Young Nigerians And The Struggle To Become Relevant

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Young Nigerians And The Struggle To Become Relevant

Seriously speaking, the truth is that in the last couple of weeks, my thoughts have been hovering around the Nigerian situation and the hope for the future especially for us, young Nigerians, that are gradually setting themselves up for their future. These thoughts bore the topic I discussed last week. And here I am again this week, still in the same psychological aura that birthed last week’s topic.

On a lighter note, I’m beginning to wonder if I am truly a disc jockey, or maybe I should consider a profession in political or economic analysis. That is if those tags are even real professions in Nigeria. But truthfully, these days, rather than investing my time on my music library and how to increase my proficiency as a disc jockey, it seems that I’ve shifted base, spending more time brooding over the economic downturn bedevilling the country and wondering if we can ever get out of it.

Now, I’ll like to dwell on the issue at hand. I am gradually getting accustomed to life as a young Nigerian youth especially after the NYSC scheme, when you return home, full of life and energy and armed with various lofty ideas that you plan to engage in.

For some, the going is easy, for some, it is going to be tough, while for others, the going will almost be frustrating. That is very certain. I am not trying to be a pessimist or be a ghoul here, but the truth has to be told one way or another.  And as painful and not so pleasant to the ear most truths are, I choose to say them irrespective of who gets hurt and what bolts these truths I am about to say unlock in that innermost part of your heart. I mean that part where you can truly separate truths from lies and facts from mere speculation.

The truths are:

Our educational system is outdated and teaches mostly things that are no longer relevant to the economic, socio cum political existence and survival of everyday people.

We as a people and country depend too much on the government for too many things that they the government are not dreaming of implementing on our behalf.

And most importantly, we the youths depend way too much on white collar jobs or salaried jobs that are almost non-existent and so tough to get. And even if you get lucky enough to secure one, the remuneration is quite meagre when compared to the volume of effort you put in.

And so, these truths go on and on, pervading every sphere of the Nigerian society; from the government to the church, mosque, business place, school, health, electricity, oil and gas, and other aspects of the society. All of the anomalies combine to put a large number of the people in a frenzied and frustrated state.

Against this backdrop, in order to survive this current state of affairs and avoid unnecessary frustrations, particularly us Nigerian youths as we seek relevance and opportunities in our various spheres of interests, we need to look deep within ourselves, recognise our strengths and develop them to the extent that we can boast of making not only financial benefits from these strengths, but also impacting a wider spectrum of people and lives.


Innocent Odikpo
Innocent Odikpo
DJ XL whose real name is Ebuka Innocent Odikpo is a young chap with different sides to his personality. Switching from deejaying to writing, which are his undying passions. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and currently a practising deejay and writer.

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