We had just dropped off my fiancé and were on our way home when we got stuck in traffic. Of course it would take a while for the traffic to clear up and I did not want to bother about how much time I would waste, so I reclined my chair and relaxed. I dozed off a bit and in that little time......
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I had a dream about a beautiful seedling, very green. It had lots of water; and sunlight from a source I could not identify. Right there, it made significant growth. All of a sudden, the light started to dim, slowly but surely. The water’s flow also started to reduce gradually.
The plant kept growing still, at a slower pace now. Eventually, the light totally vanished and the water supply was cut-off but the plant still remained green for a short while. Then, suddenly, the plant started to whither from the tip of its still immature leaves.
As time progressed, the leaves started to fall off one by one and its frail branches started to dry up. An unexplainable pain tore at my heart and I started to scream for help. The seedling that had grown to be a young tree, right before my own eyes was beginning to die and I could do nothing. I screamed for the water to be turned on, I yelled for the dark to slide off the sky but it seemed the control officers had gone on sabbatical.
The dryness crept towards the stem and I sank to the ground, crying in deep agony of the unfairness of it all. Well, what do you know? The leave must have ended because all of a sudden, light started to show through and the water came on, first , in droplets and then in increasing quantity.
I then sat on the ground crossed-ankle and watched as the little tree started to heal at a painfully slow pace. After awhile, I got up to leave, knowing that, though it would take quite awhile, my young tree will bounce back. Yes, it will bounce back!
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I roused from my sleep and tried to figure out what this dream could possibly mean. Of course one cannot take the dream literally, it has to signify something. That being established, Nigeria came to mind.
It’s quite simple really. I represent the people, smiling watching the young tree- Nigeria- grow. Falling in love with it and wanting to be identified with it, up until corrupt individuals- the control officers- our rulers, decided to withdraw the resources- the water and sunlight- necessary for our growth.
We thank God however, that things are beginning to look up a bit. It definitely will take time to restore Nigeria back to perfect health but we will get there. We may not have perfect health till the days of our great-grand children but we will get there, eventually.