1st October 1997,
A date forever stuck in my memory.
For although we were in a foreign land,
Maami celebrated Nigeria’s independence .
The house was decorated Green and White,
“That’s your identity” she said, “Never forget”.
She told me tales of my country ,
And the beautiful place it was.
The green for its fertile land,
And white for its peace and unity .
And she promised that someday, I would return and see for myself .
20 whole years have passed ,
And I’m back to dear motherland,
So glad the tales will finally become reality.
But to my surprise,
I am welcomed with plans of secession ,
And stories of kidnaps and poverty .
The news is filled with tragedies ,
And tales of unemployment and corruption .
I want to lose hope,
And start to give up.
But then I remember, Maami never lies ,
And so I know very soon,
Nigeria will be the beautiful place,
Maami said it was.