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LL Heritage Month: What Makes A Nigerian?

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Hello everyone! It’s October and here at Lucid Lemons, it’s our Black Heritage/ Nigerian Independence month. I remember reading a couple of independence day posts online on  the first of October  and quite a number of people seemed ready to deny Nigeria for a number of a reasons, this got me thinking and questioning. I thought to myself, let’s write a long essay questioning and explaining what makes one of Nigeria but my body decided otherwise and produced this. i hope you like it. Do read and drop comments below!

WHAT MAKES A NIGERIAN?

Is it the confines of borders that approach and stifle from all directions?

Or the simple colors of a flag?

Green promising a failed agricultural system and white, a laugh at peace.

Is it the pledge and anthem mumbled under the breaths of citizens?

The wordings twisted in mockery of her great nation.

 

What makes her Nigerian?

Is it her bright aso-oke made of adire?

Or The beauty that is her hips which swings with each step.

Is it her fabulously made jollof rice?

The Jollof whose smell is better than the taste of others.

Is it her beautiful ‘virgin’ hair?

Hair that is carefully combed and weaved into perfection.

 

What makes him Nigerian?

Is it his white agbada that has been starched to the core?

Its pockets stuffed with wads of cash to spray at any event.

Is it his container on the high sea that is ever arriving?

Is it his innate ability to hustle?

No matter his state, his blood chases money.

 

What makes us Nigerian?

Is it our thick accents and all our letter factors?

Is it the hit songs of ‘Up NEPA!’ and ‘Dress brother?’

Is it un-forgiveness over the past?

 

What makes me Nigerian?

It is a rich detailed history.

It is the patience that comes with conquering Ikorodu road traffic.

The art coming from its lungs that i breathe.

This connection to this land makes me its child.

 

Why are you Nigerian?

 

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‘Back Around’ – Thompson S. Ekong

Back Around is a visual series exploring the value of music, heritage and youthful culture.
The series is circled around Skepta performing at a music festival in his home country Nigeria.
The images curated in this series bring out emotions of a mind who’s had to pursue his dream away from home due to lack of structures. While away from home, he becomes an icon in another’s man land upon his return home the culture of new age Africa has grown, and limitations didn’t allow him to grow at home have been established for him to shine.
It’s profound as new age Africa takes shape, it’s a call to Africans all over, a pride raging across every African as we’re a global voice.

“Being here put me in a different state.
The atmosphere was unique, it felt like sounds of people who were happy of all they’ve accomplished.
Capturing these images were perfect reflections of the strength in our consciousness.
Africans everywhere have fought years of mistakes, we’ve undergone so much yet we still kept on going, kept on believing.
Our skins never seemed to fade away from history.
To the skins close to our outside, they couldn’t be more proud that home has begun to shine.
It’s been long coming, some called it out homecoming.
A time where we need not leave our boarders to seek dreams or joy.
Grown, we’ve grown enough to own our presence in the world.
History taking notes of our ethos.
The culture is is priceless, we are the profit.
These moments the kids of the future reunite with their heroes all happening in your environment, in your Africa, are prophecies to our New Age.

Thompson S. Ekong

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