Sunday, October 3, 2010
Independence Blues: two hands raised in darkness
"Two men are waving, but to whom exactly? Tafawa Balewa’s hand hails the people, but what of James Robertson? Is he waving hello, farewell, or not so fast? It’s hard to tell, and yet the stiffness of those gloves, sash, headgear and medals suggest a man no longer at ease."
Sarah Ladipo Manyika author of "In Dependence"
"Five decades ago, the white man waved goodbye to Nigeria. But today, Nigerians remain in captivity. The colonialists rule our minds. We obsess over what they think about us." Adaobi Trici Nwaubani, author of "I Do Not Come to You By Chance"
These are some of the beautiful reflections by Nigerian writers on the significance of Nigeria's independence.
Five decades ago, the white man waved goodbye to Nigeria. And today? Many Nigerians are more than happy to do exactly what the white man did.