This is an interview with Oluyemi. He's a young man from Nigeria with massive ambition and a desire to see change in his country. Oluyemi gives a very candid interview and clearly has a sharp mind to see through the challenges in his country especially in light of colonialism and European rule.
KBK: What is your first name?
O: My name is Oluyemi.
KBK: What country are you from?
O: I am from Nigeria, Ekiti State to be precise which is located in the south western part of the country.
KBK: What was life like growing up for in Nigeria?
O: Growing up in the country for me was fun but also challenging, it was challenging because I didn’t enjoy much privileges and luxuries which means no expensive toys, no summer vacations at the resort center or beach but only on school excursions. It was also fun because even though I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, the spoon I had was golden to me. Every little experience was deeply treasured.
KBK: What languages do you speak?
O: I speak three languages; English language which is Nigeria’s official language, Yoruba language which the language spoken by the south western people of the country and also pidgin language which is a mixture of two or more languages.
KBK: What was education and school like for you?
O: Schooling for me in Nigeria has been very demanding and stressful, but the stress made me better, just like when you pass a raw gold through a furnace it comes out better and brighter.
KBK: What is culture like in country?
O: Nigeria is a multi-tribal country with different and diverse cultures, religion and languages. Nigeria has more than three hundred tribes and each tribes has its own culture, the largest tribes include Hausa-Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, Kanuri, Annang, Tiv, Ibibio, Etsako and Efik. Yoruba culture reveals the customs, social behavior, cultural philosophy, folktales and religion of the Yoruba people.
KBK: What is the effect of colonialism and foreign influences in your neighborhood or country?
O: Nigeria was colonized by Britain in the 19th century. Due to colonization, Nigeria witnessed cultural, political, and economical changes and when Nigeria eventually received independence the colonial masters left behind a country divided into cultural, ethnic, economical and religious strata. Colonialism had both positive and negative effective in Nigeria. The advent of western education, science and technology can be traced to the foreign influences in Nigeria.
KBK: What is the economy and finding a job like?
O: Job opportunities in Nigeria are very limited but only qualified and smart job hunters can secure a job. Getting a job is not easy because millions of fresh graduates are released into the labor market every year to compete for few job openings, only the best of the best eventually gets the job.
KBK: What are your goals for yourself and your family?
O: My goal is to live a fulfilling life that will impact millions of people positively. I’m passionate about sound education and I hope to leave a legacy behind in Nigeria Educational sector.
KBK: How can black people in America and Europe help?
O: Nigeria is a country blessed with abundant natural resources but the major challenge has been inadequate and ineffective leadership system that can transform this abundant resources into wealth. What Nigeria needs is investment in human resources through sound training, workshops, seminars and conference on effective excellent leadership and issues patterning to proper governance by competent foreign personnel and also the educational sector in Nigeria needs a complete overhaul both in the curriculum and the Educational governing body. Nigerians also needs grants and scholarships from foreign companies to facilitate easy lesson.
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