Friday, October 10, 2014

What Shall We Call this Generation of Nigerian Youths?

 Young Nigerians at an event. Photo Credit: Nigeria Intel

What shall we call this generation of Nigerian youths?
The Yahoo-Yahoo generation?
The Facebook generation, but who hate reading books?
The generation with worsening mass failures in SSSE/WAEC examinations and UME?
The generation of the most unemployable graduates?
The generation with MBA holders who cannot even write a business plan?
The generation of graduates who cannot read and who cannot spell?
As seen even in wrong spellings and grammatical errors of headlines on newspapers, TV and websites like the one saying "who is the hottest" of two Nolywood actresses when even my kid in the kindergarten knows it should "who is hotter". grin
The generation of university students who cannot compose formal letters?
The generation of youths who celebrate mediocrity and their government also makes mediocrity the order of the day from Yenagoa to Abuja and government appointments are now like playing roulette and coincidentally the pockets of the roulette wheel are numbered from 1 to 36, the total number of the states in Nigeria.
The generation of ring tones singers who claim to be musicians, but who cannot read music and chant ditties worse than nursery rhymes.
The generation of youths who prefer cheating and lying and living in denial as their lifestyle.
The generation of youths without conscience and without shame who scramble for political bribes as cheap as mini bags of rice and recharge cards.
The generation of youths who now see getting a job as a miracle; getting a visa is a miracle and getting bursary is a miracle.
The generation of youths with girls who think and work more with their loins than their brains.
The generation of youths who have skills and talents, but prefer handouts all the way from the classroom to the boardroom.
The generation of youths with the largest population of users of mobile phones, tablets and laptops, but lagging behind Kenya in developing tech startups and prefer useless idle chats and gossip to brainstorming on ideas that will reform and transform them.
The generation ruled by herd mentality and marches on to the drumbeats of mediocrity to the chaos of sociopolitical anarchy.

We have within us, from the start, that which will distinguish us from the vulgar herd.
~ Jean Henri Fabre

As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.
~ Hunter S. Thompson
There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.
~ Sean Penn

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.
~ James F. Cooper

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
~ Robert Green Ingersoll


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi",  Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online, author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, The Language of True Love, Bye, Bye Zimbabwe, In the House of Dogs, The Prophet Lied, Diary of the Memory Keeper, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® and other books in print and electronic versions distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books and other booksellers worldwide. He has been a former aide in the publicity department of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur's Presidential Campaign in 1990 and now coordinating the Transform Nigeria Network in the social media.

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