This is an interview with Jacob. He has a unique perspective on how we can help African people in Nigeria. He highlights the pros and cons of colonialism and European rule in his country. He too aspires to a better life, to become a successful entrepreneur. His challenges are many, but he has a strong faith and understanding of the outside world. Read more to get to know our brother in Nigeria.
KBK: What is your name?
KBK: What country are you from?
KBK: What was life like growing up for you in Nigeria?
J: It was quite a mixed feeling for me. I had to experience the military reign which had quite an effect on me and my family.
KBK: What languages do you speak?
J: I speak English and Ibibio.
KBK: What was education and school like for you?
J: I was opportune to attend a private elementary school and I proceeded to a primary school in the same school, afterwards proceeded to a public school which was one of the best in my state.
KBK: What is the culture like in your country?
J: My country is endowed with a rich and robust culture, and several festivals were held all year long by different ethnic groups all over the country.
KBK: What were the effects of colonialism and foreign influences in your country?
J: Colonialism and foreign influence had both positive and negative influence on my country.
The positive influences include:
* A lot of companies were created by the colonial masters, these companies comprises of oil and manufacturing companies which made the country’s revenue to increase. There were lots of development in the country.
The negative influences include:
* Many people were enslaved and forced into vigorous manual labor. After the colonials left, the companies were mishandled and corruption became the order of the day.
KBK: What is the economy and finding a job like?
J: According to reports, the economy is growing, but the effect is not being felt by the common man on the street. Therefore, the search for employment is very hard, with a large junk of the working age either unemployed or underemployed.
KBK: What are your goals for yourself and your family?
J: Well, my personal goal is to become a great entrepreneur so that I can be independent and also help some other people to earn some income.
KBK: How can Black people in America and Europe help?
J: We need re-orientation of our mentality in Africa, and I passionately know that people who have gone outside the shores of the continent have a clear understanding of how things should be done and therefore, they should return and enlighten their community and also induce a working plan for human capital development.
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