Written By: Deji
In a country of over 190 million, where education seems to be the most realistic path towards achieving opulence as it has been concluded to be the bedrock of success. A quick recall of how many parents hammers the importance of education in one’s life, made many believe that without this phenomenon, there seems to be no headway for one in life.
According to George Washington “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”. Nelson Mandela also opined that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. However, the opinion of these protagonists has not really been the case in Nigeria. There is no disputing the fact that, some individuals have become successful as a result of acquiring education with likes of Tony Elumelu, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo (vice president), Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to mention but a few can be said to be a success story of educational importance.
Nevertheless, on the other side of the coin is a success rate attributed to individuals with little or no level of education. This is mind-blowing when compared to others with adequate educational background. For this individuals, their determination and ability to give their all to what they do best has really paid off in terms of affluence they have gathered over the years. The success story of individuals involved in sports, entertainment, dancing and even recently online fraud (Yahoo) can in no way be compared to those who gave their all to graduate from various tertiary institutions in the country.
This trending malady from a graduate perspective has become a global concern which made former US first lady Michelle Obama criticize such trend in 2013 when giving her second commencement address of the graduation season at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet school in Nashville, Tenn, on May 18.
These celebrities brags and flaunt their wealth and riches at a very young age when most of their educational counterparts are still struggling to make headway in the academic field or mayhap still searching for jobs. For example, a famous artist called Davido aka “Omo baba olowo” bragged about having N30 million in his account and claiming to have $2 million which is not an asset 😧😧 while another with the sobriquet “Ray Hushpuppi” who is believed to be an internet fraudster(Yahoo boy) bragged about spending N11 million at a Lagos club all Quilox😮😮.
Albeit, the former is a graduate of Babcock University where he bagged a bachelor in arts with a second class upper in 2015 but his degree cannot be said to have led to his unprecedented success. Also another talented Fuji artiste, Alhaji Taye currency recently completed a joy to behold mansion in Ibadan, where prominent dignitaries graced his house-warming party in April 5, 2017 with the mansion rumoured to be running into several millions of Naira. The lavish lifestyles of football players who are Nigerians like Martins Obafemi, Mikel, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses etc who possesses little or no education is uncomparable with most graduates in the country.
All the aforementioned ‘celebs’ can pass opulence to their generations unlike their counterparts on the academic side of the coin, that even after securing jobs after many years of consistent searching cannot be considered fulfilled in respects to these celebrities let alone pass the success to their generations.
Thus, between EDUCATION and TALENT, which pays more?
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