Ali Baba just help confirm how true Nigerians don’t read but listen to rumors and what people say and quickly they jump into conclusion. So he said Dangote gave him money to share in a post and his Instagram page was bombarded with comments and dms. Ali Baba shared a post saying he was going to give out 25 million Naira to people with great business ideas, courtesy of Aliko Dangote. He has now revealed it wasn’t real. It was an experiment of sorts and the result of the experiment, which he has shared, is quite enlightening.
Before writing that he was giving out 25 million Naira with help from Dangote, Alibaba shared a post where he said he wanted to teach young people some of the things the late Pa Steve Rhodes taught him which helped him get ahead in life, but only 7 people commented to indicate their interest.
However, when he shared that he was giving out money to businesses, the post got lots of comments. He also got DMs from people asking for the money. But what’s surprising is that most of them had no business ideas and were asking for the money to do things like open a church and sort out their families.
From what he learnt from his little experiment, Alibaba concluded that “few want to put in the work”.
The major problem online and in our lives… is failure to comprehend what is read. And no one should start blaming any economy. Many of us are not educated properly. Even if you can read and can not comprehend what you read, your education is faulty. Reading half way and jumping to conclusions is a major function of illiteracy. You can not start reading and start to make assumptions from the one half of a post. And then when you start seeing comments, you just look at the comments and start adding yours. Follow follow is a big disease. That is why all these fake bloggers should not be forgiven when they publish falsehood. Because they help to heat up the polity. How can you not read a post till the end to know why the post was posted. WHAT, WHY, WHO, WHERE, WHEN, WHICH… These are The things that drive logical and cognitive thinking. This is why we find it hard to be original. We copy from others. Steal ideas. Because we have refused to let our brains get activated. Think about it. We have totally refused to self improve. And when people say the educational system should be revamped, the people who are victims of the bad educational system will be the first to protest. “The economy is bad”, “You can not sack them” , “So where do you want them to Go?” “Is that why we voted for you?” This is why simple questions in exams are failed. Not because the candidate can not read. But because of comprehension. Or lack of it. I have 500 messages of appeal for assistance. Not one of them read the post. They heard I was sharing money. Who said I was sharing money? They said. How did they say? Dangote gave you to share. WHEN? Today. These are the same headline news generation. They will not read body of the news. Just headlines. One is now accusing me of already refusing to share the money. After I will go and buy car with it. Another said he will take me to court. Hiaaaaaan! Education is the only way this country can progress. SADLY… THE POLITICIANS WILL NOT MAKE THAT WAY
At least there is hope. Journalism is not dead. There are still people who will read, comprehend and report the real reason behind the story. Like when #CNN says “we Go behind the headlines to bring you the real issues”. In this case the real issue is that no one wants to learn the ropes. I wrote about the things Pa Steve Rhodes had taught me, that helped to get me to where I am right now. And hinted it will be Part of a MASTERCLASS in the offing. 7 comments for over 12 hours. Then I mentioned I had N25m from Dangote to DASH out for BUSINESSES. All of a sudden EVEN those who complained that he wasted money to give his daughter a benefiting wedding, now see this hypothetical dash as the best thing the man has done. CLEARLY, MANY PEOPLE ONLY BELIEVE IN DASH MONEY. SECONDLY, people don’t read and comprehend. They will blame the economy. That’s why getting companies are on the increase. Everyone wants a short cut. Few want to put in the work. Let’s EVEN say the N25m was available for the BUSINESSES… How is house rent, hospital bills, school fees, open church and “money to sort out my family” part of business support. My DM is full. And I CLEARLY said no DMs. One of them even got cocky and said if I don’t share the money he will she me to court. Another said that is how I promised a industrial sewing machine and I didn’t give it out. The problem is people have turned Instagram to GO-FUND-ME platform. Just imagine. WHEN Dangote BUILT a FACULTY of business STUDIES, it did not trend with 3000+ comments. He BUILT a hospital. No 3000+ comment. Then a fictitious N25m vas give away… come and see comments. Home and abroad. You see why education or lack of it is our biggest problem. Everybody wants to blow. No need to work. 3 associations just contacted me about different activities they want to organise. 2 ladies want to su support abandoned babies. If there was N25m for BUSINESSES, wouldn’t all that be out of the ambience of the fund. No. People don’t read. Journalists too don’t help. Because there are many accidental bloggers. Read @lauraikeji’s book and saw where people who sought and got funds from Linda, for Business disappeared into thin air. Na so so dash we Sabi
This is the mindset of many. Like those who are rich did not struggle. Some had a worse life than the ones many have now. One good thing this generation has is internet, Google, new media, technology…. have you used the library to write a 60 page project? Have you trekked? Have you lived at the bar beach? The kind of information and opportunities you have now… hmmm