Soliloquy readers, it is a pleasure to be able to write to you again. Of a truth, everyday is a gift from God,so one has to appreciate being alive in this day and time in Nigeria.
A lot has been said about the Instagram sensation; Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi but at the end of the day, what do we take home
from the saga? Millions of young people while
Hushpuppi was flouting his lifestyle on Instagram adored, craved to be like him, worshipped him and some even cursed themselves and their families for not measuring to the financial status of the man in question.
Majority of our Nigerian youths, got carried away by the glitz of it all and plunged into ritual killing, advance fee fraud, organ harvesting, prostitution, kidnapping and other vices just to ‘make it’ and shine as well. Hello youngsters, what is the rationale of buying a phone worth #300,000, when there is a lesser equivalent. What does a teenager of nineteen need a posh car for in this country? What kind of job do you do for a living? Permit me to ask you, who are you trying so hard to impress?
This craze of ‘get rich syndrome’ has eaten so deep into our skin that we all have thrown caution into the wind. Daily, we hear of youngsters who commit one heinous crime or the other for the craze of material wealth. A typical example are two youngsters who lured their friend out , killed him, and chopped off his head for ritualistic purpose, unfortunately for them, they were apprehended.
Youngsters, do not be deceived, all that glitters is not gold. The flashy cars, the glamorous clothes, exotic meals, posh phones and gadgets, as well as the tastefully decorated mansions were gotten with a price,they were obtained at the expenses of the lives of innocent people.
The book of Psalm 37 verses 1_ 4 , over the years have always been close to my heart, as a young woman, it guided me and up till now, it still does. ‘ Fret not yourself because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will dwell in the land and enjoy security . Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ Dearly beloved youngsters, in order words even if you steadily fry akara for a living and you put all your trust in God, He is saying that He would bless you richly. So what other assurance do we need. One issue with today’s generation is the issue of ‘ I want it now malady’ Today’s youngsters are not interested in delayed gratification but instant gratification. None of them seem to believe in the diginty of labour anymore as they have all gotten swayed with unwaton display of wealth
Dear youngsters, there is time for everything. Now is the time for you to acquire life skills: learning a new language,French, Mandarin, German for instance, online courses on how to plan an event, how to be an excellent compere, how to cook and mind you, this has got nothing to do with gender. The list is endless. Do not truncate your future with the pleasure of material wealth. Beloved youngsters, do not be deceived, all that glitters is not gold. A word like they say is enough for the wise. Please, stay focused.
Jane Ikegulu is a passionate observer of children, youngsters and the family. Currently, she is unhappy at the manner in which most teenagers and young adults engage in vices just to ‘belong’. She is a mother, a writer, a teacher and a voice _over artiste.