I have been thinking a lot about the psyche of the Nigerian nation. I believe that for any country to achieve development and truly become the envy of others, the mentality of its people must be one that accepts, without question, that the nation is great. For all the talk in Nigeria of creating a top 20 economy by 2020, there is hardly any discussion about the psychological preparation that is necessary to get the average citizen ready, psychologically, to be a part of the oft-mentioned Vision 2020. There is the 'Heart of Africa' project, but from all accounts it is simply a branding technique targeted to outsiders. Where are the radio and television jingles like those from the 1980s such as,
"Me, I like my country,Those jingles and enforced programs like "War Against Indiscipline" brought Nigerians together in a cause greater than the individual - an attempt to create a greater nation. Such nation building efforts were crucial for the national psyche and played a significant role in creating a Nigeria, whose people that excelled. Today, however, I think that Nigerians continue to excel but not at the same rate they used to. Psychologically, many of us do not truly feel that we are capable of grand success either as individuals or as a nation. That mentality must undoubtedly change if Nigeria is ever to truly achieve development and also enjoy the lasting benefits of such development.
I like the land and People,
Everything dey for Nigeria.
Make we join hand to make Nigeria better"?
This week, I hope to discuss my thoughts on the Nigerian psyche - what it is, what it suffers from, what it needs. Can you share your thoughts on what you think is the mindset of Nigerians? I'm curious to know what you think, particularly if you are Nigerian or have spent time there, so share your thoughts and come back on Wednesday for a continuation of the discussion.
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