Sunday, July 29, 2012

Why should we wait?

The answer is we shouldn't.

Why do we have to wait for the government to do everything. They can't even get around to doing what a government should be doing so how can we expect them to deliver. We've been waiting for years and years and yet nothing has been done. 

I am so proud to be one of the blessed people able to witness a Nigeria united in outrage. 
What am I talking about? Occupy Nigeria.

Everyone had their doubts. Where, why and how did it all start?
Good questions they all are, however, the main point is that Nigerians are fed up, the youth especially. 
For the first time, I saw a Nigeria active - I'm sure that defo shocked the government. So much so, they ended up reducing the fuel price. Unfortunately, not to the amount asked for, but at least they did budge. 

I know I keep going on about this, but this is the main fact.
For years we have sat by and discussed this and its time for us to be more active about change in Nigeria. 

The older generation have failed us, and so its time for the youth to take over and make a change in the Nigeria that we so love and grew up in.

What do I mean? Well its not over yet, I mean we still have many of the older generation taking charge and are in a position of influence to do something new. If you know that you are well connected, or your family is, or you know people who are, encourage them to start funding outreach programs in various sectors aiming to aid different people. There was a fundraiser last Christmas to raise money for the Motherless Babies home. That didn't unfortunately go to plan, but it was started by the youth for the next leaders of tomorrow. This is the kind of example we should be following. You don't have to be a billionaire, but if you haven't noticed, we are all a very talented bunch of people, and we all know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone.

Start talent shows that showcase Nigerian talent, try and get sponsors to fund it, get people from various sectors interested and present to advertise and to show up. Before you know it you could have something big, lying unnoticed.

If young Nigerians all came together to make a difference small by small, slowly but surely, there is no reason why Nigeria cannot change.

Someone told me the other day that Nigeria's population is made up of 75% of  the youths. That freaked  me out, however, when I got to thinking I realised what are the government, and the older generation doing about it?
Why can't companies aim to set up training programmes for the youth in various industries. If they are good enough after training, why not hire them? I believe there is more that can be done for Nigerians by Nigerians, so why don't we get started. 

All the youth need is hope, and an opportunity to know that they are loved and can be who they want to be if they put their mind to it.

We the fortunate few, can do something about that. Let's not wait for the government - let's change things now!

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