Opinion: Holding Mirror Against Ourselves – By Baba-Bala Katsina
While the Tony Elumelus are out there building people especially the youth across Africa; helping them with whatever they need to grow as responsible human beings, most big people in Arewa amass billions of naira but with little or no impact to show in their immediate communities. They are pleased to float the wealth amid the impoverished lot.
This is a lesson for the Arewa youth: go out there and take charge of your future, nobody is interested or ready to help you build one. If you’re waiting for someone to help you grow in whatever capacity, you’re in for disappointment. Use any capital you have; intellectual skill, craft or anything legitimate that can put food on your table.
As a demographic entity, you should devise a means to survive in this time of uncertainty. Cooperation among you can go along way. You can gather like-minded people and develop a HUB of a sort on some agreed terms.
This will make you do away with envy that ruins your capacities daily, and instead develop some sense of altruism. The envy culture arises because we fight over limited opportunities.
There are a lot of opportunities in the market; wider and more lucrative than one can find in the Power Houses. That’s the way to go.
But don’t work to earn money in order to show-off among your friends; work rather to build brands, communities and institutions. Leave a legacy that the world would be proud of. That’s what the Tony Elumelus are doing.
There is no way one can avoid reality catching up with him. It’s a cancer that knows no cure. But if inspite of it, the reality, hitting you hard in the face, you still prefer to live under any illusion, you will regret it later in life.
Tsangayar Malam Dan Malam