Destiny of Youth in Ebiraland
Ebira Youth Destiny versus Finance: I do not know your possible opinion about this; I believe we have got different individual opinions. Your own opinion is surely useful and may be true to an extent, but permit me to dine with reality here. The first and most important factor that militates against the potential of an Ebira youth is finance. As he grows, everything seems possible to him to a particular point.
At this point, it will occur to him that existence is near hopeless if the fund is not available. He begins to struggle to earn a living. Everything he earns from his struggles will barely sustain the hunger in his tummy, then how does he pursue his potential dreams? He may have got the brain, but it will almost be useless if there is no source of formalizing it.
I discouragement as his immediate elder ones are not have any letters. At a point when he would have had an opportunity confused about ‘the choice of education or to take the Short cuts. We are all humans, if you further your studies and it’s left for you alone to struggle in life, then you have other options, including ones that will sufficiently sustain your existence, which industries where youths can enroll and still further their education, even if it’s on a part-time basis.
It’s unfortunate that almost every youth you see living above a normal average man is either involved in thuggery one way or the other or possibly worst, armed robbery. What will you have them do? Why are they always given the whole blames without putting the conditions surrounding their actions into consideration?
Ordinarily, it takes a fortune to complete an education cycle in Nigeria, as much as you know who those go to school in Nigeria without stress is only those that are privileged enough to have the resources.
For the other class, it takes the grace of God. Looking closely at this, it will be obvious that most of those poor guys you see in the streets are preciously loaded. They are willing to go to school if only they have the resources. They also want the best in life; they desire to be known someday.
They are not less good than you and I, it’s only the opportunities that we had that they did not get that make the difference. This is what our called leaders are not putting into consideration because they actually see no reason why the poor youths should be elevated because the respect for them may reduce.
In the name of God, why would a student drop out of secondary school because of term school fees, while just a man in Ebiraland has the ability to pay for five hundred students at a stand? All our rich men up there were once the grassroots, why would they forget the condition of the grassroots so soon?
Now that they are rich, they do not want to remember that there are people that are still in the same condition that they were in ten-fifteen years ago. To an extent, if the youths cannot access the rich unless through violence, then what do you expect? I have only heard of rare cases where somebody makes moves to lessen the stress of Ebira youths educationally, possibly through giving scholarships or organizing competitions where outstanding students will be rewarded.
Rather they direct the funds to those that choose the path of thuggery. All they are concerned about is the battle for power and superiority. They negatively influence our innocent youths with their selfish political intentions. Youth is only valuable to them when he is ready to shoot guns for them.
They are less concerned about the future, all that they are concerned about is whatever will sustain them in the corridor of power and give them adequate recognition in the political arena.
These are the fundamental causes of restlessness in Ebiraland. It wouldn’t do us any good, for however hard we try, we can never dodge the consequence of our actions. Believe me, if our rich men realize that it’s better to invest in the education of a child by buying him a book than buying him a gun, then the problem of Ebiraland is halfway solved.
His Destiny versus Discriminations: An average Ebira youth faces discrimination almost in his day-to-day life. Even that is the most gentle in the midst of people are often seen as a product of Violence. For instance, I could remember the question that a lecturer asked me some time ago in school. Immediately he pronounced my middle name, he asked,
“so you have finished killing people in your home town and you escaped here in the name of school”? I felt chilled clown in my bones, I felt so embarrassed and wished he would understand that it’s not all Ebira people that are murderers. Even if I could not bring him to terms with what was on my mind, I prayed that someday I will have an opportunity of changing our identity the world over.
This wasn’t the first, second, third, or even the tenth time that I have been humiliated in public like this. I for one cannot even harm an ant, but who cares to understand?
All they are certain about is that am an Ebira and we are not known for anything other than the brutal killing of people. I lost the initial joy in me, I sat and thought about this for the whole day and something within me gave me hope-nothing last forever. Really, this has to stop. All the unnecessary violence must come to an end.
Discrimination is one factor that acts as a hindrance to our hopes to the extreme; it ruins our efforts most times in school. I don’t know if you know what I mean “anytime you take a bold step in life, you are often tormented by the shadow of your origin”. When in the midst of friends, you become uncomfortable and boldly say that you are an Ebira by birth.
You wish that where you come from is not just important for now, so that at least you may have the chances of proving them wrong, that after all, we are not all wicked like they think, but very hospitable. In most cases, I had personally wished that I could just claim other places as my home, but is it right?
If we all run from Ebiraland to avoid the embarrassments and the consequences of our past mistakes, who will stay and correct them for us? In the name of God, the source of all these torments, discriminations and humiliations are the illiterates in our midst (please pardon me to use such words) who were only fortunate to attain posts on the political front.
Their thoughts are usually myopic and it’s only narrowed toward their selfish interests. Imagine an aspirant saying that “if the whole population of Okene perished to the last, it doesn’t matter anything to him, as far as he will emerge victorious at the polls”.
He soon forgets that history is a product of our day-to-day actions. Unfortunately for us, with the level of communication technologies now, every act of atrocities that is committed In Ebiraland is broadcast far and wide, and in the end when we go out there, people point accusing fingers at us, as “those people who killed their brothers for no course”.
At this point, I hate to believe that some people are still holding to the pains of the past, and seeking vengeance. Thousands of lives have been lost, hundreds of houses burnt to ashes for just one cause- who is most and superior? Is anybody really powerful?
When do not have charge over our lives and we aren’t promised tomorrow. Our course is baseless and useless. Taking one’s life does not mean that you are powerful; it’s just an act of wickedness.