Deconstructing Nigerian youths

April 23rd, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum Tuesday in Westminster, London, declared that a�?Nigerian youths do nothing, yet desire to have everything given to them freely by the governmenta�?. This statement has triggered plethora of reactions. We respectfully beg to differ with our dear President. The Nigerian youths from our findings, are among the most patriotic and most-hard working young people on earth.
Although statistical indices show clearly that Nigerian youths rank among the most deprived globally (deprived mainly by the hegemonic and gerontocracy leadership), several of them have defied the odds and successfully set up thriving businesses.
For instance, the thriving Nollywood movie industry, were pioneered by almost completely depraved Nigerian youths. These youngsters were almost frustrated by the hegemonic leaders that denied them virtually everything, except air. But determined to shrug off the frustrations, the likes of Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O Kanayo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Francis Agu, Rita Nzelu, Nnenna Nwabueze, Ngozi Nwosu, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, out of nothing delivered a�?Living in Bondagea�� which catapulted Nigerian movie industry to international stardom and since kept it there.
When we consider that government policies, especially those formulated under President Muhammadu Buhari, it becomes obvious that the youths are deliberately pushed to despondency and frustration. And this is a country which long before Buhari became president, youths like Senator Jim Nwobodo, then governor of the old Anambra State; Alhaji Abubakar Rimi (Kano), as well as the indefatigable late Senator Chuba Okadigbo and Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who were Special Advisers to President Shehu Shagari, bestrode the political space and proved a point. We have had the youthful former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, now Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his deputy Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
It must be emphasized that the socio-political problems encountered in the country today cannot be blamed on the the Nigerian youths. If anything, it is the unpatriotic elderly men and women, who bestrode the nationa��s leadership saddle like Tsetsefly stridently sucking the countrya��s bone marrow through unbridled corruption and other vices that are the cause. These elders seized leadership like the Biblical Nebuchadnezzar and have persistently suppressed their children and grand-children through never-letgo miss-governance.
Perhaps it is appropriate to remind the President that the Niger Delta agitations and Boko Haram terrorism acts were the handiwork of elders that emitted the nauseating fart and looked the other way, ditto for the rampaging killer herdsmen, who are being sponsored by the elderly, the owners of the cattle they tend.
Making a list of Nigerian youths who made indelible mark globally and are still moving the country forward would not be a bad idea at this point. Apart from the hardworking youths whose hard work earned them medal haul in the on-going Olympic Games, international stars like Dike Chukwumerije, Philip Emmanuel Emeagwali, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amobi Okoye, Hakeem Olajuwon, Adebayo Ogunlesi (former President Donald Trumpa��s Adviser), Agbani Darego (first Black African to win Miss World), Arunma Oteh (current Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (literary icon) and Hakeem Kae- Kazim (Kintokinte) are successful youths.
The Presidency should not forget young Nigerian musical icons like Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson (Phyno), Don Jazzy, Olamide, Davido, Anidugbe Daniel (Kiss Daniel), Reekado Banks, Augustine Miles Kelechi (Tekno), Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (Patoranking), mong others.
Successes of the 31 year-old Debola Williams, cofounder of RED (owner of Red Media Africa, YNaija. com), who played a major role in the re-branding of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election and the election of President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana, Ogunlana Olumide and Chukwuwezam Obanor, founders of PrepClass a�� a Nigerian academic solutions provider; 27 year-old Bankole Cardoso, founder of EasyTaxi; Olakunle Abiodun Churchill; Olatorera Oniru, 28, founder of Dressmeoutlet.com; Abiola Olaniran (Gamsole), 27, founder and CEO of Gamsole; Kumbi Oyelese, designer and Ladi Delano (Bakrie Delano Africa), are worthy of mention.
Ita��s important to remember Bassey Eyo, of PayPorte Global Systems; Audu Maikori (Chocolate City), Chocolate City Entertainment, alongside Paul Okeugo and Yahaya Maikori. The highest paid blogger in Nigeria, Linda Ikeji, the 27 year-old Ola Orekunrin, founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria Limited, the first ever air ambulance service provider in West Africaa��s health care history; Jason Njoku, of iROKO Tv; Uche Eze, now Uche Pedro, of Bellanaija.com; the 41 yearold Sim Shagaya, founder of Konga.com, listed in Forbes a�?10 Most Powerful Men In Africaa�?, among millions other hard-working youths.
These Nigerian youths are neither contractors nor public institution suppliers. They are neither grass cutters, nor have they diverted public fund. They have no traces of nepotism, neither do they exhibit sit-tight tendencies. They are simply young Nigerians who defied the odds to set up world-class flourishing business empires. They should not be denigrated. They need support and commendation.

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