WE NEED TO BE MORE OUTSTANDING!!! WE NEED MORE OOMPH AND EXEMPLARY MINDS!!
Wole Soyinka, is one of the great minds we have in Africa, great enough there was enough room to be radical as well.
Unfortunately for his generation, there weren’t enough of his class, to push through intelligent change for the benefit of his and our generation. Of course other great ones in his generation are Chinua Achebe, Late Sonny Okosun (RIP), Fela Kuti (Awakening people to malpractices with his talent) RIP, Sir Victor Uwaifo (Musician, Sculptor and lecturer). Mind you all of these are in the arts, how about the Sciences and technology? Help me out fellas if i am remiss of some notables!
I hope i am wrong, but it seems his (Wole Soyinka) generation of academics / thinker, actually did and will do better than our current generation at this rate … when we compare like for like?
His literature works are still exemplary today, how many of our works are exemplary, when he was our age …. including my self. Really!!!
We need more creative thinkers who can use what they have no matter how small … positively for increase and growth.
After being analytic, let us be catalytic and creative TOGETHER …
EVEN GOD DOESN’T LIKE GRUMBLERS WHO JUST MOAN…
Its not that we don’t have these creative thinkers its just that we have mostly checked out like Andrew !!! (not only physically but mentally)
WE HAVE LEFT 9JA FOR THE BRAVE AND GUTSY, WHO ARE MORE COMMITTED TO HER…. AND THATS THE BITTER TRUTH!!!
But some remain (at least mentally) and are doing their bit, let us encourage them, lest they faint as well and join d 9jrn no hopers Choir!
A few i know of, Don Pedro Obaseki (Nigerian movies), Ogaga Ifowodo (Activist and literature), Kayode Ogundamisi (Journalism and Social justice activist), Ayo Akinfe (Author of Delta fires, Academic), Modupe Debbie Ariyo (OBE honoured by the Queen of England for being a children activist), Richard Mofe Damijo (Renowned Nigerian actor and now commissioner), Fidelis Edosomwan (Renowned medical doctor and Consciousness activist), Mimie Oshodin (Apostle of love and philanthropist), Dokubo Melford Goodhead (World history).Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction for “Half of A Yellow Sun;” and Adaobi Tricia. Amina and Isa Odidi (Innovative drug delivery system). Nneka Egbuna (Best indigenous artist prise winner). Bash Ali (Boxing champion), Hakeem Olajuwon (BasketBall).
There are others, and i will add them, as i recall them… the whole idea is for our list of outstanding points of light to grow ….. until our enlightened effort COLLECTIVELY OVERWHELMS DARKNESS.
Because my people dey talk sey small pickin nor dey play make e forget house. Ba??