Entrepreneurship: The Medicine for Survival by Ayeni Gideon

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The worst thing a child will never want to hear from his/her parent is the word “Go and learn work, you are not going to school”. It’s an African mentality especially among the young ones that parents that tell his/her child to learn work; did not love them.

The number of schools and graduates in our country nowadays are so many. School increases everyday just as Churches increases. We should bear in mind that “Not all that goes to school will make it in life” Going to school is like fulfilling an adage which says “Many are called but few are chosen”.

It is not an understatement that many people have applied for UTME Exam several times but to no avail but they still believe in a say that “when there is a will, there is always a way”. “YES” its crystal clear that where there is life, there is always a hope but sometimes, a road might seems right to us but may not be the right way.

Sometimes, the road seems to hide itself to us unless we search for it. Those who worked are not being paid. Imagine a husband and wife who are working in a local government without being paid. Gone were those days when lecturers are so respected in the society due to huge amount of money being paid to them.

Entrepreneurship, according to Wikipedia, is the process of designing, launching and running a new business. In order words, it’s the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risk in order to make a profit. We the youths of this 21st century expect miracle and everything inform of gold.

The insult and ridicule to a student who is selling a biscuit and sweet in a classroom is more than enough to chase her away from the school if care is not taken. This makes me understand that many people wish to engage themselves in entrepreneurship even while in the school but are ashamed of the names which will be given to them by their so called friends. Becoming a great man/ woman is not only limited in the four wall of the university.

We have billions of billionaires who made it today even without passing through the school. People like Abraham Lincoln, Amado Peter Giannini (Founder of Bank of America), Andrew Carneige, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Parlman, Anne Beiler, Ansel Adams, Ashly Qualls, Barbara Lynch, Bary Diller to mention but a few.

Conclusively, I am not discouraging the Nigerian youths not to go to school but at least we should try and have an alternative.

Not all that glitters is gold.

– Ayeni Gideon A, Department Of Mass Communication, Kogi State University, Anyigba.

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