ORATORY BATTLE 2017
I happened to be at Cihcotel Classique Hotel Awka, Anambra State for the National Youth Oratory Battle on Monday, 1st of May 2017. I didn’t know who the organizers or the sponsors were neither did I know what the gathering was all about but there were key figures there.
What I noticed when the Oratory battle or should I call it debate started was that all the Orators where talking about Nigeria been an entrepreneur hub or not. All the orators were good, some were rigid with their points, and others were not so sure where they stood on the matter.
At first I wasn’t really interested with all their talks until one of the orators amazed me and kept me transfixed. I paid rapt attention till the last orator talked and some of the Professors in our universities gave their views on the same topic.
One of the professors said something that got my attention; she said that Nigeria has what it takes for everybody to be a successful entrepreneur. That is true. She also went ahead to blame the youths for their lazy attitude towards entrepreneurship in their very society. She heaped the blame on the youths and talked about our “runs” girls, she said that during their time, prostitution was for a purpose, those that did it in their time did it because they had no way out but today our girls do it just to have the most expensive phones, nice and flashy dresses, and to slay on social networks.
Now am not saying she is right or wrong. My view on this issue is that she is forgetting something vital. She is forgetting the fact that most of our youths are not entrepreneurs and cannot tell their right from left courtesy of our Lecturers and Professors. It is all their fault and the fault of the ones before them.
They teach youths the theory of it all, they don’t teach them the practical, and they don’t teach them how to make money. They are not taught on how to fend for themselves. All our youths do is; worry about exams that they would probably forget about all they studied before the next semester, carry-overs, extorting money from their parents for those that have rich parents, betting on bet9ja, merrybet and the likes. Lecturers make them suffer, yes suffer. They make them go through thick and thin, through all the stress just for a certificate. After that what next? You see our youths don’t just know what to do after that but some do. When they don’t get a job after getting that certificate, the years after that is heavens knows what.
They have made our youths people who are always waiting for someone to help them or tell them what to do because that’s all our professors do, tell them what to do.
Inside that very hall for the oratory battle, students, our youths were very hungry, they couldn’t even afford to buy victuals for themselves, or should I say they didn’t want to, they were still waiting for biscuits and caprisonnes from the organisers, unfortunately for them, there was no caprisonne. I could bet that 70% of them were so hungry, it was inscribed on their foreheads with invisible marks. Who will spend their monies on people like these?
People talk about how Nigeria, now it’s not just Nigeria but the world squander money on things that are irrelevant take for an example the most controversial television show; Big brother Nigeria, Big Brother Africa, MTN Project Fame, and the rest of them that have nothing to do with “education” education is in quote because they believe that anything educative must be shown on television by people like professors. People are always talking about them, talking about how useless it is for them to spend such huge amount of money on these things instead of spending it on the youths or on the educational sectors. Clap for yourself, they won’t not today not tomorrow or the day after it.
A real business tycoon cannot spend money on the youths or educational sector knowing fully well that the youths have no need for it. They will always look out for those who have something of worth to offer to the society, who know where they are heading to and what they want. They always invest in entrepreneurs who start up no matter how hard it is.
The debate was all about if Nigeria was an entrepreneur hub or not but I didn’t see any entrepreneur speaking on it. Most Youths blame Nigeria for their flaws but the truth remains the same no matter how long they point their fingers on Nigeria and speak against her, blaming her for their shortcomings, Nigeria will still be the giant of Africa. The whole world will still know it as an entrepreneur hub of West Africa. Our blames won’t change a thing about it.
No matter what, there are a lot of youths that are making it as entrepreneurs in their different fields. They are all there, they are fighting, working hard and having sleepless night just so that they won’t have to wait on Nigeria to hire them but to take on Nigeria.