In the same way the average Nigerian live daily with insecurity caused by insurgents, the nation’s journalism is in great attack from the government. The so-called journalism right and press freedom/ freedom of information is elusive, frustrated and bastardized. Even the people’s right to freedom of speech has totally lost its place.
Canada is getting it right
While the Canadian government is implementing plans and measures to improve the media sector and encourage the country’s journalism market, just as was demonstrated recently with the introduction of CAN$595 million aid package in support of journalism, which is believed will keep original reporting from dying out either it’s in favor of the individuals or groups in government or not, my beloved home nation is putting journalists behind bars for speaking against the ills of government.
A popular scenario in the country is that of a journalist in one of the weekly newspaper service outlets who was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) and held incommunicado for two whole years without trial, another is the arrest of a young man who had spoken poorly about the president on his Facebook account.
For this reason, the reported news in Nigeria has taken a downward spiral over the years and the authenticity of the ones aired or published are as good as cipher. There are numerous existing issues of falsely edited news while the most common press release are lies of infrastructures creation by the government just to harness the votes of the locals in upcoming elections.
I feel very bad and sad about this situation, I wouldn’t even want to imagine the worries that could feel my heart if I were publishing this page in my home country.
It would only be an act of self deception if I were to say that I enjoy the Canadian food more than the Nigerian Cuisines but one other thing I appreciate so much about living here which I didn’t get to enjoy this much in Nigeria is Nature.
I did already expounded on the peculiarities of where I lived in Lagos, it definitely was not the kind of environment where you would find anyone nurturing a garden or growing trees. Of a truth, in Nigeria such acts are believed to be for the extremely rich and luxurious people.
Though, there are several Parks and public gardens scattered all around the city, they still aren’t as easily accessible as we have here and neither as brilliant bar a few exceptional natural tourist destinations like Obudu Cattle Ranch, Yankari Games Reserve and Resorts and Whispering Palms, all of which will take a fortune to visit.
Upon relocation, one of the very first things that caught my heart was the freshness of the green nature all around us, almost every other home on the street have a kind of a garden or tree they tended, most of which are distinct and beautiful.
This played a great role in me spending most of my play time outside and up until today, I just feel some kind of a bond with nature and I happily accept and avail myself to it. Generally, it helps me to rest when I need a cool off and serves as inspiration many a time.
My previous post wasn’t particularly exciting though I didn’t mean to sound so despondent and disheartened while referring and discussing about other nations who don’t have things running smoothly for them as it with us here. Well, this is me back to discussing more cheerful things.
Back to Nature
I have mentioned it quite a few times how things are absolutely and tremendously admirable for us here in Canada and I don’t think I can say it enough but it only makes me more grateful for all I have being able to own.
I did talk about my love for nature and how I feel a connection to it right from childhood and much more how I still get to appreciate and maximize it now especially when I needed to cool off or get inspired. Interestingly, that got me into taking steps and recently I decided to maximize my compound for greenery.
I looked up on some gardening tips and created a more appealing front yard and backyard. I always said I wouldn’t spend too much on materialistic things but I couldn’t overcome the temptation of reaching out to professionals in the field to come and help beautify my entire surrounding.
I did have a lot of thought on it, trying to see from the perspective of many people in the world generally who do have bigger and more critical issues than think of greenery and hiring a professional for it, but this was something I could only have dreamt about at a time too back in my home country. Now that I live here, I am going to enjoy it to the fullest.