Nigeria's 50th anniversary: Will you be celebrating?
- 22 September 2010
- From the section Africa
Nigerians will celebrate 50 years of independence from Britain this month. Are you celebrating?
When the union jack was lowered, Nigerians were full of optimism that their lives would dramatically improve now they would govern themselves. But after half a century of freedom, most Nigerians still live in poverty and much of its oil wealth has been stolen or squandered.
Indeed, some say that after 50 years the country's biggest achievement is just surviving as a single state despite deep splits along ethnic and religious lines in Africa's most populous nation.
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