In Tise's own words:
"I have always wondered, how we ended up like this. According to facts I have heard or researches I have done, Nigeria, my country is one of the richest countries. Our only problem is our leaders.
Nigeria makes a lot of money from oil as it is an oil mining country. This money is meant to be used to build better roads, give to the needy, build up our country and lots more but our selfish leaders use that money for themselves and their families alone.
Promises are made during election for better food, roads and others, but today, those promises are not fulfilled.
The post of presidency should be given to a more trustworthy, accountable, honest and reliable person who will lead the people to a better tomorrow, but where will we find someone like that?
If I were the president, Nigeria will become a better country and I will make sure people will never look down on us again. At the moment refineries in Nigeria have broken down, but when I am president, the first thing I would do is to repair those refineries. I would avoid being selfish and put the country before me.
Nowadays, people in this country are dying, suffering, poor and miserable. Many of them die of sicknesses and diseases every day. The simple solution is to provide good and developed hospitals in every area in Nigeria. The government should avoid waste of money and natural resources and distribute the money to everywhere in Nigeria.
Nigeria is currently undergoing terror due to a terror group called "Boko Haram". The oil money should be used to get better gears, weapons and equipment to fight all means of terrorism.
Nigeria is a good country, but we have the ability to build her up if we all work together.
If I were the president of Nigeria, I will try to bring back our forgotten cultures and traditions. Presently, our yoruba, igbo and other cultures have been forgotten due to the white men coming to our country and influencing us with their own culture. The white men are no longer here and we are now ruling ourselves, so we have the ability to revive our culture.
Nigeria is not a poor country and we can stop this habit of being called poor. Nigeria can be improved and built up if I were to be the president. The elections are coming up soon and I hope that someone who has the same dreams will lead.
Years ago, Martin Luther King had a dream of a better America where people won't be judged on the colour of their skin and now, I have a dream, that all Nigerians will have a better hope and future".
"Out of the Mouth of Babes..."
I was spell bound as I read Tise's essay. She displays wisdom far above her age. She is already ahead of her time. She is not waiting for Nigeria to be destroyed by the generations of her parents and grandparents. She sees herself as a stakeholder not just in Nigeria's future but also in its present. She embodies the best of Nigeria - youth, vibrancy, innocence, patriotism, unity, hope, resilience, selfless service, inspirational dissatisfaction and visionary leadership. She sees herself as part of the solution. And she has started from the best possible place - her mind!
Her essay is a big deal to me because from the moment I read this essay, I started seeing her in a new light. I look forward to engaging her on a number of issues - she has surely come of age! I promised her that I would get as many people as I could to read it. If her thoughts also resonate with you, I ask that you kindly do two things:
1) Use the hashtag #LetterFromTise to tweet 'Tise your response to her essay. I promise to share them with her.
2) Share Tise's essay with as many people you know.
There is hope for Nigeria!