HOPE is NOT meant to be a lifestyle

Kerry Alexander shared an update on LinkedIn.

“Two year (and a lifetime!) ago my family and I moved to Lagos. The experience has been so much more than we ever could have imagined. More special, more exhausting, more humbling, and more empowering. In the last two year this country (and our team) have faced Ebola, Boko Haram attacks, oil price collapse, volatile elections, constant fuel sarcity, wide spread corruption, Lassa Fever, multi- category market collapse, etc I have never known a more resilient people. Despite the relentless challenges the Nigeria people get up and start again, most often with a smile, a laugh and ‘We are getting there!”. They only ever look forward. #Somethingtobelearned”

I read the post and was about scrolling down as usual in the regular fashion of minding my business but i couldn’t hold back the pain i felt for my generation and peers who are now very fond of HOPE and is almost a lifestyle for Most. A million and one things rushed through my head as i finally gave in to the Need to Respond to her Post and i typed thus;

Hmm… If you Know our history well enough I do not think it is something to be proud of, especially where a Generation is born and Going and all that can be said is that “they had Hope”, “ a resilient people”, “most happy people” e.t.c. To me, it is personally a damn Shame. Our parents gave birth to us with much hope ahead for this country, they gave up a lot and we are now expected to repeat the cycle. We get Educated Hoping …, we graduate and Serve the Nation Hoping…, We have no Jobs and Eventually marry Hoping…, We have Kids and Send them to School Hoping. HOPE is NOT meant to be a lifestyle and I refuse any mediocre mind-set using it for an Excuse and not Acting on their part in one way or the Other. Yes, we have the resources, talent and may be more or less. I believe if only half the population of this country play their part and do the right thing even for just one week, HOPE will gladly thank us and take a Rest because the result will speak for itself, But at the end of the day who am I Kidding? As Hitler said, “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

-Diary of an Earthling, z.g.barwa

#literature #postcardThoughts #nigeria #Hope #zgbarwa

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