The news about Nigerian youths being lazy as purported by President Mohammad Buhari went viral on social media a couple of weeks back. Most youths took to facebook and intagram to abuse the President and his family.
Looking at this statement constructively, would you truly say that Nigerian youths are truly lazy?
This brings to mind an issue that happened a few days ago. MY husband came back from his friend’s pharmacy store where he went to buy a malaria drug as recommended by his doctor. He was like, what is actually going on with the youths of today? I asked why he is being bothered by this, he narrated a story of what happened. As he was about entering his car, after purchasing the drugs. He said that three young men with ‘red-blood- shot eyes’ approached him and started begging him for money. Somehow he became afraid not knowing if they are armed or not. But bracing up, he dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out a five hundred Naira note and gave it to them asking them to manage as that was the only money he had in his pocket. They took the money from him, thanked him and left. As they left a man came to my husband and told him to thank his God, for if he hadn’t given them that money, they would have attacked him. He told him that this was just their means of earning a livelihood in that area.
This is just one of too many cases of Nigerian youths taking to begging, stealing, armed robbery, kidnapping and gang staring, rather than engaging in meaningful and profitable ventures.
Some of these youths are graduates, and the excuse they give is lack of employment.
Come on, lovely and wonderful creatures of God. God created us in his own image and likeness. You are an image of God. God is creative. And you as Gods image have to be creative. Think out of the box. Don’t wait for government or one politician to give you jobs. There are a thousand and one things you can do to earn money respectively. Opportunities abound everywhere. They are all around us.
Just look, look, and look, identify a need, a problem you can solve for the next person and off you go to earning a good leaving. You can do what other people have done but differently. Give whatever you want to do a flare. Give it your own style and be known for it. Calve a niche for yourselves.
God had already endowed us with all it takes to survive it in this life. All you need do is to look inwards. Look inside of you. What is that thing that you have flare for? What is that thing you love doing? Do you love to cook? You can own a very popular and largest restaurant in your area.
Do you like to sing? You can become more popular than Wizkid or Davido. Do you enjoy doing laundry? Do you know you can establish and own the biggest laundry house? You must start from the known to build up to the unknown.
You can start small but dream big.
You must create your world. Use your creative imaginative technique to build your future. Dream big, stay positive and act rightly and responsibly. Invest your time well. Don’t engage yourself in anything that you won’t benefit from.
Read, read and read books. Study about the people who have made it in life. You will be shocked to know how far they have come. It wasn’t easy for them, but with severance and dedication, they made it. These individual’s success will motivate you.
With hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. Don’t let anyone discourage you. You can and you will make it. So say it loud to yourself. I can and I will make it. Say it louder, again! Again! Let this be your slogan. You will be surprised at the results you will get. Be bold. Be courageous and be confident in yourself. Don’t let anyone talk down on you. You are made for exploits. That is why you are divinely endowed with vigor. Make the best use of it.
These is all you need to make it in life. You don’t need useless charting or pinging with one babe or the other guy. Or partying and hang outs. I am not against all these. Yes, as a youth you got to enjoy yourself. But whatever you do should be with moderation and caution. Don’t mortgage your future. Your future is in your hands.
Don’t follow the band wagon. But you must look up to someone. Choose your role model and let your role model be from the area, or field you can easily be identified with, your area of specialty.
I have talked to many youths both individually and as a group on the need to be self-reliant. Some of these youths were trained up by me in the field of acting and photography. I used my husband as a case study. His mother stop his education and sent him off to Cameron with one of his uncles who have a photo studio there. Unsatisfied with the life over there, he came back after two years to finish up his secondary school.
After secondary school his father had no money to send him to the university. But he was not deterred. He got admission to study sociology at the University of Port Harcourt. He picked up his camera and off he went to school. He single handedly used his photographic camera to fund his way through the University. Graduated and today you can’t believe that he now owns a shipping company.
One can only archive success through hard work and dedication.
Don’t forget to put God first in all you do. The holy spirit of God will guide rightly.
So please Nigerian youths, stay focused. You are more than what people say about you. You are not lazy. You only need good guidance to bring out the best in you.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made for exploits. So explore your God giving talent and make the best of you.
This is my message to all Nigerian youth this 1st of October 2018, for our 58th independence celebration.
Seven GBOSAAA to all Nigerian youths ;
GBOSAAA! GBOSAAA!! GBOSAAA!!! GBOSAAA!!!! GBOSAAA !!!!! GBOSAAA !!!!!! GBOSAAA!!!!!!!.