Everywhere across this country is an army of young fine people who are very smart, self motivated, enterprising and leadership-ready. I have a special privilege of running into them both physically and virtually.
They are the object of my assurance of a Nigeria that will someday get things right. The sort of hope that our communication leaves on me is why I still retain my ownership of the Nigerian dream.
Friends, I restate what I’ve mostly told you about yourselves – that you’re fabulous. I feel blessed to be part of the same demographic as you. The challenges are daunting but our dream is of course the insights we share makes it interesting.
When we together to slay kosai and kunuzaki in Akenzua Hall in Zaria or munch okpa and abatcha in Enugu; when we rehearse ENACTUS project reports or when we turn up for job intense job interviews in Lagos, it’s amazing how it’s never lost on us the great tasks we’re up against. The deep forests of the West, the Indo/Chinese factories in Lagos to the Farm center in Kano, the Nigerian enterprise is rocksolid on our minds. We keep on keeping on against all odds.
And guess what, we shall breakeven. For real.
Our fathers may have handed us a different understanding of success – in which prosperity is individualistic -, our endless discussions and openness to the right concepts have revealed to us a success of a different kind; a success that cuts across. Success that breeds less resentment from others. Success that ensures internet access to the rich as well as the poor, success that ensure quality Healthcare for Bill and Bola. It is heartwarming that a different order of struggles is dawning on this generation – our own generation – in which the difference between Ajah and Ajaokuta will be mere geography and not the non/availability of good roads, hospitals, internet access, electricity supply and responsible Policing.
While our dreams and struggles still suffer huge of setbacks from policymakers and those who’re in charge, I believe we’re on the road to creating a world of our own – a 21st century living standard.
To the naysayers, this is possible. To the optimistic, this is a worthy cause.
In closing, I like to remind everyone that good living standards are a product of good leadership. And as a democracy, we have a rich avenue to entrench good leadership through the POWER of the ballot.
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade
June 3rd, 2018.