tHe SoCiaL nEtwOrK.

tHe SoCiaL nEtwOrK.

I watched the movie, ‘the social network’; to say I was inspired would be an understatement- I have been touched by heaven’s purest light. The thing with light is that, it helps you see clearly. I now see how youths are terribly affected by the inadequacies that characterize our educational system.

The University should be a place that inspires new ideas and concepts that would drive the nation to greater heights. What we have in our case is a system that is dismally inadequate and inhibiting. Students are forced to memorize, for exams sake alone, methods and theories that are in many cases, outdated. There is no true learning happening in our schools anymore. The ones who succeed eventually either have wealthy and well placed parents or just have an incredibly high level of understanding of things. I agree that acquiring knowledge and wisdom is optional; but getting an education-quality education-shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right

I understand that ‘the social network’ is but a movie, however, the facts are there. Our colleagues over there, who we are supposed to interact with on the global scene, are far more prepared than we are, and it has little or nothing to do with the individual student’s desire to be educated-no it has more to do with a government that understands the order of things and the place of education in its society. It recognizes the impact that a well educated citizenry will yield for it.

The movie clearly makes one truth evident- nothing is impossible, if only you believe. Every child, every youth, every Nigerian should be able to believe this truth, and appreciate the extent to which it is applicable to them. A 26 year old is the world’s youngest billionaire, sitting over a company worth about $25 billion. It happened because there was an abundant air of possibility around him that wasn’t even created by him; but it fed his inner-man till it yielded such an outcome. It happened because he lives in a system that is alive and responsive. My life has changed since seeing that movie, and I want as many people as possible, especially the young, to get the opportunity to change their thought pattern and improve their lives totally.

I recommend that the movie be described as a ‘necessary watch’ to every young person out there. To kids in elementary school, to teenagers in high schools and the young people in colleges. Let the change we seek start from within and let the healing start from the inside.

I B E L I E V E ! ! !

Iweka Kingsley.



46 thoughts on “tHe SoCiaL nEtwOrK.” by Scopeman (@scopeman60)

  1. I really see that this movie’s impact was indeed deep… We will talk later…

    1. it was deep bro. Be expecting to hear from you.

  2. So fortunate the young have something to open their eyes and mind with. I still haven’t watched the movie but I hear you.
    Not to digress but for some people who our universities have brainwashed and blue collar jobs have ground down, is there still hope?

    1. There is a saying, ‘whenever it dawns, that’s when the day begins’.
      There is hope at any point.

  3. i feel the place where this piece is coming from and pointing to… our systems are bad, moreso the educational system, we need to change, real fast….i’ll search out that movie, heard too much of if not to

    1. I really liked the movie, it was very inspiring. You should really see it.

  4. Ayo (@boringblogger)

    It is not a coincidence that the top IT gurus in the world and possibly richest guys in the world started off in US Universities.

    1. Exactly my point, their systems are conducive and effective, so that it nurtures the best of ideas and ensures that they become industries.

    2. Yes o! But if u read Outliers (I am embarrassed to say I forget the author) you’ll understand that its not just from the unversites, even highschool. Their youths are exposed to opportunities at all levels…

      1. that much and more is true.

  5. Very introspective…Our Educational system really needs a shake-up.

    1. more now than ever.

  6. Ayo (@boringblogger)

    I do volunteer work for school kids here in UK. You’l be amazed at what they are exposed to at that young age (I work with children age 9 – 16). The next one we are doing involves bringing PhD students as volunteers to work with their teachers to teach these kids on how to build a turbine. That’s one of many 1-day science/maths programmes they do.

    I also had the priviledge of doing some volunteer teaching in Nigeria. I taught senior secondary school students. Comparing what the two are exposed to, I can only say, there’s no comparison! It was a Lagos State secondary school. 2 Maths teachers for SSS1 to 3 (about 70 students per class, at least 4 arms per year), hot classrooms, unmotivated students (only means of motivation was the use of cane). I had two of my ‘professional’ friends talk to their final year students (SSS3) on setting career goals. According to them, those days were some of the best experience in their secondary school lives!

    1. Ayo, I’m interested in hearing more about the unmotivation of your students. Did they not care about passing their exams? What else were their minds on? Why did your professional friends’ talk have such an impact?

    2. we should talk more, I’m quite impressed by your efforts.

  7. Ayo (@boringblogger)

    All I see in the eyes of the Nigerian child is potential. Potential that has very little chances of developing. We have too many motivational speakers in my opinion. We need bold entrepreneurs and philantrophists who can invest in these kids. Who says we can’t have our own Bill Gates or Jerry Yang or Mark Zulkerberg?

    Government also needs to make deliberate efforts are restructuring our curriculum and I am not talking about introducing new courses or subjects like we like doing.

  8. hmmm… The extent to which we have been deprived is incredible.
    I still see hope despite the odds

    1. We see hope in our youth, they see possibilities in theirs. That’s the problem. We always act as if we are on the diving board. When we should just dive in already. A lot of hoping and no action is what cripples us in nigeria!

      1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

        Yeah cos the diving board is still comfortable. Maybe when the diving board gets too hot for comfort, maybe we’l jump.

      2. I was skeptical about adding that, if all we have is hope, then we are of all men, poor, most miserable. I just didn’t know how everyone wud take it.
        I’m of the opinion that seeds not sown will never yield harvest.

  9. Ayo (@boringblogger)

    That’s why I think we have too many people (me inclusive) talking in Nigeria (motivational speakers). We need more of action than words.

    1. So lets get to work already!

  10. and if we keep relying on the government to “restructure” our educational system then we’d probably rant forever. we need to be radicalized – we have to do something ourselves no matter how little- motivate someone everyday, lit up that spark in them since everyone of them have potentials. The issue tire me sef! Mschew!

    1. I agree with you Colotrends.

    2. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      I volunteered several hours in a secondary school in Naija. While not trying to blow my trumpet, I know how much effort I put into that work because its what I love doing.

      Its from that experience and many more that I know government needs to do much more before the little we are doing can have much effect. Teachers are not well trained, there’s little motivation, and the curriculum needs total revamping. That’s govt’s work. The thing tire everybody.

      The school I volunteered in is in Lagos not one bush. They used to hold some classes under a tree because the classroom was too stuffy. There was no week one or two students don’t collapse in class due to over heating, and you don’t even want to know what happened when it rained.
      I can go on and on.

      The people need to do a whole lot but again I guess people have too many personal issues to battle with, adding any extra to it is punishment. We vote in govt to do their bit.

      Nigerians try a lot to be honest. I can’t imagine ordinary human beings surving in d environment some Nigerians thrive in. I doff my hat when I see some things on TV.

  11. I think the problem is that, no one wants to do it alone. Most of the motivational speakers, for me, are just in it to print n sell books that they duplicated. Then there’s d cynical nature of our fellow country people. I always say we are a country of cynics.
    Another thing is the fear of failure. No one wants people to point at him/her saying,’He’/she tried to do this n failed. Waste of time n money, etc.’
    Not to mention, the harmful influences around the youths today…

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      A look at NS alone will tell you what Nigerians can do given just a little nudge.

      1. I like it when people of like minds and similar interests agree on an issue. It’s means redemption is near. What we need now is to match solutions to the various problems we’ve identified.
        I am motivated and encouraged by the comments on this article. Thank you all.

  12. the more i read the comments here, the more i get embarrassed by the Nigerian situation. the other day i heard that a certain school in the UK had a special kind of I-PADS for PRIMARY school students! it was a PUBLIC school and here in 9ja a corp member is battling with a DDC machine…hmmm

    1. lol @ battling with a DDC machine. I can imagine the actual scene. It is quite sad, moreso when people embrace it as the normal condition.

  13. It’s all right for all of you to sit back and talk about the dismal state of our schools but the fact of the matter is that while the developed nations such as America and the UK serve as role models for us,they should not be our yardstick.

    Individuals make up a society and they also constitute the government of our nation.The rate at which we have been developing as a nations has been impeded by our own actions on an individual level.

    we get posted to schools where they teach subjects in Hausa and what do we do? we join the crowd pr sit at the edge in righteous indignation.

    We get paid for letting students who can barely speak a word of English to cheat during WAEC and for the love of cash throw our faces away.

    We know we are being thought crap in our universities and what do we do?
    we simply cram and pass for the sake of getting the hell out of school with a degree.

    How many of us expounded new theories and presented them to our lecturers?

    The perks that are being enjoyed by our counter parts in the developed nations didn’t start with the government or with the laws put in place.It started with individual enthusiasm even in the face of suffocation odds and a determination to make things that had gone horribly wrong right.

    It’s easy to make a call for action oh,but how are we changing things on a small scale? In our Teaching post? offices? homes?

    Nigerians love putting blame in the all the wrong places.If given the opportunity to change the educational sector in Nigeria,would you? or would you be swept away by the made desire to accumulate wealth and to hell with all else?

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      To be honest, from my own personal experience, I can say Nigerians are trying. This is not about laying blames. Il encourage you to go out to schools in Nigeria and see deplorable states at which teachers teach and I keep wondering, whats the motivation? Why would this teacher leave his/her house every day and travel a long distance to come teach pupils without the tiniest form of encouragement?

      I honestly believe Nigerians are trying and have really tough shock absorbers. That’s why in my article here on NS, I wondered if one should be happy abt this or sad. The shock absorbers make us accept any form of hardship. It also makes us sit down doing nothing hoping for change.

      And we don’t need to go as far as the UK or US to see how low we’ve sunk in Nigeria. For me I used to be proud up to the level of arrogance of my country. Not until I went to Ghana and visited the University of Legon in Ghana. Since then, I am still proud of my country, bt my arrogance is gone.

      It is not all Nigerians who are swept away by desire to accummulate wealth. Infact, I may be wrong but I believe it is only a very few Nigerians who fall into that category. The problem is, people who don’t fall into that category are too comfortable in their lifestyles to want to bother about changing others

  14. True, we all have our parts to play as individuals. The purpose of this piece is to remind all of our predicament, to inspire action from all ends, to encourage those who are working hard to make things better.

  15. Ayo (@boringblogger)

    lool..we don turn NS into political forum. Abeg make dem no ban me.

    But in moving forward, like I suggested elsewhere, foreigners are helping us to develop our land. I was in cab here one day when the cab driver (a british) told me of how his parents own a school in an African country and how they buy books and stuff for students in the school via an annual donation. The annoying thing is, the amount they donate though is more than sufficient for the school, is just a little amount.
    We also have doctors without borders, etc. Groups formed by foreigners.
    I suggested on another blog that why can’t Nigerians in Nigeria and all around the world come together to help the Nation. Why can’t we have people volunteering to teach in public secondary schools? doctors volunteering a few hours of their time to attend to patients for free at govt hospitals? etc
    I got no response.

    1. hmmm… Ayo, you are giving me a new definition to ‘Social Network’ with this your suggestion. You will definitely hear from me again on this matter. I no be ‘sit-down-look-Nigerian o’. I believe in action.

      1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

        I await your strategy. Inbox me whenever you come up with one.

        I will be glad to be a part of it.

        1. no problem Ayo, I’ll surely get in touch with you.

  16. Action is it! Lets not continue abiding in the deep waters of talk without action. Nigeria needs a revolution and that should be our obsession, our credo! Nigeria can only be great if her individual citizens work for greatness… I rest my case.

  17. …will go get a look first.

  18. Thanks for sharing this scopeman.More grease.

    I think I have to add a few words to this. |i am no prophet of doom, but for the entity called Nigeria, i stopped seeing the larger picture a long time ago.I am, and still is privy to some information that wavers my bluntly optimistic person as regards this country.

    I am no Jesus, i cannot save the world. what I can do is do my own bit for the man next to me.PERHAPS. if that man does his own bit too,summing up all those efforts collectively will mediate a change.

    I repeat that i refuse to see the larger picture.I am sad as I type this, but it is the reality I am faced with everyday.

    i have chosen to do my own bit.In fact, I was elated when I was chosen to be a member of an NGO I volunteered for that advocates reading culture among youths.

    Just do your own bit,shikena!

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      I agree, looking at the larger picture sometimes may bring tears to ones eyes.
      For me, however, its a calling. I am not sure I will be happy if I die and Nigeria remains in this state we have found ourselves. What will I tell my children and grandchildren? At least I want to tell them I did my best.
      I also know that we all have our roles to play in this ‘struggle’. The important thing is that we play our role.

      We will get there

  19. This is nice @Scopeman … really nice!

    1. thanks Boomingsols, it’s been a while. I hope u r back for good?

  20. @ Ayo: I pray your strength remains unwavering.More grease.

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