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Promote Nothing But Peace – Sanni Inuwa Baba

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With the increasing spread of social media, the barriers to sharing contents about politics, current events, social events and religious philosophies have decreased considerably. The social media is especially popular among youths, offering an opportunity to engage a population segment that has, traditionally, shown lower levels of political and civic engagement.

In advance countries where people do things based on integrity, love for humanity and/or fear of the spiritual being, a church/mosque would be literally empty when the Pastor/Imam preaches anything other than a peaceful coexistence. Employees would close a company down; students would close down their schools when Managements dare to speak ill against a specific section especially the minority.

Unfortunately here, you would be celebrated and be crowned a role model for being a promoter of violence. Get cheered on, your congregation increases with your daily utterances. You would be loved for openly showing your hatred against a different religion or ethnicity. For the matter of fact, before you are fully accepted, you’ll have to denounce your love for some people and openly criticize everything about the other. Hence, your votes would be guaranteed.

Peace enriches our communities and individual lives, as it directs us to embrace diversity and support one another to the fullest extent possible. Through caring, generosity, and fairness we provide a cornerstone for attaining a sustainable, just, meaningful, vibrant, and fulfilling personal and community life.

Hypocrisy is a person singing songs of patriotism, talking about love and good governance in only situations that benefit his interests. When we meet our folks, in our places of work, business or social functions, we talk about ‘One Love’, as soon as we get on social media, or when we are with our religious or tribal folks, we become something else. We pour all our anger on others as if they are the causes of our trials and tribulations.

“The corporate existence of this country is being threatened through irresponsible use of social media …and this is capable of degenerating into major catastrophe, if not quickly tackled.” – Lawrence Audu

These actions might be small and sometimes go unnoticed. But believe me, with just a sentence, you can trigger something in the hearts of thousands. Some people throwing blows; a gun being fired; or at best put a smile on someone’s face.

As individuals, we need to recognize the extent to which all of us are interdependent. It behooves us to direct our energy and resources toward supporting, not harming, one another. The person we dismiss or even hate today may be connected in ways we don’t realize to our own well-being.

The enmity and rivalry existing between the two religions in this country are over mere words. Religiously, Messengers were sent mostly to train a nation or people, causing it to rise from the lowest depths of ignorance to the highest station of knowledge. It doesn’t even actually matter the kind of messages they bring, the concern is how accurate you get the message.

“Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up building”. Romans 14:18–19

”It is unworthy of a Mu’min [a person with faith] to injure people’s reputations; and it is unworthy to curse any one; and it is unworthy to abuse any one; and it is unworthy of a Mu’min to talk arrogantly.” – Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

At a time when everyone seems to be promoting violence, I assure you that it will take only a great person to be steadfast on his/her positivity in humanity. Everything is a matter of choice; you don’t necessarily need to post/share/retweet in response to Mr. A post. It’s not a contest. If what he posts offends you, silently unfollow him and move on. Choose to be an Ambassador of peace.

Written by: Sanni Inuwa Baba

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Why DJ Cuppy Should Quit Music As An Artist

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If you are a Nigerian, you most likely already know who DJ Cuppy is. Ms. Otedola is a Business and Economics graduate who also has a Master’s Degree in Music Business from New York University, USA. She is a renowned Dj and the daughter of Nigerian Businessman, Mr. Femi Otedola.

Many Nigerians got to know Dj Cuppy when she started Djing in Nigeria. Personally, I believe she is a talented Dj and has done well to inspire many upcoming DJs in Africa, regardless of status or ethnic group. However, I strongly believe Dj. Cuppy will make a lot more impact as a music business mogul. That is, instead of just continuing to DJ, produce and perform as an artist, she should consider investing in the industry as a record label owner like the likes of Don Jazzy and Davido.

That is, Dj Cuppy can upgrade her music management and content production business, Red Velvet Music Group to a creative media & entertainment company.

She has the capacity to pull the capital needed to make this happen in a major way. I envision a huge warehouse-like building in Lagos. Partitioned to house a mega music studio, a dance studio, a film studio, and even a music museum. Do you see where this is going?  

You were probably expecting me to bash her, right?. But no, this is not one of those – put the person down articles. Not at all. We are not about that life on steadygettingit.com. It’s all about empowering people over here, especially young Nigerians. Now let’s get back to our very own adorable Ms. Cuppy and why she should consider doing more than just singing or djing.

Posterity will smile on her for creating an avenue for a lot more talented individuals in Nigeria to attain limelight. She was able to pull the who is who in society together to raise over 5 billion Naira for her foundation recently. I have no doubt that she can make a record label and a lot more happen. Do you agree? Do you think she has the potential for success as a record label executive? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section. 

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Why Youth Empowerment Is Important In Nigeria

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In today’s Nigeria, radical investment in youth development in other to boost human capital and the economy is extremely crucial. 

As a result, youth empowerment is the most critical long-term investment a nation can embark on for the future of its people in terms of prosperity and quality of life. 

Below are some of the reasons why Nigeria should treat youth empowerment as an emergency. 

  • Youth Empowerment To Fight Poverty 

The key to unlocking hidden capacity that can improve the standard of living of the average Nigerian is youth empowerment. Today’s youth will be the ones to lead societal growth or a lack of it in the future.

An empowered youth is freed from the fear of the unknown, insecurities as he or she possesses the necessary knowledge and skills to determine their destinies, as a result creating a continuously improving society.  Above all, without empowerment, a generation of potential innovators, investors and gurus will be lost.  An individual can only give with he or she has. For instant, an empty cup can not supply another cup with its content. 

  • The Economic Impact Of Youth Empowerment

Research shows that there is a strong correlation between economic growth and youth empowerment. In other words, possessing better knowledge and skills would have a direct impact on the economy of any country. With a knowledgeable workforce for example, productivity increases, quality of work increases, the quality of goods and services increase. The economy is better for it. 

 Furthermore, people with better knowledge and skills possess the capacity to earn more from their endeavors. This results in stronger consumer spending power. As one becomes employed, starts a business, and/or experience growth in earnings, his or her ability to purchase home appliances, cars, landed property, technology etc increases. This creates a positive ripple effect on the economy as various industries like auto manufacturing, tech, real estate and many more are directly impacted, leading to a growth in the nation’s GDP. 

  • The Need for A Long Term Social Network

In a country like Nigeria, where skills is not enough, there is a need to build a long term social network if one is to beat the poverty plague.

Without a support system, an individual is vulnerable to all types of disadvantages one can image. Youth empowerment strengthens connections and collaborations with other members of society, laying the foundation for life long value-added relationships. These relationships are vital to the development of better opportunities for the youth, families and the larger society. Recommendations for a project, a new job or business opportunity is important in Nigeria, making building one’s network more crucial. However, it takes empowerment to be able to build an effective network.

To conclude, the government, cooperate society and well off individuals need to do more to empower the youth. This is important, if they truly believe in the vision of having an advanced society for generations to come. 

 

 

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