Onwuasoanya FCC Jones

(26 - 04 - 1984 / Enugu, Nigeria.)

Our Nigeria Is Like No Other

Have you tried a traverse through the oceans?
Have you attempted an exploration of towns and cities?
Admirible are the beauties of the first world,
Enthralling is America,
With its flag full of stars
Flaunting a marvelous air of sunlight.
Yet, the most freedom is on the streets of Lagos;
Where a walk through Lekki, extends a life-span by half,
With nature endearingly close and generous in her offerings of freshness,
and a tranquility undefiled.
Enviable is the history of Rome,
Interesting are the antiquities of the old West,
With Cairo's crumbly castles, cast on our dear African soil.
Yet there are the statues of the Pharaoh Kings, whose innovations spurred the thirst for knowledge and gave the light of education.
Yet, Our Igboukwu arts and crafts stand tall amidst all;
A marvel of intelligence and ingenious creativity,
Our Nigeria is rivalled by none in its history,
Though our present be enmeshed in trials of bombs and blistering poverty,
We are stable in our resilience.
Though a brazen few may defer,
We are one!
Though diverse in tongues,
We speak Nigeria.
We do not want a washington or London,
Our Abuja in its lack is the best of all cities.
Ours is a nation like no other,
We certainly are not out of the woods yet,
We are not stuck in it,
America is their own, Nigeria is our own,
America is beautiful,
Europe is wonderful,
But Nigeria's beauty is incomparable!
Asia may have grown Tigers,
Africa's Tiger- Nigeria,
shall swallow them up!

Submitted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Edited: Sunday, November 24, 2013

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