Not too long ago the #10yearchallenge took social media by storm. The fad involved people comparing pictures of themselves in 2009 to ones taken in 2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As with most social media movement, it is unknown as to who or what started the challenge. Anyway, while so many were comparing pictures of themselves, a very close relation of mine showed me this picture. Unlike every other person, He approached the challenge from another angle. Believe me, it’s is a good read. 

To further prove his point,  He said “The 10-year challenge trending on social media has got me thinking beyond showing myself off in a picture as evidence of transformation in my physical appearance. I rather would imagine what has changed in our lives collectively as a society in view of what the government has done in the last 10 years pointing to progress. Therefore, I want to reflect on 10 years of infrastructure development or otherwise in the city where I grew up.

My experiences of then and now as it concerns my childhood neighbourhood reveals a shocking degeneration of organized buildings, streets and drainages that once characterized the environment“.

National stadium

National Stadium Surulere, Lagos

This perhaps is true of many areas in Nigeria where 10 or 20 years ago infrastructures and developments are better off than today. A society whose past years is glorious than the present and people happily refer to those days as The Golden Age. It is, unfortunately, true that our first set of political leaders despite their failure and mistakes are by 100 miles better than the current crop of legislators, judiciary and the executives.

A careful study of legislative debates, policy arguments and reading of the books written by those leaders would make one wonder how on earth these crops are leading us now. Compare some of our current legislators with any legislators in the first and second republic or compare Awolowo’s, Azikiwe’s and Bello’s books with what some of our past President or any state governors have written recently. You will be sorry for my country!”- Y. Oniyinde

His story got me thinking. What can we do to make this country great again?