*KOGI YOUTH, CATALYST FOR POSITIVE IMPACT_*
A LECTURE DELIVERED BY SUNDAY BALA OMA
DURING THE “INTERACTIVE SESSION BETWEEN KOGI STATE 2019 GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS & STUDENTS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN KOGI STATE”
_ORGANIZED BY ADVOCACY INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACTIVISTA (KOGI STATE)_
HELD THIS DAY, SATURDAY 8TH JUNE, 2019 @ ANYIGBA HOTEL, ANYIGBA, NIGERIA.
*Definition* : A youth is one with energy, young, agile, adventurous, and has the tenacity to reason limitlessly__SB Oma’s archives 2010_
*NOTE* : Like a missile, we were created to leave crevices, cracks, and footprints; as we pass through life, not to be remembered just for census purpose, but for leaving the world, better than we met it. _Excerpts from SB Oma’s speech @the Igala Association, Annual Conference, Maryland, USA 2014_
Nigeria: 15-35years – constitutionally approved. It is termed a youthful youth.
Nigeria: 15-45years- career purpose: It is referred to as middle age youth.
Nigeria: 15-55years – Political definition for selfish purpose: Its termed older youth.
Since we belong to both Commonwealth and Nigeria, outside the political definition, we go with the 15-45years, for the purpose of this discuss.
Catalyst: To speed up or promote ————- growth and development.
*THINGS TO NOTE:*
Life in its entirety is;
in stages, a stage and on stage.
Childhood (0-12/no choice);
Adolescent (13-19/divided choices);
Youthful stage (18-45/ fully in charge);
Adulthood (46-65/ has little time to correct one’s mistakes);
Finally, the Old age (66 – ∞/no more time to correct nothing, ‘cept to lament and counsel others).
The age of the youth, is the age of;
a) _Foundation laying_ .
Like a building under construction, if the foundation is not properly laid, that becomes the beginning of its destruction. Likewise, is the age of the youth.
b). _Crucial choices_
The age of the youth, is the age of crucial choices. Wrong choice made at this point is most irrevocable and irreversible. Old age normally bears the scars of it all.
c). _Permanence_ .
At this stage of one’s life, whatever character trait is being formed, is not likely to change again. Hence, the reason why this stage of one’s life is meant to be invested, not wasted nor spent, like we have always observed.
The age of the youth, is the age of active, relevant performances. Sadly, it has a timeline and can’t be reversed or recovered, when wasted or spent.
*EXAMPLES OF YOUTHS, MAKING IMPACTS*
3 Nigerians –
*Steven Peter (-ve impact) (Kogi born)*
Steve was an undergraduate of a first generation university in the 80s. He fell out of school because of his crave for women. He got addicted to that lifestyle to the point of wanting to lick the undies of ladies dried on the lines, after washing. He was expelled for rape and other evil vices he was engaged in.
20yrs after, his colleague who was focused while on campus became a world public speaker. In a nutshell, they met after a public speech by his friend, the difference between them both was the choices they made, while on campus. Steve had many wives and concubines, but no home. At his old age, he has little or no time to correct his past. The time left for him is to repent, lament and advise the younger generation. The die was cast, while as a youth. How about you?
*Samson Itodo (+ve impact) (Kogi born)*
Samson is the Convener of #nottooyoungtorun. A platform now created for more young people to participate actively in politics. The #Bill saw the light of day when the President signed it into law in 2018. He is still making waves across the world.
*Sunday Bala (+ve impact) (Kogi born)* Bala Oma is a good governance advocate, impacting lives and changing communities, across Nigeria and beyond. His latest book is in the shelf of 5 United States Universities as a research material. Currently, he the youngest governorship Aspirant for the Kogi governorship election, slated for November 16th 2019. He is the brain behind #EndSuicideOnOurCampusesNow. His passion for leadership, quality education, good governance and sustainable development is second to none. He has several mentees at his disposal also doing fantastically well across the world. He is a youth to look out for, in the next 10years.
*3 Non Nigerians –*
*Martin Luther King Jnr* .
Here was a man who had a dream titled; The American Dream. He foresaw a time when the children of the Whites and Blacks will sit on same seat of brotherhood to forge a common front.
Though was gun down by James Earl Ray in 1968. The murderer died in detention in 1998 (30yrs after Rev King declared his dream). But Rev King Jnr’s dream came to full stardom, when a black man became the number one citizen of the entire human race in 2008. While Rev Martin King Jnr is still alive in our hearts, James the murderer has gone into history’s black book of record as a murderer. How about you? What will you be remembered for?
*Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her..
She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.
“I said to myself, Malala, you must be brave. You must not be afraid of anyone. You are only trying to get an education. You are not committing a crime”.___*Malala Yousafzai*_
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced…”
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the World…”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Born on May 14, 1984, in White plains, New York.
Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room.
He left Harvard after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site, the user base of which has grown to more than 250 million people, making Zukerberg a billionaire.
Today, World people don’t care about what someone says about you in a movie- or even what you say, right. They care about what you build. And if you can make something that makes people’s life better, then that’s something that’s really good._ _Mark Zukerberg_
It’s really easy to have a nice philosophy about openness, but moving the World in that direction is a different thing. It requires both understanding where you want to go, and being pragmatic about getting there.
In conclusion, what becomes of you, after you have transited, not just out of this world, but out of the youthful stage of life, is 80% your decision. Wrong choices made at this point are most irrevocable and irreversible; old age normally bears the scars of it all.
Remember, the greatest of all tears, shed over graves are for words, left unsaid and deeds, left undone. Never you leave what you ought to do today for the morrow, because no one, not even I, will live forever.
God bless Advocacy Initiative.
God bless ACTIVISTA.
God bless all Tertiary Institutions.
God bless Kogi Governorship Aspirants.
God bless Kogi state.
God bless Nigeria, our dear nation.