When I think of Nigeria, I think of a beautiful person,
I think of a country with a federation
I think of the country I grew up in
I think of the years I traveled to visit my grandma and grandpa
I think of a land fertile enough to feed the world
I think of a land that changed over the years,
A land that has long cried for freedom long before I was born
Freedom of self, freedom of government
I think of a land colonized and not colonized
A land with much criticism and less help
A land of religion and a land of less practice.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of the hatred everyone has for one man
I think that man can never prove himself right because everyone doesn’t believe in him.
I think of a man who has been shot by everyone
A man who has shot himself
A man who has brought evil upon himself
I think of a man without friends and a man with fake friends.
A man who can only become great if he takes charge all by himself.
I think of injustice given to its citizens
I think of a land stained with the blood of the innocent
I think of the innocent and their cry which no one would ever hear,
I think of the hateful words a citizen could utter about its country.
I think of the citizens who wish and say nothing good could ever come from the country.
I think of citizens who wish the very best.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of a government with no shame
A government that abandon its duties. After its being sworn in,
A government that can govern with evil,
A government that never wants to leave
A government that finds refuge in blaming one another
I think of a constitution that must be revisited,
I think of a government that must never rule again
And a government that must be over thrown.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of beautiful citizens
I think of people who have been misjudged,
A group of people who have been judged and are judged by the doings of one person$
I think of ways people judge Nigerians and the Nigerians who do better than people say every Nigerian is.
I think of people who have suffered disfavor for the sake of other’s action
I think of people who do better than they have been ranked.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of people who have suffered and are suffering
I think of people who have no choice than to become selfish
I think of people who hate the government but won’t do any different
I think of a group of people who want change but blame everyone for making no change
I think of a group of people who want a change just over the night
And I think of a group of people who must change themselves before they do the government.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of brilliant students
I think of students who make the world a better place
I think of students who score better when taught by a reformer
I think of students who foreign schools praise as the best
I think of students with bright futures
Students who the government must develop and appreciate.
When I think of Nigeria, I think of a foreigner
I think of a foreign country comparing itself to Nigeria
I think of a foreigner who hates a Nigerian
I think of a foreigner who has never visited Nigeria
I think of a foreigner who thinks one Nigerian is every Nigerian
I think of the government who has deported one Nigerian and thinks every Nigerian should be sent away
I think of foreigners who would never have mixed babies
I think of foreigners who would never know the good a Nigerian can do
I think of people who say they love everyone but can’t stand a Nigerian.
I think of people who would never meet friendly people.
When I think of Nigeria, I cry
I cry because everyone is a judge
I cry for those on the street
I cry for those in prison who have no trial date
I cry for the beautiful people who smile even when they have no food
I cry for people who cry to God for a better life
I cry for the motherless ones who no one will feed because no one has food themselves
I cry for those who need help, but it seem far away
I cry because we are beautiful people who just want a thing or two.
When I think of Nigeria, I pray
I pray for the innocent ones who have died
I pray for the evil done in the land
I pray for the law makers
I pray for the bright students,
I pray for the homeless
I pray for a better government
I pray for the Nigeria I hope to see
I pray for a Nigeria I know is great.
When I think of Nigeria, I know it will be alright
I think of great years to come
I think of countries coming together
I think of citizens we would praise, I think of mothers we would adore
I know it seems absurd but I know my Nigeria is great.