School: Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Ode. Ogun
Along the western coast of Africa sits a great nation called Nigeria. My country Nigeria, meaning Niger area was given the name by Flora Luggard. Nigeria was amalgamated in the year 1914, with the southern protectorate, Northern protectorate and the Lagos colony coming under one umbrella through Sir Fredrick Lord Luggard. The father of Nigeria is christened Sir Herbert Macauley, which is also the father of nationalism. Nigeria gained her independence in the year 1960 through some Nationalists who fought tirelessly for her. The current executive president of Nigeria is General Muhammadu Buhari assisted by Professor Yomi Osinbajo and Senator Bukola Saraki being the current senate president. Nigeria has 250 ethnic groups with 36 states and over 521 languages. Nigeria being the “Giant of Africa” is the most populous Black Country in the world with over a hundred and seventy million people. Nigeria has some national symbols which are the National flag, the National passport, the coat of arms and many more. As we all know that, a Nation is a large group of people which share the same belies, common customs, great traditions and same language. So Nigeria is a good example of not an ordinary nation but a great nation instead.
My country is secretly blessed with some productive natural resources like coal, limestone, tin, columbite and so on. My country is also blessed with historical craft which people from other countries cherish and even come and take a look at them. It is no doubt that my country is indeed a talented and blessed nation.
Challenges according to the name are obstacles, hindrances, obstructions that you pass through before getting to your destined place assign to you by God. Like it is mostly said by our elders that “A lie without challenges is useless”, it is true because it is through these inevitable challenges that you will know your faults and mistakes and try to correct them.
Love is a unique feeling that you have towards a thing or somebody. Loving my country simply means being patriotic to it and there is nothing that will stop me from loving it, whether challenges or not, I will still keep being patriotic to it.
Cultism can also be eradicated I the youths are enlightened and well taught the dangers behind cultism and waring members should be executed to show an examples to others.
Religious intolerance is a simple thing to tackle, if only we can understand our differences in traditions, customs and the likes.
However, there is no smoke without fire. There are some things in which I Love in Nigeria like the fabulous lifestyle, being optimistic, even smiles in the face of hardship etc. some Nigerians will still even move further and say ‘e go beta’ meaning ‘it will be well’
But it is crystal glaring that despite all these challenges there was still great achievers of Nigeria like Prof. Wole Soyinka, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija and so on to a few.
Moreover, I believe that despite all these challenges Nigeria will still be a great nation as it is before if only we can unite together because “United we stand, Divided we fall” and again if we can heed to the call of our forefathers has it engraved in our anthem “Arise O Compatriot”
In conclusion, I love Nigeria truly to the core and I promise that it is a cross, I shall bear it, it is a sacrifice I shall make it just to make Nigeria, my home, my glory, my hope, my future, a great nation as it is before. God bless Nigeria. Amen.