I've had this post sitting in my drafts for way too long

 Central Area Abuja, Nigeria

 "Is Nigeria the worst country to be born in?"
A debate I came across on TV some time ago. While the Show Commentators were split in their responses I'll never forget what one of the men said.” If I were in another country, I would be more than I am today (mind-set, mind-set, mind-set). As someone who has spent most of her life abroad, I find his view skewered and quite sad. We all know Nigeria has a long way to go but if people had any idea of what life abroad is like (people are suffering o), then they wouldn't be in such a haste to leave home. The grass is greener on the other side as they say. 

We often feel like if we had the opportunities other people had we would do this or that but what makes us think this way? The question is what are you doing with what you have now? Most Nigerians keep waiting for the government to give them things while they suffer. People like Dangote (Nigerian Billionaire) took matters into their own hands which is why they are where they are today.

Nothing in this world comes easy, so you have to work for it. I can go on and on about stories of people I have met or stories my dad has told me about the state of Nigerians (among other nations) abroad. Most go in the pursuit of greener pastures and end up doing unimaginable things just to make money. A lot of people are suffering outside, with no family, food, visa or even money to come back home. 

I know the news is not encouraging, with the dollar rate so high, oil prices falling and the rest but there is no place like home. Sure abroad may have some comforts that Nigeria lacks but we are getting there (positivity). I have faith in this country and want to try my best to make it here. After all, others are doing it, why can't I?  Life abroad is not for everyone! While I could go on and on about this topic, I'll save this for another post but let me know your thoughts on this?

Which brings me to my next point, your mind-set determines how far you go in life. It really doesn't matter where you are but what you do. In the words of my mother “It doesn't matter where you are, if God wants to bless you he will bless you! Look at Joseph from the Bible, he was sentenced to prison yet he became the second-in-command to the king (Genesis 41:37 - 44).

Aim high and don’t let anything hold you back. With God on your side there is absolutely nothing you can't do! In the words of my father “Location is not destiny!”

"Wherever you go and whatever you do, yo will be blessed" (Deuteronomy 28:6 NLT)

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  1. I think I like this segment you started. Naija ain't worst Biko some people just want things served to them on a platter of gold

  2. My dear u are right...its alll in our head, once you change your mindset you are set for life :)

  3. @Buiti don't mind them jor. Nothing is this world is easy
    @Larisa Exactly, your mindset is the key

  4. As many problems as Nigeria has, I'm 10000000% sure it's not the worst country in the world. There are places plagued with far worse problems - all you need to do is turn on CNN and see. Of course, Nigeria is going through a trying time now and a lot of people are beginning to lose hope, but I'm beginning to think that instead of waiting for the government to do something about it, WE should do our own part.

    In my Lovely Links segment today, I posted a bonus link of an article that I think every Nigerian should read. You may not agree with it, but there are valid points for sure.

    Berry Lovely Links

  5. @Berry based on your reply I'm not sure if you read the post or if you think I think that Nigeria is the worst country. Based on the post that's the statement I completely disagree with. Anyways I will check out the article, I'm curious

    1. Lol, I was responding to the question itself and the show commenter/host you mentioned... not you. I don't comment on posts I don't read :D

  6. I hope you write more posts like this! It's really interesting for me to find out more about your country & the people in it. However, I think the place where you're born has an influence on your chances in life. Of course, if you're determined and have the right mind-set, you can achieve a lot. But not everyone starts from the same position.

  7. @Madlenka, It's good you want to learn more about Nigeria but this is not definitely how I would want to portray my dear country to you. Now while I do think place of birth influences your place in life, its not necessarily the deal breaker.

  8. I am enjoying this segment of Sarah speaks. It is very lovely. I agree with you, mindset is everything. Mindset can change what doing can't. Doing is important but, we have to have the right mindset first.

  9. I love this segment, I love your posts cos they are always thought provoking and you believe in sharing your truth.
    Location is not Destiny is very powerful. Definitely depends on mindset, whenever I talk to people and going abroad to live comes up, I usually say I want to live here and eat Nigeria money. There's no place like home.
    Nigeria is definitely not the worst country we have so many things going for us, yes we have our issues but watching the news would tell you we don't have it half bad. Just have to make the best of what we have.

  10. That's so true: people always leave for something they think is better, only to realize that before was just as good.

    xoxo, ♥

  11. Nice post, the pressing issue is, are Nigerians happy with them self ? i think the answer is no. As far as i am concern Nigerian hate each other which is very sad. Nigeria are quick to batch their own and never support anything genuinely good from their own race, But majority of Nigerians are still in the habit of supporting people base on the same "tribe" AKA TRIBALISM the English version of Racism. Nigeria have a long way to go, the current critical state of BOKO HARAM is not helping the matter. Corruption and lack of trust are another issues to talk about in terms of the country moving forward.

    Havent said all that, Nigeria is not the worst country in the world, there are worst places out there.

  12. So true girl! It's what you make of the situation you are in that matters. My sister had a great job abroad yet she and her family decided to relocate back to Naija. Home is where the heart is and if "God decides to bless you, He will bless you."

  13. @Berry, glad that's cleared up
    @Petite Maison Exactly
    @Sophia I wouldn't say hat, because that's a strong word but I do get what you mean. And yes tribalism is still huge here, I do hope it changes. Yes Nigeria is the not the worst country but we still have a long way to go.
    @Louisa Yes O