October 1st 2014 and Nigeria is 54 years old today. Dreams and fears stand side by side with hope and loss. It is hard to celebrate when there is so much work left to do. It is hard to celebrate when we still need to #bringbackourgirls. It is difficult to celebrate when poverty is increasing and greed is the greatest prayer from the mouths of the anointed. But sparks of hope, the resiliency, the vitality, the laughter, the dirges, the smiles, the tears, the fears, life itself summons the words happy birthday Nigeria, may the lessons of the past stimulate growth. Ase!