NIGERIANS DERIDE KNOWLEDGE.
If Albert Einstein was Nigerian, he would have been sold into slavery for proposing the Theory of Relativity! Derision of knowledge is pervasive at all levels of Nigerian society, academic and non-academic.
The newly minted Harvard Ph.D. who goes to the University of Okija to disseminate, cultivate, and nurture knowledge, as currently practiced worldwide, is hounded out of the sacrificial job. Why sacrificial? The enthusiastic, energetic, and knowledgeable newly minted graduate who spurned lucrative job offers at Ivy League Institutions and Fortune 500 companies is derided as ITK (I too know), “smart,” okachamara (all knowing), Albert Einstein and oracle of knowledge.
You are born with a brain without knowledge. Knowledge is acquired through a sense of discovery, hard work, reading, and studying. The naysayers do not confute the knowledge displayed by the new arrival but use derogatory language augmented by sabotage and backbiting to derail the academic progress of the subject. Frustrated, Nigeria’s brain gain turns into a brain drain as the frustrated individual returns to the US!
The same attitude is seen in politics whereby superbly qualified candidates are jettisoned for questionable characters devoid of humanity.
Until Nigerians start celebrating knowledge, instead of deriding knowledge, the country shall continue to wallow in ignorance, poverty, religious chicanery, voodooism, corruption, and underdevelopment. China and India are developing thanks to their nationals who are celebrated for their knowledge acquired in the West.
Africastallestman believes that since this problem is genetic, there may be no easy solutions.