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Happy Independence Day from the BellaNaija Team to YOU!
We pray that today is a turning point for Nigeria.
If we had one wish, it would be good governance…rather excellent governance.
With competent leadership, the country will be able to take definite steps towards eradicating poverty and decay in various facets of life including healthcare, education and power.

We encourage you to register and then vote when the time comes.
Voter registration opens in Nigeria this month.
We will not recommend, any candidates, just ensure that you vote and make your voice heard.
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Share your thoughts and hopes for Nigeria at 50.

40 Comments

  1. Beeci

    October 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I wish we can all genuinely care about each other and not have “ulterior motives” when helping.
    The truth is selfishness is ingrained in the average human being but if we pause and think,we will realise that life is too short to live for ourselves alone…its about time people realise that the the world doesn’t revolve around them alone!
    All hands must be on deck to usher in the new Nigeria…any obstacle on Nigeria’s way will be crushed IJN.

  2. ayo

    October 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

    where can i send my thoughts,please i ‘ve got a piece

    • Glory Edozien

      October 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      Please send your article to [email protected]. Looking forward to reading

  3. BOS

    October 1, 2010 at 12:26 am

  4. Uche

    October 1, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hey Bells, Happy Independence Day to you and the BellaNaija Team. I wish Nigeria nothing but the best at 50. I know one day Nigeria will be a very great country, respected and loved by all, its just a matter of time and work, so we the people of Naija have to think positively, dream together and work together for this to be achieved. May God bless Nigeria and all its people.
    Bells thank you for BellaNaija it’s helped me feel closer to home out here in the states.
    From your namesake Uche E.

  5. PRINCE CHUKWUEMEKA

    October 1, 2010 at 3:10 am

    wishing nigerian happy independence.i love Nigeria.

  6. chychy

    October 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

    happy independence day to all nigerians……what can i say ..i’m soooo proud to beNIGERIAN..i love my country,,no be for mouth but action still speaks louder!!.i wish all nigerians will show love to motherland like sound sultan sings ….(naija till i quench! one luv my people!)lols for all them naija slangss..excuse me.its naija day so

  7. Franz Ferdinand

    October 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Happy birthday Nigeria!! Nigeria does have some enduring qualities despite some of her cancers. She is a go-getter, she is beautiful and she is resilient.
    http://woahnigeria.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/no-malice-in-nigeria-wonderland-nigeria-independence-special/

  8. DUDU

    October 1, 2010 at 8:11 am

    RegisterSelectVoteProtect – RSVP people.

    • Kilonsparkles

      October 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

      That’s wassup

    • ROWAIYE TEMITOPE ODUNAYO

      October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

      [email protected],is like yesterday when we got our Independent from the British.A child born then must be had atleast grandchildren if not great grandchildren.And also must have achieved his or her aims since that time.Nigerians,we are the one,we are the children,we are the one to make this place a better for living.Lets pull our achievements,ideas,resources,wealth.And everything we have together to make this Nation a place worth living.
      NIGERIANS,GREAT PEOPLE
      A GREAT NATION

  9. Gino

    October 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

    One love nigeria. Happy Independence.

    http://getnigeriajobs.blogspot.com

  10. ayo coker

    October 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Thanks BN team.I know about what is happening in Naija more than those in Naija.Ilove that Country die.

  11. try

    October 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Naija has really come a long way. But at 50, I think its still a major disappointment! In Abia, kidnapping is the order of the day and, truth be said, nothing is being done about it by the government of the day who is supposedly responsible for lives and property in the country. The state government is in charge of security in the state but that is just an illusion. In Rivers state, Govt Amechi is putting so much energy into the road works esp (more grease…), just that I think many will hope he actually finishes, exercises better control on the contractors who seem to take pleasure in the suffering of commercial and private car owners as they block roads indiscriminately, making absolutely no effort to provide alternative routes to active traffic and never finish the junctions of the roads under their construction – most roads are beautiful to drive on, until you get to the junctions at their termini, that is! The power situation is really heart rending. I know of several places where it is simply not existent and when the residents manage to get one of the political big-wigs living in the area to source a transformed from the government, they still have to manage the process of getting money for NEPA… ahem, PHCN to carry out the installation. This is in spite of the fact that eventually, some people within PHCN will write a claim from PHCN for the same installation and your guess is as good as mine where that goes! In some places where the power situation has ‘improved’ as a result of having been ‘hooked up’ to Rivers generating plants (kudos to the state govt for that, by the way) PHCN talons are still sharp enough to ensure that on such memorable holidays as Oct 1, May 29 or during such acclaimed events as the 1st football worldcup held on african soil or the declaration of intention to run by the first person from the south south to sit on the presidential seat, the populace simply will not get the electrical power to watch goings one, especially since there is a possibility of traffic jam, insecurity, etc that forces the people to stay indoors. Ps., that will not stop PHCN from delivering your monthly bill even when they know they know they have not supplied a thing… at least, the N2k they can pick up for mandatory meter maintenance (that they never carry out!) and fixed charge (for being your sole electricity service provider) are collected into the coffers, esp when you do not want to ‘play ball’!

    Nigerians, enjoy your independence! You provide yourselves with your own individual power, water, security, etc. in spite of paying taxes and being forced, by the same failing government, as we see in Aba, to pay for having provided these services for yourself…We are a government unto ourselves!

    • Ola

      October 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      I beg you have said nothing insightful here. we all know too well our problems. we do not need you to recite them at every oppurtunity you get!!!. Infact we are sick of hearing them. If you can not speak of achievable solutions THEN it is better not to say anything at all. Period

  12. try

    October 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Naija has really come a long way. But at 50, I think its still a major disappointment! In Abia, kidnapping is the order of the day and, truth be said, nothing is being done about it by the government of the day who is supposedly responsible for lives and property in the country. The state government is in charge of security in the state but that is just an illusion. In Rivers state, Govt Amechi is putting so much energy into the road works esp (more grease…), just that I think many will hope he actually finishes, exercises better control on the contractors who seem to take pleasure in the suffering of commercial and private car owners as they block roads indiscriminately, making absolutely no effort to provide alternative routes to active traffic and never finish the junctions of the roads under their construction – most roads are beautiful to drive on, until you get to the junctions at their termini, that is! The power situation is really heart rending. I know of several places where it is simply not existent and when the residents manage to get one of the political big-wigs living in the area to source a transformed from the government, they still have to manage the process of getting money for NEPA… ahem, PHCN to carry out the installation. This is in spite of the fact that eventually, some people within PHCN will write a claim from PHCN for the same installation and your guess is as good as mine where that goes! In some places where the power situation has ‘improved’ as a result of having been ‘hooked up’ to Rivers generating plants (kudos to the state govt for that, by the way) PHCN talons are still sharp enough to ensure that on such memorable holidays as Oct 1, May 29 or during such acclaimed events as the 1st football worldcup held on african soil or the declaration of intention to run by the first person from the south south to sit on the presidential seat, the populace simply will not get the electrical power to watch goings one, especially since there is a possibility of traffic jam, insecurity, etc that forces the people to stay indoors. Ps., that will not stop PHCN from delivering your monthly bill even when they know they know they have not supplied a thing… at least, the N2k they can pick up for mandatory meter maintenance (that they never carry out!) and fixed charge (for being your sole electricity service provider) are collected into the coffers, esp when you do not want to ‘play ball’!

    Nigerians, enjoy your independence! You provide yourselves with your own individual power, water, security, etc. in spite of paying taxes and being forced, by the same failing government, as we see in Aba, to pay for having provided these services for yourself…We are a government unto ourselves!

    • onthesubject

      October 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      GBAM!
      I went to hear Amaechi speak at SOAS in London (where he is a part-time Law student!) and to put it mildly, he is a hooligan and an idiot. He made a fool of himself and embarrassed every self-respecting Nigerian @ the auditorium that day.

      It is a crying shame that he governs a state, as he is not fit to govern even a cage of monkeys….and it is even more of a disgrace that governors like him abound in that failed state called Nigeria.

      I would compare this ‘independence’ celebration to a 50th bday party for a woman in a coma, stunted from birth…and just bcos there’s some cake, everyone pretends she’s ‘GREAT’…plsss plss plsss, lets stop kidding ourselves, this is not the way forward…let us see Nigeria for what it is – a COMPLETELY economically DEPENDENT country without a head… a FAILED state… a DIVIDED state even in ‘unity’….

      that we have our own flag, doesnt prove independence…50 yrs on, and we still rely on foreign PRIVATE oil companies to exploit our oil, which accounts for over 80% of the country’s revenue…we then also, depend on these same companies, to import the finished product….is that what we call independence? LOL LOL LOL

      Today, we celebrate 50 yrs of our country’s continued dependence on imperial powers…and for as long as majority of the Yoruba ppl think its cool, funny or okay to call me omo-ibo even tho I am Bini, lets not kid ourselves that we can all live happily in unity. Until, we begin to appreciate n respect our differences, we will NEVER move foward…the ego of 2 of the 3 major ethnic groups are to blame for this – Yoruba & Hausa/Fulani

      RESPECT is what is severely lacking in our country. Self-respect, respect for property, respect of the government for its citizens, and respect for each other n our very diverse cultures…

  13. judebrendan

    October 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Hello!! Nigerians A good day 4 all of us. let us join Hands and make Nigeria a good place of livinnot a domain 4 wolves among sheep
    like some of our leaders and followers are today. enjoy this day with all u could without any skinpain, Ihotakwala Umunnam

  14. GERALD JERRY

    October 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    God of ages,in your sight nations rise and fall,and pass through times of peril.Now when our land is troubled,be near to judge and save.May leaders be led by your wisdom;may they search your will and see it clearly.If we have turned from your way,help us to reverse our ways and repent.Give us your light and your truth to guide us;through Jesus Christ,who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen. HAPPY Independence Day GOD BLESS NIGERIA AND HER CHILDREN

  15. tope johnson

    October 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

    “HAPPY” independence indeed. just because you can afford a computer, alternative power and access to internet abi? What about those who cannot even watch thier TVs as a result of no power. Will they also say “HAPPY” independence?

    People, lets stop deceiving ourselves. Nothing really happy about today. Lets get real and face the truth cos only THE pure truth can set us free. ITS A SAD INDEPENDENCE. Bella, I am highly disappointed in you.

  16. tolumi

    October 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

    What is happy about the independece?

  17. oge

    October 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hollo,Nigerians happy independent to you all let us celebrate it in a big and lovely way.

  18. jibo

    October 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Not much to celebrate, just that the Almighty has kept us from doing serious damage to ourselves.
    It’s a boulevard of broken dreams we are celebrating. Life is far more nasty, short, and brutish than it was 50 years ago. We should be in sackcloth and ashes

  19. chioma

    October 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

    This should be a funeral mourning the loss of 50 wasted years we’ll never get back. By celebrating, we r setting the wrong precedent for the next 50

  20. Stella Agege

    October 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Dear BN.Man happy and prosperous returns to our great country.If our leaders would listen and act, we need effective leadership badly.Effective leadership is all about having authentic , ethical and servant-leaders who will place the goals of the nation above theirs and carry the people along to achieve them.We need to transform the mindset of the people.Let corruption no longer be a fad in Nigeria.Let us begin to train our children in schools about ethical leadership.We can start by putting training on leadership and followership in our educational system.We can build leadership training institutions in every local government area in Nigeria.What happened to our Citizenship and Leadership training institutes?Effective leadership training will create self awareness in the people so that we will know our duties to our country and perform them.

    Secondly, we need to build our own technology.We can start by establishing technical schools in every local government in Nigeria.We should make it compulsory for our children to learn technical skils for at least two years before proceeding to the university.We can then reduce the number of years they spend in the universities.this is the secret to the development of technology in developed economies.

    Please BN pass this message to our leaders for me and watch out for my write-up “Why corruption is no longer fashionable”.

    Kind regards,

    Stella

    Lastly, we need to create a culture of hard work and excellent performance in every thing we do.

  21. biola aladegbemi

    October 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

    BellaNaija haba what is so happy about this independence? In fact are we really independent? I am sure the British must be laughing at us now.

    Is it because you are still bearing Bella Naija, just pray we don’t split cos then I wonder what the name of your site will be called maybe Bella Biafra or Bella NdiIgbo.

    Is it the mothers dying on the delivery tables or the patients dying of treatable ailments like fowls? Is it the unemployment rate or the current situation in Aba and other “hot spots” with people being kidnapped and killed for rituals for politicians who are the relatives of some of us?

    Anyhow we better shine our eyes now before any mayhem starts cos it may and God may not be there to do anything just like He did not prevent 60kids from choking to death in Sosoliso as a result of lack of water or even the accidents on Lagos-Ibadan expressways amongst other evils we have seen or heard of.

    • Omada

      October 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      God has given us everything we need in nigeria and when we don’t use resources well and lives are lost we blame God? was it God that loaded children inside a faulty aircraft? was it God that did not provide water and emergency services at the airport? my father was at the airport that day and he stood by helplessly as the plane carrying his son was burning and he couldn’t do anything because there was no water or fire truck to put out the fire.
      God is all powerful, but He will not come down and fix nigeria for us. The lives that are lost on a daily basis are consequences of corruption, wickedness, greed, mediocrity e.t.c. Ghana, China, India and co, did not wait for God to come and work for them, they took matters into their hands and used their God given resources to turn things around.
      please let’s not blame God for our woes and failures abeg. whatever we are suffering today is a result of our failure.

  22. olalekan

    October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I COMPOSE THE NEW A PLEDGE TO BE———
    A DISGRACE TO NIGERIA POLITICIANS MY COUNTRY
    THEY ARE UNLAWFUL,WORST AND DISHONEST
    THEY EMBEZZLE NIGERIA WITH ALL THERE STRENGTH
    THEY SUPPORT OUR CRIME AND CORRUPTION
    OUR LIES AND DESTRUCTION
    DON’T HELP THEM GOD..AMEN

    50TH WITHOUT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS ARE ON STRIKE AND SOME OTHER THINGS LEFT UNDONE BAD IDIMU ROAD,UNSTABLE ELECTRICIT

  23. abigail

    October 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    thank God 4 dis our great country Nigeria 4 this 50 years of Jubilation dat we have come to for He did not allow war, famine, earthquake, floods and any things bad to happen to us because his grace is and will always be sufficient because He love us so dearly, God be praise ever and ever Amen.

    • uche

      October 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

      but their was bombing in abuja on this day why?
      they were kidnapping of 15 children in aba why?
      i pray GOD will fight for his people in NIGERIA.
      uchman germany

  24. WaleAdeniji

    October 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I will forever be proud of my country irrespective of whatever the situation is now. No doubt, with time we will wrest our darling country from the hands of hawks that continue to feed fat on our collective sweet. It is time for us to begin now so that our children and next generation would be proud of us. Happy celebration to all who loves naija like me.

  25. Abike

    October 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Happy Independence Day! May God bless and help Nigeria.

  26. Molicious

    October 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    What is a Nation but the people who live in it? For me today’s celebration is about raising my glass to everyday Nigerians like you and me who in spite of the realties have made things works, we have not only survived but we have lived, laughed and loved and still continue to do so. That in spite of all the suffering, pain, constant bad mouthing, and bad leadership, we rise every morning and can still say, I’m proud to be Nigerian. Today is about our own achievements; that even as a nation without leadership, we as individuals have still managed to stand as one people and work together; that we still have the love for our country, that with faith and hope in our hearts and courage on our lips we require her to step up to a higher plain. If you celebrate nothing else today, celebrate yourselves and the difference you have made and are making in the lives of other Nigerians everyday. Happy 50th Independence to my everyday Nigerians. Our everyday labours and efforts will surely not be in Vain.

    Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. – Adlai E. Stevenson

  27. AKIN DOT

    October 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    If nigerins wish to celebrate fifty years of independence they should 1st look at the boots of nigerian soldiers that marched at eagle square today.

  28. Seshe James

    October 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

  29. Friend of Zara

    October 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Young people should keep themselves informed and educated this election season. if we r to #RSVP and #lightupnigeria, please have the information to back that up.
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/nneka-ezeala/a-cold-slushy-the-giant-and-her-politics/10150092215495410

  30. tina. r. e. ojukwu

    October 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Is a shame, that nigeria is still ridden by poverty and underdevelopment. The armed robbers taken over and government powerless because of corruption. The politicians may say as long as the robbers do not come to Abuja or other places. The robbers can extend their frontiers for a government that is weak to act. Is a shame that the robbers mostly attack the poor people who hardly afford three square meals a day, and in disadvantage position. Our president come to western world and parade the place with the Queen and presidents of western world but do not go back and ask questions why is Nigeria still in abject poverty in 21st century. Corruption that exist in western world is hard to imagine but they put basic things in place, good roads, tap water everywhere, goodf toilet system and they are community minded. It is ok to lavishly spend the nations money and assume it to be ok in the open. I am proud of the nigerian embassy in the Hague Netherlands that really help nigerians there, other embassadors should emulate and not see it as opportunity to enrich themselves. Govt should have consistent adverts in place that will continue to educate people. The govt should look into the stagnant dirty gutter and toxic littered wastes all over the place, not just show off some clean places and live places like, Itire, Ijesha, Ajegunle and other places in the country alike to visitors.

  31. mercy

    November 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

    niger needs divine visitatn frm GOD.becos even new born babies know how bad d country is.

  32. usman muhammad nasir

    April 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Nigerians, enjoy your independence! You provide yourselves with your own individual power, water, security, etc. in spite of paying taxes and being forced, by the same failing government, as we see in Aba, to pay for having provided these services for yourself…We are a government unto ourselves

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