It’s Ghana’s 60th independence Anniversary today and the atmosphere is lit with celebrations with a few of the citizens possibly taking some time out to reflect over certain issues of national importance.
Nigeria is only three years behind Ghana but the two countries may be two worlds apart when it comes to certain issues that bother on national development.
Among human beings, children with three years age difference often pass as peers and most times, belong to the same age grade where they do most things together.
Therefore, it is expected that there shouldn’t be a palpable difference between the two countries considering that they had their independence almost at the same time.
Being the highly revered Giant of Africa, Nigeria has a larger population with greater land mass than Ghana, but it is quite appalling that the latter which has lesser human and material resources is overtaking the former.
For instance, Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of yams which is over 70–76 percent of the world production.
By implication, Nigeria is expected to have maximized the opportunity to international level at this time, but no! it is a different tale altogether with a lot of people daily lamenting about the economic hardship while Ghana on the other hand produces far less than any yam producing state in Nigeria, yet has already taken over the European market in yam exportation.
In fact, most of the yams consumed in the United States are imported from Ghana with a tuber being sold as high as $15.
This wouldn’t have been possible if the country is not organized. Nigeria can also learn to make their political system more organized than it currently is in order to easily identify opportunities and maximize them to the fullest.
More so, the penchant for foreign products is not as bad as it is in Nigeria as most citizens feel at home patronizing their own local products than the endless craving for those produced outside the country.
Nigeria will be a better place to live in if more citizens would take a cue from Ghana and in the spirit of the ‘Buy Naija to grow the Naira’ campaign, patronize more local products than foreign.
That way, the patronage to these products will improve overtime because people will be more attracted to products that the producers prove are great.
Apparently, Ghanaians have embraced westernization but are not so neck deep into it the way Nigerians are.
Obviously, they have adopted the Western culture and modified it to suit their conditions and environment, hence it is more common to see Nigerians travel to Ghana to obtain education than it is to see Ghanaians come to Nigeria to acquire any form of education.
It has been discovered that about 90% of international students in Ghanaian universities are Nigerians.
Most Nigerian citizens have been so lost and are having difficulties finding themselves because of the obsession with the western culture.
That is why most people refer to the introduction of the western culture as the curse of Nigerians because it has done a lot more harm than good.
Most people in Ghana still uphold their culture notwithstanding how hard civilization tries to make them cower.
This is one thing worthy of emulation by Nigerians. We shouldn’t lose our identities all in the name of embracing the western culture.
Everybody craves change but only a few ask themselves the pertinent question about what they could do differently to effect change in their immediate environment.
Even though it doesn’t mean that Ghana is perfect anyways, but Nigeria would be better off by her 60th Independence Anniversary if the government and citizens alike would emulate some of these core things about Ghana.
It is not just enough to always argue about which country has better jollof rice cooking prowess as has always been the case.
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