*Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, marks its 54th Independence anniversary, 1st October. This great West African nation has had its ups and downs.
Nevertheless, this nation of which I am proud of, should not be known for Boko Haram, which unfortunately is on the lips of everyone or Ebola which has been controlled. Nigeria has produced great achievers, heroes and heroines and the nation as a whole has been progressive through the years even through political, social and economic setbacks.
It has had good leaders, Writers, Artists, Politicians, Bankers, Athletes, Musicians, Economists, Mathematicians, Philanthropists, Scientists, Educationists and many more. Nigerians in the diaspora have been making waves with successes upon successes. Its unthinkable for someone not to know or have heard of Nigeria or come in contact with a Nigerian.
My last visit to Cameroon for the FESCARHY Cartoon festival, some came to the festival having heard that I, as a Nigerian was at the Festival and they came to meet with me. It was then I realised how many are in awe of Nigeria as a Nation and Nigerians as well. As Black History Month is celebrated in the United Kingdom, also this Month of October, I celebrate NIGERIA!
TAYO Fatunla is an award winning Nigerian Comic Artist, illustrator and Editorial cartoonist. He is also a contributor to EURweb.com. Visit TAYO’s web – www.tayofatunla.com