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Voting instructions to finalists

  Congratulations once again on your selection for the final phase of the Naija Pride competition, we the entire AwaNaija Team wish you all the best. Please take out time to send us your experience thus far and what winning this competition will mean to you as an email...

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Finalists – Our Pride Essay and Poetry Contest

As we draw close to the final lap of our Essay and Poetry contest, we want to sincerely acknoladge the creativity displayed in some of the submissions we’ve recieved and even though some of their names are not included here, we’ll read their works over and over and for...

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Anjola Victoria Mautin Botoku

The 9-year-old Wizkid who passed WAEC

Anjola Victoria Mautin Botoku is a student of Edidot Primary School, Badore, Ajah, Lagos. She was not too long ago awarded by the Lagos state house of Assembly At plenary as the youngest person to have achieved this feat. Anjola stood in the stand reserved for the governor and received a handshake...

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The Nigerian Story

 My father told me the story of a green field, where the horses and eagles lived and made a coat for their arms, resigning from war and just recovering from the brisk hold of slavery, they called it colonialism. Where the people sit daily counting their days without a...

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You can- Anywhere Anytime

You can have a heart that forgives, But to do this, you will need at least a person that offended you, a willing spirit, a Heart wanting to be freed from pain and you; A person that knows we are all but humans…     You can become deaf...

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Nigeria – Our Country, Our Legacy

We are not Nigerians because we were born in Nigeria, we are Nigerians because Nigeria was born in us, both as an individual and as a people, we are all there is to be ashamed of or proud of…

It’s really frustrating to see how much of ourselves (Nigeria) we have lost in our need to be accepted, appreciated, heard and defined. I am not an exception and neither are you. there’s no sense in blaming our leaders for our mistakes, we are responsible for all that happens to us as an individual and as a people. maybe i will believe the masses are justified when people start coming from Togo, Namibia, Ghana or some other countries to rule us; because as long as it’s Nigerian people becoming Nigeria leaders, i’ll uphold my opinion of status change and not difference in national identity. our leaders are only a mere representation of who we are deep down within; our greed, lust for power, selfish interests, our ambitions etc.

Good citizens make good leaders, it’s not the other way round. we may have so many short comings as a people but there’s good in everyone of us. We only need to emphasize it more in our words, attitude and actions.

We have a rich cultural heritage. a history of model citizens to learn from, people who gave their lives and lots more to get us where we are, both the ones that made it to our history books and the greater ones that didn’t.

i hope the video below can give you a glimpse of what we have lost.
I challenge you this day to become a model citizen to the generations yet to come. to aim for legacy and not riches.

for more insights into what we hope to achieve, you should click on this post title and see our model citizen video.

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Voting Slots for the essay and Poetry Competition

Here are the slots how ever, you can find all the contestants here http://www.awanaija.com/vote/mypride SLOT 1 Voting link: http://www.awanaija.com/vote/slot1 TIMOTHY OLATILEWA OLOLADE AROWOSHOLA OLUWAFEMI JOHN OKECHUKWU IROEGBU K OLALEKAN AREMO MAGNUS TAIWO GBOLAGADE AYODEJI JOY ADENIYI OLUWATIMILEYIN PETERS OLUFUNKE DEBORAH DAVID CHUKWUMA CHUKWUEMEKA OKECHUKWU NWAEZIDE DANIEL CHUKWUKERE NWOVIKE JUNIOR...

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New Voting instructions

We’ve received quite a good number of complaints regarding the voting platform in the last twenty four hours and as a result we are moving to resolve this by introducing the share voting method where you get to vote with your Facebook and twitter accounts by using them to...

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clinton inene esiwomena – Ogun

MY NAIJA MY PRIDE My Naija! My pride! A tale of 1914 heroism rooted in a merger of exotic realms Naija! Black, bold and ingenious giant, the opulent trigger of Africa An Iroko that stands buried under the shrubs of cognitive thraldom For the atrocities consigned in the age...

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Eustace Dunn – Lagos

My Naija! My Pride! With tearful looks in my eyes, I still see the world’s spies. Their mockery spat on my name Like a sane man that was lame. But I am not ashamed! I am not ashamed For I shall shout aloud amongst the crowd Don’t ever think...

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Nwachukwu Chinwendu Joy – Enugu

My Naija! My Pride! The far sky suddenly seemed so near The birds sang ditty into my ear The words were all sweet, pure and clear But not even one, could I thus hear For the wicked has risen against My Naija The hot sun rapidly turned so cold...

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Hassan Yahaya Taiwo – Lagos

Pen to paper Let me scribble But, my thoughts are unformed Like babies unborn When the mind is pregnant with ideas but can’t deliver What medical condition do we then term that? When laziness surpasses literary prowess What social condition do we also term it? What new jargon will...

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Tunray Femi Esther – Lagos

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! Alone and lonely, tired and lost; Like a child in the wilderness no dad or mum; Seeking help and guidance at every possible cost, All she heard was silence not the faintest hum. The sun burned through her skin though she cared less; Till her...

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Chris Odogwu Chinedu – Abuja

My Naija! My Pride! Playing in the sands on bare feet and naked save for the torn panties on my tiny waist, my first memories of what I would later realise to be my country were the different names of my playmates who were always lost in their world...

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Adah Adah Agiake – Calabar

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! The name Nigeria is fondly shortened and widely accepted as Naija by majority of its citizens, this is influenced by our local Pidgin English. Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic located in the West African sub region comprising of thirty six states and a federal...

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Olawale Okunola Oladehinde -Lagos

MY NAIJA MY PRIDE I’ve Received Many Knocks but How I Wish They Were on the Door (Investors) I’m Not Growing Fast Enough for Them but There Are Positives For Sure I’m 54 But Everyone Expects The Same Of Me As A 200 Year Old Despite My Shortcomings I...

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Tara Olakiitan Amoke – Ibadan

Dedicated to the memories of my unkown fathers and mothers who have trudged on the path of slavery;a journey taken in the utmost act of wickedness,one of no return.I may not feel your pain but I understand   Begrudging moments that seems like a millenium has flown by  ...

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Jabe Abang Obun – Calabar

My NIJA!MY PRIDE Nigeria: a country so blessed with natural and human resources, the giant of Africa indeed! With diverse cultures and traditions as well as languages. It is indeed soothing to know that I come from this part of Africa, proudly Nigerian. It is true that challenges are...

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Enyinna Evuleocha Steve – Owerri

MY NAIJA, MY PRIDE Hidden in the core of the deep, a nation emerges A bountiful Land of Promise crafted to her very edges The Treasure Base of the Nation sheathed deep in her Rivers Priceless as a Jewel in the Savannah, her Gombe glimmers Beckoned upon am I...

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Promise Omorodion Ozioma – Lagos

       My Naija……. My Pride.. ‘Tis my root; a fertile black land A people many and dispersed all over the globe I am one of them A breed from the blazing hope We have drank from the cup of slavery Seeing at intervals we close to the...

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Jenifer Anthony – Lagos

I LOVE YOU NIGERIA I love you, in that richly flavoured Salt of Kiana, that whistling wealth Of waterfall of Farin wiwa, where Foreigners finds bliss. Oh Nasarawa! I love you, in your structural detail Of creativity,in that hat-carved military Fancy, stringed with gilded Lights Of Lagos. Oh National...

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RIOKE MOSES RIOKE – Uyo

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! The struggle seems not to end. Turbulence striving for dominance. Does it really cost anything to follow the trend, The path of sycophancy? I’d rather be in oblivion For in its consciousness I will be safe. But what is this constraint I feel? Though it’s...

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Romi Oghoghome Tega – Ile-ife

My Naija! My Pride! Giant of Africa! Internationally known for her great deeds Globally recognised for her copious population Bountifully blessed with myriad of resources My Naija! My Pride! Most populated country in all of Africa My Naija! My Pride! A nation filled with citizens of hope! courage! optimism...

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EBUBE OBI OBICHUKWU – Onitsha

On the 24th day of August, 2013; 15-year-old Daniel Bassey fled his home in Benin. He did not commit any offense at home; he did not go to see a friend or roam the streets of Port-Harcourt, neither was it the case that he had suddenly gone bananas. Young...

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Oluwatosin Olabode Samson – Jos

My naija! my pride! with salutes I pledge my fact. From ‘God’s own state’ of Abia, to the ‘abdominal enlargement’ possible in Zamfara… In the wisdom of Nobel laureate  Wole Soyinka to the mind of young Saheela Ibraheem making waves in Harvard. She; our naija- is everywhere making a...

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Avwersuoghene Onobrakpeya Cherish – Ughelli

The lush and vast greenery, the diverse traditions, the great structures, interesting monuments. These all along with our thirty-six states, Federal capital territory, six geographical zones and a unique heritage make up our great country, Nigeria            Like every project, she started from a low...

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Amarachi Ekekwe Priscilla – Lagos

THESE YELLOW BUSES These yellow buses remind me of chaos. I look out from my window seat on the plane and I look to see my country beneath, as we continue in our descent. Brown and rotted aluminum roofs welcome my eyes, fumes rise in the air from something...

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Anthony Madukwe Obineche – Port Harcourt

My Naija, My Pride My father has a large, rickety radio in the village. Black, old, very dusty but somehow still very functional. For the past 15 years, the radio has maintained the same position in his bedroom; placed on the wooden counter at the head of the king-sized...

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moses ufuoma asamaigor – Port Harcourt

I awake with a smile on my face Beauty unspeakable, surrounds this place I am but a happy, happy child Of my Naija, my pride! Country so diverse, yet free Blessed land, air and sea In you I will forever abide My Naija, my pride! Land rich in tin...

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OWOEYE EYITAYO TIJESUNIMI – Florida

A Great Nation: Nigeria She was built by the sweats of freedom fighters. Her land protected by my forefathers. Her culture preserved so that I could have a place called my fatherland. I could stand tall in the midst of multitudes and be proud of my heritage. I have...

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Osariemen Osaro-Uzama Henshaw – Ifako-ijaye

When I look around me, I see black beautiful faces. Strong people who hide their individual challenges. My Naija, my pride. On the brown caked mud and untarred roads, happy legs belonging to happy people walk. The Nigeria I know is the Nigeria of love and joy and laughter....

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GLORY OFOR EDET – Lagos

My Naija! My Pride! While citizens of other countries are wishing for growth and development, we Nigerians are proving facts about the Nigeria we know and am here to wow you about My Naija. Enjoy My Naija! My Pride! Is a special place and a home for everyone, yes...

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adeife adebiyi olajumoke – Yenagoa

JOROMI In the glory of the dark I hear strange melodies Beckoning on me to dance with the gods of this land I take one step, and yet another My legs; fresh succulent stems Springing forth in bold splendour From the ancient womb of the earth Today I declare:...

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Florence Aghimien Nosayaba – Ikorodu

NIGERIA, MY PRIDE Nigeria, a West African country also known as the giant of Africa has a lot to be remembered for. It is officially the federal republic of Nigeria. It shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and...

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Adeleke Amoye Tokunbo – Ipaja

All hail mother Nigeria. The true amazon of Africa, standing tall and strong and unmoved despite the battles within. The giant of Africa and pride of the black race. Blessed with numerous natural resources, the envy of the world and a bundle of unrivaled natural talents which bring honor...

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Godwin Ojeaga Okhumhen – Abuja

My Naija! My Pride! My Naija! to whom I promised to serve.. with heart and might and to not ever let down.. despite my fear of height in search of hope I find I ask my Naija..how have I held my side? My Naija! Distinctively diverse by tribe richly...

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Chizoma Emeka Joshua – Aba

My Naija,My Pride  There is this exhilarating,almost exciting,feeling one gets when he realizes that he can point to something,anything at all,and thump his chest saying,’that’s mine’. This same feeling is what I get anytime I am given the opportunity to call this beautiful country my home.My Naija. Yes,I am...

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Richard Momodu Richie – Benin

My Naija My Pride My naija needs a love benevolent and mild A love that should be portrayed by me and you A love bringing us all out of doom A love not bigotry but one of equality A love curing poverty and political insanity A love pragmatic and...

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ONORIODE ONOBRAKPEYA YAKES – Ile-ife

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! Upon Mount Patti Where Lady Shawn stood Gazed out in astonishment of Confluence River Stretched out before her sight A sight marvel upon that inspired Heart to give birth to a nation, Nigeria. A nation born out of nature’s beauty To accommodate diversity faces, Faraway...

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Chinweokwu Akata Victor – Lagos

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! Our heroes past fought for Nigerian sovereignty. Our leaders today are making that vision a reality. Our youths are undaunted by the struggle to protect her territory. Our children sing My Naija My Pride with all joy. My beloved country Nigeria blessed with great minds,...

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Owolabi Christopher Olanrewaju – Ife

Nigeria? Yes. Nigeria. That’s my HOME. Coming to think of it, it would be hard not to refer to this beautiful place as home. The generally accredited Giant of Africa, I can’t help but think that had Nigeria been human, she would be a tall, beautiful, and black woman....

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Suhaib Mohammed C – Benin Kebbi

My Naija! My Pride! It’s 23:30 on a Monday night, and my body is disquieted with heat, struggling to sleep. I can’t shake the feeling that there’s some night out, enjoyed with well-to-do people, somewhere around me. Politicians, emirs and obas and their children, all sleeping and savoring the...

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Badmus Tobi Chinonso – Ile-ife

MY NAIJA MY PRIDE Its a flag With colours of white And paintings of green Its my country With rivers of peace And food for plenty Hunger never dies The thirst never quenches Poverty knows no riches Yet, the tears of joy flood the land The cries of laughter...

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Okoh Innocent C – Abuja

OUR NAIJA, OUR PRIDE Our Naija, our pride our people, good people Our number, our continet\’s colossus Our food, allure of taste, class and nativity Delightful breakfast of Akara, Masa, Ewa Agonyin with Akamu Artistry balls of Tuwo, Akpu, Eba with Miyan Kuka, Banga, Afang soups Kunu, Zobo, Palmwine,...

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Oghenemaro Afenogho none – Ughelli

I woke up this morning and all I could do was wonder. So many things ran across my mind like mighty stallions. Over an hour or two, I was as calm and quiet as still waters. I pondered over many questions but a few kept re-occurring in my head....

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Precious Emmanuel Chigozirim – Umuahia

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE! From east to west From north to south Check all in and out Then you’ll bow for her crest Her lands are blessed Her resources are harnessed Land of milk and honey And beautiful women in tony Her people are black But never made to...

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Chima Ejiofor Ruth – Enugu

My Naija, My Pride When I was young and just a child I did learn about my nation Inexperienced memories Of tales of men of glory From various views, the different stories Our teachers and elders did tell us Of how this great nation escaped the myths Admist valleys...

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Faith Adams Vallery – Lagos

As a child,you dont really understand or know the importance of being part of a country.you could care less about the happenings.up until i became a mum i never understod my role in my country Nigeria.whenever i hear any news be it a good one or a bad one,i...

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Adesanya Mr Babajide Emmanue – Lagos

My Naija! My Pride!! Under the dim reflection of my bulb, my Fan lazily rotates as it makes its rickety sounds, from the low voltage PHCN popularly known as NEPA supplied Light. From the next room I could hear people clapping in their bid to kill the angry mosquitoes...

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