AMERICA THEIR AMERICA......

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America their America........ I voted. For the very first time in my life I voted. And my vote counted. I was beside myself with elation. I wanted to storm Facebook and engage in masturbatory musings with friends. But an inner voice reminded me of my age. I had to sheath my swagger. Of what use is the gift of a Rolex wristwatch, to a prisoner in jail for life. I am an American by the grace of man. But by the special grace of God, I am a Nigerian. I love my country of birth I 'no go' lie. Even, when it is now dawning on me that I might not be inside it when I die. America is beautiful. Beautiful. Until, a white man politely tell you to be grateful to a country that taught you how to speak English and also good manners. America is beautiful. Beautiful. Until, a human being with the same complexion like you, calls you a Monkey. And tells you to go back to whatever hole you crawled out off. America is beautiful. Beautiful. Until, you realize that you have to work till you are old and grey. Come rain, snow, hurricane and sunshine. Through New Year day, Ramadan, Thanksgiving day to Christmas day. Pay your bills till when you die and thereafter. America is beautiful. Beautiful. Until, someone tell you, "I see your blue passport. But what country ORIGINALLY, are you from?" Do not get me wrong. I love America with passion. Just happen to love my country of birth more. America, made something out of me when I came here with nothing, but with sheer audacity of hope. While, I hate to sound like an ingrate, begrudge God and engage in a futile battle with destiny. I know, that had Nigeria not derailed and gone way off track ; my journey into Diaspora would have been unnecessary. I would not be here celebrating Obama. Rather, I would have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to bury my Mama. So, while we celebrate Obama land. We should not forget our Mama land. Nigeria, will never move FORWARD unless WE THE PEOPLE, put a stop to the orgy of mindlessness and tokenism. We are one of the smartest people in the world. But when it comes to DEMOCRACY we turn dyslexic coupled with our preexisting condition of amnesia. Agreed, our problems are myriad and extremely difficult to disentangled. But it can be solved. When we realize that DEMOCRACY is Government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE for the PEOPLE. It all about the PEOPLE..... stupid. Barack Obama. Mitt Romney. And the American people, we always love to celebrate and foolishly emulate, understand this. WE DO NOT! Democracy is more effective and serves it purpose better when it is driven by ideology, not personality. When it is geared towards making lives better for the PEOPLE on the streets. Not those in Government. To quote Obama,"we ( Romney) fought deeply, because we love this country fiercely." We the Nigerian PEOPLE need to ask our leaders : HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE FOR NIGERIA OR HOW FIERCE IS YOUR LOVE FOR YOURSELVES? Either we get it right or continue to play with valuable lives deluding ourselves. NIGERIA (not AMERICA), will ALWAYS be our country. There is no divorcing it. That is the place God intended for us. The Americans, know who they and are making the very best of realizing that. There is no identity crisis here. That is the simple reason, why this is the greatest country on Earth. They love their country and their President. Obama won't even visit Nigeria. Think about that fact. That is how bad they see us. We badly want to associate with them but they know : THIS IS NIGERIA!!! ........................There is no place like home. Sweet home. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! 19244Like · · Promote · Share

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