I am delighted to present to you this guest post that captures so eloquently our collective hope that Nigeria will become as great as she is supposed to. This hope which has become a transgenerational feature of our families, was masterfully conveyed by the poet through the disillusionment he painted in the contradictions between our national pledge and our grim reality.

It’s a very moving piece and it echoed my mood recently. I’ve felt like saying, “Nigeria will be better,” but I feel she should have been already. So I guess we should say, “Nigeria don better!” in faith and, by God’s grace, we shall see it come to pass.

Kindly drop your impressions of the poem in “Comments” and share the piece widely on social media. We need as much hope as we can garner at this depressing time in our nation’s history.

Kudos to you, Recluse! This piece is awesome! I pray for more inspiration in your writing and greater recognition for your output. You’re going places in Jesus’ name.

Nigeria Will Be Better

…what grandpa said to dad,
And dad said to me;
Guess I’ll say the same,
To my unborn children.
I’ve pledged to Nigeria my country,
To be faithful, loyal and honest,
But my country ain’t a beautiful host;
It’s a desert that makes me grunt.
The labour of our heroes past,
Is today becoming vain,
Because the leaders of now
Are only mindful
Of their state of wealth,
Not of the peace
Of those they lead,
So we’ve become savages
Ambushed from the north…
The south-east agitates to go;
The south-west waits to take sides.
I’ve served with love and might,
In a nation said to be bound in freedom,
But it’s not so anymore –
We’re trapped under the feet
Of those who say they care for us,
Like a rat will bite his victim
And blow it cool;
Not because he cares
Nor because he feels sorry,
But so he could bite more.
We’re men who brood of hunger
And watch our brothers die of thirst,
And yet we kill one another
To uplift those who divide us –
We say we’re giants of Africa,
But we behave like none;
We’re wise men becoming fools.
We have a country rich,
But we live in one poorer
Than a beggar –
At least he goes home with little,
Not like us who get nothing
From the much we have.
“Nigeria will be better,”
I wish I won’t say to my son,
And if so I do,
I hope he won’t say to his.


(Related: Naija Will Rise Again)

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About the Writer:
Oluwaseunfunmi Recluse is a second-year student of the Mass Communication Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. As this piece shows, he has a flair for writing poetry. He also engages in writing stories of various kinds. He is a smart and amiable young man and can be reached on Facebook.


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  • mirian ndawe

    I must commend Recluse, he’s one of the upcoming poets that are doing us proud recently. I just hope that someday I can share in that faith to say Nigeria will be better. It is quite hard, the nation is so bad, I hope I can build my faith in it to become stronger. Thanks for this piece.

  • Jibulu Ngozi

    What a country we live in, a disheartening country. ? I hope I will be among those who see a better Nigeria. Amen. Recluse, more power to your elbow, dear!

  • Okechukwu O'biora

    Be the change you want to see. Nigeria needs me and you to change it by the way we live our lives everyday.

  • Hmmmm, it’s not easy to still believe in Nigeria. I’m sure no Igbo guy will pen down this kind of poem. Many of us have lost hope in Nigeria. But I solidly believe that politicians come and go but Nigeria remains. No matter what is happening now, Nigeria will rise again.

  • Chisom nwalutum

    Indeed we pray for a better Nigeria
    This country would be healed
    It would never remain the same
    The next generation shuld hear a different story

  • Kingsley ngwu

    The problem of Nigeria seems generational because the masses especially this generation only rant on social media and with friends without taking drastic decisions that could improve the state of this country

    • Edith Ohaja

      You mean without taking drastic action. Words and thoughts are what we release but I guess the action will probably lead to further bloodshed, and we don’t want to see more of our people killed.

  • Ogechukwu ukwuani Cynthia

    God will surely see us through in this country.

  • Obeta Lillian Chiamaka

    We pray for a better Nigeria. But we should also make an effort to make our country better. Recluse this is an awesome piece, more knowledge and grace to you

  • Nkwocha Chibueze Innocent

    This captures it all even though we have hoped for a better Nigeria for a long time we shouldn’t stop hoping because God is working His purpose out.

  • Ikebudu Juanita Chinenye

    I pray that Nigeria would be better someday

  • Michael Ebuka Ogidi

    I have that high hope that one day, Nigeria will be good, better and even the best.

  • Eze Blessing Ada

    Nigeria would be better, I have always heard that phase well I just hope I would be part of those who sees a better Nigeria. Kudos recluse.

  • Okoloji kosisochukwu Vivian

    Nigeria seriously needs prayers……..
    Churches are on it thus, so I believe the country will be better soon………

  • egbo Rita Somtochukwu

    Nigeria don better, it can’t happen by only praying n hoping for God to intervene. Definitely he will buh we have to help in achieving a better Nigeria.. When we understand this, am not sure we have to tell that to our children or even our children telling it to theirs… Nice one Recluse!!

  • Nwanne Josephine Chidera

    I love this poem. Nigeria will be better again. Personally, I don’t believe that, but with this poem, I pray that a little faith will rise in my heart to believe in Nigeria again. More grease to your elbow Recluse

  • Melekwe Anthony Eze-chioma

    My God. I am touched. To believe that this guy is my course mate makes me shiver.
    This is a talented piece.

    I really hope I won’t say “the same” to my kids – I want them to see it.

    My best lines;

    “The labour of our heroes past,
    Is today becoming vain,
    Because the leaders of now
    Are only mindful
    Of their state of wealth”

  • Agnes

    Beautiful write up of Nigeria’s infidelity. I really wonder how long we are going to keep hoping for a better Nigeria when majority of the politicians are seeking for their own belly. My hopes are still alive any way. Nice one recluse. Thanks ma for sharing

  • Ibe favour kalu

    By faith,I’m replacing the phrase “Nigeria is going to be better” with “Nigeria is better”. I know Nigeria isn’t what she is supposed to be: there are a lot of killings, suffering and act of gerrymandering in the last election but I know that in years to come, the youths (leaders of tomorrow) are going to change the bleak future of Nigeria to a brighter one. This is a nice work ma’am and thanks to recluse.

  • yes! Nigeria will be better of its corrupt leaders,no more threats from northerners ,agitations from the south east and waiting to take sides by the southerners .all we need to do is to have patience and keep praying for our country .Just like God delivered the Israelites,so shall he deliver our country and we all will have a positive story for the future generation.

    • Ebenezer

      What a wonderful piece of writing, Nigeria! The word Nigeria it’s going to get better someday is gradually turning to slogan of this country, right from childhood I have been hearing it, as the writer said in the peom, hope I’ll not also tell this to my children

  • Enechukwu Goodness

    I know NIGERIA will be better even though it seems impossible today, it will still come to pass.

  • Eze Nnenna

    That’s the kind of leaders we do have. They have selfish intrest. I pray for unity and oneness in our country.
    Like you said Miss Edith, i will also say, with faith.. Nigeria don better!

  • Paul-kayode praise c

    Indeed we have selfish leaders, that doesn’t mean we should seat back and do nothing.. As we pray for progress we should bear in mind that we are the future and do all in our power to move the country forward

  • Ijeoma Chisom Jessica

    This is the land of my birth… My Nigeria, your Nigeria, Our Nigeria… We will make Nigeria work…

  • It’s a really touching and heartbreaking thing that the poet sees himself possibly saying, ‘Nigeria will get better’ to his unborn children. we keep praying for Nigeria as we hope that things gets better and that Nigeria will adjust it’s crown and take up its mantle as the giant of Africa that it said to be

  • Kat

    Inspiring poem!. Good work recluse. You took the words right out of my mouth and the thought out of my mind. We are all tired of saying Nigeria will be better. We want to acknowledge that it is already better. With one heart we pray that God hears our prayers. Amen. Thank u for sharing aunty

  • Akupue chibuike

    It’s very hard to fix people with different ideologies and beliefs. The problem with Nigeria is all rooted in tribalism and beliefs. Believe it or not no matter how good a particular government may function, there must be grudges from other
    the tribes. The problem is in the mindset, to make it worst, it is being passed from generation to another thereby making it an incurable disease.

    • Edith Ohaja

      I beg to differ. This disease is curable by God’s grace. That’s what the poem is all about: optimism about overcoming Nigeria’s challenges. You are blessed!

  • Sunday, Ezekwesiri Daniel

    Oh! ?I wish I won’t tell to my son, “Nigeria will be better” and may he not tell same to his. My prayer is that Nigeria will be better beginning with us. God bless Nigeria, and give us God-fearing/wise leaders.

  • Adumike Winifred Munachimso

    Nigeria is a great country, many people say, but when I watch national news and international news on tv,countries with greatness speak for themselves.
    Most times, I can’t help but think my parents lied to me.
    They said Nigeria is a great country and would be greater when I grow, they made me love my country so much, now my friends accuse me of taking things about Nigeria too personal.
    I’ve been patriotic and loyal,disappointed and hurt,but I’ll keep being patriotic because it’s the only country I owe allegiance to as a citizen.
    I really wish I can say the name Nigeria with the zeal and love with which I called the name when I was a little girl.

  • Okalishi oliver

    Yes! We pray not to say it to our children, but there will know that there were times their grandfathers and fathers used to say it, “Nigeria will be better.” it will be a history to them to keep the great achievement: Nigeria is well and great. All hands have to be on deck for us to make it; if you play your part well and I play mine as well, I don’t think we will have any course to regret it. So, it begins with you and I to make Nigeria not just a better country but a greater country. Many thanks to Recluse, the poet, who has come up with this inspiring write-up and to our caring mummy who made it come through; God bless you.

  • Ominaki pamela

    This poem really is touching and eye opening, it tells us that we are no longer who we claim to be”Giants of Africa” is no more than just a name. Our leaders are selfish and self-centered, they care only about their pockets and not the masses. They make promises they can’t keep jus so they can get into power and syphone money and also manipulate the people

    • Theophilus Blessing

      Wow! What a great piece Recluse, you write awesomely. I pray I won’t also say that to my daughters.

  • kokoro martins seunfunmi recluse

    We should all rise as compatriots and head to the Charlotte, and also pray when we Nigeria’s call obey. The future lies in our hands and I just wish we the youths of today will really be the leaders of tomorrow, and if so we’ll be, I hope we’ll be better than our predecessors… Nigeria will be better!

  • A very good one from Recluse, for many years we Nigerians have lived in suffering, yet with many unkept promises from our leaders, which is really a big shame and indeed a disgrace to the nation at large, May God bless Nigeria and all it’s citizens Amen.

  • We should all work towards making Nigeria better and not just by words of mouth because faith without work is dead.

  • This is a very nice piece of work from Recluse. The problem of this country is from our leaders during campaigns they make, promises which they won’t stick to once they wins the election, they are selfish once they are elected into the post instead of making Nigeria a better place they are always eager to embezzle money which leads to economic instability of this country. To make Nigeria a better country the leaders should change their evil ways, compassionate and considerate. God will see us through in Jesus name.

  • This poem really talked Nigerians problem so well that it even opened my eyes to some things I have never thought about. Our leaders are not helping matters, so many things are happening in Nigeria, and they pretend like all is well, even us the masses are worsening the issue but most of us are not just and honest in our own little place of authority.After everything, we’ll be alright(I pray so).

  • Bessong Faith A.

    What I said to my son
    Do not mind the white in our flag
    For it is used to beautify corruption
    Do not mind the fat belly for they are breeding blunders,
    This is a nation where change becomes unchangeable
    With flattered promises and promiscuous manifestoes.

    Even prayers will irritate God
    In such a nation of disguise and lies
    Our leaders! May they live to see their birth
    Son! Do me a favour
    As long as you leave spare all hands innocent of loot and politics in this nation.

  • Onyejekwe favour kosisor

    What a poem, Nigeria is now a blood pool and I hope my children have a better story to tell.

  • Amana Sharon Umola

    NIGERIA will get better!!!
    NIGERIA will get better!!!

    Thank you for this encouragement.
    Amazing Piece Recluse…

  • Ifunanya Chukwuemeka

    That piece is great. Nigeria is really a country where the rich becomes richer and the poor gets poorer. But like he said and we believe and pray, that we will not tell this word to our children but that the word that we will speak will be actualized “Nigeria will be better”

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    What Nigeria needs now is revolution
    Our leaders can’t even be controlled again. Revolution I pray!

  • Euphemia Nwele

    We’re trapped under the feet
    Of those who say they care for us,
    This line was captivating, we are supposed to be represented by those up there, but no longer.. Its like we dont exisit as we sit and watch them take self- decisions

  • Oma

    Obviously what we sing in the national anthem isn’t what we practice .
    As the poet rightly pointed out, the labours of our heros past is becoming in vain . Anyway I pray Nigeria gets better amen

  • Isaac Nwanneka Oyiridiya

    Aunty to say the truth this post touched me. Is not today that we’ve being singing this regular national anthem that Nigeria will be better which seems as an illusion. God help us

  • Nnamani Oluoma Esther

    We have been praying for a better Nigeria since Independence. I hope that this dream will eventually be actualized. Because Nigeria is a great country and we would go a long way if we are better than we are now. God help us

  • Ugwu Chizoba Janet

    As I read the poem it got me thinking so deep about our nation and doubts about it being better leaves this doubt in my heart but just like Recluse, I hope I won’t tell my kids that Nigeria will be better but that Nigeria is the best and would look back at today as the challenges Nigeria passed through in reaching where we are now.

  • Desire Adiukwu

    Our land is hurting and in deep need of God’s divine healing. Oh Lord! Heal our land. God bless you Recluse for the hope

  • Anabude oluchi

    Pointing at line 12 and 13 of the poem, it is quite unfortunate that the rich are making the poor poorer and enriching themselves with the sweat of the poor without thinking back but strongly believe that Nigeria is in the hand of God and we will and everything will go excellently well with her

  • Eze chinyere

    The poem was wonderfully written, I must admit. May Nigeria become better and hopefully, we won’t be saying this to our children…

  • Amaugo Stephanie Chidinma

    This is a good poem, Recluse! Well done! We’ve been hearing “Nigeria go beta” since we were kids. We are yet to see results. I think I know why. We want change yet we want the change to start from our leaders. How about this change we talk about starts with us? I think Nigeria will truly be better.

  • Chidinma Obasi

    Indeed, Nigeria will be better but it all begins from the mindset of the individuals and the leaders of the country towards development and social change. Ma, I am really bless by this post and I prayer that I will not repeat the same phrase to my children that “NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER”

  • Abonyi chisom E

    Nice work recluse ??. I believe that nigeria will be better but everybody has a role to play. I pray for peace and unity in this country. I know that by the special grace of God we will say that nigeria is better.

  • Ekwe ifeanyichukwu

    Sometimes it seems like Nigeria can’t be helped anymore… Since we were kids we’ve been praying for the country to get better but things keep getting worse. “people say we hope we hope things will get better” we’ve hoped for too long…lets pray our kids don’t continue hoping…Let God’s will be done in this country, because only Him knows our problems.

  • Agu Ginika

    Nice and inspiring one
    Yes, we hope that Nigeria Will be better someday but all hands should be on deck towards achieving that by putting aside segregation, selfishness, hatred and uphold oneness.

  • Arene Ifeyinwa Ketochukwu

    Well, I hope our country gets better soon. Nice poem.

  • Poverty,insecurity, bribery, corruption are labeled to our country Nigeria, Bad leadership mothers them all.. Problems arises from every sphere of the federation.. Youth indulge in crime just to survive no crime climax d society..inflation is another thing devaluation of the naira. Foreign investors not coming nearer.
    Check out social amenities is not something to be proud of in my country Nigeria..
    We claim the practice of democracy I call it anarchy …
    Writing about nigeria situation the book will become too bulky to carry .I still pray for my dear country. Because I have none other to call my country. So help us oh GOD

  • Ogbobi Blessing Ojonoma

    Recluse!!! what an amazing write up, indeed Nigerians have gone through thick and thin, October 1st reminds and gives us hope of a new nation but all their manifestos are just sweet nothings. I hope and pray same too

  • Iroegbu Chinatu Amara

    What an interesting way to capture the senerio…we call it a national anthem yet there is nothing national about the leaders. The white in our flag is just used to beautify corruption. What a country!!! I hope I don’t say it to my children too. Thumbs up to the young writer.

  • ologhofor sampson

    I hope and pray for a better Nigeria, I pray my children will hear stories of how bad Nigeria’s state was but won’t experience it… Hope help us.

  • Ugwoke melvina ifechukwu

    Such a beautiful poem. Wonderfully written. I must commend the writer for his ability to capture what is happening in our country today where crime and corruption is the order of the day. We can only hope and pray that one day Nigeria will be a better place.

  • Ugwoke ifechukwu melvina

    Such a beautiful poem, wonderfully written. I must commend the writers ability to capture what is happening in our country today where crime and corruption is the order of the day. We just have to hope and pray that one day soon, Nigeria will be a better place..

  • Henry

    When the Citizens seem to lose faith in the Country, where lies hope? More so the young ones. We shouldn’t just end in Hope, we should act. Get to hold your leaders accountable so they be on their toes. Nigeria would soon take her rightful place. Nice one fellow Jacksonite.

  • Ogbozor Chiamaka Zillah

    This country could be good through God that strengthens us, because this nation cannot just change by man-made rather our country needs a supernatural force and intervention which is the Almighty God.

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    The plight of Nigeria was brought to light in this poem, a country where the rich gets richer and the poor poorer, where the leader is not really the one leading. Its indeed painful but I also wish I don’t say to my son “Nigeria will be better” too


    Wow, an applause from me. It is awesome, I like the way he did justice to some issues; “Like a rat will bite his victim
    And blow it cool; Not because he cares, Nor because he feels sorry, But so he could bite more”. “And yet we kill one another
    To uplift those who divide us”. Keep it up bro, you are going higher in Jesus name!

  • Chukwuma Wilfred

    It’s quite unfortunate we are were we are today, all because of some corruptions fighting corruption (I laugh sha)… Basically,all I can offer is to pray to God and believe with faith that “Nigeria Will Be Better” so help me God, Amen!

  • Adonu Ifeanyichukwu B

    Yes Nigeria will be better again and I pray my generation will withness the transformational process of the better days to come Amen.As we pray for Nigeria to be better, may we ask God to use us as a transformational instruments to achieve the change we desire and deserve as a nation. Thumbs up Recluse

  • Chinenye lucy

    The leaders of today are only mindful of their wealth,where the rich keeps getting rich and the poor live like church rats , with what is happening in this our country ,hunger kidnappings and segregation I don’t think Nigeria will be better but we just have to have faith and hope that we won’t tell our kids, nigeria will be better.

  • Dennis Lydia Ekperechukwu

    This poem is very interesting and nice. Nigeria is a very rich and large country blessed with a lot of natural resources but the ambassador ‘s of poverty which are our corrupt leaders have impoverished it. My prayer is that our country will become a better country some day.

  • Joseph joy

    Nigeria go better, have been hearing it since I was born till now, it should get better na or is it wen we are dead it will get better? ??

    • Theophilus Blessing

      Wow! What a wonderful piece Recluse. You write awesomely. I pray I won’t also say that to my daughters.

  • Afiadigwe Nnedinso Rita

    Nigeria will be better again, it sounds like is something impossible looking at the way the country heading. But all hope is not lost, I still have faith to see a better Nigeria.


    our time don come to be better
    But for this thing to happen all our hands must be on deck
    We no fit just leave am for only one person to handle am if not nothing go move forward
    Our leaders them get their part to play while we wer be the citizens get our own responsibilities to carry out
    The thing be say na we dey use our hands spoil this country
    But God don hear our prayers, “NIGERIA DON BETTER”!

  • Chima ella

    Surely! Nigeria will get better, we cannot give up on Nigeria even though our situation seems irredeemable.
    Being optimistic about our failing system will propel us into positive action that will change Nigeria
    Don’t forget, change begins with me and you.

  • Orji Chidiebube Prudence

    This poem captures the mind of any critical thinking Nigerian…. When is the use of “will” going to end? When are we going to rise and take actions; Deal with the present that we see? Yes, it’s good to have faith but same scripture tells us that without works, dead is any faith… God help us to realize that until we start in our little way to drive the change, it can’t, won’t come!

  • Onu Tochukwu

    Change begins with each one of us. When we change things around us change then it spreads to the nation as a whole.

  • Ibe Arinzechukwu Christian

    Quite a good work by Recluse. The truth of it all is that Nigeria’s problems did not start today, it started the day that contraption (Nigeria) was amalgamated. The British sole aim of amalgamation was nothing but exploitation.The major tribes in Nigeria were not, are not and can never be compatible.
    Now the Britishs are gone,our selfish leaders have picked up from where they left. They still allowed Nigeria to exist in other to be “quenching” their “insatiable” thirst for the nation’s wealth.
    The problems of the contemporary Nigeria lies with the leaders. I hate it when I hear the current government say “Change begins with you”. I ask myself what do this people take us for? The change the citizens want is not a moral change so to say, moral change is a personal decision but the change in economic, political state of the nation. To talk about this country Nigeria now is to arouse annoyance. If only they(leaders) can seek the face of God and trace back where they got it all wrong then I bet this country is on her way the her doom. God help us.

  • There is still hope for the hopeless, i still believe that Nigeria will come out of this present state. Regarding this, we should strive to pave a better way for our children, because it seems citizens of this country indirectly follow the footstep of the government they are complaining of. If we need change, the change begins with you.

  • Awaka vivian

    Lovely poem, and yes Nigeria will be better now or sooner, just one day everything will be better,and our heroes labour shall not go in vain.

  • Akuma Victor

    I really wish I could sincerely sing this to my unborn children but am afraid not. Until we look beyond our divides, we will always get it wrong.

  • Anekwe Paschaline

    Nigeria will be better but then who is Nigeria, it is us. So the change we want will not come if we do not change our attitude. Most of the time the blame is only on the leaders but we all have a role to play for the betterment of our country. Nice work Recluse?

  • ifunaya chukwuemeka

    I wish i wouldn’t say this to my son and to him, his ..what a lovely pun. Nicely said, our past leaders struggle seems to be in vain because of the ones we have now , we can only keep hoping and praying for a better country by becoming better ourselves and just like the ”change” mantra points out ”change begins with you”

  • Bob Charles Ngene

    Frankly speaking .. It’s hard to believe this..Nigeria being great again? But all the same..we live in a world where miracles pop up everyday…I’m totally looking forward to that miracle

    Good job Recluse!

  • ErnestValentine

    Any enterprise that lacks hope hardly becomes successful.
    Nigeria is a great nation. This is not to say that we are very okay but I think we are growing. It is only hope that can even encourage citizens to participate in nation building otherwise, seeing Nigeria as dead means that it should be buried and forgotten.

    If Singapore can get to where it is today, then Nigeria will be a super power some day.

  • Ezeh Chimezie Amos

    We hear “Nigeria will get better” almost everyday. But I think the question we should attach to it is “who will make Nigeria better”
    Even if we shout Nigeria will get better from now till next decade, Nigeria will not get any better if we all don’t come together and join hands to make her a better place.
    I pray God gives us the strength and courage to make Nigeria a better place so we won’t have to tell our children “Nigeria wil get better”

  • Nigeria will be better. We hope so. We believe it. Nigerian have roles to play. But, with the trending, downgrading facts about Nigeria, propagated by Nigerians themselves, Like the musical tracks “This is Nigeria, everybody is a potential criminal” and “Nigeria jagajaga, everything scatter scatter”, which undoubtedly have gone viral, I wonder how the the country is gonna stand the shame in the international community.

  • Ukwueze Oluchi B.

    The Title is actually an ironical one. I understand, however, that it is for emphasis. A country like Nigeria may not be better again. A country that somebody merged people of different cultural, religious and Moral Backgrounds with different worldviews without their consent and his girlfriend woke up from sleep and named “Nigeria”. What do you expect? Different ethnic groups are pursuing their interests against the national interests. Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba are locked in an intractable battle to win National Seats. Whoever wins concentrates in his tribe or region. How can the so-called One Nigeria develop? How can we grow?

  • Onoyima Juliet

    One Nigeria is a pretentious term that is fast fading off, we have been crying and lamenting to everyone and no one in particular. There used to be a shade of hope but with the way things are now, am speechless about hope.
    May I not tell my children same.

  • Wow. This poem is just so on point. “I pledge to Nigeria my country, to be faithful, loyal and honest” but no, the Nigeria I pledged to be faithful, loyal and honest is depriving me the chance of fulfilling my pledge. The kleptomaniac politicians are not helping us at all. Even the citizens are no longer faithful. When the poor masses turn left for support, they found that nobody is right. And when they turn right, they found nobody is left. God help us all.

  • I must confess this is a nice piece. we have been told about the “BETTER” Nigeria that isn’t fort coming because of greed and corruption. May God help us all.

  • Iwoba Añulika Lilian

    The poem is laced with hopefulness and encouragement in spite of the state of affairs.

    It’s such a shame that to till now, we do not have a line of true progress in our national anthem. We’ve only created an isolated collection of words that is NOT and was never a reality.
    But prayerfully, we cannot continue to chant this same old story and hand it down to the next generation without an accompanying progressive up building of nationhood.
    Recluse has given us a quality reminder. Thank you.

  • Brown Bethel Ogadimma

    “Nigeria will be better” “Nigeria will be great” “Nigeria will rise again”….. For how long will we keep hearing this. When will we start to say ” Nigeria is great…..” We don’t want to tell this to our children, but truth be told, we’re still going to tell them and they will witness it, sorry to say so. Everyday we work towards a better Nigeria, but it seems unachievable. ‘The labours of our heroes past, is now in vain. Each day we serve with our heart and mind, *mana ihe na-ebe kana ebe*.
    But still, I pledge to Nigeria my country,
    To be faithful, loyal and honest
    To serve it with all my strength
    And defend it’s unity
    To uphold her honour and glory
    So help me God. Amen..
    Thanks Recluse for the Write up. More ink to your pen.

  • Annabelle Orji

    Nice piece I must say. I like that it cites the pledge we would recite in formal assemblies, reminds us of the promises we make and the hopes we have had starting from our fore fathers to our fathers and to us.

  • Ezeh Onyekachukwu c

    This is a wonderful poem. We have always been consoled by the promise that Nigeria will be better but no effort has been put to that. We pray that God will bless us with selfless leaders.

  • Uche, David Ihechukwu

    ‘My country ain’t a beautiful host, it’s a desert that makes me grunt’ as deep as it sounds, it makes me grunt as well. I really hope and pray Nigeria will be better. It’s quite disheartening seeing everything written in that poem unfold every time. ‘Giants of Africa, yet we behave like none’. So, so true. I can only but hope and pray for a better Nigeria.

  • Agugbua chisom

    Can Nigeria be better? This is I question I keep asking myself. If I cant answer this question now I don’t think I can tell my kids anything. I would hate to lie to them because frankly speaking, I don’t see Nigeria becoming better than it is now. This country just leaves me speechless.

  • Onyeka Stanley

    Sometimes it looks as if the only solution will be to enter a plane that will take us to another country but we’re Nigerian and it’s in our blood. I pray Nigeria will be better than what it is today though the odds is against us.

  • ErnestValentine

    “We will get there”. That is what I tell everyone I come accross who finds delight in comparing Nigeria of under 60 years to America of almost 300 years. That is not to bury the fact that our leaders are characterized by rapacity, greed and covetousness.

  • Obi Chisom Vanessa

    Loving how it was put together with the pledge, Because indeed the past heroes did work to for a better Nigeria, so sad that since then til now over 50 years we’re still talking about a better Nigeria. Indeed i hope We don’t say this to our children or our children to their children.

  • agbo jude

    It is true that our country Nigeria is not good today but one thing keep on telling me that nigeria will be better, we are blessed with a good natural resources, the only thing we need is the philosopher king who will handle it better and our country will be a better place

  • Bryan Casey

    Nigerians are the cause of her down full
    Corruption this , corruption that lets forget the saying “naija go better ” even my grandfather told the same to my mum …

  • Igbo Chukwuemeka kingsley

    thanks for this wonderful post of the poem written by one of us , i love the poem , but logically and metaphysically speaking i dont see any hope of this currently becoming better unless there is a total change in politically power. thank you

  • Onah Ukamaka Blessing

    what a wonderful poem, its not easy to write one , more blessings and inspiration to both the writer and the blogger. Consigning the post it will only take the grace of God to make Nigeria better.

  • Ugwuja Deborah

    We should all pray for a better Nigeria . It is a pity the things that are happening in our country today . The rate of poverty rises everyday, men, women and children feed from hand to mouth day by day. We say we are one Nigeria but our actions do not reflect in what we say. What else can we do but act, hope for the best and pray

  • Onwuamaeze Ikechukwu John.

    This is a wonderful poem that clearly illustrate the writer dreams and aspiration of a better Nation(Nigeria). So many years have come and go, and we continue to ruminate about the possibility of Nigeria crawling up to the level of “a developed nation”.

    The Poet, Recluse, did great pointing out the deceptive actions of our power intoxicated leaders symbolizing them as a “rat”.

    Over fifty years now, we still are chewing one particular statement of “Nigeria will be better”, for how long? This must’ve been one of the reasons the poet wishes he doesn’t say this to his son, or his offspring to his own son. Let’s all come together and make Nigeria better and comfortable for our children. Nice poem, Recluse.

  • Abah Okpe Gabriel

    I will likened Nigeria to b an ATM, u see an inscription “insert your card” you do that, another pop up, “input your pin” you do same as well, u select your transaction option and the next instruction pops up ” wait your transaction is processing” lesson, we have prayed to God, we have done our part as human but what do we do after entering all instructions given by the ATM machine and it ends up taking both our card and cash, we are surrounded by leaders who have sold their conscience, what do we do, do we still pass the same fake hope of Nigeria will be better to our unborn generation, sorry to say but that will be “people deceiving people (P-P) its not my hand writing oooooo nice poem Recluse, more inspiration fall on you

  • Ezekiel Stanley Chinedu

    Nigeria will definitely rise again..Nice poem Recluse
    In faith we hope and believe that someday she will blossom once again..
    We will see and testify of it …

  • Nigeria has a lot of things it should be focusing on like our social amenities, corruption, crimes etc but our leaders are more concerned about their personal and family needs more than what affects the citizens of the country.

  • Onah Chiamaka

    Nice work Recluse. All we can hope for is that labour and suffers of our heroes and forefathers shall not be in vain and and that our children will not tell their children’s children the same mantra of “Nigeria go better”

  • We always hope for a better Nigeria. Nice work Recluse.

  • Cynthia Ugwuoke

    I’ve really never been a fan of poems but this is exceptional ,the title alone caught my attention and believe me I’m glad I read it …all i can say is that this country is weighed down by social,economic and political problems . I pray Lord grants us the lights of his spirit and make Nigeria a nation filled with love,peace and unity.

  • Grace Ugwuaneke

    Wow! What a nice use of words,well done Recluse. What caught my attention is line nine and ten of this write up
    …The labour of our herors past
    is now becoming vain.
    Our heroes fought for this country to get better but it is getting worst. We hope Nigeria would get better one day but nothing is happening, only God can save us.

  • Precious

    First, I do like to first comment on the poet’s skills, the poem is really well constructed and passes a very clear information without being biased.
    Secondly, I strongly believe that Nigeria will really be better one day, with God on our side. But we still have to put everything we’ve got to make this happen. As the youth, it is our obligation to make right some of the mistakes we have seen our leaders make and not follow their footsteps that have cost us lives. We have to stand strong ’cause we are the leaders of tomorrow, so that by the time we get there we will make it right and won’t have to tell our children the same story we’ve been told.
    May God help us! The labour of our past heroes can never be in vain as we strive to put things right. So help us, Lord!

  • Ajibo Chioma Blessing

    Nigeria is a great country, all we need is to do the right things both the leaders and those being led, i pray that God will give us the mindset to do the right thing because most people do not care, all they say is ” am i the one that spoil Nigeria why will i make it better” but once we do the right thing now i believe we will not tell it to our children

  • Abaraonye Chidinma Blessing

    Just like the poem ‘AMBUSH’, our leaders have laid ambush for many people and the country is not developing. I like that line “the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain” but with what is happening, it appears to be in vain already. But as it is said that the beautiful ones are not yet born, like wise those that will make the country better are yet to come. I join to say by faith “Nigeria is better”. Thanks ma for this.

    • Edeh Chinaza Jennifer

      She is a beautiful mother with many kids…like it is said.. Children are born of same mother but not all are of same God

      Nigeria, the giant of Africa, the proud mother of many children… Unity, peace and tranquility your children had pledged to you but reverse is the case…How long shall we continue to live in diversity, destruction, riots, scarcity, segregation, war and fear, insurgence and insecurities?

      Motherland…. I don’t want to tell same story grandpa told father and father told me to my pretty unborn children like our brother Recluse had stated.

      God bless u Recluse!

  • Njoga Izuchukwu

    We pray for a better Nigeria. But we should also make an effort to make our country better. Recluse this is an awesome piece, more knowledge and grace to you.
    One nigeria, one nation and one country

  • Ugwuanyi Maryann

    Nigeria will be better by the grace of god, we just have to hope,and pray. We just need grace in the betterment of the country, we hope to tell good stories about the country to our children. Thanks Recluse and Miss Edith for this post.

  • Otti Augusta

    Nigeria is forcing its best brains out, everyone one is searching for greener pasture. Still we won’t lose hope.
    I pray our children don’t meet Nigeria in its current state.

  • Onyekachi confidence

    Hmmm,the writer of this poem is no way in doubt of the country he found himself.
    Of a truth the change we are looking for in Nigeria does not lie in hopes anymore,it’s high time great actions should be taken by everyone in his or her little way to bring this great country to the level it should a matter of fact “Nigeria will be better ” has become a cliche we Nigerians should end for good

  • Ugwuda mathew

    Reshuffling of Governmental offices by outdated politrikcians will continue to hurt our dear country and political system until the youths accepts that truly they are leaders of tomorrow. We need to “Eradicate the Present Furure of our Dear Country Nigeria”.

  • Nwannah Juliana ngozi

    With a heart full of sorrow,I say dat those who are meant to be our saviour betrayes us by the day.I pray that my country Nigeria be restored with goodness.our children deserve better than what we have now.i pray for a beautiful Nigeria,I pray for a corruption free Nigeria,I pray our lands get healed.i pray for Nigeria in jeopardy.

  • Okonkwo Goodness Chiamaka

    Nigeria is becoming a better place for us by the special grace of God. The Labour of our hero’s will never be in vain as said by the poet that our hero’s Labour is becoming in vain. We pray for God’s mercy and intervention in our country. Thumbs up to Recluse for the wonderful piece of work

  • Adeke Chukwuka

    Nigeria will be better has been on the lips of many for years. The question is when; our leaders are not helping matters and the youths have been deceived by their weightless promises. I pray also i won’t tell my children that Nigeria will* be better.

  • Ebere

    Change begins with us… Nigeria won’t be better if we don’t become better. Nice write up dear

  • Nnachetam Favour

    He ended the poem with such optimism that even amidst hopeless situations surrounding Nigeria he still finds hope in her. I anchor my hope on his, and pray for a better Nigeria. A BIGGER AND BETTER NIGERIA WE PRAY.

  • Recluse is one of the many upcoming poet and writer I admire, this poem gives hope to our country, for it will be a better place with time. Thank you Recluse for this poem, Thank you Miss Edith for this wonderful platform, God bless you

  • Andeshi Moniica

    Yes, I believe Nigeria will be better, i believe the economy will be better, infrastructures will be better, our leaders will be better, everything will be better! and we shall all say Nigeria don beta!

  • Onuigbo Esther

    The problem with Nigerians is that we spend hours talking about our national problems and solutions to it but no one actually makes a move towards achieving it, Nigeria is not going to change in this current government and it’s our duty as citizens to change this government.

  • Otinga ifunanya Ruth

    …because the leaders are only mindful of Thier state of wealth and not the peace of those they lead…How pathetic!…what is the hope of the country? Who knows we can only keep praying…niece piece recluse!

  • Agbodike Ogochukwu Maryclaret

    Wow!!! This is super cool. I compliment you Recluse. Keep it up dear.

  • Ebubechukwu

    Nigeria don better, I say. We must keep voicing out and act wisely to make it a better nation for us. God will surely help us to attain a better living without much struggle. God bless Nigeria. Lovely piece

  • Cynthia

    Lovely poem.Nigeria needs God intervention and we all should put our country in prayers it wil go all long way.Nigeria will be better there is hope for us.keep it up recluse.

  • This write up is really Nice, but the issue is for Nigeria to be okey,it requires the effort of you and I in every field we are in

  • Precious

    it’s easy to join the bad wagon and lament of the state of Nigeria. We all can’t point accusing fingers and say our leaders set us crying if we’re not trying to make the change we want to see. I believe in Nigeria. I believe in my mother land. She will rise again.

    • Chigbo Victor

      I really admire the talent Recluse has shown in this poem… Showing us how we Nigerians have gone out of our ways and decide to chase money instead betterment of our country not jst for us but for our future generation. Good work Recluse

  • Herit

    I believe in a new Nigeria. Though we face many problems in this country, we have to progress. I pray that we the citizens keep voicing out and have positive thoughts. Nigeria can never change without us changing (positively). Nigeria don better!

  • Nnamani ruth nnenna

    For a greater tomorrow we need to build a better today and who else to do so if not us, everyone is a leader in his/her own little world, and we must strive to uphold the past legacies, the heroic acts of our predecessors and only so shall we rise again like the morning sun”


    Nigeria is a great country which unfortunately for her, found herself in the hands of bad leaders.
    Nigeria will be better someday, but I just hope I will be among the lucky people to experience the Nigeria flowing with milk and honey. It might take long, but it must surely come to past.

  • Chigbo Victor

    This poem by recluse is really moving, making emphasis on how our pledge hasn’t really being much of our pledge this days… And I also like d fact after telling us how wrong we Nigerians have being going about things we still have the chance to actually make it right b4 our children come of age and takeover

  • Bryan. c. okoroigwe

    We’re tagged as the leaders of tomorrow, but our country is still being run in cycles, our recycled leaders would never take us to where we should be, that is quite sadly the bitter truth, but it doesn’t hurt to hope and pray for a better tomorrow

  • Osisioma Princess

    This is extraordinary! And saddening at the same time, my parents said this to me too, I grew up with so hope for this country but everyday a little part dies out when I see how injustice is everywhere and the richer are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, hopefully, I won’t say it to my kids

  • Obiemeka favour chukwugozie

    Wonderful piece the labour of our past is now being vain, but I believe Nigeraan will bounce back and better.

  • Obiaga ifunanya steph

    This is an awesome poem!
    Hopefully Our country will get better and our anthem and pledge wouldn’t be in vain no more

  • Henry Ireka

    This piece is so sensational. I almost cried Reading this. We all must come together to set a path and an example for our generation to follow because a better Nigeria starts with you and me.

  • ugwu lilian

    How will Nigeria be a better country when those in position have refused to step down, they want to remain in that position, die and also reincarnate, how will Nigeria be a better place when those ruling have been there since when my parents were kids, they keep telling the same lies they told my parents, I’ve really given up on this county, we keep praying for a better Nigeria, like when will our prayers be answered.

  • Nnamani Ruth Nnenna

    Nigeria can only become a better place if good citizens who see what our present and past leaders have turned our country into show interest in becoming leaders themselves (and get there the right way). We can sit in our various houses and have faith but that won’t get our country working again (don’t get me wrong we need faith to survive but faith and no work is like going to a construction site with a fork). Parents tell your children the mistake and achievement of our leaders so that they can know those to follow and those to leave behind instead of just telling them ‘Nigeria will be better’. Let them know that they can correct the mistake done by past and present leaders. Ignite the desire of good leadership in yourself and your children because then and only then will our country begin to experience change.
    You know what they say ‘action speaks louder than word’:so let us talk less and act more because just being told or telling others that ‘Nigeria will be better’ won’t make our problems disappear.
    And in our bid to blame leader up there let us not forget that we to are part of the problem we face in our country;Remember that time you throw your dirt on the streets of our dear country or that time you disobeyed the traffic light or when doctors forget that their number one priority is the patient and not the money or when teachers forget that their job is to impact knowledge and not to exploit students,little things like this are part of what is destroying our country,so as you point accusing fingers also remember to work on yourself.
    The popular saying [change begins with you and I] is one to be taken serious.

  • Chimezie Goodness Adimchinobi

    Until we realise that we are the Nigeria we are talking about,without us there will be no Nigeria.Let the truth be made known,we talk about the men on top piloting the affairs of this country with corrupts hands and mindset seeking for change,that change I think is yet to come and we the minorities are at our little corners promoting corruption.How will Nigeria be better.Nevertheless let’s hope and pray things get better.But I certainly believe Nigeria is in the hands of God.

  • Nnamani chizoba

    Nigeria is a beautiful country with bad leaders who are self centered. Nigeria will be better when our mentality changes

  • Ugwu Collins Kelechi

    It is obviously a sad thing to know that we live in a country so rich but yet inhabits people that are very poor. Everyday we hope in those representing us up there in power to help us, not knowing that we can start something by ourselves. We hope that before our generation fades out we would have made a better place for our sons and those to come after them.


    Nigeria can only be better when we forget that there are Igbo minority in the central government. Nigeria will be better when we do our jobs in meritocracy. Nigeria is in a big mess locally, nationally and internationally. We all are in this mess.we all can bring us out of this mess. I believe in one Nigeria so to say. Eventhough the unity is not fast coming, there is hope in Nigeria to rise again. Amen.

  • Otinga Ifunanya Ruth

    The root problem of our country, Nigeria, is leadership decay, a country blessed with rich human and natural resources, yet poorer than a beggar. Umeh In his poem referred our leaders as “Ambassadors of Poverty”, “Patriots in Reversed Order”, who boost the economy of colonial order, thereby impoverishing brothers and sisters at home.
    However, the good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel if we start doing first things first. Enlighten the minds of the citizens towards being worthy, essentially in character as those who are leaders today were once part of the complaining majority. So that we shall comfortably and courageously chant the pledge to our Motherland.
    Thanks a lot ma for sharing this piece that visualizes light and hope for our Nation.

  • Anorue John-Daniel Kelechi

    On this voyage towards proper development, the best captain for this ship is Christ himself and only him can navigate this ship. We need to re-orientate our values, it is very important.

  • Beautiful poem, yet saddening. To think that things keep getting worse despite what we have been told by our parents. Our economy keep deteriorating, yet nothing is done. We can only hope for God’s intervention

  • obeto clinton

    Amen. we as nigerians hope the same but we also have roles to play in other to make it a great nation and gaint of africa by performing in our political,economic and social function so that we wont have to say the same to our children.

  • Offor priscillia tobechi

    Beautiful poem. It is still good that some of us still believe for better naija(Nigeria). Good inspirational poem. At least with people like you, we can hope for a better future and with God all things are possible.

  • Amazing poem! It’s disheartening that the rich keep fighting to get richer paying no heed to the poor populace. We all hope for a better Nigeria. We all hope that when we repeat to our children that its getting better that it would actually be true. Amen

  • Happiness Etim

    Amen.we should keep praying as well as work towards making it a better Nigeria so that we won’t have to make such statements to our children and future generation.

  • Chidebe uchechukwu cyprain

    Bravo to you recluse. It is really amazing to tell the story of a nation that failed her citizens with its national anthem. This poem reminds me that Nigeria has failed as a Nation because with the nature of the current happenings in the country, it looks as if our national heroes fought in vain because instead of being free, we are still fighting among ourselves. I pray that i will see a better Nigeria, like Recluse said I pray I won’t tell my son to hope for a better Nigeria “.

  • Obeto clinton

    Amen. We as Nigerians hope the same but we also have roles to play in other to make it a great nation and giant of Africa by performing in our political,economic and social function so that we won’t have to say the same to our children.

  • Maduabuchi Ebube precious

    This is a very good post which the Nigerian government should also see that we and even them having been saying this same thing but till now nothing, and they should work towards achieving national interest and not their own selfish interest.

  • Sophia

    Wow, the last two lines really touched me, really is a devastating country, one problem with us is that we tend to get use to living in it, and that’s were we fail as citizens, talking from experience, this semester was like hell to me, eleven courses in less than four months, coupled with academic activities, two exams in one day! ! Students ending there lives anyhow, What kind of Nonesense country is this……. This is hell!!!! … God answer the prayer already, Nigerians need ur intervention . .

  • Godson chimaobi ogenyi

    Nigeria will be better, Our government should play a major role in the Betterment of this Great Country, by trying to do things do the right things that is Supposed, let our mindset change for positive

  • Ukpai-uma Lucy

    The children are the leaders of tomorrow. Where the aged cannot leave the office for the youths. Where one goes to learn how to use a farm tool, but yet the teacher just farms and harvests for himself without allowing the student to try. Such a messed up country and system. Each government leaving sores and creating deeper aches in the heart of their subjects. Such a country! such a system!. The day for her children to be leaders seems blur. Hope it wasn’t all folktales.

  • Venessa Stephen

    I want to hear a new song in our heart and lips saying”Nigeria is better”We’ve been hoping to hear this for such a long time.please God come to our rescue because you are the only one that can save us,intervene and Nigeria will be better.

  • Wonderful! Optimistically, I have an ardent believe that one day a political and economical messiah will stand out to work and save Nigeria from Her excruciating and deteriorating condition. I have dream that such day will come, and it will start in my life time. I have a dream!

  • Theophilus Blessing

    Wow! What a wonderful piece Recluse, you write awesomely. I pray I won’t also say that to my daughters.

  • Agwu Tochukwu Frank

    I personally believe that One day one time, the present condition of this country (Nigeria) will be a precedence. God himself will raise someone who will change this country for better.
    I appreciate the poem ma.

  • Irawaji Itongikunyiowaji Praise

    A very nice soul touching poem. Nigeria has a long way to go, but in faith, God will see us through.

  • Agugbua chisom

    I really don’t know if Nigeria is ever going to be better. The country, to me, is in a disaster and am not sure it can go back to the way it was. I hope I don’t get to tell my kids that Nigeria will be better.

  • Ezeh John Onyekachi

    What a timely poem. Nigeria is getting worst daily. We keep hearing that Nigeria will be better, yet she is deteriorating. This is however, not unconnected to the fact that Nigeria has been inundated with barrages of bad leaders with the exception of few. For instance in this present dispensation where sectionalism, nepotism, statism ,religious intolerance,Killing becoming a normal pattern and racial prejudice thrives ,tell me,how can that country be better. If the status quo remains,even in the nest century Nigeria will still not be inhabitable.

  • Uko Iniobong Anthony.

    Wow I love this… I want a better Nigeria in my generation and not after my generation. Let the slogan “the gaint of Africa” be area and obvious to other African countries and outside Africa. We have all the resources, but our leaders are dreedy, tribalistic and sentimental.

    When things turn out wrong
    Don’t think all is Gone
    And when things become rough
    It is time you turn tough.

    Nigeria will be better in my generation.

  • Chioma Christy Agbaraka

    What a great country like Nigeria, it’s so heartbreaking we still experience sad issues and numerous challenges.

    Today is June 12, Democracy Day, but it doesn’t seem like there is anything to be happy about at the end. I just hope Nigeria will be better and I also hope we won’t also tell the same tale to our kids tomorrow.


    Nigeria Will Be Better
    A nice piece from our own Recluse, We all take refuge in the belief that “Nigeria will be better ” either sooner or later, our faith and work towards it will guarantee, it shall come to pass, it may not be immediately but definitely.
    By Faith Nigeria Is Better.

  • I strongly believe by his Grace; despite mismanagement of our resources by the
    capitalist for their personal interest. I strongly believe that our Nigeria will be better one day. I go better na poor man prayer which will come to pass one day.. Amen.

    • ugwu Ozioma joy

      This poem is wonderful…the poet carefully illustrated his dreams and aspirations for this country,but to be very honest..personally I’ve lost faith in the fact that this country would be better….make we just dey manage am biko


    I truly believe that our dear country will be better, and we all have our individual roles to play in the process.

  • Hmm, well I want Nigeria to be better because myself and every other Nigerian will benefit from it but the point is that Nigeria can’t be better by just looking at it. We all have to contribute positively to make it better. Thumbs up Recluse. Nice poem Sir.

  • Chukwunwenwa Chinenye

    There’s a certain prayer that Catholics
    all over Nigeria say immediately after reception of holy communion. It’s titled ‘Prayer for Nigeria in Distress’ My mum had told me that the prayer was introduced in 1993. Catholics still say the prayer till date.
    And I wonder when Nigeria will come out of the distress.

    Tomorrow holds a promise, I believe that Nigeria is gon be better, maybe not immediately but definitely.

    Just like Recluse said in this piece, I hope my kids don’t tell their kids same thing our parents told us about Nigeria getting better.

  • Ijoma Chisom Jessica

    First things first….. A big thumbs up to Reculse, nice poem my dear .
    I join faith with you to pray that we wouldn’t tell the same story of “Nigeria will be better”to our children but by God’s grace we shall welcome them to a BETTER NIGERIA INDEED… God bless you dear .

  • Orji Chidiebube Prudence

    This poem captures the mind of any critical thinking Nigerian…. When is the use of “will” going to end? When are we going to rise and take actions; Deal with the present that we see? Yes, it’s good to have faith but same scripture tells us that without works, dead is any faith… God help us to realize that, until we start in our little way to drive the change, it can’t, won’t come!

  • Nwachukwu Chidinma

    Nigeria will be better if we can the citizens believe that it is already better .And act towards it and then our mindsets and mentality can change so as that of others

  • Charles D.

    What a nice poem. I really commend Recluse for this wonderful job. Truly, I know Nigeria our beloved will b better one day.

  • Immanuella Uwa

    I commend his faith of the future of Nigeria. i have the same faith and hope too, but that is not all it takes. It takes the togetherness of people, with prayers and incorruptible leaders.

    • Janefrances Nwaduche

      A nice poem. It really captures the situation/ sad reality of our country. With Nigeria it has been like the reoccurrence of sad stories which never seem to have an end. But all in all, our obligation is to never lose hope and keep praying for our fatherland. God bless Nigeria.

  • Whitney Treasure Oluchi

    Amen,we hope that Nigeria will reclaim back its name as the giant of Africa,our dear lovely country Nigeria has always been known with great things, we have achieved a lot of things as a country, all we need is good leaders without selfish interest,leaders that are not politically, religiously biased, leaders that believe that we are one irrespective of your belief and culture

  • Okoli Ezinne

    Recluse well done for this wonderful poem and I pray that Nigeria really gets better .

  • Nwakaeze Jane chidebere

    This captures the state of our country Nigeria vividly. I fell in love with last part of the poem “Nigeria will be better,i wish I won’t say to my son and if so I do,I hope he won’t say to his. The phrase “Nigeria will be better” has become a cliche and we have gotten used to the phrase that we don’t see any chances of it becoming any better. May our children not hear the same thing! Amen! Nice one Recluse, Kudos and keep it up!

  • Janefrances Nwaduche

    A nice poem. It really captures the situation/ sad reality of our country. With Nigeria, it has been like a reoccurrence of sad stories which never seem to have an end. But all in all, our obligation is to never lose hope and keep praying for our fatherland.

  • Janefrances Nwaduche

    A nice poem. It really captures the situation/ sad reality of our country. With Nigeria it has been like a reoccurrence of sad stories which never seem to have an end. But all in all, our obligation is to never lose hope and keep praying for our fatherland. God bless Nigeria.


    This has been the prayer of Nigerians but still, nothing is happening. It’s high time we the citizens/elites take a step in bringing about changes than hoping and depending on our leaders because, if we continue in this pattern, we will forever keep praying and saying that, Nigeria will be better and our children will be forced to join us in the chorus. Change begins with us now.

  • Emmanuel chibuike

    I like this write up. But I would like to ask a question was there even a time when Nigeria was well? If not military coup, it would be assassination and riots here and there, like the Aba women riot etc. So knowing this will help us to say that Nigeria will be well or adding well again to it. Despite the ups and downs we are having in the country now, I believe that this country can be well, for to say it cannot be well would be a discount of all the labours made by different state men and indigenous nation builders past and present. The process would not be easy but it is possible. It would start by the transformation of our minds to have the conception of a working Nigeria. Nation building is a collective work not an individual enterprise. The politicians who are likened to a rat in the poem should not bite the feet of their subject and the citizens should fulfill the pledges they made to their father land. Thanks

  • Janefrances Nwaduche

    A nice poem. It really captures the situation/sad reality of our country. With Nigeria, it has been like the reoccurrence of sad stories which never seem to have an end. But all in all, our obligation is to never lose hope and keep praying for fatherland. God bless Nigeria.

  • Eze Chioma

    This piece just brings to mind the injustice of the system,the corruption the unfufilled promises and admist it all, the disunity among the ethnicities that make up this country Nigeria. We’ve been promised every four years of a better Nigeria but it seems like Nigeria gets worse each year. The sentence “Nigeria is going to be better” is fast becoming a cliche because these words have not been backed by actions. There’s still hugh crime rate, hugh death rate, no family planning, unemployment, poverty, lack of social amenities, inflation in the economy, and thats to mention a few. The poet is obviously in need of a drastic change in the country, a positive ons this time, as much as every other citizen in this country. I pray God see us through and help us lift this beautiful country Nigeria, to her proper standard.

  • Eze Chioma

    This piece just brings to mind the injustice of the system,the corruption, the unfufilled promises and admist it all, the disunity among the ethnicities that make up this country Nigeria. We’ve been promised every four years of a better Nigeria but it seems like Nigeria gets worse each year. The sentence “Nigeria is going to be better” is fast becoming a cliche because these words have not been backed by actions. There’s still high crime rate, high death rate, no family planning, unemployment, poverty, lack of social amenities, inflation in the economy, and thats to mention a few. The poet is obviously in need of a drastic change in the country, a positive one this time, as much as every other citizen in this country. I pray God sees us through and help us lift this beautiful country Nigeria, to her proper standard.

  • Ozukwe mirian chisom

    First of all I want to appreciate Recluse, kudos to you. They have been singing this anthem that Nigeria will be better even before I was born, still nothing had Bern done. I pray for God’s intervention in our country. Amen.

  • Ozukwe mirian chisom

    First of all I want to appreciate Recluse, kudos to you. They have been singing this anthem that Nigeria will be better even before I was born, still nothing had Been done. Our leaders too are part of the cause of Nigerian problem. I pray for God’s intervention in our country. Amen.

  • Ominaki pamela

    This poem is talking about Nigeria, the giant of Africa, about all the trials and tribulations but we still came out victorious, even if we are still facing some problems, we will survive by God’s grace …

  • Chisom nwalutum

    We’d be healed someday
    Nigeria would be better
    We’d gather in circles, make fires nd tell our children the past n history
    Wev been surviving nd would continue surviving
    Indeed Nigeria would be a better place
    God bless u
    God bless Nigeria

  • Okoye chilotam Annabel

    When will our mind and spoken word change? “Nigeria will be better” this has been said for years. We need prayers and a positive attitude and mindset. God should intervain for the betterment of our country, corruption have surfaced our country but we pray for a turnaround. Nigeria will be Better. Amen

  • Mark Favour

    “We’re wise men becoming fools”. My interpretation of this line of the poem is this: We were wise enough to seek freedom from our oppressors. We made strategic plans to recover our land and integrity but now we sit and look as it becomes prey for leopard-like men. We sit and look like men who never fought for freedom. We’re wise,yet,becoming fools.
    I appreciate you work sir!
    Niger go better!

  • Maduabuchi christiana chinechetam

    Awesome!Let us pray that God
    Will use his hand and appoint a Leader that will lead us,in this our Country Nigeria,so that Nigeria will be better again God bless you.

  • Ibekwe Vincent Chukwuebuka

    Nice piece from recluse.
    A Clarion call to leaders and the lead to step up and work for the betterment of Nigeria.
    We are Nigeria
    We are one people.
    God made us United, in our diversity for a reason .
    All hands must be on deck to make things work well.

  • Oba Cindy biobele

    Hopefully Nigeria will get better before I have children so when I tell them I know it won’t be a farce passed from generation to generation.
    I hope before then we would claim our position as the giant of Africa. I hope before then we would be wise enough to fight for our freedom.

  • Happiness ChiZy

    Good job Recluse! It impressive that the state of this country bothers you… We pray that God takes over the leadership and pilot the affair of this country so that Nigeria will return to being the country our forefathers were proud of..

  • “We’re trapped under the feet
    Of those who say they care for us,
    Like a rat will bite his victim
    And blow it cool;
    Not because he cares
    Nor because he feels sorry,
    But so he could bite more”..
    That line got me so emotional.. Nigeria Is just a nightmare.. May God help us.. Amen

  • Olawole Ebenezer

    “Nigeria will be better,”
    I wish I won’t say to my son,
    And if so I do,
    I hope he won’t say to his.
    Amen ooo….
    Nigeria must change!
    Great poem.

  • Orisakwe Ezinne

    “Nigeria will be better!” I have heard that since I was born. I wonder when it will finally be better. I too hope not to say that to my children or them to theirs..
    Recluse,I must commend this wonderful art piece.

  • Odeh faith elakeche

    Nigeria will be better is what we keep hearing from year to year! Politicians come with promises which at the end are not fulfilled. Well we should continue to pray for Nigeria and hopefully there will be a turnaround in Nigeria!

  • Chukwuma chekwube Jennifer

    Yes!i believe that Nigeria will be better but we have role to play. I pray for peace and unity in this country. I hope it get better soon.

  • Otung Theresa

    This is a beautiful poem that conveys a very important message.
    describes the stark and sorry situation of this country and spurs this present generation to be proactive in initiating positive changes to ensure that our children do not experience the negative experiences we had.
    Instead of promising them “that Nigeria will be better”, we should tell them we have done our part and ” Nigeria don better!”..

  • Dike Gerald

    Really a nice piece. I like the sequence it flows. I nurture that hope too- a better Nigeria. We’ve been praying and I know God is not adamant. We only need to pray be upright in our own work areas.

  • Ugwoke Jennifer

    Nigeria will get better soon in Jesus name amen.we will have to keep our hopes alive. Thank you ma for this wonderful post.

  • I pray Nigeria gets better too in as much as we don’t wait for it to get better. Things aren’t really cool. We Nigerians should start the change so it gets nationwide.

    Nice piece Recluse. I must appreciate your piece.

  • Chukwuneke adaeze jennifer

    Nigeria Is a great country just that we have bad government and corrupt rich elites that exploit the masses. We the citizens are the ones to stand up for our country and make it better and not waiting to be ordered around by some rich people whom only take advantage.. This is a good write up keep it up I know that with enough prayers Nigeria will be better

  • It’s so sad, how things are now. I too can’t help but pray that I won’t say the same thing to my children”Nigeria would be better, and if I do I hope he won’t say to his”

  • Mirian Ndawe

    It’s good to know that there are people who still believe in Nigeria, despite our flaws and shortcomings we will get there one day, with a positive spirit, we can.

  • Obi-keguna Ebele Princess

    with God with us in this country Nigeria will be better one day. But we the citizens have to put in our best to make this happen. As the youth, it is our obligation to make right some of the mistakes we have seen our leaders make and not follow their footstep and hopefully we shall be great again

  • Ugwuanyi Collette Mmesoma

    Wow! What an interesting poem. I must say that am tired of hearing”Nigeria will be better” when things are getting worst; I also pray I won’t tell my kids “Nigeria will be better”. May God help us.

  • iheanyi ugochi Elizabeth

    Nigeria will be better for sure we won’t give up hope on her, but my prayer is that our children unborn don’t meet her in this condition,they shouldn’t say the same thing we are saying today rather they should say “Nigeria is better”

  • Akarule Adaeze Goodness

    Nigeria is a land flowing with milk and honey, we honestly do not know how lucky we are. No natural disasters, a long list of mineral resources, wonderful and nutritious agricultural products, but to mention a few. We are blessed but take it for granted, I hope that soon enough a continuous change will occur that will restore us to our past glory and even rise higher amen.

  • Nwoye chiamaka favour

    Indeed I hope not to say the same lines we were told by our parents to our children. Nigeria has all it takes to rise from its shambles but no they decide to be greedy and loot our funds,embezzle them. I pray that God will give us a leader wise as Solomon and God-fearing like David so that we will not repeat the same lines.

  • Emmanuel Steve Sunny

    Kudos Recluse for this beautiful piece. No doubt those who read it in both high and low places will take the hint and work for the betterment of our country so we can tell the tales to our kids and grandkids.

  • Cynthia

    We hope or look forward, for our country to become better again,so we can change the story we will tell the unborn once like Recluse said”what grandpa said to dad and what dad said to me, Guess I will say it to my unborn children”.. In faith I will love to say “Nigeria don better”. Thanks ma for the post, and pray recluse have the strength and energy to write more..

  • Omeje lilian

    I believe and still pray that Nigeria will get better and that change should start from our leaders. I really commend recluse for writing this, he deserves all the accolade

  • Omeje lilian

    I believe and still pray that Nigeria will get better and that change should start from our leaders.I pray Nigeria really gets better because we all are tired of waiting. I really commend recluse for writing this, he deserves all the accolade

  • Ugwu Chiamaka

    they say the darkest times always comes before dawn. I believe sincerely that Nigeria is this way because the season for flourishing is already close. I only hope we are all still alive to witness and that this phase passes by quickly

  • Ngwu ifeanyichukwu Kingsley

    We will smile again, we shall unite again, we will all eat together again. All we need to make it happen again is by starting the change individual and by loving one another.

  • Ngwu ifeanyichukwu Kingsley

    We all need to fight this battle till the end of time. Cause am not giving up on this wonderful country.

  • Ikwuakam Oluchi Francisca

    I do hope this country really gets better while we are still here, just so our children do not have to hope endlessly too. Oh God, please help our nation so that our hopes do not faint.

  • Clifford

    This piece is wonderful recluse was amazing, there is hope for Nigeria, I believe one day Nigeria will be better.

  • Anazodo Onyinye

    For Nigeria to grow again. It’s not only in the hands of the government. But we the citizens have to contribute in any way we can by desisting for illegal activities and making ourselves available in development activities.

  • Ogbodo somtochukwu

    I am loving this poem
    Nice one
    It’s all our prayer that Nigeria will be better one day .I just hope my children will not say this same thing too….I just pray

  • Achugwo Larissa

    I always hope Nigeria will improve someday, but things just seem to get worse by the day

  • Oluchi Opara Dorathy

    “Nigeria don better”. I believe this will definitely come to pass. It is well with Nigeria.

  • Okorie Adaora N.

    I hope I also do not tell my children this. Nigeria go better has become a cliche to Nigerians. Why can’t we say 9ja don better!. It saddens me to know that our Nation still faces economic problems and people die of poverty. Well. We can only look up to God for rescue and the betterment of our nation.. Amen

  • Nwosu chinwendu favour

    Amen. Nigeria will definitely get better one day, it’s just a matter of time.
    Nice piece recluse

  • Ezeh Blessing

    Good one Recluse? Nigeria Don better no matter what, I strongly believe in God’s intervention of his people who call on him for help. But we can’t achieve this change without changing our perspection on the way we go about things. It is not enough we go about preaching about change when the change actually start with us. I pray that the almighty God will liberate us from this political and economic bondage. Amen

  • Nnorom Wisdom Hillary

    Nigeria will be better, i have been hearing that phrase from the time i was born and nothing has changed. This poem described the sorry and horrible situation is in. This piece unearths the injustice of the system,the corruption, the unfulfilled promises and admits it all, the disunity among the ethnicity that make up this country Nigeria. i pray God helps us.

  • Idam Joy Ogwu

    Nigeria can only get better if the few good ones stand up and do something but if they don’t it will keep deteriorating.let not forget that the change that we all are crying for begins with I and you, Let us wake up and build that nation of our dream.

  • Eze Blessing Ada

    Nice poem recluse, Nigreria will get better is a phrase that has been passed from generations to generations. If only we all work together as one to acheive it, it would get better.
    I pray to God to help us in this country. Amen

  • Okorie Adaora N.

    I hope I also do not tell my children this. Nigeria go better has become a cliche to Nigerians. Why can’t we say 9ja don better!. It saddens me to know that our Nation still faces economic problems and people die of poverty. Well. We can only look up to God for rescue and the betterment of our nation.. Amen.

  • Ayigbo Chineme Edna

    Wonderful one you got here Recluse. I strongly hope and believe that truly indeed, Nigeria will be better. And like the last 3 lines said, ” I wish I don’t say to my son and if I do so, I hope he won’t say to his “

  • Nnakwe Uchenna

    Whether Nigeria will be better or not now depends on us not our leaders. i pray God intervenes. This piece just describes the current situation Nigeria is. We’d be healed someday Nigeria i pray.

  • Euniprecious

    Nigeria will be better if me and you could make a change if not we still tell the same to story to our children”Nigeria will be better” unless we change our attitude,action,and the way will think, Nigeria can never change and be better, because I have been hearing the same cliche NIGRIA WILL BE BETTER since my life still Nigeria never get better,my prayer is never to tell my children the same story.However, the only way evil supperceed good is the good men do nothing to bring change.

  • Nnabuihe Victoria

    Nigeria will be better… that is one of the most common words in the mouth of every Nigerian today, but saying the word won’t change the country’s situation but the people in it, so let make the change happen so that the labours of our heroes past will not be in vain. I pray that Nigeria will be better and I also wish I won’t say to my Son, and if so I do, I hope he won’t say to his. God Bless Nigeria…

  • Nnabuihe Victoria

    Nigeria will be better… that is one of the most common words in the mouth of every Nigerian today, but saying the word won’t change the country’s situation but the people in it, so let make the change happen so that the labours of our heroes pas will not be in vain. I pray that Nigeria will be better and I also wish I won’t say to my Son, and if so I do, I hope he won’t say to his. God Bless Nigeria…

  • Ani Fabian chukwuebuka

    We all want to see a better Nigeria when we are not ready for the change. Before change can be effective, you have to accept it because it starts from you. Am tired of hearing Nigeria will be better.I think it should be these way:lets wait and see Nigeria get better. I pray God help us all do our own part in restructuring Nigeria. Niece piece fellow Jacksonite.

  • Marvelous chibuzor

    This is great…
    This piece is giving us high hope that Nigeria will be better soon…

  • Ngbede Emmanuel

    Nice one #recluse Nigeria Will be better again, I also wish I would not say this to my kids, if you also wish so, there’s work to be done starting from each and every one of us, Nigeria can never be complete without its people so let’s make sure every individual plays his/her part well in every sector we find ourselves. If Nigeria is to be better it has to start from #me. ??

  • Chidera

    We all hope Nigeria will be better. This poem is really nice, good job bro. Just pray we get the Nigeria we wished for.

  • Ogechukwu ukwuani Cynthia

    Nigeria can only be better if we become better. We are the change we want to see
    It will all be history someday
    God bless you recluse

  • Chidera

    Nigeria will only be better if individuals, not just the government or the constituency join heads together to make a better country out of our great country,this poem has said everything and there’s a need to improve if we both join heads.

  • Kelechi Ndieze

    We all want a better Nigeria, but we have to start working on ourselves in order to achieve that. The change that will come to Nigeria has to start from us.

  • Ndieze Kelechi

    Nigeria is a country of great hope and great promise and no doubt it will get stronger one day.

  • Duru Joselyn Amarachi

    This poem is captivating indeed as it captures all our challenges with few yet very punchy words.
    Our leaders are not making things better for us neither are they concerned about the current state of the depleting economy. In as much as we hope it turns better, I wish we pray for our leaders and our country Nigeria too.
    Oluwaseun, I say,this is a wonderful piece.

  • Blessing Imoke

    Nice piece bro, the country we live in is not one to boast of. The leaders are without vision, they all want to have a bite of the national cake and save up for even their generations unborn. This piece exposes the plight of our dear country, we hope to truly get redemption someday.

  • Ogechukwu ukwuani Cynthia

    We have been praying for a better Nigeria since Independence. I hope that this dream will eventually be actualized.we want to tell the next generation different stories
    God bless u recluse for this awesome piece

  • Richards Orighomisan

    Hmmmmmm, I wish I don’t have to say so(Nigeria will be better) to my children too. I really hope we live to see the changes we have been hearing will come since we were kids, I really wish.
    God bless you Recluse for this.

  • Azetauyi

    I really like this poem and I hope that one day Nigeria will be better again

  • Levi Ifeanyi

    Nigeria as a handmaid of the Lord will surely be better one day. My prayer is may God in his infinite goodness and mercy give us the grace to help ourselves with what he has given us. Moreover, each and everyone of us is an agent of positive change. So, let’s work together to achieve a better Nigeria.

  • Balogun oseyemi

    This is not just an ordinary poem but a call to we Christian in the country so that we will pray for our dear country Nigeria, If we really don’t want the next generations to experience the bad things we are experiencing in this country.

  • Ogbuagu chinenye

    It is beautiful yet saddening, to think that things keep getting worse. For me I do not think Nigeria will be better.

  • Eze Levi

    I really like the sequencial flow of lines. It is a nice one. I too share the same hope and as well, pray for a better Nigeria.

  • Constance

    We can’t just sit around and say Nigerian will be better we have to make it better by working towards it and not traveling abroad at any slightest chance we get hoping to see it better when we get back.
    They say charity beings St home, all hands should be on deck.

  • Enwerem Chiamaka

    While we keep trying to fix the broken pieces of our nation, we must be hopeful. If we lose hope, then we have nothing. Lets all make this country work

  • ify queen

    ‘I hope I won’t have to say this to my son and if I do I hope he won’t have to say it to his’ I love this it shows persistence which is good and required for growth. I wish many Nigerians will continue to hope for better and also work towards it because ‘faith without good works is dead’

  • Menkiti Vivian

    100 percent in faith with that our dear country, Nigeria will be better again. Nice and Captivating poem Recluse… I love the end rythm and the free flow of thought… It is really nice… Am working on mine too …. Just don’t know how to get it here.


    Nigeria will sure be better than what it was known will surly get greater and be ranked with other great nation.a nice post ma.we should all join hands pray and believe in this great nation. Thanks ma.

  • Ezugwu ogochukwu

    Indeed Nigeria will surely be a better nation someday if all of us can come out as one and fight those that are fighting, stop corruption and fight for justice. Nice post ma.

  • Anokwuru Catherine Ihuoma

    I wish I could share the faith, but the statement ‘Nigeria will be better’ seems to be a national heritage passed on from generation to generation without any actualization. Looking at the deplorable state of the country, Nigeria is nowhere close to being better and I dare say won’t be anytime soon. The country keeps declining year after year after year with no hope of change in the future. I hope the faith of those who still believe in this country can carry us through.

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