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From the land of the Pharaohs…..

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For the past few days, i have been in Egypt with my hubby and a few other friends and it’s been an exciting experience. As i write this, we’re on a cruise on the nile, and i look out of the window to behold the scenery of a massive body of water that serves 9 countries! I’ve been to many places and learnt so much about this country.

I BELIEVE….

It happened last week thursday. I just came out of a meeting in the office around 6pm when I received a phone call that my younger sister had just been involved in a car accident. Suddenly, my head felt light, then heavy, as several thoughts raced through my mind. I grabbed my handbag as I rushed for the staircase down to the car and got a colleague of mine to take me down to the accident scene. Traffic that evening was TERRIBLE; we spent about 30 minutes on the same spot. I kept receiving calls from a good samaritan who kept asking where i had gotten to. I felt like dumping the car and flying there. Shortly after, I got another call that she had been referred to Igbobi hospital from the private hospital she was initially taken to.

QUOTES ON PATRIOTISM

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Hello All,

I believe we had a nice weekend. To kick off this week, I have some quotes on Patriotism to keep our minds on our envisioned Nigeria.

  • Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
  • A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
  • A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot.
  • Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.
  • He loves his country best who strives to make it best.
  • There is nothing wrong with Nigeria that cannot be cured by what is right with Nigeria.
  • Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.
  • A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes must survey the world.
  • Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

This week, don’t litter your environment, don’t jump queues, obey traffic rules; be Patriotic. Keep these up till they become a habit, then you can correct someone around you who is doing otherwise; spread the word, let’s give Nigeria a whole new culture. The evidence that we see a new nation reflects in what we do. Let’s do things right; one step at a time, and we will see the Nigeria that we desire. It’s in our hands!

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TRAPPED!

2 days ago, I was coming into the office in the morning and as usual, entered into the elevator and punched in the floor where I was going. Half way up, there was power failure and everything became still and all around me dark; before then, I had imagined this event in my mind but I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. Putting it mildly, I was afraid, really afraid, moreso, i was carrying in my arms, my 4 month old baby. A number of thoughts crossed my mind; I wanted to reach for my bag and get my mobile phone so I could call someone in the office but my hands were full; I was carrying two bags and my baby. I also thought calling someone might not be of much use, I needed power to get me out of the “trap” i was in. I prayed for power to be restored, or at least for the generator to come on, i waited for what seemed like a very long time until light finally came.

My goodness! was i very relieved; I almost vowed not to go upstairs using the elevator anymore but I always have my hands full whenever I’m coming in every morning. While trapped in the elevator, i was angry at the current state of Nigeria especially the power sector, I lamented in my mind that why do we not have a system that works? Why can’t things be done without one having to worry about whether something might go wrong or not?

Nigeria has indeed come a long way. For people like us who are quite young:), all the good we know about the Nigerian system is what our parents told us and the thoughts remained in our imagination; but overtime, some people have visualized the possibility of the new Nigeria, drummed it into our consciousness and we have bought it, we also see it and are passionate about it. It’s my Nigeria, your Nigeria, our Nigeria. My husband has made fun of me several times when we’re out of the country and I complain about the Oyinbo man’s diet. Once I’ve spent maximum of one week on foreign dishes, i begin to long for “Amala, Iyan and the likes. I love Nigeria, the drive, energy and passion of the people; the food; everything. Once the systems are in place, Nigeria will be a paradise. Let’s make things work, let’s join hands in the building of our envisioned Nigeria.

You want to know how? Visit www.newnigeriaclub.net/beulah and join the bandwagon of believers in the new Nigeria. It’s a positive epidemic, get infected and be a carrier. You could also mail me topsiesuzie@gmail.com. Let ‘s make it happen. I believe!
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