Quite a shame! The mentality of needing alms and reproduction that bedevils the average African mind (mind the word emphasis on average still with no intention to dissent the African race). You’d expect intelligent questions such as how long did it take you to learn? What more would you like to learn? We’d like to observe your vitals n train you better in return for probably a new skill or learning interest or a communal service or international networks… But oops! That’s not it! “Pls give us alms (undeserved wage return for no service rendered)”- we’ve chosen to be perpetual victims in life, we are as darkened in brain capacity as our outer skin probably. “Marry us”- that might redeem our race though we have nothing to offer, all we are interested in is sex, there’s really nothing more, is there? Or is there? Oh! What more in life? If not get a daily wage, reproduce your nothingness of a kind and have nothing to give to life? Of course, she’s only speaking our language out of curiosity n sheer intelligence show-off or laziness or boredom or whatever unproductive, that’s what these fair-skinned people do, curious, ever-invasive, probably set up a school that teaches any language n make a lot of money even from the indegenes who won’t take anything they own seriously even when it is obviously taken from them, colonize more people, break down any barrier in communication, reach out to more people over the world, have Googlee translation, or even more. But who cares? That’s how they are, and that’s how we probably should remain. It’s the dark-skinned way of life most times, we blame the melanin for distorting our thinking process even though it was meant to keep us safe from UV exposure from the sun and add increased survival in our equatorial regions and highest thrive rate in anyplace in the world, but yeah, we didn’t like to show our dark spots around the world. It sure must be a shame to display even though it is probably one of the most beautiful gifts to mankind. We just think differently, mostly not positive. So yeah, welcome to the dark world Titilayo.
Of course, I totally salute our intelligence with learning foreign languages and getting extremely good at speaking it after being colonised. But that’s not the point today.
And so yes, I know the *average* mindset of individuals has self-interest more than the intellectual integrity you’d expect. And that people are almost never inclined to what they can do for the system but what they stand to gain. And trust me, I expect nothing. Only having fun thinking about the interesting dynamics that explains the fundamental differences in our level of social and infrastructural development. While some said this: “If Titilayo went to VI or Lekki (not like I intend to exalt some parts of Lagos or Accra or anywhere for that matter), we probably won’t be having this conversation. Most people living in slums around the world are generally simple, uneducated and take life for granted” (emphasis on uneducated– which to me has nothing to do with the four walls of certain schools, no “beef” intended). And someone else said; “we probably need values and standards to become benchmark again and that yeah we will get there with people like Wonuola returning home to make Nigeria great again.”
However, this is my reply: It’s not going to take “a while” cos “a while” is not what it takes to undergo a mental shift, it takes conscious efforts and realization of the current state a man is in to attempt a change not automatic “whiles”. It will take an average Nigerian to look at that video and feel intense discomfort at the level of mediocrity displayed to “get there”.
Again, this person replied saying, “How do you expect a country with corrupt senators governors and their kids grooving with people’s money and nobody talks to understand? Private secondary universities “killing” public school coz the owners are in government circle? Until the right people are in place and how do you fight what is just when government agents are there to victimise you. How many people can stand for the truth collectively not minding the hurt and pains?”
Of course this is one intelligent person whom I do respect. Regardless, I do have my viewpoint and it’s this: “It won’t take people returning home to tell you what to do or speak up for you because you have chosen to be victims of your ownselves. No, that’s still the “victim” speaking” and I finally get this responses, “Really it’s true we need to get our mind focused on regenerating the mindset to be objective and to think right” and then from another person I respect a lot, “Our problems are indeed quite enormous but the solutions are so simple, straightforward and achievable. If we are to apportion blames, I will always place the blame at the doorstep of our so-called leaders. Good leadership begets good followership and vice versa. The bone of contention is that attitudinal change starts from the top and flows downwards. Another way to look at this is the terrible effect of poverty. The average Nigerian is poor and would do anything to get out of that state. We first need to solve the issue of poverty by having a responsible government that can invest directly in the people and provide an atmosphere for people to thrive.”
Yippee! One mind at a time or maybe three too…
It is your right to be Productive in Quality, take Responsibility
Your friend and leadservant-in-training, Wonuola.