REFLECTIONS OF A BROKEN HEART

Dear Readers and followers, 

A lot has happened since I penned my post for Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary. 

You may have noticed I have not posted since the first week of October.

The truth was I was watching what was taking place around me. 

October 7 made it 53 years since the Asaba Massacre occurred during the Nigerian civil war. That day is personal to me and so many others who lost loved ones. I wanted to write about it but could not find the words to say. 

Then about two weeks ago, something amazing happened. The youths of Nigeria began to protest and demand the end of the Special Anti Robbery Squad ( aka SARS).

On the 18th of October, I finally wrote the following on Facebook:

I am proud of the Nigerian Youths who in the past week have taken to the streets to protest against police brutality and other injustices. 

It’s taken me a while to gather my thoughts. I am an introvert and a very emotional person who deeply feels and takes things to heart. 

I am angry that 60 years after independence we are still at this point of development where young people don’t feel safe in their own country. 

Yet despite all the challenges we strive to make ends meet using our creative prowess, which is what makes it so painful that the very people who are meant to protect us, target us merely because of how we look and the things we possess.


However, I was not prepared for what happened next. The next day Monday the 19th I went to work, but it was then I felt the impact of the protest with the blocked roads.

Because the protests had now spread to the area, I lived and worked. Getting back home that evening was a struggle, but I saw it as part of the cost for what we were demanding.

On October 20th, I worked from home. I didn’t think it was a good idea to be out. So imagine my surprise, when the Lagos State Governor announced a 24-hour curfew that would start at four pm. I thought of all the people who would be caught unawares having to rush back home. 

But never in my wildest imagination would I have expected what happened at Lekki Tollgate when the leaders betrayed the young Nigerians. The cowards killed the people as they sang the National Anthem.

October 20, 2020, will forever be etched on my mind as the day My Country, Nigeria betrayed Her youths and her future.

In the next coming blog posts, I will be sharing a series of posts that describes my feelings. I broke my thoughts into four sections. 

I am not giving up hope, even though things look quite bleak at the moment.

Sincerely,

Bethany-Angel Chijindu

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