Now that I have done my bit as a patriotic citizen of the motherland, I must say that at times, it is very difficult to be a Nigerian passport holder. As a matter of fact, every law abiding citizen of Nigeria who dares to conduct a life outside of Nigeria deserves a medal for being brave enough to hold this green passport. Many a time that I have not been considered for job applications, many a time I have been given a load of shit at embassies and consulates, many a time I have even lied about my true nationality because being “Nigerian” would not have been appropriate. Some passports open unlimited doors around the world for their citizens, the green passport which I hold has unfortunately closed certain doors but for the grace of God and his unwavering favor. But still, I am proud to be Nigerian because it makes me a fighter and a survivor. It makes me the person whom I am and everywhere I go, I have found love and acceptance with the people I have met.
To all Nigerians out there, keep fighting, keep surviving and most importantly, don’t give up while clutching your green passport close to your ever erratically beating heart.