I have observed over time that the average Nigerian does not pursue his passion but would rather drop his gifts for fear of the assessment of others should he fail to succeed. The potential we have in human knowledge and intellectual property is wasting away at a lot of desks simply because someone is living a 9 to 5 life just to pay their bills. I know of people in banks, the energy sector, multinational officers who just rove around the office daily doing the same thing carrying paperwork from one door to the other without any effective use of their brain capacity. A lot are scared to lose their job or quit and pursue their inner self simply because they don’t want to be laughed at. What will people say has been the bane of the destruction of our advancement in every sector of the economy. Hardly does anyone want to prove a point and get applause. They would rather stress daily and sulk at that miserable job till they get old and grey. “s’ope ti e”, “tasere s’ope” and the “Kari Ka chop” mentality has drained us of progress. I saw the video of a young man who built a toy plane from the Niger delta and proudly spoke and narrated in his Warri accent the potential of emancipating other young people for the future. He appealed to parents to buy his tutorial package so their kids can learn and also to the general public to keep helping him share the video but alas that video is not on all the major blogs or news outlets, they would rather make a dancing Senator go viral. That man is the beginning of an unseen future. He is sowing seeds but will get ignored enough until a foreign body sees his potential and grabs him. Offer him citizenship away from this myopia. Every time I watch Spiderman or any other marvel comics movie and I see Stan Lee pop in as a cameo act I get this inner glow of fulfillment on his behalf. He started out scribbling those characters as mere drawings. It grew into animations and today his passion has become a reality that is employing millions across the globe yearly. All because he believed in himself. Puff Daddy or P Diddy or Diddy or Sean Puffy Combs or whatever alias he’s going by lately and who by the way wasn’t as talented but improved in the music business with consistency said in the song “All About the Benjamins”, “what you can’t have now leave and you will…”. The pursuit for happiness in Nigeria is the standard get a job, a nice crib, flashy car, jewelry, clothes, shoe, other junk accessories you can use to pepper dem and live that circle till you die disregarding your potential and probable purpose on earth. Living a life without value but being able to turn up every weekend at multiple Owambe’s. Young people living out the life of retirement in their prime. When right before their eyes they can see what government and private institutions are doing to the old pensioners who sacrificed so much for the nation and company at the expense of pursuing their own dreams. Able-bodied men would raise two hands in the air praise-singing political leaders and collect leftovers rather than ask for a conducive environment to foster their gifts. Same politicians are also lost and stuck in the same circle of dead ideas. They cross carpets often times that they hardly remember which party who belongs to. The political arena is the only game they know how to play. Like someone rightly put the only way out to make it big in Nigeria is to work hard enough to get into politics and when your tenure expires find your way back into politics. Senator becomes Governor then goes back to the senate and wants to die in the Senate. Like seriously, there’s nothing else you can do with your life but this? That field of play dulls the potential of any individual to the point of comatose. Once you get sucked in you can no longer believe you are capable of doing something else. The same happens in the corporate world and media circle. A banker leaves a bank and would never think to pursue personal advancement whilst young but carry their CV pursuing another bank. What stops you from taking up an apprenticeship in another discipline and growing a slow and steady brand. What is the shame in laboring graciously? I have met a lot of media friends who go “Koffi I am no longer with NTA o I am with Mnet now”. “I thought you were with TVC?”, “TVC for where, how many years ago. I have gone to DBN, MiTV, Galaxy, STV until God bless me with this new job”, “Congratulations bro. so what do you do at the new job?”. “I fill the details of the movies all these yeye Yoruba movie producers in the form before they take it to South Africa”. The same is obtainable everywhere of the ones who let go of their dreams and mock those who pursue theirs with dignity despite the uncomfortable working atmosphere. If you are young and ashamed to pursue your passion your future will be ashamed to provide for you.
Koffi Tha Guru’ is Nigeria’s most versatile entertainer, comedian, actor, singer, and author of the book ‘Beauty of The Beast: The Scars that made me a Star. #ComicTruthbyKoffi is not a personal attack on anyone or institution, he only writes about those/things he loves and is passionate about. You can catch some more honest opinions at www.koffithaguru.com