Nigeria best place to be despite challenges, says writer

Itoro Bassey, a writer says in spite of her sojourn in America for many years, Nigeria still remains the best place to be notwithstanding its numerous challenges.

“Though Nigeria is presently going through some economic and security challenges, I chose to come home to deal with the challenges and see how I can contribute my quota towards making the country great,’’ Bassey said.

She said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, shortly after the official inauguration of her Book titled “Faith’’.

Narrating her experience while in the U.S., she said that she was regarded as an immigrant, but still enjoyed basic amenities such as 24 hours electricity supply.

Bassey, however, said that she was discriminated upon due to her black race.

“For me, the reason I came back is because I want to know Nigeria, I am also willing to deal with some of the challenges that come along with it.

“In the U.S., the problem is not infrastructure, but it is being black. It can be very difficult living and working there.

According to her, many people don’t know what it is like to be a diaspora Nigerian.

“The idea is that you are in the West, everything is great as well as all other privileges but you can lose who you are if you are not careful,” she said.

Speaking on her book, Bassey said that it was aimed at educating people who don’t quite know what it was to live in the diaspora.

Also speaking, Teniola Tayo, the Deputy Programme Director, Abuja Literary Society, lauded the author of the book.

She said that the book stressed the need for connection and engagement between Nigerians and their counterparts in the diaspora.

Tayo urged Nigerians to extend hand of fellowship and encourage those in the diaspora who want to come home to settle down.

Natasha Ajijola, a Nigerian who also lived in the U.S. for many years, said that coming home to reintegrate with Nigerians and their culture was commendable.

According to Ajijola, it shows there is future for the country. (NAN)