A land flowing with milk and honey
But many still find it hard to make money
A land where husbands call wives mummies
But wives call their hubbies, monkeys
A land where everyone has an eye for God
But follow the tradition of men; serving other gods
A land where day and night, we kneel praying to the Almighty
But, bow in reverence with hearts that are extremely dirty
A land where the rich and poor continually smile
While the weak and feeble pretend not to be fragile
A land where we are suffering and smiling
And the Lord, up above, for a lost course, is crying
A land where every day we pray that our lives be bettered
But all we get is an economy that has left us battered
A land isolated from natural disasters
But we hate and become one another’s disaster
A land where we cry, “Arise, O, compatriot!”
But we betray one another like Judas Iscariot
A land where the poor man wants to survive in this generation
But is stifled by the lack of power generation
That was my old Nigeria
I hope for a new Nigeria which shall be:
A land where other minerals are tapped
And all the unfavourable laws, reasonably scrapped
A land where jobs in my nation
Are given without an inquest into one’s tradition
A land where the rich takes the poor to the Church in his car
Without considering whether the distance is near or far
A land where, when the poor man cries
The rich helps out by buying him some fries
A land where the struggling youth is given the resources to thrive
And to a safe destination, his future, drive
A land where love is professed straight from the heart
And have the Igbos, Hausas and Yorubas lie down on the same mat
A land where its leaders stand out from other nations
And lead with good intentions; not bad notions
A land where husbands and wives live in harmony
And enjoy marriage whether or not there is money
A land where religion is the last thing on my mind
So that I go to my brother, doing him good and being kind
A land where we sincerely cry to God to direct our noble course
And save us from any generational curse.
I am a Nigerian and I am an optimistic citizen.
Synopsis: This lovely piece expresses the writers feelings of optimism toward a better people and nation. It’s contained in an anthology titled STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART ♥.
Author: Noel O. Louis
Profile: He is a renowned Nigerian writer, poet, content editor who seeks to make the world a better place through his writing and has authored two books of poetry: HEARTFELT RHYMES and RHYTHM and STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. He’s also the founder of  Souliterary Planet.


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