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Asake Agoro: Change Begins With All Of Us… Fix Your Spot

Asake Agoro

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DreamstimeYes, change begins with you. If you are bribing school authorities on behalf of your children, you are part of the problem. If you are paying people to sit exams on behalf of you or your children you are part of the problem. If you are jumping a queue because you are in a hurry you are part of the problem. If you think a British/American accent is better than your Nigerian accent, you are part of the problem, emancipate yourself from mental slavery.

If you are passing a one way road or deliberately breaking traffic rules, you are part of the problem. If you think money solves everything instead of using your brain innovatively, you are part of the problem. If you will vote someone into power because he can help you and your family rather than vote him because he has good leadership qualities, you are part of the problem. If you would deliberately look the other way when you see injustice around you, after all ‘e no concern you,’ it’s not your family, you are part of the problem.

If you would rather spend money on personal vagaries while owing your employees months in salary, you are part of the problem. If your attitude at work is nonchalant and you’re just waiting for month end to collect salary, you’re part of the problem. You are paying hundreds of thousands in tithe and offering, yet you have family members/friends you can’t help, you are part of the problem.

If you are happy your child speaks only English and not one sentence of Nigerian language, you are part of the problem. If to you, the Yoruba man is a demon, the Hausa man is an uncircumcised cattle rearing illiterate, the Edo man is a lazy philanderer, you’ve bought into the stereotypes, you’re part of the problem.

If you insist in sleeping with that woman before you give her that job, or help her out, you are part of the problem. If you believe sleeping with a rich man or marrying a rich man is the only way out, you are part of the problem. If you fold your arms, blaming government and waiting for thunder to strike, you are part of the problem.

Change yourself. Change your mentality. Start speaking positively. Fix your spot. Beautify your environment. Act in your own little office. From the security guard at door who wants to be bribed before you can see ova to collect contract, to the oga who insists you pad the budget of your proposal so he can collect 25%, to you who happily obliges. From the companies and musicians who fly outside the country to do video shoots to the individual who automatically thinks everything imported is superior to home grown…we are all guilty. Until each one of us claims responsibility and stop being selfish and start acting, 100 years from now we will be in this same position or worse off.

Fix your spot. Stop cursing yourself. When you say Nigeria ‘no go better’, you are cursing yourself. Who is Nigeria? Is it an address somewhere or a single individual? You are Nigeria. I am Nigeria. Nation building is teamwork. ‘The Government’ is not some vague unreachable entity.  We voted them into power. It is your duty to hold your leaders accountable.  It is your duty to challenge your local government chairman on why amenities you are being taxed for are absent in your locality.

The problem with us is that, a lot of us are selfish – it’s all about me, myself and mine. A lot of nations have been worse off than we are today, and they still came out of it.
So let’s continue proclaiming Nigeria is messed up; instead of let fix ourselves individually. Winter never reach. Winter is coming.

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I wear many hats !! Creative Director @AsakeOge, Tutor, Storyteller, Stylist, Content Writer TV/Online/Print & Entrepreneur. Food, Vodka & Red Wine lover, Travel ethusiast, Eternal optimist, Die hard romantic waiting for my horseman in shinning Agbada ! Instagram: @asake @asakeoge

5 Comments

  1. praizeblog.com

    October 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    hmmmm I see

  2. A Real Nigerian

    October 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    “So let’s continue proclaiming Nigeria is messed
    up; instead of let fix ourselves individually.”
    Awww, your passion is so cute.
    But wait… We can’t actually change, there is no hope. There is no moving forward. Why?
    How are you going to tell the deranged, cattle-rearing, uncircumcised, illiterate Hausa-Fulani paedophile who is blinded by islam to change his ways?
    How are you going to tell the mannerless, loud, lousy, obnoxious and arrogant Yoruba person who lacks simple toilet etiquettes to stop rudely speaking his language without invitation when others are communicating in a COMMONLY understood English language all in the name of some misplaced, distorted “ethnic pride”?
    How are you going to tell the insecure, bitter and greedy Igbo man that there is more to life than a little money? That Biafra is not the solution? That nobody is victimising them and that they are their own biggest problem?
    How are you going to tell the lazy, drunken, clueless South-Southern couch potato to stop raising militants, kidnappers, armed robbers and more drunken couch potatoes?
    How can you tell the men of our society that they should stop being entitled, spoilt, selfish, hateful piles of poop who look down on and abuse women all because they feel that society owes them all of life’s pleasures as a result of being born with a penis?
    There is no hope for this wretched disgusting nation. Speaking or acting positively will not solve anything. All hope is lost. If you think that a 21st-century society where NOTHING works, where LAWLESSNESS is the order of the day and where MEDIOCRITY is accepted and encouraged, still has hope, then you are either incredibly naïve or living a lie.

    • NG

      October 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      How are you going to tell a pretentious real Nigerian that he is flawed in his reasoning: The Igbo man/woman can never under any guise be termed ‘insecure”. Intolerant of prejudices, ethno-centric leanings, injustice and oppression, yes, but insecure? Never.

      How do we also get pretentious real Nigerian to understand that the S Southerners are not couch potatoes, but an oppressed people whose every attempt to throw off the yoke of oppression has been met with vicious and destructive responses from the ‘overlords’ of Nigeria.

      Nigeria can be great if the injustice in the land is recognized and addressed. It is doomed only because people fail to acknowledge reality but rather seek to enthrone ethnic nonsense on the national polity- talk of the Yoruba man’s fault being that he speaks Yoruba all the time. Indeed!

  3. Jtyzmotivator

    October 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    If you buy goods at cheap prices and stock them up waiting for prices to go up before you sell or distribute so you can make profit extraordinarily, you are part of the problem. If you refuse to have the right papers for your vehicle and just bribe any officer on site, you are part of the problem. Even when you have all necessary documents and refuse to question the officer or his boys seeking “junction pay” you are also to blame. If you ask for something to celebrate a student’s promotion to another class, you are also a problem. Especially when the pass is “let my people go.” When you seek for compensation from a customer for a job done when you’re actually being paid a salary for the same job and more, you be palava. We need to stop blaming the government for the failed system, but check ourselves too. We are the system and the president would not come from Abuja to supervise our daily activities. At every opportunity we seek for Buhari’s head without lifting a finger to change for the better. Coincidentally, this has being my argument always. . .

    • Henry

      October 16, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      You’re an idiot. Change begins from top (government) to down (people) and not vice versa.

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