“Every generation must out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, to fulfil or betray it.” – Frantz Fanon
When we look round this society that we live in and try to get an evaluation of this current generation, we are faced with a shocking discovery of how far down we’ve fallen, how weak our moral chain has become, how low our sense of societal awakening has gone and how comfortably we sit on a keg of gunpowder.
I’ve always been an untiring believer in the call for change and a total return to the values on which our nation was moulded, but a look at the state of our nation and the scary lack of ideas on the part of today’s youths make the call for change perhaps more urgent than ever before.
Looking around the house, I stumbled upon an old CD, I slotted it into the DVD player and saw it was an old Yoruba movie, what struck me with the film however was the way it was set; you learned lessons all the way. It wasn’t just full of jokes and irrelevant details; it was loaded. It portrayed society the way it really was, the challenges being faced by individuals on a daily basis, the way they succeeded in overcoming the challenges without compromising their stand, you could relate with it, you could see yourself as one of those characters, and man, it was loaded.
Truth is, the reason why so many of these octogenarians maintain their stranglehold on Nigeria’s politics, business empires, etc, is because they had the best of education; not just education within the four walls of a school, but education, both in the society, films, songs and credible role models; they were trained to be the best and they really are.
Also, I was at a meeting where an elderly activist was raging on about how students no longer had it in them. He said during his days as a student activist, they spent their money travelling to meet up with elderly comrades like the late Gani Fawehinmi, and that way they learnt continually and were able to field a strong, indivisible student movement whose ranks couldn’t be penetrated by government forces. But what do we have today?
The faults however cannot all belong to the youths, elders who received the best training, mentoring and learnt at the feet of Nigeria’s best are conspicuously missing when it comes to mentoring the next generation.
Today, our society stands still in the murky waters of misrule and lack of ideas and we continue to rock back and forth like a creaky old car trapped in the mud. Its only a matter of time, if nothing is done to right the societal wrongs in this generation, we are on the steeply path to self-destruction.
There has to be a deliberate restructuring of the entertainment industry, all the cash being pumped into it shouldn’t just be to further damage societal values, but songs and films that portray good values and promote enlightenment must take precedence over all these comedy films that teach no lesson. All nudity and reference to sex terms to promote songs must be sanctioned heavily.
Elders must realise that they have a responsibility to give back to society much more than what they got, the moulding and re-orientation of today’s youths lie in their hands. As youths, we must awake to the realisation that we are society, what we make out of this society is what our generation will be remembered for.
What will we be remembered for? A generation that came, saw, and was conquered? A generation that came, listened to music and drank our lives away? A generation that sat still while our future was being ripped apart? You see, it all lies in our hands.
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