finalists

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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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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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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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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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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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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Uwa Rosemary Nkem – Lagos

MY NAIJA! MY PRIDE!  A Nation whose Evolution dated back to 1849 Once Enslaved But yet gained Her freedom In the year 1960 A Nation held hostage By corruption, But yet the people stand strong My Pride lies In this land Where the culture so important to the people...

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prisca ilozumba chinonye – Lagos

On the 1st of October 1960 a new country originated she was christened Nigeria today, she is made up of rich human and natural resources. Oshodi! Oshodi! the bus conductor screamed, as some people entered, he tried to lure others in, the drivers sat at the park, eating breakfast...

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