Since the advent of technology, there has been an upsurge in the increase of innovation with various mobile phones in display, automobiles, and with the production of various mobile applications that we all have been benefiting from. We can all attest to the fact that with our mobile phones in our hands, we can travel round the whole globe with ease, thanks to Google map. It is interesting to know that while some persons were busy building the internet, some other were busy thinking of the mobile phones and another set were busy thinking of how they can supply users with application that can make life easier and fun. These combinations can only be possible when people are creatively thinking.
Once again, I would want to say that I am a beneficiary of this social media age. I met with a cousin that I have never known before from birth all because of Mark Zukerberg thought of creating facebook. This platform has united businesses, friends and families together irrespective of their geographical location. This is one road map that technology has brought to the inhabitant of planet earth.
As I daily ponder over this road map that I have been a beneficiary of, then comes this unanswered question in my mind. Where is the road map for my country Nigeria? Nigeria has been addressed by several people and also seen as the giant of Africa but it beats my imagination to say that a country of over 160m million people do not have a roadmap. If truly we do not have a road map, how then can we achieve our desire, or even think of any innovation that will meet to the demand of the human race. I have spent over 30 years living as a citizen of the most populous black nation in the world but I cannot point to one successful road map that I have benefited from or seen in operation. Since my country has not been able to create one road map, so what could be wrong? Is it that my country and the entire black continent are missing out from the innovative space or that we are not ready yet to build our own road map?
Deep within my heart, I know that we should have gotten a road map but some persons believe that her citizenry do not deserve it.
Months ago, British prime minister made a statement that Nigeria is fantastically corrupt and most Nigeria reacted to that statement. I kept quiet analyzing the two words “fantastically corrupt” in his speech coming to a conclusion that he is not far from the truth though corruption is synonymous to the world. Sorry did I say corruption? Yes… corruption.
My findings from Wikipedia said that corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities like bribery and embezzlement. The word corrupt when used as an adjective literally means “utterly broken”. The word was first used by Aristotle and later by Cicero who added the terms bribe and abandonment of good habit. Stephen D. Morris, a professor of politics, writes that (political) corruption is the illegitimate use of public power to benefit a private interest. I also came across this same word being used in the most populous book in the world, the bible. In the King James Version of Gen 6:5, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” In the Amplified version, wickedness was also seen as Depravity, which can also be called corruption. The oxford dictionary also defines corruption as dishonest or illegal behavior, especially of people in authority; it is also the act or effect of making somebody change from moral to immoral standards of behavior.
If we are to marry this to the Nigeria context, what will be your judgment?
The aroma from a tasty meal is an indication that there has been an addition of various ingredients into the cooking pot.
This is the irony of my country Nigeria. Greed, wickedness, lies, evil imagination, dishonesty etc are all the root of corruption. So many consciences has been seared that men loot government and public funds for their personal use without a rethink. The level of avaricious in the country is on the increase and it is directly killing the creativity of the country. A greedy man is always afraid of lack because his mind is not geared towards innovative concept that can benefit humanity, so he results into grabbing whatsoever comes his way.
Psychology has made us to understand that heredity and environment shape man’s behavior, though at birth, the child has no self. He acquires the self (personality) through learning and adaptation in the environment. This avaricious men are consciously building a dependent mind into the environment, so that when a child is conceive, he/she sub-consciously accepts this trend of dependency.
Come to think of it, I won’t be wrong to say that it is a deliberate act by the government to stifle the educational system of Nigeria b not improving on the curriculum that we have been used to in our citadel of knowledge. I believe education is meant to broaden ones intellect rather than to make one to be so dependent on a certificate. Is it a crime if our schools are involved in researches, building up innovative product with the aid of technology that we all can benefit from? Could it also be a deliberate act by this same people to send their children abroad for a better education and then live her citizen with poor education so that in future they will hand over power to their children to continue from where they have stopped? I have several questions to ask but who is going to give me the desired answer. No country has ever progress scientifically without investing in education. If they can manipulate the educational system, then they can successfully control the citizen. That is why so many graduates in Nigeria only think of how they can improve on the curriculum vitae but never think of how they can be provide jobs for themselves and others.
Oppression and injustice is thriving so fast more than a 4G wireless network because of lack of knowledge and sound education. A country that is filled with greed, wickedness, lies, evil imagination, dishonesty, legal hassle and crime cannot be able to attach importance to education. A society that is filled with illiteracy will always be prone to violence as we have seen in the various pre and post elections violence and some ethnic violence.
Education and creative thinking has been the tool for development in various countries and I don’t think that it is wrong if Nigeria follow suit. Positive creative thinking should be a culture that we must embrace as Nigerians if we truly want to experience any form of development rather than dwelling our thoughts on greed and evil imagination which will only increase the level of darkness in the country.
Crude oil was meant to be a blessing to us if only we can think properly that if this product wasn’t converted by some creative minds into aviation fuel, petrol, kerosene etc. What would we have done with this CRUDE?
Let us arise as a nation and think of how we can build our own road map.