I am Nigerian by Nkiru Asika

I am a Nigerian.
I am one in 5 Africans.
I am one in 8 Black people, anywhere in the world.
I am a Nobel Prize Winner.
An Olympic Gold Medalist.
A Grammy Award Winner.
A Soccer Champion.
A Prince of the Vatican.
An Oscar Nominee.
A Giant of Literature.
A Distinguished Scientist.
A Musical Icon.
My roots lie in the dusty Sahel of the North; in the rich rain forests of the East;
in the Savannah plains of the West; in the oil-filled swamps of the Delta;
in the warmth of our villages and the vibrance of our cities.
My strength flows from the waters of the Niger and the Benue.
My joy springs from the rush of Gurara Falls and the natural wonders of Yankari.
Nigeria is my rock.
Nigeria is my hope.
Nigeria is my home.
I am the voice of two hundred tribes, speaking three hundred languages.
I am the dance of the circle of life.

I am the laughter of the world’s happiest people.
I am nourished by the crop of the soil, fed by the bounty of the rivers.
I am your neighbor.
I am your friend.
I am a warrior, priest, king.
I am a mother, teacher, queen.
I am my brother’s keeper.
I am a sage from an ancient civilization.
I am a child in the youngest nation on earth.
I am the beauty,
I am the sound,
I am the vision,
I am the spirit,
I am the passion,
I am the soul of a Continent.
I am a Nigerian.

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  1. Olaniyi says:

    What a brisk feeling this poem gives with its great rhythm. Well done. I hope you permit me to share it.

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  2. Chloe Ene says:

    This actually brought tears to my eyes. I printed it out and put it up in my room, so that every day I feel tempted to insult or degrade Nigeria, I remember how good we’ve got it. Proud to be from Naija, oh!

    1. Awesome Chloe!

      We are glad you liked it!

      The Ladybrille Nigeria team.

  3. To The Glory of God, This Happens to be the greatest feeling about Nigeria and a Nigerian I’ve had in a long while. Get ready, for a wave of God’s goodness and mercy will sooner than anticipated come over you MY DEAREST NIGERIA! God bless you forever Nkiru Asika, you are the dearest Nigerian I,ve heard about in years. Thanks for keeping the spirit.

  4. A touching poem by the writer. A refreshing mist in the midst of negativity. Thanks for sharing…………

  5. Beautiful composition and very inspiring. Well done!

  6. Anthony says:

    I am a scammer. lol no mind me o

  7. Boombapster says:

    Beautiful poem. Printing & saving for inspiration. Thanks. BBS 312

  8. 'Seun Johnson says:

    Great writing by Nkiru. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a Nigerian, in spite of certain issues we might want to point fingers to…I’m a PROUD NIGERIAN,anytime!

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