Archive for October, 2011

MY GREEN PASSPORT

Posted: October 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

Some time ago,I was applying for a job and was asked to write 3 essays. I wrote the essays, but still did not get the job. Years later, which is actually today, m going through my junk at home and voila…………… !

Muar Farouk Abdulmutalla

 
Muar Farouk Abdulmutallab (also referred to as Muar Abdul Mutallab and Omar Farooq al-Nigeri; born December 22, 1986, in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Muslim Nigerian citizen who attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009.
He was subsequently charged on six criminal counts, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder of 289 people. He is in U.S. custody, awaiting further legal proceedings.
Abdulmutallab is the youngest of the 16 children of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, one of the richest men in Africa ,and the prominent former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and former Nigerian Federal Commissioner for Economic Development. His Nigerian mother, Aisha, is the second of his father’s two wives.
The family comes from Funtua in Katsina State. Abdulmutallab was raised initially in an affluent neighborhood of Kaduna, in Nigeria’s Muslim-dominated north, and at the family home in Nairobi, Kenya. As a young boy he attended the Essence International School in Kaduna, as well as classes at the Rabiatu Mutallib Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, which is named after his grandfather. As a child he enjoyed playing PlayStation and basketball, but as he grew older he abandoned such pursuits in favor of striving to be more devoutly Islamic. According to one of his cousins, Abdulmutallab condemned his father’s banking profession as “immoral” and “un-Islamic” for charging interest, urging him to quit.*

 
My name is Tinuola Alassan and I am Nigerian. I am the first child in a family of three; I come from a relatively close knit and good home. I am petite and look 25 even though I am going to be 30 on the 20th of May 2011. I want to do great things, I want to go places, and even though I haven’t accomplished them all, I will not settle for less. I will work hard and do the right things till my dreams come true.

 
I have never been to America, Europe, or Asia. When I was a toddler, I was lucky enough to go to London with my mother to meet my father while did his masters. And that was just for a visit.

 
My parents are Anglicans and my siblings and i were raised that way. Both my parents are civil servants in Kogi State, Nigeria, and they both work hard and sacrifice a lot for my siblings and i, so we have a good education and can stand proudly on our own and live our lives in example of theirs.

 
I am angry and i am pained. Why will a child close to my age group bracket my age , who obviously had it easy throw it all away? What went wrong? I know that if my father had his father’s influence and wealth, it would be so easy for me to live my dream. Was it that he was never paid attention to as a child? Or was it merely lack of good up bringing? I have been a rebel almost all my life and in some ways, I still am. But I know where to draw the line, because irrespective of all, i still have my dreams and it comprises of people around me, so why go the extra mile to hate or hurt them?

 
“This won’t only tarnish our image but destroy totally all what we have labored for long to restore our image. This will also endanger the lives and integrities of many good Nigerians all round d globe.wat exactly is our government doing to curb this misfortune, his family needs to be thoroughly investigated and sanctioned. I still believe in Nigeria with good people, great nation? –Chinyere**

 
“This attempted terrorist attack just increased Nigeria’s bad reputation. This will affect Nigeria in a negative way especially in the area of travelling outside the country?-Adaobi**


“Nigeria been the most corrupt nation before, top in crime, talk of anything, Nigeria is the first. Now it’s turning to another thing. It’s a bad thing for Nigeria, I’m speechless i don’t know what to say about our country again. Am tired of this nation?- Kolade **

 
“Surely it would tarnish the image of Nigeria but i don’t think d effect would b too much because the government as well as Nigerians in general are doing everything possible to show that we as Nigerians do not support such an act?-Uche**

 
I still find it hard to associate a Nigerian or Nigeria as a whole with terrorism. We have to much personal issues to face than to terrorize another country, and basically, i, as a Nigerian youth will hate to be generalized for things I do not stand for especially terrorism! I will hate to walk into any embassy and be denied a visa. I do not want to decide to go anywhere in the world and be tagged as ‘a Nigerian’ in bad context. Rather I want to be seen as that smart, pretty girl.

 
I believe in hope, second chances and change. I will not let my mistakes or the mistakes of other people hold me down. I will lift my head proudly any day and bring out my green passport because I am different.

 
My name is Tinuola Alassan and I am proud to be Nigerian.

 

Boring right? lol.