I would love it if every Nigerian observed August 3 as a National Reflection Day using it as an opportunity to reflect on how we can overcome insurmountable odds as a people


Ayo Akinfe

[1] Do you know that it was on August 3 1936 that Jesse Owens won the 100 metres dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe at the Berlin Olympics, right in front of Adolf Hitler

[2] It was on August 3 1960 that Niger Republic, our northern neighbours gained independence from France

[3] On this day in 1958, thee world's first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, became the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole

[4] On August 3 1977, Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80, one of the world's first mass-produced personal computers. Look at where we are today

[5] On this day in 1997, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction

[6] Augusto Pinochet's old pal, the former deputy director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga, is captured after having been on the run following a conviction for kidnapping

[7] Why nor set August 3 aside as a day when we reaffirm our commitment to generating 50,000MW of electricity

[8] As a people, we can use August 3 as a day to commit ourselves to becoming the world's largest manufacturer of animal feed

[9] How about every Nigerian makes a pledge on August 3 2022 never to receive a penny from politicians asking for the votes again

[10] Or what if we make August 3 anti-tribal day during which every Nigerian commits to abandoning every ethnic sentiment they hold on to for at least 24 hours. It is the spirit of a people that makes a nation, not the thoughts of politicians!