‘We are the leaders of tomorrow’, either rephrased or as is, formed the part of the school anthems of a good number of Nigerian millennials.
And for some of us, we couldn’t wait to grow older and take up positions in being leaders.
Disappointingly, the promise of leadership, as well as functional systems, died. We grew into the realisation that our childhood promises and dreams were mostly mere myths. It was a heartbreaking experience for most of us.
In shedding the hurt of some of our innocent dreams and aspirations, we slowly came to terms with the reality. Nigeria is for the fittest and strongest.
A couple of months ago I got into a conversation with an elderly gentleman at an art exhibition. In his opinion, Nigerian millennials are lazy, privileged and unwilling to use the available resources in the country in learning.
He’d go ahead to express his distaste for the rush of Nigerian millennials in migrating. A culture he termed as ‘escapism‘.The irony, however, is that he has some foreign training in his portfolio.
In discussing the surge of migrating Nigerians, there is absolutely no denial millennials make up a larger part of the population.
Nigerians have gone from a place of ‘let’s make Nigeria great again‘ to ‘meh‘. The average Nigerian lives, hustles, works and goes through another day to fend for themselves and their own.
Leaving the country with a majority of an unsatisfied population.
This present surge in migration is evident even in millennial lifestyle choices. New age parents opt for the delivery of kids in hospitals abroad. For them, this lifestyle choice is beyond securing functioning maternity procedure but also to secure foreign passports for their kids.
If you are Nigerian, you will testify to the great embarrassment, and distrust the international community has for the Nigerian passport.
Professionally, the Nigerian labour market barely takes seriously, locally trained graduates on average. It is with this knowledge over time that a majority of millennials opt for migrating abroad to either study or reside.
Certain industries in Nigeria do not hide their partiality and great interest for not only foreign-trained individuals but those mastering foreign accents. This craze, therefore, leads millennials to migrate in search of professional enlightening.
2018 saw a semblance of solidarity among Nigerians and millennials alike. Almost in the same spirit of 1992, Nigerians made it fully known their interest in choosing the right leader in the 2019 Presidential elections.
It felt like we were retreating from our long silences but who knows?
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