Nigeria is giving black people a bad name


Ozodi Osuji

      Systems theory says that what happens in any part of that system affects all parts of it and all parts of it respond to it.

    Nigeria is part of the black race. Nigerians’ willful decision to remain the most ungoverned people, to be a jungle, is affecting all black people.

     Black people all over the world are seen as like Nigerians, those who cannot govern themselves right, those so corrupt that we need to find a different word for their kind of corruption; those who cannot fix their roads, provide  their people with water and electricity  or have school buildings for their children (in certain elementary schools in Nigeria, when it rains the children are rained on in their classrooms, and their feet is in pools of water all day long). Nigeria is a total mess.

    The impression you have of Nigeria is that the house has fallen and that no one is, in fact, governing it, that you are in a jungle. This picture of anarchy and chaos has affected how all black people are perceived.

    These days, black folks worldwide are seen as those so lacking in leadership skills that they cannot govern themselves (but come to the West to enjoy the well governed environment of the white man).

      Since no one has respect for those who cannot do such simple things as make their towns and cities work, no one has respect for Nigerians; they are seen as people who are likely to run down your country if you allowed them into your country.

   Allow the population of Nigerians to rise beyond a certain number in Europe and North America and they would transform Europe and North Americas to the eyesore that is Nigeria.

     People now look at anyone who looks like a Nigerian, black people, disrespectfully, as one of those persons who know only how to be corrupt but not dedicate their lives to doing the right things.

     In effect, Nigerian’s conscious decision to remain dwellers in a jungle has increased the already negative perception of black people worldwide.

      Until Nigeria is well governed no black man anywhere in the world would be seen as capable of governing anything right. No black person will be respected until Nigerians have what human beings worldwide respect, integrity and demonstrated capacity for hard working, not stealing.

    Nelson Mandela had a similar view of Nigeria; his view was that until Nigeria is well governed that no African country will be well governed, for one out of every four Africans live in Nigeria.

    Considering this fact, would Nigerians resolve to, for the first time in their checkered lives, do the right things, or are they satisfied to be corrupt and seen as such by people all over the world?

     Of course, in every generalization there are exceptions; there are good Nigerians, but they are too few in numbers. I certainly do not like to negatively stereotype all Nigerians; I personally know some of them that have absolute integrity.

      I wish that most Nigerians would have integrity and in so doing help improve the worldwide positive perception of all black people.


      “Systems theory is the interdisciplinary study of systems, which are cohesive groups of interrelated, interdependent parts that can be natural or human-made. Every system is bounded by space and time, influenced by its environment, defined by its structure and purpose, and expressed through its functioning. A system may be more than the sum of its parts if it expresses synergy or emergent behavior.  

     Changing one part of a system may affect other parts or the entire system. It may be possible to predict these changes in patterns of behavior. For systems that learn and adapt, the growth and the degree of adaptation depend upon how well the system is engaged with its environment. Some systems support other systems, maintaining the other system to prevent failure. The goals of systems theory are to model a system’s dynamics, constraints, conditions, and to elucidate principles (such as purpose, measure, methods, tools) that can be discerned and applied to other systems at every level of nesting, and in a wide range of fields for achieving optimized equifinality.[1]

     General systems theory is about developing universally applicable concepts and principles, as opposed to concepts and principles specific to one domain of knowledge. It distinguishes dynamic or active systems from static or passive systems. Active systems are activity structures or components that interact in behaviors and processes. Passive systems are structures and components that are being processed. For example, a program is passive when it is a disc file and active when it runs in memory.[2] The field is related to systems thinkingmachine logic, and systems engineering.” Wikipedia

Ozodi Osuji

November 24, 2021

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