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The State of the Nigerian Nation at 53 by Esther Osakwe


Nigeria is a country blessed with rich human and natural resources to be used for the well-being of every Nigerian yet her people wallow in pain through acts of injustice,bribery and corruption. On 1st October, Nigeria celebrated her 53 years of self rule and experiment in democracy, we only wish us many more years of dedication to nation building and also paying tribute to dedicated son’s and daughter’s of the land who gave thier all in service with a bold step towards freedom. Obviously, there was a life broadcast on the state and achievements of our beloved country by the president Goodluck jonathan. Unfortunately, majourity of Nigerians were not priviledge to listen because electricity is beyond their reach, due to power failure. Those who took the advantage of independence day holiday to travel experienced and endured difficulties on the road,due to bad road.

The Education sector is nothing to write about. This is the main sector causing anxiety among many Nigerians and a mojor threat to the youth who are said to be the leaders of tomorrow. Confused and restless university students are at home due to prolong ASUU strike which has no end in sight yet. In the same manner, the polytechnic teachers would be resuming thier suspended strike for wellfare package. The health sector is no different who has also embarked on a strike. The fear of the future that has enveloped the tertiary institution is heightened by the awareness of increasing number of unemployed graduates who roam the streets in search of elusive jobs. “Our nation has been moving backward at a disheartening speed” said former university Don and politician Dr. Femi Okunrounmu. Agriculture which was the mainstream of the economy is neglected. The security strength of the nation is on decline. What do we celebrate? There is high rate of kidnapping, poor infrastructure, poverty, selling of electricity to private sector. Our country is faced with challenges too numerous to mention. But is the hope lost for Nigeria at 53? In my opinion, I say NO.


The labor of our heroes cannot be in vain. A call for immediate change in leadership to clear the cobwebs of decadence, political scavengers and elimination of bribery & corruption is necessary to take our country to her glorious destiny. This change begins with you and I. Notwithstanding her challenges, Nigeria remains a great nation.she is promising, fertile and a land of possibilities. Nigeria is “YOU & I”, with our teeming support we can overcome the challenges posed at us to realise her potentials. Let’s renew our hope and faith believing in the promise of a better tomorrow. NIGERIA – ONE PEOPLE, GREAT NATION.


This three-paragraph article is written by Esther Osakwe, one of the contestants in Golden Minds Nigeria’s Write & Win Independence Day Competition. All entries are original as they have not been edited by us in anyway, except the illustrative pictures. To vote for him as the Winner, simply drop a comment for him below. Thank you!

  1. sunny
    10/10/2013 at 19:27

    Nigeria educational sector has detoriated to a pitiable state and the government of the most black populous nation in the world has no solution to this menance. Consequent upon, I would advice ASUU to continue on the strike. I could recall some yrs in Ghana the educational system was shut down for 2yrs due to neglect and poor infracstructure. But today Nigerians are trooping to Ghana to study, this is shameful to the self acclaimed giant of Africa. The strike should continue, the student should and be patient with ASUU because tomorrow matters most. Is better to suffer now and enjoy tommorrow.

  2. Jex
    10/10/2013 at 19:31

    True talk

  3. abdulwasiu A yusuf
    10/10/2013 at 19:43

    Well, we can’t lose hope totally in d betterment of our good country, we shld continue praying for d leader that will have d pitty of masses in mind…..

  4. osakwe stanley
    10/10/2013 at 22:07

    Good article

  5. rita adama
    10/10/2013 at 22:28

    Nice one. Nigeria is a golden nation

  6. faith Ogor
    10/10/2013 at 22:43

    I still strongly believe in this great nation NIGERIA

  7. 10/10/2013 at 22:46

    I remember an article I wrote some years ago, part of which reads, “the Nigeria today has put shackles in my hands and has thrown into an inferno with little or nothing to offer to a young child like me, in terms of hope and even continuity.” This article has simply reminded me THE STATE OF THE NATION. Only God will help us in this country.

  8. Queen
    10/10/2013 at 22:52

    what a great Nation

  9. Ebele
    10/10/2013 at 23:01

    very good. keep it up baby girl

  10. osakwe esther nneka
    10/10/2013 at 23:26

    nice one keep it up

  11. viktor eruanga
    10/10/2013 at 23:35

    We just hope on God

  12. chuks
    10/10/2013 at 23:39

    It is obvious that Nigerians educational level cannot be compared with other countrys educational standard but this can be a thing of the past if our leaders can standard up to their responsibility and do what is right. The issue is that education is not like other sectors that when you invest you are expecting your returns immediately but it takes quite a long time to feel the impact of the investment, this is what our leaders do not understand. Other sectors might be growing but if the education is left just the way it is in the semi long run there will be an economic depreciation due to lack of manpower with less adequqte skilled labour and we will begin to loose our foreign revenue to other countries when inporting quality skilled labour. Nevertheless there is hope that one day there will be a revolution in the nation as a whole.

  13. viktor eruanga
    10/10/2013 at 23:43

    Every sector wanna go on strike, who are they punishing, they started all these mess, we are just normal Nigerians, we only put them in prayers that’s all.

  14. Uche Gasi
    11/10/2013 at 00:12

    Wonderful work Esther to have been able to in just 3paraphed article captured almost the salient issues affecting our nation and which best capture the state of the nation. We hope for better Nigeria.

  15. Osakwe Martins
    11/10/2013 at 14:08

    Nigeria is gravitating towerds the fail state and our leaders are not sincer. If we are not carefull may divide as predictd by US.

  16. tovia
    11/10/2013 at 17:03

    Nigeria have best leadership so ever in the world

  17. charles viktor
    11/10/2013 at 18:25

    Let’s pray for a better nigeria. Esther osakwe God bless ur hard work

  18. Esther oyaole
    11/10/2013 at 18:36

    Nice speech dear.its pray fr God’s MERCY n GRACE upon our nation Nigeria

  19. viktor eruanga
    11/10/2013 at 18:48

    May God help us all

  20. 11/10/2013 at 19:10

    TRUE talk

  21. Ebegbune Amaechi
    11/10/2013 at 20:04

    I believe Nigeria is going to change 1 day so brodas and sistas let come together and live as 1 in love family

  22. shalomi
    12/10/2013 at 08:48

    God help nigeria, especially the education sector. nice words

  23. sylva
    14/10/2013 at 16:09

    Nigeria needs God intervention

  24. Efe Eheri
    16/10/2013 at 21:27

    This is reassuring hope to the hopeles…… Nigeria will SUCCEED…..

  25. Efe Eheri
    16/10/2013 at 21:35

    This is reassuring hope to the hopeless… Nigeria will SUCCEED.

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