WHY ARE NIGERIAN FIRST GRADUATES LESS RESPECTED AND REWARDED?
It is highly sad and disheartening that things have fallen apart in Nigeria. Gradually our core value system is being eroded right before our eyes and we are blind to detect it. For couple of years now the Big Brother Naija show has stolen the mind of our youths. Today many of our youths now idolize the winners of this show thus, making them their role model. I remember the likes of Efe, Miracle and the rest of them who won the Big Brother Naija show, their names were all over the social media and print media too. They were the talk of the town. Majority of our youths stayed glued to their TV screen to watch them perform without wanting to miss any episode.
Winners of the Big Brother Naija Show
1. Season 1: Katung Aduwak 2006
2. Season 2: Michael Efe 2017 -N25 M
3. Season 3: Miracle Igbokwe 2018 N25 M
4. Season 4: Mercy Eke: 2019 N 25 M
I discovered that in Nigeria today we no longer reward academic excellence. When a Nigerian student graduate with a First Class Honors, we don't hear their names on social media nor read about them on print media. Many of of first class graduates today, just get a round of applause or at most a VC hand shake and that is all. It is a pity to see the youths who burn midnight candles in academia waste away in oblivion.
Today, the government of our country no longer reward academic passion. Imagine that the winner of the Big Brother Naija show goes home with whooping amount of N85, 000 million and a Nigerian First Class graduate goes home with 10,000 and a VC handshake. What message are you passing to our youths out there? Today many youths have loose interest in academic pursuit, because the government of the day no longer reward academic excellence.
Things have fallen apart, the government is no longer encouraging passionate youths who want to pursue their dream in the world of academics. The Big Brother Naija show will be starting very soon, and nothing is been said about school resumption. We must set our priorities alright. Our government must learn to encourage our youths to get involved in academic pursuit by motivating and rewarding academic excellence.
My suggestion is that the government should give every first class graduate the sum of N10 million and an automatic scholarship for MSc and PhD and automatic employment. What do you think? Feel free to drop your comments.