This talk by Chris Abani never gets old. Relevant parts to Nigeria starts from 4:42.
This week, with all the craziness going on with Panama leaked papers and Nigeria politicians names revealed as amongst those with offshore secret accounts. My thoughts were that one needs to be on the other side of reality to be surprised about any of this, the real question is how do we get the stolen funds back to be used for common good and perpetrators punished.
So I returned to listen to this talk once again, I sighed in relief when I got to 14:15″…transformation is difficult slow process” – it sure will happen if we (Nigerians) allows it.
I came across Chris Abani last year in my quest to know more about my country, Nigeria, especially those of different background from mine.
Listening to Chris’ TED Talk was an inspiration, yesterday I had to dig it up once again as it echoes so many thoughts I had in my head. He talked about balancing our narratives that are wonderful with the ones of wounds and self loathing. In order to achieve this we need to be honest with ourselves as no one else can tell the truth of our stories but us, Africans.
Hope you enjoy his talk as much as I did.