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It’s time to Rename and Restructure Nigeria; A modest proposal for Rapid political stability and development

We all know the expression ‘what’s in a name. In Africa, names mean everything, thus the biggest celebration of a newborn after seven days in Africa is the naming ceremony. For Africans, there is a lot in a name.  There is a reason that most spiritual traditions attach huge importance to naming – be it at the time of birth, adoption, or religious conversion.

According to historians, the name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined on January 8, 1897, by British journalist Mrs. Flora Macaulay who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator. River Niger was the most revered physical feature in Nigeria during the colonial era.  However, historians that disagree with this version of history contend that the name Nigeria was borne out of a racist term: Nigger- Area.

Whatever the true origin of Nigeria may be, millions of Nigerians worldwide now believe that it’s time to reject all aspects of colonial ties and legacies in Africa. Renaming Nigeria will be a step in the right direction. This is not a novel idea in Africa and around the world.

As part of African’s Nation’s desire to place colonial legacies behind, many nations in Africa have renamed and restructured their individual nations to suit their contemporary need for political stability and development.
Below are examples
-British named them Burma. They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Myanmar.
-British named them Upper Volta, but they rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves   Burkina Faso-Land of Incorruptible People.
-British named them Gold Coast, they rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves Ghana.
-British named them Southern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves Zimbabwe.
-Brits named them Northern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves Zambia.
-Brits named them Tanganyika. They rejected it restructured & renamed themselves Tanzania.
-Germans named them the colony of South West Africa. They rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves. Namibia.
-France named them Dahomey. They rejected it, restructured, and renamed themselves Benin.
-Belgium named them Zaire. However, they rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).

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Example of European’s multi-ethnic states
Millions of Nigerians now reside abroad, and they are now exposed to multi-ethnic states.  For those who may not know, what the western media frequently referred to as ethnic or tribal groups in Africa are called Nations in Europe.  The best examples of stable multi-ethnic nations in Europe are the UK and Switzerland.  The former is led by reasonable men who permitted regional autonomy to the Irish, the Scots, and the Welsh.
The latter country, Switzerland, has four ethnic groups. Each of them rotates the presidency annually through seven cantons that constitute the federation units. All the four languages of the four ethnic groups are recognized as official languages and school languages to boot, namely, German, French, Italian, and Romansch that has just a few thousand speakers!
Nigeria at this juncture is a country that is undergoing the strains of a forced union, thus African based ideal and solutions should be adopted to ease those tensions and use this tension as an opportunity to Rename and restructure Nigerian in a peaceful manner while sustaining the strength of the nations’ diversity and resources.
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