Thursday, January 18, 2007

Soundbyte!

Sound Sultan - Area

I have just fallen in love with this song. I have never been a fan of this artist but i was at Game a few weeks ago and this song was playing and i actually stopped to listen to it and could not believe how pure and beautiful it was. I asked who the artist was and voila.

I guess i also feel so strongly about this song because i made the decision to come back home and i have to control myself when talking to friends abroad that swear up and down that they are NEVER coming home. I want to scream at them and i just dont get it. I always control myself though because i realise that people should be able to make choices that fit their lives. I rejoice in every returnee (as i call myself) and am so proud to give them the schpill about home and where to go and companies and everything. So far, my brother has taken that mad step and as we speak, he has met with 4 companies all eager to have his talents. I have a pretty close friend in New Jersey who God willing will be making this move in September or so and another friend in the UK who will be home to stay when she comes for the holidays.

I look around when i go out and i see my age mates and people in my generation having a good time. I meet with clients and i recognise people i know or used to know. I find out the ages of the entrepreneurs or leaders of certain organisations and i see only 5 - 10 years that separate us. I am excited about this. Sure my wonderful, raped Nigeria has issues - a lot of it self inflicted but i REFUSE to speak of her as a lost cause, i REFUSE to join the many that say derogatory things about her. I get defensive when some say she will never rise. I have worked in 2 countries and i have never felt as much pride and a sense of ownership as i do here.

This is my home. This is where i believe i will fulfill the destiny that God has for me. This is where i can make a difference. These people are my brothers and sisters. And i believe in the words of Maya Angelou - "Still i rise"

Enjoy the song.

*If you would like this song, leave me an email address in the comments section*

10 comments:

LondonBuki said...

Please send me the song.

Hmmm... Sorry to annoy you but I cannot see myself living in Lagos anytime soon. It's easier when one has family and a family home on Nig. My immediate family is not in Lagos, my Mummy's here, my siblings are here(on England) or in America.

Maybe one day I'll change my mind cos I have learned to Never Say Never!

Daddy's Girl said...

Hey Uzo, would love to have this song. Thanks

hook,line,sinker+fisherman said...

my "take-away" from this post is -sense of ownership-.... ....i need to think about that deeply... some one pitched that to me in portharcourt when i was switching jobs some years back and these days i seem to catch some points on those lines... ..it makes sense!

Nyemoni said...

Hey, this song is the bomb! Thanks for the link you sent yesterday by the way...

Bella Naija said...

I totally agree with your sentiment....
Naij is home!

anyways, please send me the song - bellanaija at gmail.com

In my head and around me said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.

Dami said...

nice blog

"This is my home. This is where i believe i will fulfill the destiny that God has for me. This is where i can make a difference. These people are my brothers and sisters."

just like londonbuki
the only person in nigeria is my granma,all my friends are in school in uk or usa, dnt have anybody to go to

please post the song i like the video too

Uzo said...

@LB: I will send the song to you today. I guess for people that dont have family in Nigeria, the decision to move back home is that much harder.

@Daddy's Girl: I will send this to you today

@Hook,line: Ownership...That is exactly it

@nyemoni: You are welcome

@bella naija: I will send the song to you today....

@in my head: Tell me about it

@dami: I can send the song to you if i have your email address.....

Ms. May said...

Hey honey...just catching up with you blog since I've been away and have to say I love this post!!! I did a post on my brother and posted one of his writings which featured a quote from this song. I heard the whole song in Naija and loved the sentiment of it. You are so right....one of the reasons I am so proud of my younger sister is that she returned home and is doing so well despite the challenges. I admire her and you and others our age who realize that Nigeria needs the talents of our young people for us to ever move forward and affect positive change. This is an exciting time to be in Nigeria and I am looking forward to when I can come join all of y'all!!!!!

dami said...

thank you
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