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1/Hi everyone! Welcome another session on #ListenUpNG. Our special guest is @Chude Jude Jideonwo
2/@chude will be tweeting on OUR NATIONAL CAKE. Today’s session is part of the INDEPENDENCE EDITION of #ListenUpNG @Chude
3/Presently, my dad is sick and we have to go do some diagnostic tests. You won’t believe the cost! #ListenUpNG @Chude
4/This made me wonder at the fate of the average man on the street who dared to be Ill!???? #ListenUpNG @Chude
5/No wonder most people resort to prayers and religion not out of faith but because of lack and poverty #ListenUpNG @Chude
6/Our health care sector is disheartening! Same with other sectors too! Education, Power etc #ListenUpNG @Chude
7/And yet…we are a nation richly blessed by thee almighty! What happened to us? What happened to our resources? #ListenUpNG
8/Why are the basics necessities in life still a luxury majority of the populace can’t afford? #ListenUpNG @Chude
9/Join the conversation and tweet with your comments and questions with #ListenUpNG @Chude is ready to inspire us
10/Join me to make welcome Chude Jideonwo, a dynamic young man you have to listen to! #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo The first problem of course is the fact that ‘national cake’ is in fact the cultural driver for our politics #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo And not just our political but much of our national life. Our economics, business: based on a mission to share #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo rather than build. Some people hav said, with seriousness, that the Nigerian dream is to ‘hammer’. That’s the point #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo So the challenge becomes, how do we move from a base philosophy of consumption to one of creation? #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo How do we move from a society where everyone wants to ‘collect’, to one where people believe in ‘building’? #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo How do we move from a transactional nature, as Nigerians, to a – forgive cliche – transformational one, where life gets better?
@KemiOdutayo I tweeted from #Olandiigbo on Saturday, where @obyezeks spotlighted this existential challenge perfectly. #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo There is an important sense in which we need to urgently reach a natural consensus that our culture has become a hindrance.
@KemiOdutayo I don’t mean our heritage or our traditions ie where we are coming from. I mean culture, who we are today. #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo And the identity that has emerged from that ie who we have become, and how we see ourselves. #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo When a generation grows up seeing a nation where ‘shares’ are the only ones that not just succeed, but are celebrated.
@KemiOdutayo When it doesn’t matter what you do, how you do it or why you do it, but only that you made money from it… Nothing you tell
@KemiOdutayo that young person will matter. The strong images that person sees will define the way he or she acts the way she reacts.
@KemiOdutayo And all around us are people who succeed without any clear path. We don’t know what they do, or how they do it.
@KemiOdutayo Or, even worse, we know how they did it. Theft, compromise, lies. But there is no consequence, and therefore no deterrent.
@KemiOdutayo When ignoble ease and slothful wealth replace any values of innovation, invention, even ‘ordinary’ positive imagination.
@KemiOdutayo Then we waste time if we believe a generation, or a nation will act differently. No National Orientation Agency can change that
@KemiOdutayo So that’s the base of it. #NationalCake sharing as an organizing philosophy. #ToHammer as the ‘Nigerian Dream’ #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo Its a distorted identity and a distorted culture, lying at the root of the decisions we make, and the actions that we take.
@KemiOdutayo We need to understand that the superstructure of what we see – bad roads, bad hospitals, bad water, power issues #ListenUP
@KemiOdutayo And what we sense – ‘corruption’, ‘sycophancy’, ‘tribalism’ etc, come directly from that base. We need to change that first!
@KemiOdutayo And that’s not cliche, thats a reality, and it’s an urgent one. Nothing else will truly change until we change that #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo And you build nations, not based on brick and mortar, but based on a system of shared values – and #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo a carefully built architecture of people inspired by what is possible, by what can be, by a focus on longterm goals #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo This imperative will need be driven by leaders who both understand this imperative and have the credibility to see it through
@KemiOdutayo They will take that understanding to build public institutions that can translate that ideal into bread and butter. #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo Because like @kenyanpundit reminded Africa weeks ago, government and governance is important. Africa will not ‘entrepreneur’
@KemiOdutayo its way out of its many problems. The building of public institutes that can support large scale ‘development’ becomes crucial.
@KemiOdutayo Part of that imperative will mean building a society where people can find work, and those who can’t can still be supported
@KemiOdutayo Which is where our un-employment numbers must worry anyone with an eye on #NigeriaIn2050. #ListenUpNG
@KemiOdutayo Basically all of the ideal-building and values-sharing is ultimately useless if public institutions don’t work/ and #ListenUPNG
@KemiOdutayo people cannot find work, create value, and demonstrate and ‘live’ and breathe those shared ideals. #ListenUPNG
@KemiOdutayo The movement from ideation to actual bread and butter, brick and mortar must be swift, and must be sustained, and sustainable.
Wow! The concluding part of #ListenUpNG Wk43 with @Chude will be posted soon #OURNATIONALCAKE