2016 was a particularly tough year for Nigerians, majority of whom were already living on the edge of survival; a place where a little push would send them into full-blown hell.
The Nigerian economy shrunk more than it ever has; our currency went on a steep free-fall; hundreds of businesses closed down; millions lost their jobs, and the country slipped into recession. For many families, these statistics mean they could not keep a roof over their heads, put food on the table, and keep their kids in school. I can only imagine the tone of their Christmas and New Year’s Day – certainly not colours of joy or celebration.
This is not because they were lazy or purposeless, rather, it’s because no matter how hard they tried, the forces of devastation that seized our land just wouldn’t let the sun shine their way.
Many, especially in the middle class, have lost a grip on their plans for their future. It feels like their dreams are slipping away and they don’t know when they’ll be able to go back to the roadmap for their prosperity.
Entering into 2017, for so many, just felt like, in the words of a famous songwriter, the same nightmare, just a different dream.
If you are reading this and feel like you are not where you are supposed to be, like your career or business has taken an unexpected downturn and it feels like you are stuck in this nightmare, I want you to know that the night wouldn’t last forever.
Seasons come and seasons go. Please don’t let go of your dreams and, most importantly, don’t give up on God. He is still in the business of doing astonishing things and bringing about remarkable turnarounds. He will come through for you sooner than you expect.
Keep hope alive and don’t let worship and praise depart from your house. Remember that the King of kings reigns, and he rules in the affairs of our nation.
May this verse of the Holy Scripture, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” be a source of comfort and encouragement to you.
I sincerely pray that the New Year that begins today brings you new accomplishments, all-round prosperity, wondrous joy, and unending love.
Aziza Uko is a Nigerian publisher who is the Executive Editor of The Trent. She is also Chief Executive of Ziza Group, a company she founded in 2009. She is an award-winning graduate of marketing and a marketing communications professional with over 17 years post graduation experience. She is a writer, editor, and music lover. She can be reached on email HERE, on Twitter at @azizauko, and Facebook HERE.