The Nigeria vs Ghana debate (Nigerian POV)
All Africans are well aware of the statistics - Approximately 1 out of every 2 West Africans, 1 out of every 4 Africans, and 1 out of every 5 persons of African origin is a Nigerian.
Whenever there is a gathering of black/African people and a matter of politics is brought up, the fractions form and the “Ghana must go”, “419” insults fly around. All in jest …obviously. I tend to avoid such arguments as they are futile and there is clearly one winner regarding which is the best country: Ghana
Having been brought up in Nigeria for a fraction of my childhood I was instilled with patriotism, I recall assemblies were we did the oath, placing our hands on our chest and declaring to serve Nigeria.
That blind optimism for Nigeria has disappeared. It is mind boggling that a country which is over 50 years old is the way it is. Corruption is the obvious bandwagon to jump on, that is well known but the fact it has become so ingrained in Nigerian Society is shameful. Security is appalling, armed robbery, theft is rife in the country, what is a society without peace? Don’t get me wrong I love our culture and tradition, the fact that 300+ ethnic groups are still together and have not fractured under the weight of post-colonial control and mapping is very commendable. But why are people so greedy in Nigeria, the curse of black gold is producing a society that is no society at all, people care for themselves first, their families second community doesn’t usually make the list.
How can someone have 2 lamborghinis, a ferrari, helicopter along with security guards to protect it but the road that leads to his house is full of potholes - one lambo is enough to fix that road for the entire town but people don’t care. HIV is now prevalent in Nigeria, hypocritically claiming to be conservative with sex and very big on religion.
The Nigerian government is just a sham. Deemed a “cabal” by the Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, and rightfully so. The massive gap between the rich and the poor is fuelled by incompetent leaders, leaders that suck the economy dry, and these politicians keep on resurfacing and the Nigerian people have no boldness to rise up like the Tunisians. Contrasting the potential - oil, minerals, work force, weather, geological strength, land size - contrasting to this to what we could have achieved by now is just depressing.
Ghana - Warrior King - on the other hand - the first independent sub saharan African country in terms of mineral resources, power, land, agriculture has nothing compared to Nigeria.
Yet look how far they have come, the just had one of the fastest growths in economy last year. Peace and Security prevail in this nation, in fact a lot of Nigerian businessmen and millionaires are now moving to live in Ghana - because it is safe. Safe. They have a richer society even though Nigeria has a larger economy to spend on its people, there is a greater togetherness in Ghana. Perhaps this is because Ghana is not as ethnically diverse as Nigeria but in terms of culture and tradition, I would very nearly declare that I’d rather be Ashanti than Yoruba but that is too a heavy statement. I love the culture, the attires, the art and the history. Nigerians don’t value history, museums are run down, galleries are run down. I don’t meant to paint Ghana as a Utopia, it is not, it has its flaws. Ghana has elections coming up this December and reports of fragility are breaking out.
However if there is to be an argument between which is the better country, Nigerians should keep quiet and applaud Ghanaians.
- The Black Stars are better than the Super Eagles
- I have never met a Ghanaian I do not like, Nigerians on the other hand…
Before reblogging this I would like to say that I am not taking any side, I am Cameroonian \(^-^)/ and I love all of you my African brothers (Please Nigerian or Ghanaian people don’t come at me, I love you guys *starts shaking and sweating heavily with fear*) I really don’t want to take side guise, can we all get along? Please? :-)
Anyway very interesting post, but I found it quite descriptive and not enough analytic in the sense that it doesn’t address the origins of the crisis that Nigeria is facing.
“How can someone have 2 lamborghinis, a ferrari, helicopter along with security guards to protect it but the road that leads to his house is full of potholes - one lambo is enough to fix that road for the entire town but people don’t care.”
^^^ THIS THIS THIS is Cameroon to the T. A place where you can see people driving fucking Lexus and Lamborghini on almost non-existent roads with children begging on the fucking side of the streets. The violence in Nigeria is just a result of the huge inequalities which are a product of corruption. Cameroon is starting to look like Nigeria and it terrifies me really ;_; Yaounde has changed so fucking much. I haven’t been there for years but people are telling me that violence is skyrocketing and everywhere on the hills of Yaounde - where the rich live - more and more ginormous mansions are being built, yet there are more children roaming the streets.
So what do Nigeria and Cameroon have in common?? OIL!!
Yep, you can’t make an analysis of any African country while ignoring that every single one of them is STILL TO THIS DAY A COLONY. Cameroon is not a free country in my opinion and neither is Nigeria. Most of what is going there is directly due to white supremacy i.e. the corruption, indigenous people’s rights violated to the benefit of western (oil) companies, lack of democracy … all of this. Cameroon wasn’t always this, bad. Yes there was corruption, but not this rife, with not so much inequality and violence. It is when our reserves in oil where found that things really started to go downhill. And the fact that we now have the oldest African dictator, who is also senile and live recluse in Switzerland doesn’t help either.
Seriously natural resources are the curse of many African nations. Equatorial Guinea and Angola are taking this road! Truly depressing!!
Ghana, on the other hand, is another story. I do not want to imply in any way that Ghanaians have no merit, but the true is that Ghana was and is still held by international financial agencies as the poster child for the success of their policies. I am saying it as it is, the west has a vested interest in Ghana doing much better because it would be the proof that the IMF and their wack ass economic policies work - and they don’t!! Democracy is not impossible in Nigeria or in Cameroon but it is not in the interest of western companies and governments contrary to Ghana!!
As for “The Black Stars are better than the Super Eagles”
Sorry, but I can’t hear you over Cameroon’ FIVE African Nation Cups ;-)
BTW Imma need in the future every mention of African football to include our proud indomitable lions. Otherwise, that is blasphemy, people! BLASPHEMY!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Sorry I can’t feel myself anymore when I talk about Cameroonian football, my head get so big XD