I love being in my continent Africa, most times Nigeria, because I connect soul-wise with my root. I soak in the spiritual and emotional warmth of my fellow Nigerians. I embrace the optimism that is at the core of who we are as Nigerians.
I stride, walk and travel through the towns, cities and streets confidently reassured and affirmed by Nigeria’s strong sense of community and interconnectedness is our identity. In Nigeria you get a strong sense of our collective humanity just by the languid and slow unrushed glance with and from fellow Nigerians.
Now moving to the superficial stuff, my skin glows in Nigeria. With the humidity, I look 15 years younger: given that I am now single, and the most attractive and dynamic men are in Nigeria, this is an added value.
I agree, there is one thing the West has we don’t have in Nigeria and most of Africa: and that is the makeup and skincare shop Sephora, I love Sephora, and this is the one reason I get excited about my periodic visits to New York, Toronto and Ottawa.
Dear Africa; It is no longer okay to take the backseat on the narrative driving our economic growth. We must stop believing and accepting Western-based agenda-driven data and statistics on who is developed, developing etc. If the outcome of Western-style development is a crisis of loneliness, presently ravaging these so-called developed countries, well why would we follow, listen to or accept their terms and definition of what it means to be developed.
Some of the countries that Africans are literally dying to migrate to are some of the top loneliest countries in the world. The World Economic Forum (WEF) last year described this growing crisis as an epidemic. The top loneliest countries in the world are the most developed, these include Sweden, The UK, Japan, Italy, the US, and Canada. Go figure!