A Different Story
I’ve been in Nigeria for barely a week and I’m already experiencing the familiar irritation commonly shared by returnees. Now the initial excitement of spending my summer at home has faded away as I find myself looking at my country with an increasingly judgmental eye. It seems it was much easier to feel pride for my country while I was abroad. Now I find myself having to administer a self-inflicted reality check every now and then. I have to step outside of myself to look at my country again with an ‘outsider’s’ eyes in order to hold it the high regard that I initially believed my nation deserves. It’s hard to point to a solution when I don’t know what this problem is exactly. It’s hard to speak of Nigeria’s issues when I’m living abroad, feeling as an outsider peering in.