I am a proud young Papua New Guinean, born, bred and educated right here in my country, Papua New Guinea, and I do not feel like I am living in a failed state.
I wake up to the reality every day that more than 80% of my people living in the rural areas are living on their own land, they have food to eat and good water to drink and they are content.
I wake up every day and I see this country's flag carrier Air Niugini flying overhead. I see students in uniforms going to school to be taught by PNG teachers.
I see banks, hospitals, police vehicles. It reminds me that I still have access to basic government services.
Well they may not be the best in the world but they are operational and they meet our needs.
We still have a government in place, though it may have failed in many of its obligations to its constituents.
But then I still access government basic services that means it's still functioning quite well.
Yes PNG is not a paradise or holy land. We have tribal fights, corruption, police brutality, wife beating and all the juicy stuff that the newspapers like to talk about.
But then all countries have challenges and PNG, as a developing country, is no exception!
I am thankful that we asked for independence and that it was given to us and we did not have to fight for it.
I am thankful that we have our own government and we make our own decisions and that we are responsible for the outcomes.
My country is unique and has its own share of problems like all other countries. But then it is a very difficult country to understand.
PNG should not be looked at through a western lens. To understand and appreciate this country you have to think like a Papua New Guinean and act like a real Papua New Guinean.
So please do not call my country a failed state if you have not lived in PNG like a Papua New Guinean. God Bless PNG.