Earlier on today I stumbled on this news and it was disturbing.
It became worse because this news is coming at a time where what seem to catch the attention of the Nigerian youths is the Big Brother Naija Show (BBN). We just can’t have anything to read about again on all social media platforms.
The winner of this so called show is expected to walk home with a whooping sum of 25M cash, a brand new Sorento SUV and also recording contracts.
Parallel to this we see the Paediatrics Association of Nigeria award the best student in Paediatrics at the University of Port-Harcourt a belittling prize of N250 – I mean two hundred and fifty naira, gosh! That cannot buy me a plate of befitting food.
Miss Joy Omubo, being the Best Graduating Student in Paediatrics for 2014/2015 academic year received the insult as a price at the institution’s 31st convocation ceremony which held few days ago.
This sad story brings me to the reality of the issue we are faced with as a country.
The less value we placed on education.
I’m forced to begin to question if there is any need for education within the four walls anymore? The current trend of things negates this reality.
Some weeks ago, a friend posted on a social media platform I belong this sadden reality in form of a joke and I was grieved, have a read:
6 years in primary school
6 years in secondary school
5 years in the university
1 year at Law school
1 year more of strike, protest and co.
For some of my people..
1 year of youth service
And you will be lucky to get a job of N50,000
Someone else will just say: “skiborobo skibo” and make millions.
Permit me to end the story here, because the end is obviously written to make people laugh, which is not my intention writing this. If you are very frequent on social media you should have read the post.
My pain is this; How do we teach the generation coming behind us that education is still the key? How do we teach our children that studying hard is a secret to a successful future when everything around negates this reality? How do we teach the younger once that there is something called dignity in labor?
I need you to get this straight – I do not have any problem with skills, talents or art. As a matter of fact I now teach that beyond the four walls of the classroom, children should learn a craft, develop a skill et-al.
But if I compare the difference between the N25m and N250 prize, it gives no meaning to formal education. If I compare the difference between the minimum wage and the million of money the average Nigerian musician makes, it is disheartening. Young ladies and gentlemen that flaunt their riches and have nothing else to say in their music videos than how much money they have made and how God have blessed them. They say nothing about an honest day work!
This mesmerizing situation will explain to you the reason we have millions of youths out there who talks about being rich but say nothing about hard-work.
We must learn to reward hard-work
We must create a system that place value and reward for hard-work
We must promote education to create the Nigeria if our dreams
The problem of Nigeria goes beyond a political party, it is a systemic problem.
The solution to this problem to me is still an economic revolution, that future you have desired and dreamt about; stop waiting for it! Create it. Use entrepreneurship.
No government will support, no academic body will appreciate you, nobody will acknowledge any of your efforts, it is time for us to take our lives by own hands – take responsibilities for our lives and our dear nation.
A sad one for me, and a situation that has brought me great muse. I just thought I should share. Please share this story also if you feel concerned – people more deserve to read this. You can also drop a comment in case you have a contribution.