Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GREEN or GREED NIGERIA? (by Chunu Teajay)

As Nigerians commemorate their fifty-third (53rd) year of independence, there are variegated opinions about whether the day is worth celebrating or not. One of Nigeria’s renowned youth advocate and GEMSTONE Ambassador has aired his voice over the social media by posing a critical question that all Nigerians need to answer. Read the full article below…

(written by Chunu Teajay)

Nigeria is not a place but a people. The colour on our flag is a representation of who we are but our self-seeking ambitions have discolored what we once called our pride. I keep wondering, are we still green or a colour full with greed?

We flaunt a colour green and call ourselves Nigerians whereas by our attitude we are more of aliens professing a creed not reflecting in deed, pointing fingers at others forgetting to realize that no one else is responsible for our lives and actions except us. When people say there is nothing to celebrate in Nigeria I wonder why event planners are still in business. If we glamorously celebrate our anniversaries and ‘achievements’ without a referral to sustainable communal development then we
are the perfect definition of mediocrity.

Imagine a future where we have all stolen from ourselves and have nothing left in common except the anticipation of being the first to kill the next loosed cow. That’s the future that awaits our misplaced valued and self-seeking attitude. In our angry actions & words against our ‘rulers’ and with our fights and complaints, we have gradually become more of what we most disdain.

No matter how far we run we can’t run from who we are, WE ARE NIGERIANS first before anything else; the most favoured and endowed among black nations who are yet to articulate a common vision and master the art of discipline to achieve same.

If Dubai that has Sun, Sand & Sea can in the desert grow a tree then for Nigeria I see a possible future waiting for you and me. As we celebrate 53, two numbers with great significance, let’s Step-Up with the grace God has given and walk in unity to achieve a common goal. Let’s recolour our pride from greed back to green.

We can be a Generation Empowered, Motivated & Stirred to Operate in Natural Excellence if we:
* Make a positive impact on everyone we meet and everywhere we go.
* Be a ROLE MODEL worthy of emulation.
* Be a solution to problems and not a problem to solutions.
* Be the best in all we do particularly the things we are good at.
* Do the right thing regardless of who is doing the wrong thing.
* Value time and make the best of it.
* Care and show that we care through our words and actions.
* Consciously build a great legacy starting today & every day.
* Live a life of INTEGRITY.
* Make our family, nation & God proud. Be someone’s claim to fame.

(NB: Included here are the 10 core values of GEMSTONE)

A happy independence wishes to those who are truly dependent.

I am your friend,
Chunu Teajay
Twitter: @unusualteajay
Skype: Chunu.Teajay

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