Mentorship has been around and thrived as far back as far as early man.
Prophets, priests, Kings, Soldiers and Queens, mentored younger individuals into becoming better versions of themselves.
The idea of mentorship is so well developed that in recent times, it has evolved from being just a discipline to being a business. Renowned mentors grant seminars, workshops, write books and smile to the bank afterwards.
A very common knowledge is the curiosity of natural is the young mind. So powerful is this curiosity that it often opens up better horizons, schools of thought, perspectives and philosophies in the minds of young people as they transition into growth.
With a young person’s need for constant learning, it is no surprise the large audience a mentor has with the young. And while undeniably, mentoring and being mentored is an amazing experience, there still happens to be lingering questions on mentorship and young people.
Do young people really need mentorship?
In mid-May, the Nigerian social media space was torching up with a very hot news. One of the county’s biggest female media personalities, Linda Ikeji, was pictured pregnant. Now, in a normal situation, people would readily offer their joy, tap into her blessings and move on with life. But that was not the case.
A majority of commentaries on news and blog sites and social media were condemning the media personality.
These commentaries in large would accuse the media guru of misleading young girls.
A Little Back Story to help Understand the Situation:
When Linda Ikeji became very popular in 2011, everyone, especially young Nigerian females wanted to be like her. Her fan base of young Nigerian females increased grammatically and like every celebrity before and after her, Ikeji’s words would hold more weight in the hearts of these females. The media personality only needed t whisper, ‘Jump’, and her keen female fans would comply.
One of the media personality’s biggest philosophy’s was, ‘never to sleep with a man for money and to also that she’s choosing to remain celibate at 32 until she was ready for marriage.’
Of course, Ikeji’s fan-base took her words to heart and when, in May pictures of her pregnant surfaced online, they were flabbergasted.
The little formula to understand mentorship better
To be honest some mentors can be pretty tiring. They’d share stories so dramatic, it’d keep the listening audience of young people dumbfounded and awed of course but in the long run, these stories make attaining one’s dream so surreal.
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