Let’s talk about something that is so important to anyone who’s going to enjoy a life of freedom and peace – finances. Women, in particular, need to know that their financial freedom and stability is key. One of the reasons for its great importance is that a financially stable and independent person has more security and liberty to make decisions that are best for her.
Anyone who is conversant with the kinds of conversation that Nigerians usually have about Nigeria, her challenges and the way forward will agree that we are prone to making comparisons between Nigeria and other nations making great strides in the 21st century; whether we are lamenting the failures and needless setbacks that we are dealing with or we are looking for solutions on how to get ahead and get better in making our nation great and our lives better.
Recently I was privy to a discussion that centred around some of the old-world policies and techniques that successive government administrations in Nigeria have often deployed in tackling challenges and growth needs that confront us. The generally favoured position is that trying to apply archaic socio-political and economic methods to latest realities had been a major hindrance to Nigeria’s development (apart from all the usual suspects, e.g corruption) in at least the last two decades .
It’s very easy as a citizen of a country like Nigeria, in fact, any country at all, to feel like one is insignificant and unimpactful in the scheme of things that are happening in the country. It is much easier to fall into this kind of thinking when you’re not a prominent person in the land or you’re not really at the helm of things like a top politician, a mover-and-shaker, or a top government official. The truth, however, is that it is ordinary citizens that keep any country going and their routine and seemingly ordinary activities are the heartbeat of the nation. That is, if the (majority of) citizens are doing what they ought to be doing.