By Olumayowa Okediran | Sept 11, 2018
In many profound ways, Nigerians have voiced their displeasure regarding the direction of the country. Rising food prices, the economic crisis, and the endless political shenanigans are some of the reasons many Nigerians wonder if the nation is destined for doom. The heat stoked when the plight of many Nigerians are uncovered one way or another is something that burns us all. People are left with more questions than answers about what the country’s future holds especially as another general election approaches. This quest to find some answers inspired training an exploratory lens on the history of Nigeria, seeking trends in the political, economic and social journey of the country. Comparing these to those of a selected number of countries, that share similar attributes such as population or GDP, also helped to adjust perspectives and expectations.
It is very easy to overlook how far we have come as a country, especially when looking for the negatives. But what is also true is that Nigeria’s journey since the start of the fourth republic has not been entirely terrible.