I got to know Fred few months ago when he was just about to be discharged from the National Youth Service. I asked him what he would be doing after service; he said, “look for a job”. It’s over six months, and he’s still not engaged with work – waiting for someone to give him a job. He had being brainwashed.
Our society has succeeded in brainwashing us that we need work in someone else’s business after graduation, instead of creating our own work and building our own businesses. It did not start today. Many years ago before the amalgamation of what they called ‘Southern and Northern protectorates’ in 1914 by the British colonial lords, every people who occupied the spaces that made up Nigeria were naturally entrepreneurs. For instance, the people of the Oyo Empire, the Benin Kingdom, the Kanuri Empire, to mention a few, had already established for themselves a civilization and entrepreneurship-based economy. They farmed, produced and paid royalties or taxes to the ‘Landlords’ or the king – everyone and every family worked for themselves.
When the British colonial masters arrived and defeated these native people through the superiority of their boats and weapons they changed the prevalent economic order and established a different kind of civilization and economy, one based on employee-ship.
They built factories, schools, churches and other businesses. They needed cheap labour to run and grow these establishments; it is interesting to note what they had to do – train the ‘primitive natives’ with just enough information and expertise to be dependent and never self-reliant — just enough to be able to do the jobs as the white man required. Those natives who gained British education were promoted as the most-refined, best and most intelligent and superior human beings among their kinsmen; everything and everyone else were regarded as crude and barbaric. Soon, everyone began believing in the theories and superiority of the white man; then no matter who you were, you worked for the colonial masters as an employee one way or another. Cheap labour and loyal employees were what they wanted and what they succeeded in instilling into those who went to school. Those natives who studied and chose their own paths were labeled ‘rebels’ who must be disciplined.
Nigeria was established as a base of cheap labour and raw materials for the British and foreign industries. After ‘Independence’ from British (and colonial) rule in 1960, our political leaders inherited a system and economy designed not to ‘empower’ and ‘liberate’ people economically but a system of servitude – where most people are only educated enough to serve or do the work required for a fixed amount of money that would never be enough. It has been a long time, and people have forgotten how to be entrepreneurs – productive and self-reliant. The mentality had been formed and perpetuated – to go to school and prove how a zombie you can be by taking orders and doing as you are told (slaves without creative thinking). Then you get fired at the caprice of your employer/master.
Today we have a society where most people, like my nice friend, Fred, think the only thing they can do is seek a job as an employee upon graduation from College or University. That is the effect of the brainwashing. And we have become worse for it. Young people graduate and many months or years after can’t find or create their own jobs. It is pathetic (!) and there needs to be a change. We need a re-building of our mentality, a re-orientation; one that is geared towards self-reliance, individual value and productivity.
When people seek employment it’s not necessarily because they love the job or their boss; they need the money that comes at week or month-end (this is the carrot which keeps the donkey working harder until its back breaks).
In less than six days thousands of Batch “A” ’13 Corps members across Nigeria will be ‘passing out’ from the National Youth Service. My question is, will you be asking “Somebody give me a job!”? If nobody wants to give you a job, create one for yourself and become a job-provider for others.
I say, think differently – your target should be to create and own your work. Kill the brainwashing.
Culled from the book “GOOD TO GO: How to succeed in life and work after NYSC” by Stanley G. Jack, coming out in June. All rights Reserved.
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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.
Between July 1967 and January 1970 Nigeria was at war; our country men were killing each other with guns and grenades. Men died in the thousands at the frontlines (including my uncle, Blessing Frank Jack) fighting a course that most of them did not even understand and women and children starved to death at home and in the bushes in Biafra. It was a terribly bloody and devastating civil war (one of the worst wars ever fought in world history), which should never have happened in the first place – the war could have been avoided.
If the Biafran civil war could have been avoided, why then did it happen? Simple: because of the ego (massaged by sycophants) of two men; one at the Federal level and the other at the Regional level – Gowon and Ojukwu.
It is 2014, 34 years after, two men (again) have risen, their ego driving them – in like manner, one at the Federal (President – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ) and the other at the State level (Governor – Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi).
One year before the war, aids and supporters were making all manner of inflammatory statements and employing all manner of desperate propagandas (it is happening again, 34 years after).
The same calibre of propaganda machinery employed by both sides, one year before the Biafran war, is being employed by the APC/PDP today, one year before the general elections. Both sides are showing signs of high desperation in attempt to cultivate public sentiments.
For both sides it is fight to finish, as defeat is perceived as total irrelevance or demise.
My mother, Margaret, jokingly tells us of the war that Ojukwu said “To keep Nigeria one there must be attack,” and Gowon responded “Attack must be done,” and then there began the war.
GEJ’s men have declared “PDP will rule Nigeria for decades” – 50 years? And RCA says “Only a fool will vote for GEJ.” Now the ‘armoury’ is being stocked for the BIGGEST show-down in Nigeria’s political history.
For political (and personal) gains, the rule of law has been despised, state institutions such as the Police and other Law Enforcement agencies have been ‘hijacked,’ judicial processes are been abused, bomb scare, Boko Haram, accusations and counter-accusations, have being injected into the political-propaganda machinery; we had the worst civil war in world history, now, we are going to have the world’s biggest/fiercest political battle. We no dey carry last – ever!
In all of these things, one thing is certain – Nigeria will never be the same again after 2015 (for better or worse). And history will hold these two men (The President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Governor of Rivers, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi) to account whichever way the pendulum swings. May there not be the re-enactment of the 2007/2008 Kenyan political situation on our lands. We don’t want the repeat of the political violence that followed the 2011 general election. Amen! Or, do we?
*This article originally appeared on http://www.omojuwa.com
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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.
“At the end of the day, one of the greatest educations you learn as you grow up is that most people around you won’t help you. You are responsible for you.” So says Robert Kiyosaki. He is right.
MICHAEL JACKSON, the late acclaimed ‘king of pop’, did a song by that title, “They don’t really care about us.” He was correct.
Mr. Jackson knew what Robert Kiyosaki knows: No body gives a fawk abat you.
Especially now not even your government.
(I apogize, this is gonna be a long post. If you don’t like reading long letters you might as well stop here and now)
I believe it was in same spirit of “Nobody cares abat you” that that American said “Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Imagine that? “…Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
And this phenomenon is global; governments across the world don’t care about their citizens or the future of the youths. Politicians are speaking falsehood up and down – left, right and centre. They are stealing and or wasting public resources under many guises. Political leaders have become grossly incompetent; concerned now only about their political survival. Government owes the citizens certain infallible obligations; isn’t that right! Isn’t that supposed to be right?!
Aren’t we supposed to have leaders and administrators who sincerely care about education?
Where are the good ones? Where are the leaders who care?
These are serious times…indeed.
Nigeria; a special country (with special problems) – blessed of God with natural and human resources. We are fawkingly blessed. We know that. The world knows that. Yet our problems are enormous and gets complicated everyday. Our politicians and national and local leaders are myopic and grossly incompetent. Our national sins are gross – let’s not even begin to ‘wash it’ here; this page will overflow in the wetness.
The evil that we do in the name of politics and governance heaps to the high heavens.
No one fawking gives a damn as long as they vicariously profit from the malaise. It’s a ga-darn conspiracy – to keep the people blinded, poor and deprive them of necessary, proper and affordable education, while they can fund their kid’s studies “Away” using ill-birthed resources. Yeah, this is Nigeria; that’s how we roll.
Any reasonable people and country understand that the future of a people or a country is in its brothers and sisters or fellow citizens (especially the youths) getting the properly deserved education.
And so the biggest and most profitable investment a person/people/country can make is in education. In Nigeria, education is the least investment.
Education; in Nigeria, that’s the first thing the government strategically denies you.
What is wrong with our system?! Something is terribly wrong. Something has got to be terribly wrong.
How can a country move forward and lay proper foundation for its future and take advantage of and play a vital role in local cum global medicine, technology etc when its higher institutes are shut down every now and then for the incompetence of and obvious deceit of so-called ‘leaders’?
Must ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) always be on strike? In Nigeria that’s a usual thing.
I studied in India. I spent just three short years for my BCA – Bachelor of Computer Applications). In my first semester, I got an email from my Faculty. That email informed me on every thing I needed to know, do or get for the duration of my program. I mean, classes, tests and exams, holidays and everything in-between. And that schedule was never broken. No strike.
In Nigeria the day you get an admission to study in a College or University is the day your frustrations begin. The first lesson in seriousness that you will get is the lesson on “Who’s the boss?” The system is the boss and you are just a fawking peasant and they are doing you a favour letting you study in the “Hallowed Manor” – campus.
Second lesson: never mess with any chic the professor likes – the prof. is boss and you don’t want to spend seven years for a four years program.
They impose irrelevant things on you and you can never question.
While you are surmounting these challenges, the government decides to play politics with your life, refuses to honor simple agreement as it backs out of a properly agreed upon terms of engagement with the greedy and selfish professors and schools management council.
Then you are fawked; ASUU declares strike. “Go home!”
Do we have real leaders in Nigeria? Do they really care about our future? No they don’t. No body cares about the future who does not take education seriously. Anyone who takes education seriously would never allow the system to close down on a strike.
President Jonathan; I was wishing he would be different having being part of the academic system as a teacher. But no they are all the same.
Strike is an evil visited upon students for no fault of theirs. This has got to stop.
If you are a young person (student), or you have or know somebody who is, please be kind enough to remind them ‘…the government does not care about you’. The school system/professors don’t care about you. Only about themselves. Selfish fawkers.
Don’t expect anyone of them – politician or professor, to do anything better except it is in their interest. And then not because of you. Because of them.
Dear Student, Uncle and Parents, what should you do? Is there anything that you can do to help the situation? Should you be able to do anything to help the academic situation where and when everyone is asked to “Go home” for no fault of theirs other than that they accepted to be students in Nigeria?
Should you support ASUU and enforce an “Egyptian type” protests to force the Fed. to honor and execute a simple terms of agreement it willingly entered into with these egotistical class of homo-sapiens?
Should ASUU just go back to the classroom whether the Fed is good or not with the “bone of contention” agreement?
The answers to that will be as diverse as the population of Nigeria.
Maybe you should just not ever let your kid(s)/wards school in Nigeria again. Just take them to Ghana or Togo or maybe India. No academic strikes there.
What if you don’t have the resources to have your kids study abroad?
Don’t ask me…use your head, time and resources (read, money) wisely; just take care of yourself. That’s all.
They don’t give a fawk about you. Don’t expect them to.
Anybody who expects the system/government to take care of them wants to die young. Do you want to die young? God forbid!!!
Good education is no longer for the poor. Yeah? Can you imagine!!
Where is the voice of the National Association of Nigerian Students in all of this? — Don’t even ask me that question!
So to all those students in Naija who are hoping to finish and get a job and begin life ihave a question for you: do you want to really postpone your life for years in pursuit of a degree? Who knows how long these strikes may take or how often in between before graduation day!
A government that is unwilling to fight corruption because it is benefiting vicariously from it, a government that is unserious about road construction and infrastructure, a government that is selfish and egotistical can never and will never give a fawk about you. They have nothing to offer you. This is the kind of government we have in Nigeria.
All our leaders care about is to fight shamelessly in Parliamentary chambers and winning elections so that they can grant themselves oil blocks.
What should you then do?
Start living your life – degree or not. Graduate or not. Start living your life now. Don’t wait for a piece of paper. The system is messed up really and has nothing great to offer you. If there is something you would want to be or do, be and do it now. Begin today. Look inward. Identify your talent and start working on it to make it better. Why wait?
I don’t know what else to tell you. Just know that they don’t care about you – whether you get a good education or not is none of their business.
Ahh, hold on, I have one advice for the student: Be a student, Think and Act like a CEO. That’s who and what you are. You are a student; but you are the CEO and boss of your life and future. Not the government. Not the professor.
The government and professor may make your academic life miserable, but in all other areas of your life try to make them extremely irrelevant.
Begin working. Don’t wait for graduation day.
Keep that in mind and take care of yourself. That’s all…for now.
Oh, I just remembered I need to make an important phone call. OK, bye!
Stanley G. Jack
MD, Stanley Wallstreet Limited
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stanley is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!
Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK
The world has changed. It’s no longer 1960.
Today we observe a world where kids are more aware than their parents (if you want to be able to predict the direction the world is going, look at the world through the eyes a child – as in fashion, technology, religion, entertainment, etc) . Expanded desires – people wanting more. Insatiable human (natural and man-made) needs.
People are now able to tell that the job or opportunity they once thought perfect is not perfect after all. There’s need for more – more every thing. More clothes. More houses. More foods. More friends. More toys. More money. More swag (whatever that means).
People used to gain more by working hard. Now people who work harder earn lesser and people who work the less earn the more.
Power has changed hands as they say in Nigeria.
It’s no longer about being educated and having a job. It’s no longer about having a fancy degree. Every person now has one fancy degree or the other. A degree no longer makes a difference. Even dogs and cats now have degrees.
It’s a different world now and the rules of living, interaction, play and money have changed. All the tools needed to live our lives just exactly as we would want to are now at our disposal. Our interaction with family and friends are no longer limited by space or distance. (Clap ya hands 4 technology)
Steve Jobs and Apple, and the others have changed forever how we play -music, movies, data sharing, etc.
As Robert T. Kiyosaki rightly observed, “In the Digital Age, the richest people are entrepreneurs.” That’s right. We are in the digital age. And if you are not yet online (Social media. E.g Facebook, Twitter etc) then you are on a long thing. The question even is no longer about just having a presence on social media. The question now is how is how are you going to use social media to enhance your business and or personality? How do you make the profitable-best of social media.
Some people are happier when they are interacting online. And become bored at “log-off.” The real world is no longer just the physical. The real world now includes the virtual world..
Employees used to do so well, now they are an endangered species. As you read this note, thousands have lost their jobs and thousands others are about to lose theirs in your city. That’s the digital age at play. Technology changing the old and establishing new rules.
If you care to notice, the hip-hop-young-money culture has over taken what I call “old-mentality-money.” 16 and 25 year-olds are having fun and making a hell of a money for themselves (in the billions of dollars), while the 40-50 year-olds are losing their jobs and going broke.
In this new world, there is a good advice from ‘The 50th Law,’ (a book by the rapper 50 Cent and Robert Greene). The advice is, “Let others depend on their MBAs…and their connections…” You instead “..rely upon that hustler’s eye that…” can bring you from “…the bottom to the top in just a few years.”
You need the hustler’s eye. The eye of an eagle.
A hustler’s eye sees things for what they truly are. Reality. “By focusing your attention on what is going on around you, you will gain a sharp appreciation for what makes some people advance and others fall behind. By seeing through people’s manipulations, you can turn them around. The firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purpose.”
Some people hate change. They fight it. Some others embrace change as an inevitability and therefore profit by it. Fight change and die. Embrace change and live. Reality is no longer thrust upon you. You can now create your own reality with tools of technology already existent and imagination.
Your chances of success with your small start-up business has been multiplied geometrically by technology. If you have ever dreamt of starting a small business, do not hesitate any longer. Whatever life you dream to live is now possible than ever. There are more opportunities in the world now than ever for the young man or woman who believes in the beauty of his or her dream.
You can dream and achieve. ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ used to mean ‘No Way.’ Now impossible means ‘I’mpossible.’ I am possible. You are. Live like a man. Success is right in your heart my friend. You carry a dream within your spirit. Now go be a man and make the world a better place using your “Hustler’s eye.” That “Hustler’s eye” sees opportunities and privileges where others see nothing or only chaos.
I am, @wealthymotivatr
The writer is the author of “Who took My Job?” – coming soon.