Nigerian Youths: Let The Potential Giant in You Arise!
I’m writing this because it is thought-provoking.
I wish you could forward it to every youth known to you, so they can have a piece of it.
And let the sleeping giants rise
We sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, we make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).
With every megabyte of data we spend complaining and maligning, we make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo and Airtel.
Over the next two years, the number of Nigerian millionaires will jump by 47% but most likely we will not be among because we are too busy whining and complaining. And yet about 60% of Nigeria’s 170m population are below 35 years.
Oh, what a waste!
By the way, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he started Facebook.
Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish Thakkar, is 31.
He escaped from the Rwandan genocide and relocated to Uganda where he started an IT business.
Collin Thornton, who made his millions by fixing bad computers and setting up Dial-a-Nerd, is 35.
Adam Horowitz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur, started 30 websites in 3 years before he became successful.
The only thing we have ever started is an online petition.
Have you heard of Jason Njoku?
He’s 33 and the founder of Iroko TV.
He received $8million investment into his company just a few years ago.
What he does?
Sharing the same Nollywood films that we spend hours to watch online.
He didn’t just hang around waiting for Buhari to make something happen or blaming Jonathan for not making anything happen.
Kamal Budhabhatti was deported from Kenya but while on the flight, he thought of the opportunities in Kenya. He found his way back after 6 months and today his company is valued at $30m.
Have you heard of Chinedu Echeruo?
Apple just paid $1billion for his app.
He’s a Nigerian like us and all he did was attempt to fix a problem.
But for us, the only thing you attempt to fix are our nails- and our hairdo!
Chinedu moved to New York in 1995 and found it difficult to navigate the city with ease so he developed HopStop to fix the problem.
Let’s stop listing all the problems – we know them already but what are we doing about them?
Awolowo was 37, Akintola was 36, Ahmadu Bello was 36, Tafawa Balewa was 34, Okotie-Eboh was 27 and Enahoro was 27 at the time of independence of Nigeria.
In 1966, the first coup was led by Kaduna Nzeogwu (29) and stopped by Murtala Mohammed (28), TY Danjuma (28), IBB (25), Sanni Abacha (23) and Shehu Yar’adua (23).
It brought in Yakubu Gowon as Head of State at 32 and Olusegun Obasanjo at 29.
Today’s Nigerian youth even in their 40s some still sag their trousers.
Of course, we know Linda Ikeji.
We have spent hundreds of hours on her blog laughing and commenting while she smiles her way to the bank.
She’s just built a house for her father in the village- just by we clicking on her gossip and sharing.
Our day is not complete without a stop by at her blog.
She was as broke as we are but she turned a hobby into a business.
Are we that void of understanding?
You think those politicians have any regard for us?
We have a false estimation of yourself. We have an over bloated ego.
We are only as good as an election ticket – pure and simple.
We are only good to be used and discarded like a used ballot paper.
Who keeps a used ballot paper anyway?
That is why they only remember us every four years.
The word CHANGE belongs to the masses not to selected few.
Let’s awake the entrepreneurial spirit in us and the time is NOW!
Now that MMM has given us a platform to achieve our dreams. Let’s take hold of this opportunity and not allow our greed to ruin a platform that even our leaders never thought about.