“AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE NIGERIAN YOUTH” WRITTEN BY SIR DAPO WILLIAMS

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………….
*■♡dapowilliams♡■*

 

dapo

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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