Alawoki has something to say about Nigeria. This writer has intelligence working for him. To read more about him, please visit our MEET OUR GUEST WRITERS page.
“Arise O Compatriot,
Nigeria’s call obey…”
Those words cannot mean more than they’ve always meant: Nigeria is in dire need of our help. But, a little consideration of those piquing lines bear more truths than one might have possibly considered. That it is only someone that is ‘equipped’ to help that can help. That it is only a man or woman who has a sense of responsibility that will become responsible. So, let’s ask ourselves, are we ‘equipped’ to help Nigeria rise against all odds in the not too distant future? Do we have the sensibilities of responsible image builders who could revamp the deteriorating face of Nigeria?
I doubt it.
The ‘we’ that has been talked about is the ‘youths.’ Forget about the dictionary meanings, for this piece, youths are Nigerians in secondary and tertiary institutions. And with what we busy ourselves with today, one doubts if we are equipped enough to answer the clarion call for the wellness of this ill Nigeria. We fritter away in hedonistic pursuits. We discuss people and matters of little repute and ape mindless celebrities only to neglect credible role models whose lives teach a lesson or two.
Our forebearers have failed us and we spite them for it, but must we fail ourselves and generations to come?
Our education system is a testament that we have been disappointed. Teachers and lecturers are hardly viable role models. Libraries are almost always near empty, or filled with irrelevant materials. Facilities are either not procured or procured but reserved for only-God-knows-who. And syllabi? They are uninspiring lists of sometimes inspiring but superficially treated topics, some of which have not been revised in a long time.
Yet, Nigeria needs engineers and bankers and lawyers and doctors and political scientists and computer scientists and writers and more. Nigeria needs more! And these are in the bracket of right-minded, credible professionals in all fields! But we carry on our activities in our schools and homes with an air of laxity and complacency, and do not listen to the repeated call for help from Nigeria.
The non-availability of a good modeling system in our country has not helped matters one bit. We obviously need to learn from trailblazing Nigerians, and we can only learn when they teach. When they write and talk about their challenges and how they triumphed and it is unfortunate that such things do not thrive in this part of the world.
One would have thought that Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) would launch an autobiography in the stead of a compendium of speeches while he was the executive governor of Lagos. Malcolm X wrote ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’, a book about the struggles of a discriminated Black American who fought for the rights of Africans in America and Europe. And Barack Obama mentioned in ‘Dreams from My Father’ (Obama’s autobiography) that the book was a source of motivation when he was growing up.
It baffles when one begins to imagine why an Aliko Dangote cannot co-write ‘The Aliko Dangote Way’ (a semblance of Warren Buffet’s ‘The Warren Buffet Way’) which is going to tell us about Dangote’s mindset about money and investing. And, most importantly, give us an overview of what Dangote had his mind on in his youthful years. This materials can help very much. But, unfortunately, our ‘elders’ cannot afford us this luxury.
As it is, one could rant all day about all the faults in our systems, but ranting, verily, cannot fix things. So does waiting on our leaders and forbearers. We have to position ourselves where we can make things work for us. We must make positive use of every of our resources to develop ourselves.
Our iPhones must now begin to play us inspirational words from motivational speakers. We must, from this moment, begin to remind ourselves about making us stronger for the weak Nigeria. We should start studying self-help materials and start practicing what they preach. We must also study hard at school and become good in our fields.
Every company we keep…every music we play…every party we attend must be at the verge of moulding us into an unmistakable shape: an effective Nigerian who can answer the lingering call of Nigeria.
P.S: This writer finds Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Steve Pavlina, Arash Dibazar, Neil Strauss, Eric Thomas, Daniel Apata, Oluwaseun P, Brian Tracy, Neil Furrore, Dale Carnegie, Robert Kiyosaki, Balthasar Gracian and Nigeria Info Fm credible sources of inspiration. You may want to follow them too.
P. P. S: You can also keep searching around for other role models. And please, study hard.