There’s no need to brief you on all that’s happening in our Nation this October. As much as I tried to shield myself away from traumatic news, as I’m sure most people attempted at some point—log out of social media accounts, mute WhatsApp statuses, stay away from the TV— updates just always managed to reach me one way or the other. There was no escaping. To say that it is all so sad is an understatement. Our nefarious government has managed to show us in a matter of days, entire catalogues of evil we could have never imagined. But I’ve said I won’t come casting the news you already know to you all over again. We don’t need that. What we need is the truth and here it is; THERE IS HOPE.
You would think it ludicrous for a mother to simply stop pushing mid labour, wouldn’t you? You don’t need to be a genius to know that you’d inevitably have an abortion on your hands. In layman terms, a dead baby and there’s also an added risk of losing the mother herself. Listen to me, I know what I’m saying; I’ve been in medical school over 5 years now. This seems to be our case in birthing a new Nigeria. We are tired, justifiably so. But we cannot stop now. Do you know what keeps the mother pushing? I’ll tell you; a confident expectation of a baby as her reward. HOPE.
Most people are now ready to japa¹, abandon Nigeria for good. I don’t blame them. I even think this congregational desire to leave is valid and legitimate. Matter of fact, I believe we need some people to go, whether permanently or to return in the distant future, either way. The truth remains though that most of us cannot—as most of our population is drowning in poverty— and some of us simply will not. We do not see ourselves living anywhere else.
God did not make a mistake in creating Africa and making you and I Nigerians. There is a purpose to this. We are here for a reason. If you desire to leave, please do. If you don’t, don’t feel pressured to follow the crowd. There is hope for our Nation. It is not finished. I know that I am not talking to everyone, those I am speaking to know themselves. I am only echoing the still small voice you’ve been hearing in your heart.
This is your confirmation;
THERE IS HOPE.
I know you were probably expecting proof of this hope that I keep talking about and I will give you those shortly but more than anything else, what I have is an inner witness. Don’t stop praying and believing in a better Nigeria. Don’t stop working towards it however way you can, sometimes change is not always in the loud visible signs. Sometimes we see result after years and years of sowing good seeds. We continue to seek God for divine guidance in nursing and nurturing our nation to sound health and prosperity.
Listen to me, we were born for this. For this particular moment in history, we were created and fashioned by God. I’m not trying to psych you up. I’m only reiterating what you already know, what is in your heart. I’m like a Bluetooth speaker for your heart right now; amplifying that voice so you will know you are not delusional to still believe, so that you will know for a fact that you are not alone.
This is your confirmation; THERE IS STILL HOPE.
Whether you leave or you stay has little to do with your contribution as long as you know you’re doing what is right for you and you never lose hope in your heart. Nigeria will be great, with or without you. Sounds harsh but that is the truth. Remember what Modecai said to Esther in the bible when her people were in crisis and she was in a position of power and influence;
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:12-14 NIV
God will raise men and women. God’s powers has never been dependent on the number of people in attendance. In fact the lesser the better, that way it will be indisputable that it is God.
Here are some bible verses on hope² to encourage you and build your faith. They were the proofs of hope I was referring to earlier.
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.” Psalm 9:18
“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24–25
“And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. ” Job 11:17–19
“The eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” Psalm 33: 18–19
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:11
“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:10
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” Romans 5:3–5
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Roman’s 15:13
I know that a lot of people might need a distraction from all that is happening. And since books were that needed distraction for me, I’ve decided to make Green Hope available for free download to all. It’s a fiction book that I know some people might be familiar with. It will be released later this week so WATCH. THIS. SPACE. It’s also my way of saying thanks to everyone that has bought my books in past months. I’m so grateful.
For those of you that read the story as a series on the blog back in April you might still want to download this copy. What you didn’t know back then was that Green Hope is only the first book in a trilogy. Yup, that’s right; it’s just part 1 in a story that has 3 parts! How exciting!
In the pdf copy I’ll make available soon I’ve included the first chapter of the next book, Red Love. Red love should be out later this year or next? Let’s see. I can’t guarantee it would be free though.
It is not a coincidence that our national flag has the bold lavish colour green. The colour of hope! God has not forgotten us, He is still on our side and He is able to turn all things around for our good. Our prayers are being answered. It might take us a while to see the physical manifestations but surely, the Lord hears us. Always.
Thank you for reading and God bless you.
- Japa is a Nigerian slang for “relocate”
- Harvested from Women’s Day; https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/g27654150/bible-verses-about-hope/
- Cover Photo Backstory: My younger sister actually called me Nigerian Flag the day the picture was taken because of the corresponding colours I suppose. It was a palms-face moment but today I decided to own it and use it as my cover photo for this article.