An Important message to the Nigerian Youths:
It is interesting to know that two of the highest selling phones in Nigeria today – Tecno & Infinix are owned by a Nigerian named Nnamdi Ezeigbo, the CEO of SLOT.
Can you see what happens when we innovate and stop looking for government aid all the time? He was a computer repairman! He went to china and got a company to build the phone Tecno! He did not go there and ask Chinese people to give him substandard, he went and built quality. He initially wasnt versed in Phone Sales, but to expand his business, he went to Lagos Business School to learn! He already has a masters degree in Information Technology added to a HND in Electrical Electronics and a BSC in Computer & Electronics Engineering. He, Nnamdi Ezeigbo is a young Nigerian and is making ways for himself.
This is the kind of person we should be inviting to speak in our schools and to forums of young people to share his experience rather than invest in useless ventures like Reality Shows, Pageants and needless Music Shows. I am not saying those are not good to discover talent, i’m saying it is over flogged! The man has and is still seeking knowledge, presently he is pursuing a programme in Harvard. I see young people today who aren’t interested in learning to earn, they just want quick cash because “times are hard”. That’s why certain regions in Nigeria never progress.
Move around town and you see flashy cars which are mostly acquisitions by Yahoo-Yahoo boys, lazy, stupid and uttterly idiotic set of people who want to take shortcuts in life. And more people want to be like them- why? Because of the flashy cars and the dumb headed girls that follow them around! Fools!
I am having mixed emotions of pleasant surprise and inner anger right now. I am amazed that Tecno – the once despised “chinko” phone is now a hot seller, competing against Samsung! Infinix too is now the new iphone! And they are conceptualized by a Nigerian! Not a 100% chinese product! I have been brooding over buying a new phone recently and what has been playing in my mind is the choice between Tecno & Infinix, never knowing that a fellow Nigerian owns it! Have you seen the way the phones are advertised on social media? Can you see the branding? Can you feel the functionality? Nigerian concept for Nigerians! I am angry on the other hand because the average young person especially from his ethnic group is loosing his creative stalk, the blood trait of industry and commerce. Even those who are still into trade do not embrace additional knowledge and new innovations to help build their empires.
They do not look forward to see the global picture. They are content in getting all they CAN, CANNING all they get and sitting on the CAN! Just try and propose a branding campaign, training them on new methods or giving them a space on social media and see the response!
That is why the region is not moving forward. We need more Nnamdi Ezeigbos, not just to make the Eastern region proud but to position our industries, return to our trading ways; invest in structure, branding, creating institutions and launch out. Now where do we start?
Diaspora can take a lead here………….