If i turn on the TV and i see one more singing or dancing competition ad, i think I’ll scream and punch somebody. As much as i don’t want this to sound like a rant, i can’t help but register my dismay at the proliferation of these “become instantly famous so called talent competitions”.
Nigeria’s youth population is already plagued by a non-functional educational system, an economy in recession, a political class that have no use for them except during elections, an astronomical decline in morality and a lack of direction.
As much as these ‘talent’ competitions mean well and supposedly seek to inspire and give creativity expression, i sincerely believe the Nigerian youth have had enough.
Millions are spent on these shows and few if any lives or futures are directly changed.
Telecommunication companies and banks and all these big spenders that sponsor these competitions and parties will do well to direct their attention to the real problems the Nigerian youth population have; If they really want to empower the youth.
Rather than buy another singing franchise, why not sponsor an inter-school essay competition for primary and secondary schools? Why not pay for a science exhibition to encourage innovative tech ideas from young people? Why not sponsor libraries and computer labs across secondary schools and universities?
Creativity in our young people is beyond singing and dancing. At the moment, it looks like that’s all the Nigerian youth wants, but i know that’s not true.
If we really want to develop as a nation, we need to work together to actively pull up our young population from the pit of mediocre entertainment obsession and redirect their minds towards actual productivity, self-actualization and positive development.
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