This post is a week late but heartfelt none-the-less as I wish my Nigerian co-workers and friends a happy 52 years of independence. Those of you familiar with Nigeria know that this nation has not had an easy road to walk and it still faces significant challenges. Yet, if you know anyone from this country you also realize that the Nigerian people’s hope for the future abounds.
The U.S. has about 200,000 citizens who list their national origin as Nigerian (2000 census) but many more are here as temporary workers and students. Houston, my home town and the home town of x0 hero Lola, has a large concentration of Nigerians thanks to our common tie with the oil business. New York and Chicago boast large populations of Nigerians as well and this past week-end both of these cities hosted Nigerian Independence Day Parades
Take a look at Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2012 Independence Day Broadcast here. It’s short, and it is a good reminder that every nation shares problems in common as well as such very similar hopes for the future.