Apathy not an option for Nigeria youths

I can’t believe I was just listening to this tedx talk for the first time today, how embarrassing! Better late than never, I suppose.

Fourteen whole minutes and Mrs Sonaiya touches on issues that most Nigerians can relate and even most importantly is encouraging youths’ to make more demands of our leaders.

At 7:09 – she reiterates how youths can not stay been angry or disinterested in lending our voices to issues that affect us all.

Check out the rap at 10.54 – how cool is that to have a Nigerian first female president that is well-informed.

Mrs Remi Sonaiya was a presidential candidate under Kowa Party during the last general elections. Now that presidential election is over, I hope she will continue with her wonderful work so many of us can get to know more of her better.


8 thoughts on “Apathy not an option for Nigeria youths

  1. Yes, FK you did and thanks for taking the time to reply so quickly.

    I guess what I took away from this is that the youths and other interested groups need to come up with their own agenda (which should be inclusive) and not be distracted/bought off by offers of cash.

    Those who have their hands on the money, should not seek to ‘shine the hands of anyone’ whom they view as an obstacle to their selfish desires.

    Prof Sonaiya, came across as thoughtful and logical, it’s nice to see that.

    Agreed this owambe thing is plain stupidity, maybe one day people will wake up and realise they are being ‘hoodwinked’. Nigeria needs to move beyond the superficial, and get down to root of the many problems.

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  2. Interest talk… I must confess that I didn’t know much about the lady before she popped up as a presidential candidate. My dad use to say “The most ideal persons to govern Nigeria never present themselves for the job because of what it takes to get the job or it will take to get the job done… or when they do offer themselves, they don’t make the cut because they don’t join the band wagon that will get them the job”

    That comes to mind as i hear her talk,

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    1. You are not alone on not knowing her.

      I agree with your Baba agba, it takes courage to stand up to Nigeria political class. The pattern is not encouraging – the smart ones are heartless, see only people in their social class. The dumb ones overused their backside in public debates. The energetic ones are arrogant calling fellow Nigerians ‘you people’

      Notice how she didn’t throw her faith on our face, hence allowing someone like me to focus on the message…

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  3. The talk was interesting and well delivered, but Nigerians are very good at this idealistic speech. The fact of the matter is that what exists on the ground is often overlooked like dishonest business practices be it in establishing a business or building a house or buying land.

    She raised several points that got me thinking.
    1) Nigeria is always teetering on collapse, that is nothing new.
    2) To call for change in Nigeria, change must begin within one’s self. There is no point in fighting for change only to become part of the system you fought so hard against. Maybe the youth, are not interested in that, they only want what’s in it for themselves. I remember Pascal Bafyau being a militant trade unionist, until he was bought over by the government, then his morals simply vanished overnight.
    3) Her daughter raised a good point, the older generation are ducking their responsibility by simply saying ‘the ball is in your court now’, – they too will need to do more than that if a lasting solution is to be arrived at. Messing things up and running off, is not respectable or helpful. They simply portray themselves as part of the problem.
    4) The questions of water, power, crime, bureaucracy – all point to stagnation, these are all questions that were being raised in the 1980s – the situation is even worse now. Has anything been learned?
    5) Why did she leave her job, when the pay had become reasonable? Did she answer the question she raised?
    6) I like the point she raised about being the ‘giant of Africa’, yet being characterised by backwardness and regression. When one thinks about it, that is no basis for claiming to be a giant. It would be better to shut up and work hard at ‘getting one’s house in order’.
    7) As for apathy, well in the case of my relations in Nigeria, they looked around saw the situation and decided to bail out, and moved overseas be it to Europe or North America. I wouldn’t advocate this for the majority, but my point is one must be honest with what one wants and not pretend. The older generations are guilty of this. They pretend to make Nigeria something, when all the time they are busy focusing solely on themselves and their families, and so society as a whole does not move forward.

    I’d like to hear your answers to these questions.

    Thanks in advance FK.

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    1. I know, it is hard to trust any politician in Nigeria, however humility shines through this woman.

      – She says her voluntary retirement was so she could devote more time into politics. For someone who has taught for 30 years and seems to have a supporting family I think that is doable, abi? Hear her here:

      I think many people share your point on the chant for change, and only to get there and become same old – that is true.

      – On the guilty generations; I liked that she did not believe those who put us in misery are capable of rescuing us, that youths must not stay silenced. Older generations are rightly guilty for many reasons but those guys don’t care as you can see and yet they managed to entice youths with cash and stay relevant while youths are attacking one another defending shameless ‘elders.’

      I suppose Mrs Sonaiya was trying to get youths to reason but it is unfortunate that hungry kids only sees rile/amala.

      Also in this youtube link, she talked about how election campaign is largely about deep pocket, and that some of this is spent on things that add no value to people’s lives i.e aso ebi/uniform – I think this area is crucial especially for women in politics, it is such a shame that many energetic youths whose voices are needed on important issues are tasked to run around looking for clothes/jewelries for campaigns.
      As trivial as this is, I know if Owambe/aso ebi is removed from Nigeria election campaigns, I would be very happy as it is a degrading tasks for women politicians but they are too preoccupied they can’t see it.

      Did I answer your questions a little?


        1. No worries jco. I read and acknowledged with ‘like’

          Good point re youths and interested group coming up with inclusive agenda – here is where youths need to be realistic and let go of sectional sentiment that benefits no one. Fingers crossed.


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