The curious case of Nigeria’s different youth generations and their poverty: A rejoinder

The Nigerian youth is a diverse group that does not fit any one stereotype. The poverty of this group as well as other Nigerians is caused by the subtle acceptance of poverty in Nigerian culture as an occurrence that people bring upon themselves.


Messrs Femi Pedro and Ahmed Sule make sweeping generalizations as though the Nigerian youth were one monolithic block. This assumptive centrality gives their arguments a simplistic skew and is representative of how Nigerians as a whole fail to apply thoroughness in analyzing our national challenges

Adebayo Alonge
Solutions Ideator

Young and old white rhino as representative of Nigeria’s two different generations
Image credit: Wikipedia

Nigeria’s socio-cultural structure is not one that offers young people a place or a platform through which they can be heard. This is why middle aged and older men will attempt to stand in positions of authority and attempt to speak to and on behalf of a generation to which they do not belong and of whom they do not understand. It is a culture that prides itself in applying whatever advantage one may have in getting ahead of others. Family wealth, traditional kingship titles and age- nothing is spared in forging forward in what is the scramble of Nigerian life. In our race for worldly success which we define primarily in the material, we commonly accept that poverty in our communities is the result of people’s ancestral sins, their own misfortune and the barriers placed in their way by enemies.

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