A common challenge six in every ten young Nigeria Millennial creative will face will occur early on in their careers.
Working overtime on minimal pay or taking on unrelated job roles are just a few examples of ways young Nigerian millennials feel their values are underestimated by the labour market.
For every actively average working millennial in 2018, a clear understanding that relying on a primary job earning is stupid is the beginning of wisdom. This means that an average Nigerian millennial survives on two or more income sources.
This would usually be graphically represented on average by working full or part-time in an organisation while taking on a second less-time consuming income source.
Over time, these millennials themselves will hold conversations, debates and talks rationalizing, and even attempting to find solutions to the undervaluing of their skills, talents and values by the labour market.
The outcome of these tête à têtês would in most cases, point blaming fingers to the failing systems in Nigeria, which include incompetent recruiting methods and the advantage of the less than 30 per cent élite.
In fairness, these accusations are in most cases true. Nigeria runs (in the loose modernized term), a ‘trashy’ educational system hanging on the thread of pre-colonial curriculums and irrelevances. Nigerian higher educational graduates boasting high grades, may on average lack technical skills to tackle real-life problems.
However, as much as the country’s educational system can be faulted, millennials also share a portion of this blame pie.
In addition to lack of updated essential skills, most millennials no doubt, prefer to stick to the principle of easy delivery in executing their roles. As a matter of fact, some 21st-century theories beg to differ on the popular opinion on laziness as something to be avoided. These theories conclusively excuse laziness as a more-advanced solution sought employed by highly intellectual individuals.
Theories like this, as well as other modern-age ideologies supporting the millennials’ passion for talent, shape young millennials into believing that more importantly, skill outmatches old-fashioned values and labour force morals.
One might wonder having made the arguments known, who ultimately should carry the weight of the blame. And frankly, the bigger weight of this blame would be allocated to Nigeria’s failing systems.
Political aspirant, Olasubomi Okewo on a reality TV show, plainly referred to ‘black-skinned’ Nigerians as being incapable of producing anything worth value. According to him, this lack of creativity is wired in our DNAs.
Argue that Okeowo didn’t present his thoughts clearly if you may, the truth that he disregards and thinks lowly of Nigerians and Nigerian millennials cannot be overlooked.
Being used to this sort of degradation and disregard, some Nigerian millennials are beginning to take charge of their lives. First, by going after their dreams and earning a livelihood from their skill sets and talents.
This news, while soothing in its recount, does not wipe out the cold reality, however. A larger part of the Nigerian millennials remain underpaid, undervalued, undereducation, underexposed and disregarded. Meaning that while we celebrate the few millennials rising above the shadows of Nigeria’s failing systems, a huge part of this population still sinks and eventually drowning in these kaputt systems.
Escapism will not help curb the failing systems as history continues to teach us. How then can Nigerian millennials be guaranteed well-structured and working systems ready to cater for them?
Do we keep portioning blames while resorting to tough conversations about the state of reality for Nigerian millennials or like other sectors of the country, live on, pretending we are unaware of the denting conditions these systems cause?
Could the answer be classic mediocrity? Live and let live?
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