7 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T GO TO THE UNIVERSITY

Should everyone go to the University? It was in June, I think, in Vanguard Newspaper, that I first read something related to this question. I cannot remember the exact specifics of the article but I can remember fully well how I felt when I finished reading it, dissatisfied. I left feeling that there’s more to be said on this issue than just condemning the system and equating it with secondary school certificate in other clime. I made a mental note to research on this topic and write about it, someday.

Four months later, one night, I bought a candle, lighted it then went to bed. I woke up the next morning to see the candle burnt out. That is how I do my research, I literally burn the midnight candle. My research done, I made for the laptop and began to type this.

I will take a long hard look at our universities (and by university I mean polytechnics and other degree-equivalent awarding institutions), and lay their intestinal organs bare on the desk. If you are about to register for Jamb, keep reading. This isn’t designed to make you change your mind. But you have the right to know what you are up to.

1. The University Won’t Teach You Common Sense.
One will assume that the Ivory Tower will teach you something as basic as common sense. It doesn’t. There’s no department of Common Sense nor is there a general course Cons 101 (Introduction to Common Sense). Why should anyone bother with a learning ground that cannot teach this minimum requirement for admission into Homo Sapien specie? The university teaches bogus high-sounding courses and unleash graduates with so much intellectual swagger but with not one iota of common sense.

Is Common Sense such big deal?Yes. And it’s not common among we graduates. I will give you three instances, all happened in the NYSC orientation camp. NYSC because 100% of the campers are graduates, or so they claim.

A) An announcement that was recurrent in the assembly ground was shit. Corpers hurling shit on nylon all over the places, corpers shitting in front of the lister house, corpers shitting behind the camp director’s quarter, etc.

B) I got to the bathroom to take my bath, one morning, and saw that someone had deposited a lion share of shit there. On the cemented floor of a bathroom!

C) In the queue for food, corps members swear, push, shove and curse each other generously. Because of tea that was thin-coloured water, that would turn the stomach anyway, bread that was half-baked, soup that was miniature swimming pool. Some corps members go as far as take food flasks to the parade ground. And break Usain Bolt’s record as soon as they were dismissed from the ground, running to the food queue!

Graduates!

You can’t blame them, they didn’t do common sense in school.

2. It Will Give You Crazy Ego.
Being a graduate here will elevate your status with nothing to sustain your lofty height. A Nigerian degree will make you too big for available jobs and unqualified for jobs you’re supposed to do. The other day, a friend of mine got a job offer as a cleaner. All she was required to do was clean this facility every morning, Monday to Friday and earn twenty thousand naira each month. Say what you wish against twenty thousand but cleaning before eight o’clock with the whole day to burn seems like robbery to me. But this friend of mine said no, she’s a graduate and couldn’t do such. Now she’s teaching in a stuffy classroom 7.30am to 2.30pm for I think eleven thousand naira.

Actually I was among those who advised against the job; I told her that the job would soil her Bachelor of Arts Degree. That’s what schooling does to you, give you boldness with no safety net. I am not saying we’re regretting the decision because if she asks for my opinion again I will say no to cleaning job, she herself will never stoop that low. That’s how we are wired by education. I am trying not to use the word brainwash but what is the logic of rejecting an easy uneducated job and end up settling for teaching ‘A is for hardship’ for eight hours, for 365 naira per day?

3. It Won’t Teach You Survival.
Some slogans now dangerously hurled about graduates include: The labour market is terrible, No job for you out there, People are losing jobs every day, You must have something beside your certificate, Learn a trade or two, etc. Their logic is that you learn a trade along side (or after your) scholarship because you may or may not be able to put food on your table using your fancy degree. So they harassed us so much in camp, forcing us to the canopies to go learn bead-making or tailoring or solar system or auto mechanic or cosmetology or fish farming or money ritual (I wish) and so on.

Now my logic is, why go waste your time earning a degree that may or may not put akara and pap on your table? Why not shun the university, use the money to learn and set up, under one year, a trade that is 100 percent guaranteed?

4. University Education is Really Really Insufficient.
When you leave school for the labour market, you hear stuffs like aptitude tests, CVs, interviewing, computer proficiency, entrepreneurship, wealth creation, value accession etc. How many of these are taught in the university? Zero.

So you learn your What is agriculture, Types of farming implements, Functions of the plough bla bla bla. After five years, you may not have seen a sprayer before, but you have graduated and are turned rudderless on the society. Serious organisations will after (if they dare) employing you, send you on say six months training (so you weren’t trained in the university!?); usually employers won’t bother to waste such money, they’ll just ask for five years experience from fresh graduates. Our universities and polytechnics don’t give this kind of experience.

So what the hell do they do in higher institutions?

Don’t lose your temper yet.

A week or so to my passing out parade, our zonal inspectorate organised a forum where some ‘resourced persons’ spoke to us about life after service. One of them particularly insulted us. He dismissed our results as useless, called our CV empty, and generously poured scorn on our status. He really shattered confidences. I had to dig deep into arrogance to survive the brilliant onslaught. But he cracked a wall.

If the degree is something worthwhile, how come she doesn’t protect her children from lofty insults like Nigerian graduates are useless, half-baked, clueless etc? Why is the degree the meek cat people kick when they can’t find themselves in a toilet? Why? WHY!

5. Going to the University Won’t Earn You Respect.
The era of gaining respect just on the strength of carrying handouts under your sticky armpit is gone with our uncles. We are the dog eats dog generation. There are millions of graduates roaming about the streets like agric fowls in a tight room. No one will notice you. Why should anyone in his right senses burn candles, endure sleepless nights, romance starvation, spend a fortune just to join an army of a people who call themselves learned but who are mostly hungry, idle and clueless? What will it profit a student endure all the hardship, surviving starvation in the university and end up as the 1,895,623rd graduate in his geopolitical region?

6. It’s Dangerous.
The system is built to frustrate daylight out of you. Every process involves a bottleneck. An exercise as little as submitting file requires fasting, examination is pure battlefield. There are so much missing scripts that I suspect that at the end of their marking, lecturers usually put ten percents of the entire scripts in the bin as offering to their ancestors. If you escape the terror of lecturers, cultists will shoot you. Sigh…

The other day, before the Senate, a ministerial nominee was asked something on Boko Haram and he said he wouldn’t say much about them because he had a family to carter for. Same here, I won’t say much against cult guys because I have loved ones in the campus. So saying about lecturers, in Nigeria, lecturers are legends not because of their academic brilliance but for their mastery of the art of failing students. So no matter how brilliant you are, you may have to ‘sort’ a lecturer now and then to pass. If you are a pretty girl and you have he-goats in your department (and their are many of them in the system) then you need more than prayers. Try dry fasting.

Why should youths be exposed to such evil in the most productive period of their lives?

Terrible.

7. It is Terribly Expensive .
I am yet to believe that certain people cough out half a million naira as school fees in some private universities. I have seen and talked to people who are beneficiaries/victims of this fee that would kill Karl Marx a second time but I still manage to equate the whole stuff with fiction. I sometimes imagine how it looks like when they go to the bank to pay school fees, when hundreds of students line up, each carrying a Ghana-must-go bag full of money on the head!

Oh, this is two million naira in a four-years course we talking here! Not counting other costs, that’s assuming you feed on guava from the school farm, trek to and fro school, and read only books found in the library, write on slate, and use a broken bottle for haircut. And this is assuming a lot. But assuming it all the same makes for an outrageous sum. Two million! Hold me, I am dizzy. Now on graduation (still assuming) you earn the minimum wage of 18,000 naira (if you are lucky) how many years will it take you to recover your capital? Put this money in Alaba International Market. Or Onitsha Main Market. Or importation from China. Do the maths after one year.

A counter argument is that people who study in this schools are usually big shots whose parents already have positions for them after graduation. Then why bother going to the university? They can as well use their child’s WAEC since the position is the child’s birth right. Even if we succeed in silencing this set of students as an impotent minority, it isn’t the end. Most state universities I know (where people who feed from leg to mouth study) charge more than one hundred thousand naira per session. Add that to the nefarious accommodation fees, cost of feeding, ‘sorting’, textbooks, transportation etc. More than three-quarters of a million naira gone after four years. That is the price for two Keke/tricycles. Keke Napep business thrives so well in Owerri. So you buy two Keke, drive one in Owerri and give your brother the other to drive in Bayelsa. Calculate how much you will make, after four years.

I can go on and on, but what is the use? It won’t change anything, and I know people who will dismiss this as the rambling of a sadist. Some will attribute this to unemployment. But I can boldly report that I have gotten a job. Don’t ask me where, the only matter is that the salary is heavy. The last time I was paid I went to the bank with a carton–it’s that heavy. And before you pinch me for a loan I must inform you that I have since used the money to bury my grandmother.

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42 thoughts on “7 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T GO TO THE UNIVERSITY

  1. muyiwa Oni

    Well, no justification of actions taking in school and giving the opportunity to opine that “i” was probably the most un serious student that ever survived. It’s probably the same reason why I never wrote a line and it was another reason to say am lazy, I think to a large extent I was, lol. But my point is, education in nigeria is a waste of time and resource, well, some department actually learn a few things but how much is a few things. Why must a student be judged on the grounds of English and maths excluding the beauty of art and craft. So I have 10A’s but fail maths and English, the society considers me a failure and then I get treated like a victim of third degree murder. The society and the minister of education are doing a lot but nothing.

    I know that people actually learn a thing or two from school and its kool, it is, but lately most people don’t even have to go to school to learn what they know, the real basics of life. Am glad I went to school but life has thought me I can survive without a certificate, and somehow I seem to be in that direction, it requires hard word and am enjoying it.
    I have said too much and while reading this you would probably find a typo, it’s because I didn’t go to school, it’s just that this phone prefers taking decisions on its own. Over and out. Thanks Okechukwu Kingsley.

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  2. muyiwa Oni

    Talking about grandmother, it still amazing how she makes her million and willing loans it out from just land and property. I should also include selling drinks and I mean coca cola and Fanta and doing some rentals of those white plastic chairs and she’s super rich, I just might take that loan soon, but she didn’t have to go to school to learn that, life just became her teacher and if u ask me, she must be a very fast learner.

    I like school sha, I made the right friends and went to church. Those things are priceless compared to a school fees. Oya good morning. It’s almost 1am. Sleep is for the weak, smiles.

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    • HARD VOICES

      Hahahaha. This chap is really awake for me. Where did you get this grandmother from? You are beginning to smoke hashish abi? I can’t laugh. I mean, the whole country, except one or two night watchmen, is asleep, don’t want to wake any Homo Sapiens. But I really wanna laugh.

      You went to church, you made awesome friends in school, especially me. Now that’s the point, all the things we point out as our achievement on campus we learnt outside the classroom. Why always outside? What happened to the inside?

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  3. Walt Shakes

    ‘Usually employers won’t bother to waste such money, they’ll just ask for five years experience from fresh graduates…’

    There is something almost laughable about such employer expectations.

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  4. Onyeka

    I like d satire. No matter how we see it I still insist that University education is necessary. We can’t say because there are no jobs, so let’s not waste our time and resources, d school environment, d classroom, d discipline (for those that still have an iota of it in them) helps graduates become exceptional even if it’s driving keke. I almost made the mistake of ‘wasting’ a huge amount in a certain private university, thank God ABU rescued me. While I waited on ABU I calculated what it will cost me to follow in d steps of my friends who travel to Ghangzou for business, believe u me it was as little as a sessions’ fees. I don’t think it’s foolishness to pay such amounts for education anyway, but until I see that no federal / state institution has nothing more to offer. D good that can be done to our school system is to orientate entrepreneurial courses into the curriculum. I doubt if our ‘spirited’ senators and ‘to be’ education minister will effect that. Talk is cheap, especially for d apes.

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    • HARD VOICES

      Entrepreneurial courses will go a long way, and some universities already have one or two Gens courses on that, but the mess is a huge huge one. And it’s treatment goes beyond the school system, it is tied to our economic and social system. How the society views graduates, what they are ready to allow graduates, how the graduates view themselves, how far they dare etc are problems that no legislation or ministerial policy can curb. It’s a foundational issue, deep in the subconsciousness of our (dis)believe-system. We need a fresh brainwashing, which must be a generational effort. But first we must admit we have been brainwashed (an impossibility).

      I understand your points Norman. Thanks for blogging with us. I appreciate big time

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  5. Modupeoluwa

    Omg I can’t stop laughing o, Nigeria our Nigeria, often times I ask myself why I went to school if after schooling u tell me to go and learn tailoring, why did I have to endure sleepless night when I can’t even get a job. If our generation is like this. I wonder what will be the lot of our unborn children. We threw a question to our camp director those days about why 95% of corpers should teach in secondary schools, she said (with anger) its not her problem and she isn’t the cause of we being born in an era of no job. Nice write up K, for the discouragement, encouragement and the laughter at the end. You will still borrow me that part of ur money o, I have a project to execute.

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    • HARD VOICES

      That your camp director is a genius. She’s the kind of narcissistic being on whose shoulders the walls of the university crumbled. She’s a proud member of the Golden Age. Her children will sure secure civil service jobs where they’d just sit all day and ping and share photos on Instagram. This is what I am trying to say, the university has fallen so low that people like us have people like this as role models. The value of education is such kobo low that even people like this can insult us. It’s a pitiable image of the most ignominious frame. Weep not dear, be (dis)couraged, go learn your tailoring with all joy and if you are lucky a rich (uneducated) man will marry you. And you will be fine.

      I shall lend you the money, on the condition that I will collect toll from the project for ten years. That and a pound of flesh whenever I choose

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  6. Alexis Chyka

    I am not now going to agree that boko is haram but I’d accept that there’s a need for a re-orientation; as growth, self awareness, maturity and common sense can be learnt or developed even on the streets or as you strive in a business/project.

    The depth of insight to come up with such analysis and exploration of our battered education system is only thanks to having had experienced the university in it’s totality (classrooms taking up majority of the time). So all those purchasing Jamb forms, take courage, step into the den determined to be bruised but not slayed. That in itself is Survival. And at the job interview (if you find yourself in one), tell them about that four years plus NYSC five years experience with confidence.

    *Kings, this is something. Think about editing and featuring in that Vanguard Newspaper. Its time we homo sapiens tell the apes that it’s not by size or banana. Well-done.
    *’bogus’ was wrongly used in the essay. Check out it’s meaning

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    • HARD VOICES

      Gbam! Chika has landed with her trademark bang. This lady is a handful. And if my fear is half-truth she’ll right a counter essay.

      I almost agree with everything you said here except this article being an indirect byproduct of the university classroom. It’s a byproduct of having been burnt in and out of the classroom. It’s a counter-culture of the lecture hall.

      I will see how far I can push this article but I am not optimistic about it’s been published in the traditional media. I don’t have five years experience in writing. No, NYSC and classroom experience count only for your diary. Not for them ogas at the top.

      Thanks for blogging with us Copilot. And, wait, did you say “bogus” was wrongly used here? I used it to mean artificial. Rephrased, the portion will be, “The university teaches artificial high-sounding…”

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  7. justapollion

    This post left me in tears,school is overrated,just yesterday a friend of mine told me he won’t go to law school, his parents sells building materials and he is managing one shop, he said he is enjoying his life because he has made the bank his permanent residence. A lawyer ‘a supposed learned man’ selling building materials? What is School?.
    Two weeks ago someone told me to come manage his stockfish business in Aba that he will pay me 60k a month. I refused because I want a job with an image,and I can never regret my decision, using Bsc to carry bags of stockfish? Status had made us aware we deserved better but school is telling us wear starch clothes to work and collect paltry salary what an infamy.
    A critical observation and analysis of the Nigerian situation appears reveal a conspiracy of denigration of graduates by the citizenry and even the various tiers of government. Whereas the average literate man I don’t want to come them illiterates, makes the graduate the butt of his jokes, because most graduate can’t spell there names correctly or can’t express themselves in a simple English language. In this type of unsavioury situation the graduate no matter the level of performance could become an object of ridicule. If a graduate who should be seen as a moral barometer, a torch bearer can be denigrated to drive lorries for Dangote and work as cleaners in big firms, then the place of school is in the garbage can. Little wonder that such societal lampooning of graduates has made drag shop spaces in the market with traders which has led to terrible frustrations often resulting in suicide. Kings please lend me some money, my grannies memorial service is this december. Let’s do it for the grey hairs.

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    • HARD VOICES

      Hahahaha. Mehn, I really shouldn’t be doing this, I am supposed to cry in union with you, in fact I shall but first let me laugh my fill…

      Your friend has wisdom. He’s already wasted six years (plus ASUU strike) in the campus. Why should he waste another year plus nearly half a million naira in law school? The guy’s wise, he’s gotten wise. Now he practically lives in the bank depositing the loot from their timber business. Shake the guy’s hand for me.

      Why reject a sixty thousand naira job. It’s stock fish, so? That’s stock exchange man! You just tell people you trade in stock, that you’re a stoke broker. No one will know. Your BSc will be at home, undirtied. Your mom will be proud of you.

      A graduate being in the short end of a joke, nay ridicule is a shame. If there’s a class war then non-graduates are winning, they have no academic burden to slow them down, except they are lazy or shy then they are thoroughly messed with. The other day, Dangote boasted about PhD holders applying to drive his cement lorries. We should be proud of Dangote. But I’d rather drag shop with traders in Nkwo Nnewi than wait twelve years to warn the PhD that would qualify me to drive for Dangote cement.

      Now, how far with you giving me the phone number of the stock fish guy. I am asking for a friend, aswear. Did you say you wish to borrow money for your grandma’s memorial? Guy please please, I am innocent, I have no hand in your grandma’s death. Aswear.

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  8. okechukwujeffrey

    Well,I think I see our universities now as de village shrine of our ancestors, u must go there every morning to convince de people dat u r among de favoured. Some go to de university not coz They wanted to go but,coz of de society we live in,where people will always point at de illiterate as a threat to de society, where they r de regular customers to de police, where u can’t lay ur hand on dat beautiful girl just coz u r not a graduate (am sure K will understand dat point), where de first question u will get from de parents of de lady u want to marry will be”are u a graduate?, how many graduates de u have in ur family?,(what a question). Well,I think de only tin to say here is,we don’t have choice.

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    • HARD VOICES

      The university the village shrine that confirms relevance. Yeah the society has made a big deal out of the system but I believe it’s not entirely correct to refer to non-visitors of these ancestral shrines as illiterates. And money, not the degree is usually the game changer when you meet Miss Peace. If you are stinking with money a lot can be forgiven you. You pronounce road as load and shop as chop and they would say it’s the latest version of Business Dictionary.

      And anybody who ever asks me how many graduates we have in my family must give me a job. Or face my wrath. Nonsense

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  9. justapollion

    Hehehehehe, I didn’t mention that the job has a price you gotta pay.. Coming to the post again, A graduate without a value system is nothing. Even the ones that have values are being asked rhetorical questions during interviews. They will hold your cv, birth certificate, health report and still ask you to say more about yourself.. What more should I say? Maybe spew chessy lines to sugarcoat my years of unrelentend effort to make it to my present level. Getting a good job in this country is becoming a pipe-dream. And stories on how graduates are ineligible for the jobs readily available hits the net like a bad serve.

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  10. Chris Prince

    Hahahaa…..true words tho but they’re but one side of the matter. 1st off I salute your pen cos I jux stumbled across your blog yesterday and I ran through a fair nmbr of your writings and impressive they were, as well as educative. Now unto the main matter it’s quite funny how your write up is coming just when I finished a write-up with the title *why you should go to school” (in order words why you need to go to the university) I’ll try to shorten my words cos of other readers.
    Now think of an era when university education is scrapped from the system, just picture the aftermath; the society will most likely produce social ignoramuses who would see no need for international relations, persons who would neither know nor appreciate urban and regional planning, persons who would most likely never know how and why redress should be sought in a law court (but would probably brandish cutlasses for sharp sharp resolution), persons who would never appreciate the essence of accounting for large organisations and the high importance of auditing government accounts, persons who would not know how to design buildings that would manage space and preserve the environment, persons who never know neither understand the need for insurance and life assurance policies, the list obviously is non-ending, and oh yes people have made it without school but my brother university education is “priceless” …and btw which would u rather prefer if the hands of time were rewound for you? uni edu or keke/Onitsha main market?
    I salute you once again chief.

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    • HARD VOICES

      Now, I wish to welcome you to my little corner of the worldwide web. It’s great to see such quality here. Nno. I urge you to stay put in this blog and have fun. Now when I wrote this I believed it’d cause some debate but so far the debate has been largely pro-offcampus. It demonstrates the extent of the frustration we yoots have suffered in the hands of the system which is still screwing us. It became almost idealistic to argue for the campus. Thanks for taking the side you took. And what a pleasant coincidence to write this when you wrote your Why you should go to school. Why first statement is this, I am not against all forms of school. To be able to communicate here we all had to, at least, be able to read and write. My grudge is against University education (and I am not saying it should be scrapped), I am just wondering aloud, what is the use? And no, barbarism is not the opposite of education, education is not the only civilisation tool. Our forefathers had lived an organised peaceful life before the dice of education.

      Without the tertiary institutions people would still be able to appreciate urban planning, hold government accountable and relate internationally. We knew all about foreign policy and insurance before we sat for Jamb. Remember, this is a country where a seasoned mason or carpenter is likely to have more actual knowledge of building than a fresh architectural engineer who usually is a theoretical genius.

      If the hand of clock is turned I will still see myself in the university. It takes university to know that the university is pure scam. I would think that the university pays more than Onitsha Main Market. That wouldn’t make me right.

      I will be sorry if this argument ends here. As for the profile pic attached to your comment, it’s WordPress. I will have a sharp word with them. Don’t sue yet.

      Thanks for blogging with us

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  11. Adewoyin Joseph

    LOL. Sometimes I get lost in your writings I begin to ask who—or maybe what—you really are. I have a little epistle to write; it would likely be incoherent, but I beg of you a thing: take it from me.

    I personally don’t know how some potential employers would expect 5 years experience from a graduate and still want him/her to be nothing more than 25years of age. Experience in soaking garri, cooking concoction or doing cram la pour? I mean, is experience sold in computer village or Alaba international?

    An educated barber would put finesse and packaging to his service and deliveries (better than an uneducated colleague) bla bla bla, I say spare me the differentiation and show me the money goddammit!

    After years in school you get to the system and realise you’re just a Jon Snow; foreign monkeys are already as smart as you. The system itself is so flawed being a (real) graduate is gradually loosing it perks. Labor supply so outweighs demand employers literally do yanga and pick the way Sister Philomena picks ingredients for ogbono soup on market day. If Philomena was your Nkem, would you blame her? You get my drift.

    Should we stop proceeding to university? Mba! University has paid-off for many, so also has catering, tailoring, barbing, stealing — nay, scratch that. The take-home for me is for graduates not to think a BSc or it’s equivalent is gold. Seriously it’s not even copper! “Amma fresh graduate” na wash! It’s not a credit alert biko. Receive common-sense, pray, do something, humble yaself…

    I like this Sir Kingsley. This kin’ satire I no dey tire.

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    • HARD VOICES

      And it came to pass, a man of letters named Senor, son of Joseph grandson of Adewoyin of Lagos Big Deals Clan stopped by in the hut of a certain herdsman named Kingsley son of Okechukwu son of Madu to tackle Hard Truths…
      I believe the above has cleared who/what I am/was. Now lemme read your epistle.
      Employers do the damnedest things. They accept nothing short of miracles from the pool. Who can blame them, so much fish in the pool, so much useless fish too (to say the truth). They can’t be questioned, these GCEOs, they have the knife and the yam. And no, experience in soaking garri doesn’t count. If they smell garri during the interview, you are gone.
      An educated barber has nothing above a well-trained barber. The only difference is that the educated barber is sulking, distracted with unfulfilled dreams (plus greed) while the professional barber is happy to cut your coconut head.
      Foreign monkeys ain’t as smart as we are, I think we ain’t as smart as foreign monkeys. If I were the employing Sister Pheno, I will go for imported monkeys, I won’t touch Nigerian graduates with a rake.
      You rounded up by giving university a go-ahead. It has really paid off for many few people. Let him who has faith, let him buy Jamb form. But if you have three million naira and you pick to spend it in a private university over a shop in Alaba International receive Senor Joe’s common sense in Jesus name!
      Yes stealing pays, plus yahoo and Okija shrine. Until luck run out of you then you are screwed gburu gburu.
      Joe, you have made my Sunday. LOL

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  12. SuperDann1

    Lol, Now I dont know whether to still pursue my education or branch to Onitsha Main Market…maybe I will have to dig deep into stiff ignorance to do the former like you did.
    “Education is the key”, they told us. I know, the key to unlocking egos that will make us shy away frm ”degrading” jobs. Its ok.
    I’ll go read Chris Prince’s Why You Should Go To School in my bid to counter this sad truth!

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    • HARD VOICES

      Yes, please read Chris Prince’s article (what a name combination, how “trustworthy” will he be with such “pretentious” name? Don’t ask me) if you find the article, I suggest Google.
      You have put it brilliantly enough, education is the key to unlocking arrogance (please use arrogance, ego in my language is money, and that’s the last thing the university will give to you, they are meant to fleece you) to reject concrete jobs which actually pay in two weeks what your company supervisor doesn’t earn in a month. Just that terms and conditions apply to the concrete plan, artificial bald head, usu aging style etc.
      But go to some higher institution so that when graduates talk in a beer parlour you can put mouth

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    • Chris Prince

      @SuperDann1, by the 5th of November, pls search for ‘naija calabash’ -my soon to air blog that’s where u’ll see the write-up, I actually wrote it for naij.com and sun newspaper as a newspaper contributor, tho yet to submit it.

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  13. Chris Prince

    @hard voices/Kingsley, my first name is Chris, my father also named me Prince …I wonder how my names are pretentious(to u esp)…smh. and now u doubt my trustworthiness… smh x2 …so much for your first impression on our first day of meeting. but I’ll pass on that, its very understandable *winks ..we cool!

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  14. SuperDann1

    Hey! Who’s talking about concrete here? I said I am likely to branch to Onitsha Main Market and not some concrete mixing site…and who’s interested in beer parlour logic with semi under graduates wit some laminated papers as their only reference of seeing cracked university walls?

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    • HARD VOICES

      Rolling on the floor, dying with laughter. Lols, by you I don’t mean your royal highness. I mean the generic you–yoots. And that concrete is symbolic. And that beer parlour is sham-bolic etc. But I still insist you go to some uni so that when they say graduates should come out you will come out

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  15. Kelvin

    Hmm… There is nothing to say. You’ve said it all.
    SELF MADE is the best. They teach us to pass exams, we should learn to grasp knowledge in every possible positive means. The world is a computer village, surf the net.
    We live in a country where the lecturers would tell you to your face that you can’t pass if you don’t play by his rules. # God help us.
    Nice write up brother. You’ve reasoned and written well once again.

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  16. Phait

    Hilarious….true but!!!! there’s still a but….yes it is bad that our educational system is really nothing to write home about but come think of it,it is better 4 me 2 b educated than wish I was….most of us learnt so many things in the university,some got orientation,others made friends,it is just a phase to me and that changed a lot for me and I am always thankful I went,maybe our generation will be the ones to change the system…..

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  17. aitasweet

    Lwkmdfh There are so much missing scripts that I suspect that at the end of their marking, lecturers usually put ten percents of the entire scripts in the bin as offering to their ancestors. If you escape the terror of lecturers, cultists will shoot you. Kingsley oooo! Lmao

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  18. Seyi

    Very funny,interesting and a very enlightening piece,waoh!!!i will say the society has succeded in convincing us all that education and only education can do it all,including u!!!,abi y u go sch?

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  19. teethots

    Hmmm,you’ve said it all…..As for me,I don’t regret going to a university not because it has helped me get a good job,but because I was opportuned to study English literature and came across scholaars like Karl Marx and his likes who made me understand what class struggle is and why I should not strive to be anyone’s slave simply because I’m not from a wealthy home or something. My point here is just that even though the university education seems like a complete waste of time and finances,and most of the so called graduates acts like spoilt kids when they get out there,it still instills in those of us who want to know a knowledge we wouldn’t have if we aren’t graduates.

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