National pride, patriotism, nationalism…..these sound like empty words in light of the current state of affairs in Nigeria. It seems like from one day to the next we never know how an ordinary citizen will cope with developments in the social and economic sphere. To this is I say,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and not of your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Don’t worry about tomorrow; He’s got it under control…”
However, I think it is important to consider the phrase “Believe in Nigeria”. Why should any Nigerian believe in this country? I cannot answer the question behalf of anyone else but I can give my own answer.
I believe in Nigeria for the simple reason that I believe in myself and I am fortunate to be surrounded by a small cluster of family and friends who share the same values and aspirations as I and guess what? THEY ARE NIGERIANS. This is not to say that I do not feel frustrated sometimes with the shortcomings of the country or that I even totally understand the Nigerian psyche.
However, I have chosen to live my life showcasing the best of Nigeria through my work, my values and how I influence my environment. I believe that if each Nigerian adopted this attitude of choosing to do what is right, at the right time, it would make a huge positive impact on the Nation.
In order to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence day this past October, I conceptualized a cake that played off the current trend in geode cakes.
It was fun and satisfying to make; from making the sugar crystals to carving the cake and shooting the video.
Who knew that a saturated sugar solution could yield such gorgeousness? Yay! For chemistry experiments.
After the harrowing process of stacking and frosting the cakes, I was then faced with carving out the map of Nigeria. After offering a few prayers I got busy and I was reasonably satisfied with the outcome
Do you spy some verdant layers of cake? Well, that is our new lush green velvet cake. Of course, I had to coordinate the cakes to match to match the theme 🙂
The final result after incorporating the crystals in the cake and adding some gold leaf is something quite unique.
For more behind the scenes on the making of this cake please view this video on our Youtube channel
I will continue to tell the Nigerian story through my life and hope that one day soon the Nigerian story will be mostly positive both internally and to the outside world.
More importantly, I hope I can teach my children how to be exemplary citizens.
God bless Nigeria!