I don’t know about you, but I find that I’m nostalgic as the curtain falls on 2011. I’m grateful for what occurred and savouring each memory. Not everything was pleasant (normal) but in retrospect a lesson was learned at each stage and left me permanently changed as a result. It’s been a surprising year personally, nationally and of course on the international scene as well. The ugly, mundane, good, great, and lost-for-words was encapsulated.
Without a murmur and much ado the Arab spring was ushered in, Osama Bin Laden and Moammar Ghadaffi got their just desserts, the Syrian massacre still unfolds, Al Qeda continues its gospel of terror but with numerous defeats on several fronts.
Natural disasters like tsunamis, floods, quakes, forest fires and their ilk devastated Japan, Pakistan, Haiti, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Australia, the United States the United Kingdom etc. The political scene also had protests and women giving voice in lands where they had been hitherto silent e.g. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. The riots in Britain took the world by surprise and the woes in the European Union deepened with various solutions in sister nations eliciting different reactions that saw the removal of governments and support (or lack thereof!) in varying degrees.
We had a royal wedding (30 years after Lady Di and Prince Charles) with Kate Middleton becoming Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. Their guest list was sprinkled with royalty, heads of states and celebs as well as the more common folks that were invited by the new princess.
NASA flew its last space shuttle mission, the Harry Potter series ended; Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World was shut down amidst much ado, whilst Oprah ended her 25year reign on daytime television talk show.
We also saw the demise of Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, Ashley Nwosu and the arrest of Baba Suwe without the hardcore evidence after the search of egested remains.
In Nigeria the normally ‘docile’ voters finally found their voice, and notified the political class ‘that business as usual’ was no longer the order of the day! Accountability has come to stay and sidon look by voters no longer their character. The youth were a major force to be reckoned with, thereby signalling that their passion is no longer in rhetoric but action backed by thought, strategy and an iron will.
2011 saw the economic times take a slight for the better in some clime whilst others started experiencing more hardship. A varied year, like the others before and it leaves valuable lessons behind. The most important should have been gleaned, distilled and become part of our repertoire for the New Year that looms.
We should not only be older, but much wiser as individuals, families, peoples and nations come midnight of the thirty-first of December 2011. Let us with an open mind of the events that have gone before, approach 2012 knowing that what we expect may not come to pass, neither what we plan but that something bigger and better than our hopes, dreams and expectations can occur and we’ll be loath to see the end of it all come the last day of 2012.
Happy 2012 in advance…may your dreams be surpassed!!