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.

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Comments
  1. festivalking says:

    Love the message behind your writing Cozzy!
    But while we are loving our Green Passports, please lets not forget to apply for the U.S Visa Lottery (lol) 😉

  2. gini tv says:

    Intrestingly funny. But Nigerians won’t change, I gave up hope ages ago.. U know wat it feels Good to be Nigerian but to celebrate it is another thing, I can’t help but notice and compare how life is outside of Nigeria..that is why Nigerians will always take the crap dished out to them. On second thoughts..Fuck Nigeria, Fuck america and Fuck London sef.. I’m in London now as I speak for a few days and I just. Read 80% of black people in the Uk prisons r Nigerians.. Living abroad is a trap, especially for people with no papers.. I feel ur pain tinu, I only have the FG to blame and the rest of us religious fanatics that feel jesus will save us, whilst we fold our hands and do nothing about our corrupt shit hole called a Nation. For now media is in power and have the ability to change our mind set.. Instead we have our top celebs thinking working or. Been signed abroad is the height of our achievments… Kai we don suffer, and we. Will continue to smile. For Now I do the unoticeable and get away with it, stand by my believes and teach my youngers a way to stand by their own beliefs.. Abi wetin I go do.. I lived abroad 20yrs and I’m back to the same shit ma parents faced. 50yrs ago.. Nigeria..Love strenght and Faith.. Three words in our anthem we are soo far from..I’m not proud to b Nigerian I’m actually ashamed as I have nothing to show for it..I don’t even have a united football team talk less of united nation. The bottom line is we will all die trying, unless we get some contract or get introduced to some1 that pities us.I just live in Nigeria, I’m sure when fed up will finally shoot a movie about myself and my Nation and then get kicked out or assassinated like the likes of past leaders, who dared the FG and spoke their minds. No LAW..No Justice, No future, no freedom,No light, no road , No heaalth system or anything that works. Ha I am fucked as u said sha I will try but remember if I die tomrw oo, I died saying this and died trying.

  3. simon says:

    Very simple and insightful…It is a shame we have to see such things but it is all a sign of the times… It all has to happen for the messiah to come…
    Kudos Tinu…glad I can call you friend and…

  4. I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  5. jojo says:

    I saw all d words even d unwritten ones tintin…@ gini tv;I feel u,ur words re deep n it is a fact dt nothing can be done for dis supposedly great nation…religion has stolen what would ve been our hope.I weep…I weep 4 ma country!

  6. Voke Emore says:

    @Gini tv, its because u av lost faith it in it dats y it can never wrk for u,as u well pointed out,most nations re suffering same complaints,d christian faith is to bliv in God not even a country or group of pple,cos lik our bble told us,”man will fail you,but God will never fail u”.Try Jesus & ur life will be worth somtin.

    I am proud of u Tinu.

    Voke

  7. your post is not in the least bit boring! I beleieve in the hope for a new Nigeria. I believe in change and endless possibilities. I feel it and i know that we are definitely getting there!

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