One of the most popular statements amongst the Nigerian youths is “Education is a scam”. In other developed countries one of the major goals of the government is to ensure that their citizens get as much education as possible. There are so many poor children in lots of developed countries who through their inventions and creations have gained education because their governments recognized and valued their inventions.
In Nigeria, it is a different ball game. Nigerian youths are coming up with great inventions but it is so sad that our leaders rather than encourage them prefer to kill their dreams. It is very difficult for the average Nigerian youth to cream BIG in recent times as those who they used to see as mentors are nothing to write home about. The Nigerian government has been in a running battle with university lecturers for years over the same issue. University students are yet to resume because of a government that will prefer to see the younger generation remain uneducated so that they can use them for their wicked and devilish agenda.
Some months ago, the winner of the popular reality TV show called Big Brother Nigeria-Lockdown winner was given a house and N5M as well as being made an ambassador by the Ogun State government for winning a show that did not add any value to the state. There are so many graduates who graduated as best students in the state in different professions but where are they today? They are running from one company to another begging for jobs. The Bayelsa State government also followed Ogun State to honor one of the housemates in the same reality program and made her the face of the girl child in the state. The best graduating law student from the state owned university cannot be used as the face of the girl child because she did not join a reality show to expose her body.
A group of students from the Nigerian University of Petroleum Resources in Delta state beat 100 engineers from South Africa and Nigeria to win the designer of the fastest racing car(Courtesy Ehijele Oboh). These youths will not be recognized because they did not appear on a TV reality show. A lot of Nigerians have seen their dreams, talents, innovations buried in the cemetery of non-recognition. I must bet you that some of the students must have attended some of the primary and secondary schools without windows or proper seats. A lot of public schools are not conducive for learning but yet you still see students doling out unique innovations. Some of these schools fight for ownership with animals such as goats, chickens, reptiles etc
The government is not helping matters and some of the bigger organizations prefer to look the other way. Companies will instead identify with celebrities from reality shows, entertainment circles than those who have created something unique. Such talented Nigerians will only see the light of day in their country only when they are being recognized and promoted by the international bodies.
In the just concluded American elections, 11 Nigerians who got elected are seen as true children of the soil. If these people were here by now they would have stopped dreaming of going into politics because that dream script would have changed long ago. The only Nigerians that are making waves are the ones who managed to escape out of the clutches of our government destructive dream killers or who by the grace of God became recognized through His grace on them. Every day, the average Nigerian with a great talent is thinking of taking his talent to build a world where he or she will be valued and encouraged to do more.
We should stop waiting for America or other developed countries to come to our aid or depend solely on them to provide what we will use. We have the brains here and we can equally match them if our youths are given the opportunity and motivated to continue to do more. We need to value our educational systems.
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