West African country, Nigeria is considering a total rebranding by way of scrapping its colonial name “Nigeria” for a newly proposed name called the United African Republic.
According to local reports, the proposal was tabled before a committee in Lagos by a tax consultant identified as Mr. Adeleye Jokotoye for hearing and further action. The said proposal was submitted on June 2, 2021.
In his defense of the change, the consultant argued that, the name Nigeria was imposed by its past oppressors and colonial masters. To him, the change is necessary to chart a new path for the country.
“At this crossroads in our history, it is mandatory that we change our name to reflect a new beginning which will be ushered in with a new constitution,” he said.
Mr. Adeleye also defended the choice of name from the perspective that, the country is very diverse in terms of tribes, hence the need to choose a name that preaches a sense of unity for a peaceful co-existence.
The consultant equally added an alternative name for consideration which is The United Alkebulan Republic which translates as United Mother of Mankind Republic. He also proposed some constitutional reforms which includes amendments in fiscal federalism, state or regional resource and taxation control, removal of immunity clause among others.
According to historical documents, the name Nigeria was coined by a British journalist and writer named Flora Louise Shaw known popularly as Lady Lugard. Do you side with the consultant on this proposal or you want the country to maintain its name?