Telling the story of Nigerians (VIDEO)
Society grows through innovation and innovation by people is attached to the kind of inspiration they receive. Amongst Nigerians, home and abroad are many, who innovate daily to make our world a better place. We need to share their stories to inspire others. I am Nigerian is such a repository on inspirations where Nigerian innovations are shared to inspire others.
– Kaanayo Nwachukwu, Nigerian Author and Social Commentator
While Nigeria as a nation continues to battle socio-political and economic problems, her citizens are simultaneously being plagued by stereotypes – not only in western countries, but also in other African nations. In many unfortunate descriptions, Nigerians have been negatively defined by stereotypes such as scammers, drug-pushers, etc. However,
The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story…. the consequence is this; it robs people of their dignity.
While we continue to wait on government and our leaders to transform the nation and its economy, we the people can redefine who we are. We can share our stories, the positive stories that complete us. We can make the world aware of the peace-loving Nigerians, the enterprising Nigerians, the energetic Nigerians and the innovative Nigerians. We can defeat the stereotypes.
We can ensure that negative stories do not define our nationhood and citizenry. No nation is devoid of negative attributes, Nigerians should not be defined solely by them. This is why a number of young Nigerians – students and young workers have risen to promote the Nigerian nationality via the I AM NIGERIAN platform.
It is a community-based platform that requires membership and participation from every Nigerian and others that love Nigeria. We have started a growing online movement via facebook, a website and a blog. And we have produced a series of short video clips to describe and promote our Nigerian nationality.
You can be a part of the movement to redefine the Nigerian nationality within a solely positive framework. You can be a Nigerian whose story will be told to inspire others. You can be a Nigerian whose daily activity positively defines every Nigerian. You can be a Nigerian whose life touches others everywhere. Be a part of this movement. Start by visiting www.iamnigerian.org.ng, complete the form on the page and we will get back to you, as we make plans towards an official launch.
Join our facebook page here.
Acknowledgement: Thanks to CP-Africa and Jennifer Ehidiamen.
Music Acknowledgement: Ty Bello.