This is an interview with Sam (his English name). He's a young man from Nigeria. We asked him about ten questions to get to know him a little. His answers are probably what you'd expect, but he's very matter-of-fact about the state of affairs in his country. Like many in his country, he has hopes and dreams for a brighter future.
KBK: What is your name?
PL: My names mean Perfection and Loveday,
KBK: What country are you from?
PL: I am from Nigeria.
KBK: What was life like growing up in Nigeria?
PL: Growing up in Nigeria wasn’t as easy as anyone would phantom. Nigeria is a well blessed country which lacks proper governing and for this reason, life hasn’t been that easy. The poor education system, the persistent economic recession and the wide spread of corruption have all contributed a part to the difficult growing up period.
KBK: What languages do you speak?
PL: I speak both English and Yoruba.
KBK: What was education and school like for you?
PL: School was good but education was bad due to the poor learning system applied by teachers and the unavailability of good educational amenities like the laboratory, library, and computer system.
KBK: What is the culture like in your country?
PL: We have different cultures, but in Yoruba land, we prostrate to greet as male and kneel to greet as female. We host ceremonies and parties. Kids listen attentively to parents and have no right to disobey them. We also make hard work a priority.
KBK: What were the effects of colonialism and foreign influences in your neighborhood or country?
PL: Colonialism led to the establishment of many foreign technologies in Nigeria. Other influences of foreign countries led to the little development of Nigeria.
KBK: What is the economy and finding a job like?
PL: After graduating from school, getting a job isn’t in anyway easy. You need to be connected to get employed as vacancy slots are being distributed amongst company staffers. Each company staffer then give their slots to people they know.
KBK: What are your goals for yourself and your family?
PL: As a youth, I desire to become a professor of physics and at the same time, an investor. I wish have a well fulfilled family.
KBK: What can Black people in Europe and America do to help?
PL: Blacks in Europe and America can help improve our education system through orientation, mobilization and finance.
I hope you were able to relate to Sam and his story. You see the challenges he faces are not all different from those of Black people in America or Europe. Yet, he's aware of his challenges and is working hard to create sustainable income for himself.
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