I have observed a trend in which most Nigerians who leave the country in search of greener pastures, in their eagerness to embrace the cultures of their new environments, not only take in the new cultures but also denigrate Nigerian ways of life outrightly. Whilst there may be aspects of our new found cultures that seem appealing to us, we do not have to take it for granted that such aspects will necessarily be of benefit to our own unique society.
Every society needs to devise ways of progress to suit it's own unique values, ways and aspirations.
The rest of the world mainly mirrors Nigeria from the view presented to them by those Nigerians who live abroad, no matter how much those Nigerians do not reflect the majority view or pattern. For instance, in my city, many people tend to think that Nigerians drink a lot and smoke a lot of weed because they meet many Nigerians who smoke weed. It is therefore imperative that Nigerians abroad think about the image we project to the rest of world by our utterances and our actions because these will ultimately affect future generations of Nigerians.
We, as Nigerians, have things which stand us out from the rest of the world. We have many things that we should celebrate and applaud about our ways of life. Of course, we also have negative things that need to be expunged. The attitude which seems to be prevalent with many of us who live abroad is one of disdain and contempt for anything that has a Nigerian touch. This is pathetic, to put it mildly. We cannot be what we are not, so to try and deny or denigrate what we really are will, in the long run, leave us with nothing to identify us. This will painfully mean that we are striving to be like other people and we will remain nothing but second class humans in the world.
Do we need to sacrifice everything that stands us out on the altar of some of us who believe that 'our' destinies lie away from home?
If our future generations have nothing which identifies them uniquely, they will always struggle to be like other people and they can never be natural. It is akin to what happened to African Americans but theirs was inflicted against their will whereas we seem to be unwittingly mortgaging the humanity and identities of our future generations. They are NEVER going to become Europeans. They will always have the Nigerianess in them but they will struggle when what they should be naturally has been mortgaged by their so-called fathers and mothers.
Please let us preserve our identities