Sometimes a terrible life will make you depressed, but you can’t live without the courage to dream.
My dictionary defines ‘youth’ as the quality or state of being young as well as that stage of life preceding childhood and therefore turning to maturity.
The need to have strong and formidable youths in the society cannot be overemphasized. Being strong entails being determined and unyielding to a cause. Could it be said that the young boy of 21 in his fourth year in the university whom his corrupt dad in the civil service sends thousands of naira to sort his lecturers so as to pass his courses constitutes the youths that will move the nation forward.
I need not say that the youth discussed above will soon be out of the higher institution and into the job market to join his mates out there job-hunting. And what has he to offer.
I started singing at age 9. I recall vividly how everything changed. I’d gone to school that morning in a public transport, it was 19th May 2006. Dad was already late for work and so he hurriedly handed me a fifty naira note and left. I decided to play my usual pranks; keeping the money and trekking to school. I remember leaving happily that morning with the hope of getting money any other day the opportunity comes.
Dad was shot by gunmen that day in a banking hall. What?!
I couldn’t take it. Dad was my best friend, so where do I run to. I was sad, devastated
I just needed a friend, perhaps something that could take my time and make me forget the memories and just like a flash, I met him. He was cool, unassuming, marvelous and very gentle. I fell head over heels in love. He was the one. I’d found him. His echo was melodious, I would wake up most times with a jerk and wake my mum up because I saw my dad most times in my dream, all thanks to him. His name was music.
I started listening to songs very intently. It made me become a kind of person I never thought I had in me, but then sooner than I expected I was hounded off to a convent and my access to a lot of things as regards my new found love was bridged.
I’m currently in my third year in college and my brain still screams music. Amidst the desire to be a professional in Polymer and Textile engineering; the course I’m studying in school, I’ve joined a music class. At least I want to impact my world with what I have and I think its called talent. But then talent is never enough
It’s not surprising to see someone studying mechanical engineering in the university while he has never been fascinated with machines and all of that. So many things are going wrong today because a lot of youths go bad with a passing day as a result of frustration. My friend tells me her elder brother is currently in a rehabilitation centre because their father coerced him into studying a course he’s never liked all his life because it soothes their father and when her brother couldn’t take it any more he resorted to living recklessly to spite their father. And it’s ended him in a remand home!
I have this idea in my head that youths need to speak up!
I think there is a great need that we refuse to allow our lives be driven mindlessly by our family or perhaps circumstances.
And then I ask myself what this strong nation is all about.
Imagine a nation where the welfare of the poor masses is not just rubbed in the mud and the leadership of the government is transparently honest and accommodating. A nation where work is done and not just said and the expectations of the people raised and dashed.
I am a Nigerian. In the Nigerian government, so many things are wrong. The governor of a state in Nigeria demolishes a market which employs more than 2000 persons without making arrangements for them to earn their livelihood elsewhere and nobody says anything. Billboards have the pictures of our leaders professing all the goodness that has resulted from their leadership and an assumed us being grateful and thankful. And I’m all vexed up and thinking why we need to thank our even bad leaders for doing a work they ought to do.
The youths of our nation can envisage us in the next 20 years like this. It sure will be a forgotten city.
A strong nation cannot have its people fighting over a lost cause. So many persons died in the year 2011 as a result of attack of a terrorist group on the Christians in my country. We say there is freedom of worship but then people are still forced to join a religious group they have no intention of joining. How do you expect a child forced to have his meal eat that meal. Happily? Of course not!
And it is the youths who should have been informed enough of the recent changes in the world that carry out this heinous crime. A particular tribe prefers to preside over the others regardless of the leader they choose for everyone; if he is capable or not and then everyone is scared of war if they don’t win in the election.
And the aftermath of having a weak and incapable leader; everyone bears the brunt of it.
Now dreams are dead and forgotten.
Everyone wants the easy way out of the whole mess, people go hungry everyday and the economic condition of the people keep deteriorating , inflation is on the high side and people are dying everyday as a result of the hardship and inadequate care.
The youths are even tired of working hard because it appears not to pay off. Last month in my school the students who graduated last year had their convocation. The girls were happy because the overall best graduating student was a girl. So there was excitement and joy in the university hostel where I stay. Finally a girl could conquer the guys and get better grades after all. But then the excitement died down when the cash award she got from the university was a thousand naira. A thousand naira is a small amount of money in my country, it can hardly even feed a whole family for 2 days.
Students ranted their annoyance over the whole thing as they considered it an insult and not in any way encouraging on the students’ part.
I know I overheard students talking about how unnecessary it was to work hard because at the end of the day, your efforts won’t even be appreciated. And so we have larger number of students preferring to cheat to pass their exams than study to know what exactly they are doing in the university and so we have large number of youth who cannot be employed but not that there isn’t work for them even though aside being employable the leaders who are due for retirement refuse to let the younger generation take over from them.
And so, they remain employed by hook or crook. And it appears the youths are really doing nothing at all to alter the situation at hand.
Do I blame youths for preferring to dupe their fellow citizens in order to earn a living to living out their dreams.
The other day at home, my mum got a message from an unknown number requesting her to send her bank verification number for a correction in her bank details. She called me from the hallway to come take a look. I laughed as soon as I saw the text because I knew it was obviously from the hungry boys around. They send messages at intervals to telephone lines claiming to be bank officials and requesting for an information necessary for withdrawal of money in their to-be prey’s bank account.
I laughed the moment I saw that text, of course I didn’t tell Nigeria to be technologically backward or did I ?.
We just cannot automatically be a strong nation with so many ill minds lying around. And then, these ill minds are supposed to be the leaders of tomorrow. And I wonder what happened to them. Did they not grow up like the rest of us with great ambitions and aspirations for the future. So why have they allowed life to twist them like that.
And I came to the conclusion that these youths are weak and feeble minded. Unable to chase their dreams and finally achieve it perhaps as a result of fear of uncertainty about what the future holds for them, they resort to the easy way.
There’s this saying I saw on my friend’s timeline that says ‘So many persons miss opportunities because it comes all dressed up in overall and looking like work’. If we can have youths who know they have a cause to fight for and stay true to it. The society sets a standard and lets you think you might not be able to achieve it if you are not up to a certain age.
Only old men are qualified to contest in the elections. Is that?
You know, I never knew how so bad cowardice was until I saw my friend turning to one . if you have a dream, live it. Let your voice be heard. The other day at a function, I tried to stop my little brother from calling out to our uncle who was afar off but he wouldn’t consent. He was determined to let my uncle see him and because he’s quite much younger than I am he was able to let loose of my grip to find his way through to my uncle.
What is a strong nation without productivity. I think, maybe a weak nation rather. A nation who has refused to use the resources made available to her by nature for its advancement and development. The youths are full of vigor , ideas and exudes so much intelligence than the older generation. My friend in school says its because they are not yet under the influence of wear and tear.
I wouldn’t know about that anyway. Productivity comes with yielding effective positive results in a particular area of something. And so I love singing, I could sing some song that’ll inspire someone about his or her dream and this dream could be beneficial to the country’s economy.
My younger sister is fascinated with machines and she talks too much about making an invention that will shake the world. Well, we all have to wait and see what her brain will give result to in perhaps no distance time if she stays true to her dream and work towards actualizing that dream. It is important we know that productivity cannot come without work. We all have to work hard in what we’re called to do.
Here in my country; Nigeria , everyone wants to work in an oil firm because we feel it pays more than all the other sectors. But then, one thing that worries me so much is that despite churning out thousands of young graduates every year for that particular sector of the economy, we still cannot effectively handle our firms without the aid of foreign expatriates. And so I wonder what these young ones are taught in school or perhaps they have done with their time as the case may be.
I remember dad telling me during my childhood years that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. If I have decided to practice petroleum engineering upon completion of my studies in the university then I should study earnestly while in school regardless of how our economy is so that at the end of my stay in school and upon resumption of work I’ll have something to offer from the knowledge I’ve gained the previous years in school.
If we can all be productive in our pursuit for success in different positive areas of our lives, then we’ll have less issues on our hands than we would on reverse.
The world still sees Africa as underdeveloped today because perhaps in the real sense of it, we still are.
I am a Nigerian youth, a voice that must be heard, and I pray Nigerian youths , African youths see this.
You are young, you area youth, you can do a lot, you have lot of intellectuals lying inside of you. The world could benefit from your ideas, we could move further with your ideas. Don’t be scared of the future, live your dreams!
Nwachukwu Adaeze Victory
NWACHUKWU ADAEZE VICTORY
A THIRD YEAR STUDENT OF POLYMER AND TEXTILE ENGINEERING AT THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI. BORN IN IMO STATE NIGERIA ON 16TH NOVEMBER 1996
THE SECOND OF TWO CHILDREN. LIVES IN OWERRI IMO STATE NIGERIA. LOVES WRITING, SINGING AND MAKING RESEARCH.
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