God Bless the USA

Today is our country’s independence day. I am Nigerian by birth and American by choice, the proud holder of two passports; a dual citizen. I consider it an honor to represent two amazing countries that are so different, yet both so incredible – I love my countries!

Why do I love America? The easy, popular answer is that it’s the “greatest nation in the world”, the land of the free, home of the brave. But, me personally, Sola, why do I love America? Having lived in three countries, I have the advantage of perspective and comparison. The U.S. provides unparalled opportunities for success. Hard work and determination will open doors for you. Here, a janitor and a corporate executive millionaire can be neighbors, have children in the same schools or vacation at the same places. Secondly, the U.S. is a country that loves her citizens, which makes it easy for the citizens to love her right back.

Why do I love Nigeria? I really believe that Nigeria has a special place in God’s heart. Nigerians are the most resilient people I have ever met. A University of Michigan study a few years ago determined that they were the “happiest people on earth.” Even with little or no resources or creature comforts available, somehow, the average Nigerian finds their way. Countries have been destroyed by far less than what the nation of Nigeria has endured, yet we take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. A true testament to the power of prayer!

So, today, in the midst of all the fireworks and barbecues, the parades and the speeches, I take a moment to thank God for the USA, my home sweet home!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ash
    Jul 05, 2008 @ 21:45:11

    i love this post. i love that you comment on why your adopted nation means so much to you, but there is the heart of you-true to where you came from- what contributes to who you are. Very cool, Sola.


  2. solathompson
    Jul 07, 2008 @ 20:10:00

    Thanks, Ash.


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