Or unproudly Nigerian.
Really who cares?
Can I just get through my day?
Without being dogged by the mob
for not being "Nigerian" enough?

Proudly Nigerian, or unproudly Nigerian?
Again, what is your point here?
I don't see you 
taking a page out of your book
to selflessly serve your country.

Oh? No?
Discussing the country's problems, over
trendy over-priced drinks in the most recent over-hyped bar
that claims 'exclusivity' with zero to nil parking,  suits you better eh?
I'm getting you.

Or wait let me guess,
 as long as you can fly out
every three weeks to your 
other home, flashing your 
other colored passport
just to 'get away' from it all,
*flicks hair*
you are living the Nigerian dream eh?

Or would it be the occasional 'charity' event
to convince us all, of the desperate love
that your heart bleeds for the country?

Proudly Nigerian
or unproudly Nigerian.
I came, I saw, I didn't conquer.
Now can I just get through 
my already-hard-to-navigate-life
filled with the persistent frustrations of surviving in this area code,
without your hypocritical ass
getting in my way?

Have a nice life.

Proudly Nigerian. Still.


Comments (5)

On March 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM , mizchif said...


I actually laughed after reading this, sounds like a convo we've had before.

On March 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM , Fabulo-la said...

We probably did.
A variation of it maybe even.

On March 4, 2013 at 4:15 AM , TheRustGeek said...

I suspect these are conversations we all have had, a few times too many too...

Each to his own coping mechanism, I guess...

On March 4, 2013 at 4:58 AM , Anonymous said...

Proudly Nigerian....

We conquer when we live to our own (set personal) standards (& not the thots and or opinions of others).

On May 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM , mancee said...

Folks would ask me often
"Where are you originally from"
I'd laugh and coyly tell 'em
Naija. Same place I still AM from.