Youth Alliance for a New Nigeria held its first conversation On Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary. It brought together youth leaders, influencers and opinion leaders to discuss what it means to be Nigerian in this age and time.
The event was a Flagship of the From Protets to Action project series of town hall consultations with young Nigerians scheduled to hold in the coming year to explore a new vision for Nigeria we desire. No doubt, we are in an extraordinary time in the history of Nigeria and there is no better time than now to have an honest conversation on the Nigerian identity and the future of Nigeria.
The From protest to Action project will answer key questions such as what does it means to be Nigerian? What makes us Nigerian? Is it our heritage? Place of birth? Or identification and patriotism to the nation. Sixty-one years after independence, is the Nigerian identity still alive? Are we still living in a Nigeria envisioned by the heroes of our independence? As young Nigerians, how can we conceptualize a difference in ‘Nigeria’ – the country lived by our parents, and ‘Naija’ – the Nigeria our generation have come to envision and experience, a work in progress and a survival nation.
Contributions will be captured as part of the materials for the “Nigeria for the Many Not the few: a manifesto for the Nigeria we desire”