by Okechukwu Ofili
Nigeria is a country living in denial…
If someone from the outside comes and says Lagos is dirty and flooded, Nigerians will form Voltron to kill him and then bury him in the same dirt they are denying.
If another person states that you cannot as a “light skinned” foreigner move around Nigeria without Mobile police men brandishing AK-47s, Nigerians will pounce on you and scream you down even as the sirens of yet another Mobile escorts veers dangerously past their cars.
If you even make the mistake to say Nigerians prefer light skinned people over dark skinned, or even accuse Nigerians of not valuing their natural self. A set of bleached knuckles with knock you out and bury you in a casket made out of left over weaves!
Such is the life of Nigeria. A state is constant denial, that’s why we are some of the happiest people on earth. Because denial is the root of happiness.
If trouble happens…remember to Grin-White-Grin!
Okechukwu Ofili is an author of three books, blogger, and social commentator. He writes from Facebook.
The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.