It's been almost a hundred years since the British Colonists formalized plans to amalgamate their Northern and Southern Protectorates in the area around the River Niger and parts of the Cameroons into a country on January 1, 1914.
They called the new country Nigeria, and the one thing that the infant country had in abundance was diversity; in people, in cultures, in resources and in resourcefulness.
It has been an eventful century since the amalgamation, and we have survived it all. From a civil war to coups, to environmental crises and inter-tribal wrangling, we have survived it all and we're still one, still standing.
We're still a proud people, still one nation bound in freedom and unity. There is still no other people as colorful and as African as Nigerians. We still represent blackness in all of its glory.
There are many reasons to celebrate Nigerians; the achievements of the people, how far we have come together, the cultures, the friendships, the everyday heroes…we shall dwell on these positives and, for now, ignore the negatives.
Roll out the drums…