Chinua Achebe in his book “The trouble with Nigeria” said “We have lost the twentieth century; are we bent on seeing that our children also lose the twenty-First? God Forbid! ” underscoring the importance of civic engagement of the youths in ensuring a better Nigeria.
The statement in itself is loaded, but I choose to x-ray it from the perspective of the participation of the teeming force to ensure that our children do not complain of our own efforts. In lieu of this, proper sensitization of the youth is important. A lot of what we know today as right is wrong sets that have metamorphosed into right patterns. The experiences we had/have growing up, challenge us to unconsciously look to fight for our own share of the national cake and not necessarily for the good of the nation. It was/is not new to see students in school saying: ” Make me sef do join politics so that I will embezzle my own” “If I just be governor, my family no go suffer again for life”. Leadership platforms are now seen as opportunities to steal and not necessarily to impact the society and nation. The numbers of thoughts patterns that flow around the youth quarters are to an extent not so developmental hence the various efforts by organisations like Gemstone, Peace Corps, JCI (Junior Chamber International) Ynaija etc. to change mind-sets.
To contribute my widow’s mite to the adjustment of mind-sets…to join the UNITED Nations and other stakeholders in emphasizing the importance of youth civic engagement; I will be re-igniting the flames of my youth focused blog: http://olumix.blogspot.com.ng. I started the blog when I was in SS2 i.e. about 6 years ago as a result of a burden to give my voice a microphone in the midst of the wrong views I had to deal with amidst some of my friends, acquaintances and classmates. It wasn’t easy leading an army of few believers from an onslaught of realists who expressed their thoughts based on experiences. It was an issue of hope against reality.
I was spurred to act again on the blog, when I had an argument with some intelligent minds (Corps members in my CDS- Editorial) on the way forward for this nation. At a point I was labelled bias, so I wrote bias for Nigeria . Let’s do this change together, my name is Opeyemi Olugbemiro and I am a nation builder. And Yes! Who is going for the South west Nigeria Value Based Leadership Training (Ibadan)?