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A Millionaire At 29, That's Five Years Too Late!

Posted on Wed 15th Aug, 2012 - --- (59 comments)

The title above is a catchy advertising statement that keeps getting my attention in several parts of the city where I live. Each time I see the caption, I ask myself if Nigeria, as it is presently, can actually produce a millionaire at 29 as boldly stated by the advert. As an undergraduate studying Law in a Nigerian university, my dad had a solid piece of advice for me; he would say, 'Suffer for five years and enjoy forever.' He said this to motivate me to work very hard at my studies, get good grades and graduate with a First Class or a Second Class Upper Division.

He reckoned that whatever inconvenience one had to endure during one's sojourn as an undergraduate should be borne gallantly, as such inconvenience would be greatly compensated when one graduates with a First Class or Second Class upper division, and thereafter gets rewarded by being gainfully employed, and ultimately enjoys the good things of life. He was convinced that a good university grade was a 'harbinger' of the good life the gospel of which he preached to me. I believed him because he meant well.

And 'suffer' I did, like most students in Nigerian tertiary institutions, where electricity outage was (is) a norm. I literally burnt candles, attended lectures in overcrowded lecture theatres, copied my notes, did my assignments, bought lecturers' handouts and textbooks at exorbitant prices. In fact, I did everything a good student should do, and what I had to show for it five years after was a very hard-earned second-class upper degree, and a pair of recommended glasses that cannot be done without. My degree certificate, and subsequently my call to Bar certificate, were supposed to be my key to wealth and prosperity, or at the barest minimum, my key to the good life.

Now, five years after graduation and almost four years after being called to the Nigerian Bar, I have yet to 'enjoy' as my dad promised. This is not just my story; it is the story of many Nigerian youths. A lot of them, brilliant, smart, hard working and ambitious, whose only crime was being born in a society governed by extremely corrupt and selfish leaders. Leaders whose selfish and corrupt acts have not only weakened our institutions, but are threatening to destroy whatever good we have left.

Many Nigerian youths at some point, had lofty dreams and aspirations such as conquering the information technology world, or becoming the next Bill Gates, or being 'somebody' or doing 'something' that would affect the world and perhaps put 'them' and their country in the eyes of the world for a positive reason. But, like a friend once wrote on her Facebook page recently, as you grow older, life becomes less about achieving your dreams and more about making your dreams fit into reality because the Nigerian society appears not to be very dream-friendly in terms of helping her youths and the entire citizenry aspire to become the very best they can be.

Speaking of Facebook, which a Nigerian minister (who should have known better, with regard to the nature of his office) graciously thanked our President for bringing to our country. One wonders if this minister ever knew that Mark Zuckerberg, one of the four co-founders of the social network site used by almost every internet savvy and not so savvy person in the world, launched the site as a 20-year-old Harvard undergraduate. Presently, not only is Zuckerberg one of the richest young people in the world, thanks to him, social networking has taken on a whole new meaning and a new place in the state of affairs of today's world.

Today, we wonder what a 20-year-old Nigerian can create. The question we should ask ourselves is, were Zuckerberg a Nigerian, (emphasis on born and bred, not American or British trained) would he have founded Facebook? Does the Nigerian society as it is have the capacity to develop geniuses? From all indications, particularly from our decayed educational system and the structural Nigerian system generally, it appears to me that the Nigerian society 'kills' geniuses rather than creates a viable environment to promote innovation and enterprise.

I attended the last convocation ceremony of the University of Lagos where the overall best graduating student was a mechanical engineering student. Today, I hear he works in a bank in Lagos. If true, how sad! How pathetic! In a sane society, the lad would have been whisked off by the government or some top engineering firm, his intellect would be have been prodded, his mind pushed until the genius in him comes to fore.

The just concluded 2012 London Olympics is a case in point too. The abysmal performance of Nigerian athletes has very little to do with the absence of talent or skill but more to do with institutional deficiencies in sport, training and development in the country.

The sad truth is that Nigerian youths are working very hard but are barely getting by. What makes the situation sadder and more pitiful is the constant and the seemingly endless reports of corrupt leaders, top government officials, supposedly senior citizens, siphoning public funds brazenly and getting away with it while Nigerian youths watch helplessly as their future is taken out of their reach.

In Nigeria, it is commonplace to find many young people between the ages of 25 and 30 years still living with their parents or older relatives, still dependent one way or the other, not by choice but by circumstance. This ought not to be! It is the young that should take care of the old and not vice –versa. It is very frustrating and psychologically debilitating for young people going through this phase.

Ideally, in a society that has done its work and paid its dues in bringing up her youths, a 25-30 year-old man or woman should be completely independent of his or her parents or relatives in every sense and should at that age start giving back to the society. This is, sadly, not so in Nigeria; there is nothing normal about this situation and it should not be accepted! Just as a parent of a five-year-old child who still crawls and fails to walk should be alarmed and worried, our leaders should be worried, if at that age the majority of our youths have not attained full financial responsibility and are still being catered for like teenagers or children. This is really sad and portends great danger for the future of our country.

Beyond the failed political leadership and poor economic situation that have plagued our country and contributed to the pitiful plight of Nigerian youths, it seems that the society is configured to regard young people as incompetent and incapable. A little while ago, a serving youth corps member at the National Assembly in an article in a national newspaper wrote that youth corps members serving in the National Assembly were reduced to mere errand boys to carry out menial assignments like serving tea and kola nuts to the lawmakers. If true, how derogatory and demeaning! What a waste of young active minds and talents! It is time our leaders realised that young people in the right environment, with the right motivation and the right education can effectively hold positions of leadership and execute projects brilliantly. One does not have to be 50 years old before one becomes a CEO; a 28-year-old CEO can do just fine! And a 30-year-old senator can do just fine too, after all, what good have our older politicians and leaders done?

In reality, becoming a millionaire at the age of 24 in Nigeria without making recourse to 'yahoo yahoo' (Nigerian acronym for internet fraud), pilfering funds, or being used as a political thug or winning the grand prize in the Big Brother Africa or any other reality TV shows or becoming a pop star or sportsman, is a near impossibility.

It is possible to become a millionaire at the age of 24 legitimately (as Mark has shown us), in a society that is engineered to encourage and reward hard work. Truthfully, Nigeria is not that society yet and until Nigeria becomes that society, corporate organisations and advertising agencies need to be very mindful of the messages behind their advertisements. It is my humble submission that, to put up an advertisement with an inscription that reads 'a millionaire at 29, that's 5years too late' to promote a product that is largely patronised by young people in Nigeria, is to throw existing realities into the bin in the name of creativity.

Source: Written by Izere Imosemi, a partner in the law firm of Fieldings and Grey Solicitors, Lagos.


Comments (59)

No. 1
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 06:42:35 GMT by Emma

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause, guide our leaders right, help our youth the truth to know... Amen
No. 2
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 07:12:48 GMT by Frank

We hope 4 change n dis is it weldone.
No. 3
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 07:34:58 GMT by Jud

Its so so sad.
Even if our leaders are stealing public funds, they should invest it in Nigeria instead of taking it to buy hotels and other properties in dubai,usa etc.
If the invest the funds here in Nigeria, it would create create employment, reduce crime rate, improve our economy, bring in more foreign investors and all will be well with Nigerians.
By the time every Nigerian is living comfortably, lesser number of youths would be used as political tugs or engage in criminal activites.
By the time every Nigerian is living comfortably, people won't collect bribe to vote for corrupt politician or cover there bad deeds.
Youths are the leader of tommorow, but the Nigerian leaders are not providing a good environment for the youths to survive.
No. 4
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 07:37:25 GMT by Fidelix Adoye

Though I heard a Multinational company used this headind but I still do not know which one, so please do well to reply me with the particular one. Do not know U but U have done a great of trully exposing our plights as youth of a country we would want to call the greatest be proud of being its citizen. I rap abt this in my music and people ask me if am planning to be the next Fela, so U c dat no body wants to talk about the situation. Expecting ur reply
No. 5
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 07:52:09 GMT by ville

i concur with the piece above, i mean not a millionaire at 29 is 4 yrs late, is quite pathetic. the youths are already under pressure and this slogan justs adds more to them. besides do we xpect them to steal, do they have the space to be creatuive and resorceful? while the leaders are doing what they think,a lot of youths are just trying to survive till the next day.

Izere, your apt description of what you went through to get the degree you have reminds me of the same while in school but sadly today, not every youth toes the line as they just want to get to the top quickly and of course some get to crash horribly. be it as it may be, i hope the youth try to keep their heads above water and aim for their zenith regardless of the daily challenges that they face.

Cheers all!
No. 6
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 08:03:39 GMT by Emesim Raphael

I think what we need is divine intervention. Only God can solve the situation at hand.
No. 7
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 08:25:22 GMT by Mr. Dee

A brilliant piece.
No. 8
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 12:50:37 GMT by bonex

well, all being said, may God have mercy on the Nigerian youths, amen
No. 9
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 13:34:32 GMT by Mr.Kelvin

''The youths are leaders of tommorrow but tommorrow never come,Nigerian graduates are not employable,Nigerian youths are naturally lazy,they don't want to work but wish to make quick money,they are not creative and they don't think outside the box, Nigerian Youths are.........'' These are some of the deragatory words our so-called leaders and politicians uses in any given opportunity in describing the Nigerian youth. I have said it on saveral forum that the day the Nigerian youths will take there destiny on their hands and not just wait for a miracle to happen that will be the end of their sufferings.History have shown that you can't get the desired change of direction and wantom neglect of the Youths by our so-called Leaders by wishful thought except there is a radacal reaction from the youths in Nigeria. Our leaders and politicians deceived the youths to believe they are the future leaders.They are quick to use religious bodies to make us believe that it is wrong to fight for our right,so we should continue to pray for a miracle which never come execpt we act now.Ghana,South Africa,Britain,the USA,Russia,Japan,Libya,Egypt etc don't joke with their youths.NIGERIAN YOUTHS wake up from your slumber.
No. 10
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 14:59:29 GMT by Bowale

Ure a well branded nigerian and ur mind is very sharp. God bless u for this article, u know exactly what is happening in ut environment and that shows how sensitive ure to ur immediate world
No. 11
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 15:50:58 GMT by Ayobami

How I wish that our so called leaders can be thinking like this. You did a good job. THREE gbosa for you. Gbosa Gbosa Gbosa.
No. 12
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 15:53:59 GMT by Vii

Mr Kelvin,I believe you are not a Nigerian Youth. But if you are,then you are a typical lazy man. Do you expect Nigerian youths to exhorst themselves before you believe they're working. What happens when one does his best and still do not see the effect of his work. When a graduate comes out with his certificate,his knowledge and initiatives,but with no resources to bring the initiatives to effect. There is no job opportunity too. Please,kindly tell me what you expect such a youth to do. May God help us in our plight.
No. 13
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 16:22:58 GMT by Adetunji

I am happy that this discussion is coming out here...
I wish to state here that an average Nigerian youth cannot feed himself on a 1-0-1 basis per day and we are saying we have government. A government that created two channels of producing graduates and still differenciate between them that one is employable while the other is not. In countries like Ghana, USA, UK, South-Africa, there is no disparity between Polytechnic graduates and University graduates. They all have equal opportunities. I stand to be corrected here that very soon, Nigerian Certificates (both Degree and HND) will no longer be relevant but you must possess an overseas certificate before being considered for employment, even in our own Nigeria.
Nigerian graduates who were able to sponsor themselves in school and by the time he graduated has gone beyond the age of 30, has no hope until he has considerable experience, where will he get it? Will he get experience in the GRAVE?
A Nigerian youth who is able to take care of himself (and somehow, some members of his family) is either a celebrity, born with silver-spoon, sportsman.
Until there is a genuine and agitative call for REVOLUTION in this country, NIGERIA, we are still going to be discussing this issues in a forum like thins and NOTHING will still change.
like my friend posted on his facebook wall "if you look yourself in the mirror and you cannot say right away that you are happy, then its time to change this".

Nigerian youths, its time for CHANGE.
Gbadebo Adetunji Felix
Unemployed Nigerian Chemical Engineering Graduate
No. 14
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 16:37:28 GMT by Mr.Kelvin

@Vii pls take your time to read my post before you comment on it.I quote what our leaders and policians say about our youth nt my perception.
No. 15
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 22:52:27 GMT by bitter truth

Enough of this discussion, action speaks better than word. When is the revolution going to start? I believe it is time,
No. 16
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 22:53:39 GMT by bitter truth

Enough of this discussion, action speaks better than word. When is the revolution going to start? I believe it is time,
No. 17
Posted on Thu 16th Aug, 2012 22:55:07 GMT by bitter truth

No. 18
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 08:51:30 GMT by M

very true, creative writing and a reality we live in
No. 19
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 08:53:06 GMT by Julian

A master piece.
No. 20
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 08:57:18 GMT by Nenye

That's a very wonderful piece. I always laugh when I see that advert and wonder who came up with that concept. The fact still remains that we(the youth) are still the cause of our problems, because even after talking about the actions of our leaders, we still succumb to the temptations of those indiscipline that brought this far backward. I believe that things will change when those politicians will call the youths for their selfish reasons and they will refuse to be used!They need to start using technology to broadcast everything that happens. They need to start recording things and reporting people. post pictures and write to some higher authorities. When we start doing this, the corrupt leaders will start looking for ways to remove themselves from shame. I believe we have to do our bit and that way God can help us. Remember, the bible says that Faith without Good works is dead in itself.
No. 21
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 09:05:41 GMT by vic

Well the truth has been said, but revolution is not ripe in Nigeria. We are all hypocrates in religion, cowards in politics, illetrate in education. The writer of this article has done a great job in thinking but there are facts on ground. We do not speak the same language in this country there is no how we can achieve same goal. Tower of Babillon is a case study. And corruption is in our legislative arm, Judiciary arm & Executive arm of government. Now where do u want revolution to beggin and channel to. See it is stay & look situation. When a radical leader comes out for leadership we won't vote for such, rather we vote with subjective parameters. As for me the Nation need over hauling. People need to speakout.
No. 22
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 09:13:24 GMT by Oladimeji Samuel

This is a briliant work! But i think Bitter truth is ryt, dis is time 2 act.
No. 23
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 09:28:20 GMT by Osy

As 'bitter truth' put it, when and where is the revolution happening? By the way, the piece was simply 'maestrolific', if there ever was such a word. And to you, too, Mr. Kevin.
No. 24
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 11:04:05 GMT by Titilola

I entered OOU filled with dreams, i finished my diploma with a GP above 4. despite having a missing script, we were just 4 that had such GP, I still had to settle my way in other to get an admission to 200 level, I wanted Computer engineering, i was able to get computer science, i am brilliant but i was just unfortunate to be born a Nigerian, I should be proud of my lecturers instead i hate them with deep passion, they impacted nothing into me but corruption, but my determination to be successfull was greater than them, i still end up as a successfull developer with a soul that refused to be corrupted. But i still ask myself, when will all this stop, will my generations unborn pass through this challenges and issues that refused to change, what will the next Nigeria @ 100 be like, but trust me, i am sure we will all pay for it because we all stood there and watch this country rut without doing anything. We just watch and pray and nothing changes, the same people that rule my grandfather, my father are still ruling but i will be damned if they rule my kids.
No. 25
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 12:19:49 GMT by Sebco

Very succinct and brilliant piece from the writer. This the very reality of our Nigeria today. It is indeed very sad and disheartening. May i caution commentator Mr Vii criticizing Mr Kelvin's comments. Mr Vii, Mr Kelvin is entitled to his comments and if u really do take your time to read it you would understand where Mr Kelvin is coming from. Both of your comments are on point. Nigeria today is a sunk ship of all the negative things a nation not ought to made of. Everything seems to have failed to make sense talk less of working. What a monumental shame of unquantifiable proportions we are.
No. 26
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 12:24:21 GMT by Isaac

now i can see the reasons clearly why GOD has reserved judgement day for great punishments. the wicked of Nigerian leaders have come to the full!
No. 27
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 12:54:02 GMT by Tom

"Youths are leaders of tomorrow" so they say, but that isn't the case in Nigeria. I can name names of those who have been in government before I was born who still rule that country even now that I am 35 yrs of age. How do you expect things to change for good? The truth is that they all know what is right to do, but just can't be bothered or asked to do them. I wish we can revolve and fight our way to freedom from the corrupt idiots we have in government, just that so many want change but can't stand for what they believe is right. The people of UK fought their freedom reading through their history, lifes where lost but they got what they wanted. The same applies in USA, and other developed countries in the world. I don't see that happening in Nigeria because most people now see suffering as a way of life. Boko aram could have lead the way for good fight but they seems to be fighting for no course. God help Nigeria.
No. 28
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 15:29:39 GMT by Raymond

Wen d revolution go happen? I hate story wt passion. Let us act! Call this number; 08037963265
No. 29
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 15:33:13 GMT by Raymond

If una ready, na my number be this; 08037963265 we must fight for our right 4 tins to change.
No. 30
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 17:22:55 GMT by smo

Revolution is not the only way out. Nigerian youth! It is time to speak out with one voice against corrupt and mindless leaders, but if they will not listen to the collective voice of the so called "leaders of tomorrow", then revolution is inevitable. What modalities are we adopting?...
No. 31
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 18:27:00 GMT by Mr .Fidelix

A radical revolution is what we actually need to free ourselves as youths and also our country from this political oppression and neo-slavery that our rulers ( not leaders) have put us. The more reason why we should revolt is 'cos we as Nigerian youths have allowed our minds be bought by the intrinsic corruption our Elders have pushed us into, so I say remove the bad eggs from government by revolution and subsequent ones will desist from corrupt practices.
No. 32
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 19:02:51 GMT by Abdul

I must say nice write up that advert always struck me too, but we as youth can still make do with ourselves and not depend on the economy. Am into network marketing and am sure am on my way to being a millionaire before even 25 and I believe its a fantastic model that can make anyone rich so long as you don't go around selling products like most people do, and for anyone whose interested can always send me a mail on or call 08098160909.
No. 33
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 19:32:04 GMT by Mr larry

Going through your article,it is pathetic in a country where the richer become richer and poor become poorer,where all what our government know is propaganda.All the government ministries are unemployable.Is it possible to become a millionaire in nigeria even at the age of 40?Let us forget about the disparity between HND and Bsc,I have seen many graduate with 2nd class upper that are still looking for job,not to talk of HND distinctions.Our leaders have fail us in respective of the political they belong to,corruption is everywhere.A revolution is a must.
No. 34
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 20:40:01 GMT by efe

Each day that passes by,is always given a consideration on how to survive by many Nigerian youths including myself but people have said more than enough to right the wrongs in our government but the leaders would never give a listening ear to such issues that will not benefit them. As youths who holds the future of tomorrow, i'd suggest that
No. 35
Posted on Fri 17th Aug, 2012 20:48:53 GMT by efe

Each day that passes by,is always given a consideration on how to survive by many Nigerian youths including myself but people have said more than enough to right the wrongs in our government but the leaders would never give a listening ear to such issues that will not benefit them. As youths who holds the future of tomorrow, i'd suggest that whatever you think you have passion for and love doing so much, please just get it started and even if it requires capital to get it started, start with the little you have as you know that nothing good comes easy and the beginning is always rough but before you know it,in the nearest future, definitely an inspiring story to motivate people would you have to tell!
No. 36
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 00:35:25 GMT by BT

Over 85,000 candidates applied in the ongoing recruitment exercise of NIMASA. Only 2,500 are called for interview. What happens to the remaining 82,500?
By November, another 60,000+ will be turned out by NYSC.
What is the fate of Nigerian youths? Let's wake from our slumber.!!!
No. 37
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 05:22:42 GMT by shepha

great article,let file out in mass to protest,match to national n time to be communicated,n we nid to write to security agencies dat we are nigerian youth,gradtate n undegraduate,express our mind.hear is my number 07087919947
No. 38
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 06:03:41 GMT by francis

A well researched article that actually potrays the true Nigerian scenario. Sometimes companies go out of their ways to create utopian models. It should be noted that idealism and realism are two different concepts. the world of the student is often times filled with idealistic tendencies, but when he/she comes out of school, the realistic world presents itself. Be that as it may, the entire blame may not go to the government alone. Bill gates or founders of the facebook did not solely rely on the government of their country to get what they want. Here in Nigeria, most of us are lazy, do not want to struggle and get what we want, and prefer to lead a luxury out of nothing. You are very lucky to have a father that gave you that wise councelling and today, you are living by it. Remember that nothing good comes easy.
No. 39
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 10:17:39 GMT by Chigozie Ifeoma Nwagbara

Oh yes! i am so delighted that my fellow lawyer is saying this. You got it all right. This country is known for killing the dreams of young people. I have suffered it severally as a young author, but with determination and God's special grace,i have refused to throw my talent away to the refuse bin as a young author.Hence, i make my own impact in my little ways as a lawyer, adviser, author, publisher and an online/internet commentator, and i have refused to be poverty stricken the way some enemies want it. Nigeria is a society that sees the progress of her youths as unacceptable, when they are not God. My consolation is that even though i have been severally tortured and cried severally over my talents, God will surely deal with those who put me through hell for developing my dreams and talents which he gave me. However, i thank God for giving me the courage and true spirit never to give up in bad times despite all pressures and obstacles to hold me back. I continued with my burning desire to go through all the hell it takes to write down my name in history as a nigerian law author. Before i could get to this point where my name became known, i have really had to suffer, get tortured, cry , go through some hardship, and at the end, i can now smile because this nigerian society with some enemies of progress both old and even some few young people have come to find me as an 'i shant gree person' who has refused to let her dreams get killed.

As per the engineering first class guy working in the bank, it aint so bad if he is not in the marketing department where the bank will expect him to go through whatever it takes to bring in funds. I worked in afribank (now mainstreet)for some two years and was in the marketing dept where the bank does not care even if i turned myself into a prostitute, just to raise funds.I did what i could do in my capacity as a decent person, but the bank still found faults here and there and laid me off. I didnt care. what pained me was was simply the fact that i felt my name was tarnished since i committed no offence and no reason was given by the bank for laying me off, and the bank should have given me the option of resigning honourably. My good name is paramount to me than dillions of money.however, i got better off financially despite forex companies owing me most of my salaries/monies that i earned till date in form of investments with them. They will pay my monies cos i am optimistic about that. But then, i can now use monies i earned while in the bank to produce better quality of books which i authored. Hence, having left the bank, i went back to what i love doing best - writing and research/publishing, and here i am today. The society is adverse to my progress as a young author, but my 'i can do it spirit and never giving up' has really kept me going to the chagrin of my adversaries. Yes, if i were based in the united states of America as an author, i would have been so rich from my royalties, but the most important thing is not to go crazy over money, but to insist and ensure that the society does not kill my talent. People can only be remembered by their works when they die, no matter how long they live on earth, and not by mere cash which others may spend disrespectfully when one dies. So,i urge fellow nigerian youths who are talented and gifted to do their best to keep their dreams going, and not let the society write off their dreams or nullify them. Living your dreams is the main achievement,while the monetary/wealth aspect will surely come later.
No. 40
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 10:43:59 GMT by opoola wasiu

Pls, let the freedom fight begin.
But the freedom fighters must be youths who are capable of effecting change or else the fight will be for nothing.
So the question is, are u capable of effecting change?
No. 41
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 19:10:49 GMT by Ade

If people like Tompolo cough the elites & our rulers shiver.maybe we might need his advice on how to survive in present day nigeria. @ BT NIMASA recruitment was strictly for the niger delta region.Less than 10,000 candidates sat for the test.
No. 42
Posted on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 19:45:16 GMT by MISSION

REVOLUTION IS THE KEY.Our rulers are dream killers.BOKO HARAM stop killing the poor masses & concentrate on wicked Nigerian rulers & politicians who took our future from us through the looting our resources & i personally will join you to emancipate the country.
No. 43
Posted on Sun 19th Aug, 2012 05:28:26 GMT by ti

na talk talk talk,is this the first writeup on youth palaver? what actions are been taken or should be taken to bring in a change.? "youth stand up for your rights" how? youths are not ignorant of their plights,but they lack would have the best graduating student of mech. eng. acted after getting his dreams fading away by working for a self centered bank? Answers to such, is what we want to hear.@ ifeoma, you can't keep telling a Nigerian youth "be determined" what comes out from the determination? the probability of it been positive is minimal.@Ifeoma you were only lucky your determination paid off. not everyone would be lucky to have mother luck dine with them.
No. 44
Posted on Sun 19th Aug, 2012 08:40:41 GMT by Omo

Brilliant article.
I stand to tell u, that the fellows who complain about the Govt, should have a re-think. "it will not change". When u get hungry, you will discover your talent and go through the length to harness it. 
1) Make up your mind to always be the best, "in the race of a thousand, there's no price for a 2nd". Especially in Nigeria, you hear?

2) Get a mentor, follow through with him/her. You will minimise mistakes and time spent. Choose wisely.

3) Learn to create jobs, not look for the best jobs. Our parents failed us to teach us that, not their fault, you can't give what u don't have. The guy who wants to own a bank, and the one that wants to work in a bank, can NEVER think the same way. Teach your children to be defined by age 9-12, help them become their dreams, NOT your small dreams as the case of our parents.

4) Nigeria is a potentially rich country if you can discover your niche on time. I started off only 5 years ago, and I am a multi-millionaire, highly sought after by multinationals, why? I think differently. Wish I started earlier.

How many of you that commented on this articles are farmers? My cousin, a chartered accountant, is a Mechanic. Yes! But he has 2 houses in Abuja. And can pay u a bankers salary.

My point is, look for your passion. Enjoy what you do, keep at it. And be patient.
Wish you all God's grace and peace.
No. 45
Posted on Sun 19th Aug, 2012 15:54:36 GMT by Onu

How I wish our leaders can do well to read such an inspiring article, changes may come.
No. 46
Posted on Mon 20th Aug, 2012 07:29:24 GMT by Ayeni O. Julius

What comment do i make again, all has been said, but change is what paramount in this scenario, and change is the only parameter that remain constant. Be that as it may, i can see that Nigeria youth are going somewhere but how soon we get there is what i dont know, and i think, so far the destination is not know yet, let's cultivate individualistic attitude, that is self dependecy, self building and so on. Think of what you can do best and start it wit prayer not minding the take off grant, i belief God will bless it, till the journey and the destination will be clear! This is son of an elder opinion, that always talk in proverb meant for the wise digestion.
No. 47
Posted on Mon 20th Aug, 2012 08:43:40 GMT by Ennychris

Enough Talk.

If you are interested in starting a peaceful revolution, send an email to
No. 48
Posted on Mon 20th Aug, 2012 14:29:52 GMT by Justin C.

I think we shld start from hijacking the Nigeria Maze, so that the National Assembly, Nigeria as an entity &the United Nations will understand the tears of the Nigerian Youths (GRADUATES) that cannot boast of #100 income per day,but wastes thousands of naira searchn for jobs that we cannot get because of the corrupt goverment of our dear country.
No. 49
Posted on Tue 21st Aug, 2012 03:40:55 GMT by Ogunwole A

God bless Nigeria.
No. 50
Posted on Wed 22nd Aug, 2012 13:03:39 GMT by Chibuike Okoye

I have taught of this inspiration and word full of wisdom.........and I came to one conclusion according to what my Bible said..' Is not he that willeth(I would have said that Nigerian youths are willing)....or he that runeth(I would have said that we are still running)....but it is of the Lord that showeth mercy.......that is what Nigerian youths need.

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