Over the decades, mainstream media - local and foreign - have presented our problems as either hopeless or near hopeless.
From over-stretching how corrupt Nigeria and its systems are to reminding us how we are the center of extreme poverty to how the word "insecurity" is synonymous with "Nigeria"; we are bombarded daily with negative news that inflicts psychological and emotional burns on us. Those burns take the form of eroding confidence in our systems, government, institutions, heritage, and anything Nigerian.
While we admit that Nigeria is currently far from being that ideal country we dream of, we at Prime Progress think it is not all gloom and doom. We believe media contents as presently delivered by traditional media about Nigeria are grossly imbalanced. We need a balanced approach that goes beyond telling us what the problems are to showing us the provable and impactful efforts - small and big - that are working or are being made to solve the issues.
We, therefore, exist to fill this gap.
In one sentence, we are a solutions-focused online media documenting how people and groups respond and solve humanitarian, economic, and social problems in Nigeria.
Every week, we publish well-researched, data-backed, and authoritatively written stories showing how specific problems in Nigeria are being solved or can be solved.
We aim to inspire hope and encourage citizens to start thinking about solutions and to get involved in development endeavours.
With every story, we try to answer these questions: Who is doing what to solve which problem? How? What is the Impact? And how may we replicate working solutions? We direct the minds of policymakers and development stakeholders towards what can be done to solve problems and foster development.
Finally, we want to be the destination where policymakers, researchers, development advocates/actors, aid groups, humanitarians, philanthropists, and anyone interested in solutions can find answers on Nigeria's development path.
But we cannot do it alone; we need your support. That support could mean reading and sharing our stories. It could be donating financially to help sustain our effort because good journalism is not cheap. It could also be suggesting story ideas to us or telling us about what/who is changing lives in your village, community, or city. It could even be you engaging with our social media handles and recommending us to networks of people.
With your support and encouragement, we believe we can change the narrative from negative to positive.