A nation divided by ignorance, suspicion, mistrust. Tribes fighting against tribe. Muslim fighting Christian. Brother against sister. This is what Nigeria and others face everyday.

People make a great nation. Not resources or standing in the global community, but people and their contribution towards society. My country is blessed with an abundance of human resources. North to South, from East to West packed with rich cultures, over 170 ethnic groups, and an unbelievable flair for resourcefulness in the face of unfathomable poverty and danger, we still strive to make a living and live we do.

But a few months ago we made history together. For the first time in a long time, if ever, our elections were conducted mostly according to global standards of freedom and fairness. It may not have ended well, some were tragically killed by accidents and even murdered. It may not even have been that fair or free, but despite all the tragedy and trauma, it made Nigerians aware that as a people, our lives and rights are not in the government, but in ourselves. Our success and failure lies in working together as one.

If the media is a powerful tool, then web 2.0 is our fighter jet as we have come to realize from these weeks of assignments and months of continued unrest and upheavals in the Middle East. We have been given a tool where one individual could reach and influence millions all over the world. Where one young girl previously oblivious to the plight of other women, some mere girls like herself could make it her personal mission to actively fight against Vaginal fistula. And all this boils down to why, what, how. Why is this happening? How can I solve this problem? What could I do? 2011 is the Year of the Revolution. Through web 2.0 we have a glimpse of the future in the present. Possibilities all around us. The possibility to overthrow corrupt and oppressive governments; the possibility to help those in need; the possibility to solve problems that occur across the world. From Facebook to Twitter that inadvertently helped to spark the revolution to PulseWire, a place where women create impact to communities they may never even have heard of, for sisters they have never even met. A place where the why, the what and the how can be asked, answered and achieved through the help and support of our fellow sisters.

Like Egypt, Bahrain and Libya, Nigeria through its election and fight against corruption, for maternal health and human well being tries to conduct its own revolution. Once no one had any faith in that, but now that people have become aware of such opportunities, they can educate themselves and others accordingly and finally, have the determination to strive for a positive outcome. I do believe that as heaven helps those who help themselves, so will Nigeria also be aided to solve her problems through her people’s belief and struggle for a better life.

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Dear Udoka29,

Nigeria has a flair for resourcefulness and YOU have a flair for writing!

Thank you for writing about Nigeria's own 2011 revolution and the revolution of Web 2.0.

Please tell us more about your efforts to use Web 2.0 in the work that you do and the life that you live, and the resilient, resourceful lives of your community members.

I look forward to reading more,

-Kati

resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything

It's so gracious of you to say so. I'm at your disposal if you need to know more about Nigeria. And I'll try to write more than I do.

Thank you again Udoka

Hello Udoka!

You have a powerful voice to unite people, find common ground which breaks down the division. These are interesting times and as you stated, the year of revolution for people of many nations. Thank you for the insight into Nigeria's recent election based on freedom and fairness and how meaningful this revolution was for you and citizens of Nigeria.

I so much appreciate your vision, enthusiasm and endless possibilities for women to freely engage in deep conversations via social networks and find ways to support one another across the globe.

I look forward to reading more of your work to unite women in Nigeria toward change.

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Thank you very much. I only hope that my voice will become stronger for it is with us that things will change. The most important reason that Nigeria moved forward democratically was because people finally decided that it was time for a change and actually did something about it. Now that was a first. It may not have been perfect. but it was a step in the right direction.

Thank you so much for you comment. I read it with much appreciation

I like what you said here best, "..it made Nigerians aware that as a people, our lives and rights are not in the government, but in ourselves." Individual empowerment is so important. My goal in life is to help people realize that they can solve their own problems with creativity and education. It took me a long time to realize that I had the power to make my life better. Other people may care and be willing to help, but ultimately it is up to me. I now understand that my actions, my words and my goals are in my control!

I look forward to learning more about you and the people of Nigeria as they become individually empowered and solve problems with peaceful solutions.

Leah Oviedo, Self Defense Instructor, Author ,and Artist. Learn about my work here: http://impoweryou.org

Believe me, now more than ever Nigerians realise that turning a blind eye to the government's activities (or lack or any), uncontrolled spending and general lack of accountability and transparency isn't helping anyone. It certainly hasn't helped Nigerians if we look at the issues surrounding the fuel subsidy removal and refineries. Heaven helps those who helps themselves and we've realised the hard way that we really need to help ourselves. If we let others control our lives and eat up every nonsense they formulate as an excuse for why money is missing then we're the dumber for it. I'm looking forward to knowing more about you, too. You seem multi-faceted and are fulfilled with everything you do. That's something quite a few people hope for.