Opinion

2021: The Year Of Change, Freedom And Opportunity By Ayodele Taofiq-Fanida

Oh Lord God Almighty, The Most Benevolent and The Judge of all time, I hide under Your coverage for protection and ask for mercy for Nigeria, my beloved country and the entire world, from all the woes and calamity ahead.

I ask that you bestow on us, your people all the blessings and good tidings in the year 2021.

For If You consider the attitudes of our leaders and we the followers, we don’t deserve Your mercy nor Compassion, but according to Your word recorded in 2 Chronicles 7; 13 and 14 ‘’When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send the pestilence among My people…

If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Look unto us and have mercy, so we can continue to serve, worship and praise Your Holy Name. Amen.

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IN PICTURE: “Imagine 2020 as a huge ship caught in a hurricane. It has lost the control of its engines and steering, struggling for safety and staying afloat. In 2021 we regain control, and while the storm still rages, we will slowly move toward safety and calmer waters”

The year 2020 is a year filled with different kinds of troubles, many ups and downs, touching the major part of our lives and existence, the global pandemic ravaging nations, economy and health, it touched every span of our lives, the educational sector is not spared, and our environments were all affected, expert says the world has never experienced such global challenges since the last World War II, and this global challenges has brought terrible suffering and loss to the world, while throwing about 150 million new people into poverty, with many businesses gone bankrupt, MSME and Farmers in great loss. However, with all the facts it’s a pity that year 2021 is not going to be any different from the outgoing year, but in a new dimension and look, though the coming year is going to be “THE YEAR OF CHANGE, FREEDOM AND NEW OPPORTUNITY.”

The year 2020 was predicted by many as The Year of New Beginning, because it was the beginning of a new decade, the year everyone was preparing for the future, reviewing what is on ground and setting new targets in realization of the global goals – the SDGs, the foundation year, the year to start something new, however, nobody knew the direction it will take, as the foundation become messy, rocked, shaking and shattered, affecting the goals and vision of a better world.

BEYOND THE NEGATIVES

The disorder and confusion caused by this pandemic, have given us the greatest opportunity in history to grow, recreate, validate, improve, and develop. Even when the world’s problems seem insurmountable, there’s always something to be happy about.

The year 2020 has brought a lot of new innovations within the education sector, health and other sectors of the economy, leveraging on technology, indeed, the year birthed many solutions that will help fast tract development in the coming year and beyond, this is the good news going into 2021.

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THE YEAR 2021

In technical terms, the year 2021 is an opposite of the year 2020 that is where the uniqueness of the year 2021 is. It will be a year with many thorns, but full of hopes and healing from the woes of the past year. As the Foundation year has left many scars on the world, for these scars to be clean and smooth, it will take a lot of time, patience, creativity, innovation, dedication for a change and total transformation!

We all know that healing takes process, but for all of these to happen, all hands must be on deck. If we must be free like a bird in the sky, we must embrace the wisdom of our people in the olden days, leveraging on the skills and talents of the young ones, for new solutions in science, health, and many more, the financial sector will even be cracked more than ever before, indeed it will be a great dive for the world, but this new solution will come with a lot of pain as the scars is still fresh.

After all these mess, help will come, we will get a lot of help in charity, humanitarian support, bailout, economy cushioning, and series of sacrifices from wealthy individual, government and nations of the world. It’s the year when we are healed as humanity, the year of one voice, cooperation and togetherness, the year of collaboration, it’s the year full of promise, hope and optimism, the year we are not only moving forward, but navigating a new direction, just like in the pictorial illustration of the ship above.

On the negative, we have lots of forces to confront with many of the power behind some of this rocky ship are very strong, selfish, greedy, confrontational, aggressive and lack the ability to identify with anyone outside their closet cycle. The powers are stubborn and unwilling to compromise, but in order to overcome this power, and conquer, we must work as a team ready for change and freedom; we must be loyal, courageous, dedicated, dependable and be exact in our actions towards freedom and progress.

MESSAGE FOR NIGERIA

As a nation, we need prayers; a lot of it is needed if we must experience peace, change and freedom. It’s a year of inner reflection, if we must stay together; more prayer and attention are needed for the country, rather than a particular ethnic group or religion. 2020 is a year of multiple wealth transfer amongst the elites, and the government, raking resources that belong to the poor, the year of the crying blood, innocent and
downtrodden suffers more than they could bear. The year of the foundation, that saw disruption in many policies and arms of the government, however, the disruption was truncated for selfish interest purpose.

Moving forward from the cried and anguish of 2020, 2021 is going to be a year of reflection, reset and dealing with the core of our unity as a people. It is sad that instead of capitalizing on the opportunity provided by 2020 for a better 2021 and the future, it was politicized and that will lead to a great disaster, unless we quickly go back, reflect on the past and reset the plans for a collective and progressive country.

No doubt Nigeria is a great country, with a wonderful future, but it’s sad that the foundation of the country has been tampered with, and that’s why it’s a year of reflection, more prayers and resets, and then come up with a strategy to move forward, or else the future is shaky. It’s important to echo this again, whatever we do come 2021, will determine how wonderful or disastrous 2023 will be.

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Sadly, the increasing agitation for separation we see today will not stop. There will be many strange happening and unusual events from the north of the country to the south of the country, we must take a closer look, as the way and manners at which we handle this scenarios will determine what is in the future for the country. A little bit of warning for leaders here, too much of desire for wealth and resources accumulations, rather than the focus for attention for the poor may turn this period into a bad period
for the country, but it accurately reflects the time we live in a time that feels extreme and critical on many levels. Let’s step back a minute to widen our view and perspective of a greater nation.

2021 should be known as the year of National Conversation, because lasting national change and growth will only happen when our people come together to have genuine conversations, and tackle tough questions about cessation, resource control, ethnic and privileges in the spirit of unity and compassion.

In general, the year 2021, is a year of battle for battle, and we must be firm, diplomatic, and be sensitive to
decision and actions around us. The year will raise many issues at the foundation of our existence as people. Despite all of this struggles and challenges, the coming year is going to be progressive towards more and ideal world, with more positive response towards some of the global challenges facing the world now.

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Shalom!!!

Ayodele Taofiq-Fanida

He’s a Clarity Coach, Counsellor and Trainer with mandate for Nation Building, Marriage and Relationship, Career Growth & Development.

Ayodele has been called to help navigate people back to God, knowing their paths and reason for existence.

For guidance and counselling you can reach him via email: [email protected] | or on WhatsApp 08098746523

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