are in close proximity to you.
        Enjoy the journey but please remember that life is meant to be experienced and enjoyed.
        Good luck with your adventure.


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