Monday, 19 October 2015

Recap: 15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria - #YesWeCan

I picked up my favorite quote in the world and have made it my blog slogan. It's a quote by Mahatma Gandhi - "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." I have added a little twist to that and have highlighted 15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria. Published 15 of them on this blog already. Below is the recap:

1. Daily thank God for Nigeria- As simple as it sounds, how many Nigerians wake up everyday and say thank you God for my home- Nigeria. As bad as Nigeria seems, it still provide a space on this universe where you call your Nation. #ProudToBeANigeria. 

2. Pray for Nigeria- The worst situation, can change under the power of prayer. I, particularly believe, Nigeria have survived the worse of leadership and circumstance by the making of the many Nigerians who went on their knees in their homes, churches, mosques, communities and prayed for her . #HaveYouPrayedForNigeriaToday 

3. Believe in Nigeria-
Have you ever heard 'If you want to succeed, you have to believe in yourself', in same manner believe in Nigeria. Don't check out of the country in defeat, like Martin Luther King, believe in the new Nigeria Dream and we will all see it. #YesWeCan.

4. Respect Nigerians- From our family members, to our colleagues, to our staff, to our customers, to even the beggars on the street, you will be creating a lot of positive energy if we just show some respect for one another. #ProudToBeANigeria. 

5. Keep Nigeria Clean: Just by refusing to throw trash carelessly and advocating for same in little ways, we have gone ahead to #BeTheChange.

6. Keep the Road Signs: When there is a traffic jam, join the queue and patiently wait for your turn and don’t form 10 lanes on a 2 lane road. That way, the traffic will move smoother. Adhering to this advocacy will definitely bring great change on our roads and to Nigeria as a whole. One key ingredient of a developed Nation is seen in a clean and organized road system. #Drivewell #BeTheChange.

7. Stop the Abuse: Anne Frank was right when she said: “The common man is every bit as guilty, otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago.” The little wrong we do in our homes offices, market places and on the street, can seldom be differentiated from bribery, corruption and bad governance, should any difference exist, it will be location. I can boldly say, if you are not faithful in little matters, you will definitely smash all the rules in bigger issues. Don't abuse, engage for a positive society.

8. Be Early, Be Effective:  “It is a truism that no nation develops beyond the capacity of its public servants and the services they provide to our nation are both below expectations.” It will be a massive revolution in Nigeria, if civil servants are known for going to work early, staying on their jobs and been productive no matter their level or position.  #BeTheChange.

9.Become a reading Nigerian:
It is popularly said that, “If you want to hide something from a Nigerian, keep it in a book.” It sounds so funny but how true. Knowledge, they say is power and Ignorance they say kills. If you say Education is expensive, try Ignorance. While Education cost you only your time and cash, it will deliver much more to you. Ignorance will cost you, your life and essence on earth and it delivers no dividend. Don’t just go to school, study, don’t just study, think and don’t just think, act.

Let’s correct that notion by the white man, who came up with hiding stuff from Nigerians in a book thing. Let’s unravel every mystery and show the world that Nigerians are the most innovative, creative and productive people in the world. #Study4Change.

10.Strive to keep your social conscience awake: 
I got this point from one of the most powerful women who have lived on the face of this earth, Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt, one time American first lady in the 1930s, refused to limit her roles to ceremonial duties; she immersed herself in the great issues of the day. Although she was born into privilege, she spent her life trying to improve the quality of people’s lives around the world. We all should daily live with that consciousness. The consciousness that I am socially responsible for the welfare of Nigerians. Yes, it sounds too huge to say “the welfare of Nigerians” but when we show love and care to one Nigerian everyday, you will be amazed how much positive impact we will be making.  #BeTheChange.

These are very little, easy and well known points. We have applied them as principles for our lives, families and careers with little or no consciousness of the ripple effect it has on Nation building or development. Let’s engage in these activities deliberately with the aim of making Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world a better place. And like magic, when Nigerians generate enough positive energy for change, the world will have no choice but to let us live in the great Nation we deserve. Yes we can and Yes we will be that Change.

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