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Seyram Nutsukpui: The Waiting Syndrome



“The state of the economy is horrible! The president and his ministers should do something”
“There are too many children on our streets, someone should do something about it.”
“There is not enough this…” or ” This is too that..”

These are the kind of sentences I hear around me always and it is beginning to bug me.

Who am I? What do I know that makes me think I can judge? I am me – a concerned citizen of the world just like you and what do I know? I know the waiting syndrome exists and I am tired of it.

This attitude that has taken over the world, where everyone is waiting for someone to do something, or be the next big story, so they can praise or play critic to. It is the situation where someone realizes that something is going wrong but are waiting for someone else to talk about it so they can also agree and say, “Yes! I agree I was also thinking of that.” That is the Waiting Syndrome. Why did you not act then? What were you waiting for? Rather, WHO were you waiting for? Lupita Nyong’o? Chimamanda Adichie? Aliko Dangote? Ama Ata Aidoo? Bill Gates? Or maybe Kwame Nkurumah, Nelson Mandela and Komla Dumor should rise from their graves and “motivate” you?

“Motivate”, yes that is why our world today has over a million and one motivational speakers and still little or no change. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying the motivational speakers are bad because they are not. They are very good and I applaud the good work that they are doing, but the people who sit in front of these speakers clapping their lives away and still leave the same – because they are just one person and could not do much in their own opinion are my problem. If all the great people in the world had this mind set, do you not wonder what our world would be like? We definitely would not have all the great masterpieces we have today which we are proud of.

Seyram, I understand what you are saying but how do you expect me to just get up and start talking or doing something simply because it would benefit the world in a way I would like?” I am not saying make a spaceship in two hours or get a cure for diabetes or AIDS in two weeks but put in the effort and try to start something. I am sure when you start you will get someone to help you. We always say a journey of a thousand miles begin with a step but I doubt if we really do believe in this. If we did we would be acting on our instincts and helping our world for the better by taking that first step that will start our journey of a thousand miles.

Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times but rather found 10,000 ways that would not work” and with this attitude it is no wonder that he succeeded in his desires. His willingness to try and keep trying despite all obstacles he faced such as failure made him a person who is still spoken about by many,far and wide. He did not sit with his hands between his legs and wait for someone to lead his way. He knew that like Tony Gaskins Jnr. said, if he did not build his dream, someone else would hire him to help build theirs like most us seem to want.

The waiting syndrome has to die and fast because it is slowly killing us without us knowing. You may be the one with the cure for AIDS but because you worry about how you are just one person and it will not work, you are not trying and so someone is suffering. As the saying goes, we will never know until we have tried so let us try. The waiting syndrome is causing the world to lose its diversity and variety because everyone is trying to be the next someone. “I wish I could be the next Aliko Dangote” but why be someone when you could be you? Think about this, there is no one in this world like you and there never will be and you are trying hard to be someone else simply because they are beautiful, rich, successful or popular? Let them be an inspiration to you but not your definition.

So instead of being the next Aliko Dangote, be inspired by his success so you become more than Aliko Dangote. “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will land amongst stars.”
Simply put the waiting syndrome should end but it take me and you to start and we will inspire others to help end it. Let us try very hard and then we could enjoy life knowing that we contributed to it through our little effort.

I am trying to end it in my own little way by writing. What are you doing to help end this cause? Do give it some thought.

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Seyram is a fun loving person with a selfless heart. She is 17 years old and aspires to be a lawyer. She blogs at The Diary of A Ghanaian Weirdo.


  1. Dr. N

    March 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Still trying to pronounce your name, it’s so lovely. Wish you could approve my pronunciation. To your article, I think many people zone out because the problems are just too many. I would suggest making a difference in 1 life at a time. For instance, I resolved to get tutors for all my domestic help, despite paying a salary. Hopefully, they will go on to impact society. Another thing I do, is pay ladies a compliment. You have no idea what healing it brings. Resolving to lend a helping hand or listening ear may keep someone out of the mental institution. God may even give u a larger platform. Whether or not he does, u would have contributed.

    • Iris

      March 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      “Another thing I do, is pay ladies a compliment.” Nigeria would be a much better place if women did this to other women – and not just their friends. I once told another woman her hair was really nice (and not in a “where can I get it?” kind of way). She was taken aback by the sincere compliment and then the smile that transformed her face was beautiful to see. Imagine what we can do for the world if we are supportive to each other.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      That is very good… some people always get a boost of confidence from compliments

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you very much… You are helping in your own way and that is a fantastic thing… I also love that you lend a listening ear to those that need it. It can truly change someone’s day

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      This is for DrN

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you very much… You are helping in your own way and that is a fantastic thing… I also love that you lend a listening ear to those that need it. It can truly change someone’s day

  2. TheresaO

    March 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Welldone Seyram! This is very good especially considering your age. With your mindset, I have no doubt you will be a blessing to your generation. God bless you dear, more grease…

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thank You TheresaO!! I pray I am..

  3. Mary Cole

    March 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    You are such an inspiration. It seems you read my mind. I don’t even know how to respond to this spectacular article you wrote. All I have to say is, you’ve discovered a platform where you can contribute to make the world a better place, don’t stop here. keep on writing more and more, you’ll touch the right person’s heart who be the next Moses to save God’s children from all the Pharaoh’s of this world, IJMN. Keep it up young lady, God bless you.On my own part, I’l seek God’s face to see what way I can contribute to positive changes in the world.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks alot Mary Cole!! I do pray that you find a way that you can contribute.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    March 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Nigeria is what it is, just few people cares and the rest just dont give a fuck, am happy God give me(i dont knw about others) this entertainers that always shift my thought frm all this issues and make me feel relaxed……. Any time the music is banging in my head with my dre beat on, am always happy and thats all we need, HAPPINESS….

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      the same way the entertainers are helping you, you can be of help to others

  5. ammagh

    March 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    My Ghanaian sis well done

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      thank you ammagh


    March 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    The Best Way To End This Cause In My Own Little Way Is To Continaully Play Boogie Down Music That Will Make People Dance, Forget There Sorrows And Move On Regardless!! #AllNaContribution!! Nice One Dear..

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    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      true and thank you for that

  7. Mrs Nwosu

    March 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful piece. am trying to get my driver another job, (and boy is he a good driver!) he said his dream is to be a military personnel, so am trying to get it for him. we need to be supportive of each other irrespective of social strata.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you and God bless you for that

  8. Anne

    March 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Yaay a Ghanaian writer on BN! Great piece!

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm



    March 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Seyram, thanks for this piece…..nurture your writing talent well. You will certainly go places.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you very much

  10. Abena Ghana

    March 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

    nice piece i love it and i am inspired

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you

  11. Frances Okoro

    March 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    God bless you for this piece, you stopped waiting and grabbed a pen, and in so doing inspired others. I say amen to your dreams, lawyer you shall be.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Amen!!! thank you so much!!!

  12. Rox

    March 17, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Thank you so much my dear in my own way, will keep encouraging the younger ones

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      thank you too

  13. Stephanie

    March 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Lovely piece, thanks

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      thank you too Stephanie

  14. nique

    March 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    17? wow! nice piece

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      March 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Yh 17 and thank you!!

  15. Emeka Dennis Junior

    April 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

    It’s a good piece that you’ve put together…particularly the one on Motivational Speakers.You know naturally,we weren’t created or conditioned to live on motivated talks…when the harsh realities of life de-excite us; what are we left with? A frustrated man/woman.Keep it up and stay on course.Stay blessed.

    • Seyram Nutsukpui

      April 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm


  16. Emeka Dennis Junior

    April 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

    A good piece put together, especially the one on motivational speakears.

  17. Emeka Dennis Junior

    April 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    A good piece: especially the one on motivational speakers.

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