Fighting for tomorrow

More strength to these South African students protesting for what they believe is unjust system pricing out poor people out of education. Reading some of the placards, it is the generational poverty that scares people. How are people ever going to make it out of the slum when their chances is getting narrower everyday?

I hope they continue with the nonviolent protest until Jacob Zuma listen.

Lesson for Nigeria students to learn from? Fight unjust system together in unity to get the government to listen.

 



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  1. All very well said. Govdrnments all over the world are taking their youth into consideration in planning but it seems African countries have not waken to the new direction that ears must be given to the yearnings of the young who will become tomorrow’s leaders.

    Of course Zuma’s apparent Africa’s Leadershiip Syndrome – ALS, pardon me – is legendary and I never stop wondering what he and others of the ANC learnt from. Mandella.

    Regards,
    TOLA.

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  2. What impressive young people – the nation’s treasure.

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  3. Respect to our South African brothers and sisters, the students are so visionary and genuine not to mention articulate. Thank you FK.

    A few points that came to mind whilst watching this.
    1) The black elite of South Africa, from which the ANC draws support still have in living memory the struggles they underwent to overthrow apartheid. So struggle and unity are nothing new to South Africans.
    The black elite are not as removed from wider society in South Africa, as their contemporaries in Nigeria.
    2) The elite in Nigeria, are practically aliens living among the people, they spend little time in Nigeria, their eyes and focus is solely overseas. They don’t care if Nigeria collapses, they have 2nd and 3rd homes scattered around the world.
    3) The South African student leaders don’t look as if they can be bought off easily as their Nigerian counterparts. Remember Pascal Bafyau, who used to be a trade union leader? He was paid off by the government. There have been other strikes that have failed in Nigeria also.
    4) Although standards regarding humanity in South Africa may be on the decline, it has not reached the level of Nigeria, where governments for the most part are uncaring.
    5) The students were articulating a point of view that affects wider society, and indeed indentified their struggle as part of a greater worldwide struggle against the prevailing system. Their appeal is across the board compare that to the Youth bodies in Nigeria that have a narrow political base founded on ethnic and regional sentiments.

    Nigerian students need to learn some lessons from South Africa, to know how to campaign for their rights.

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    • Thank you jco! You’ve done a much better job in bringing the sides of Nigeria to light. I have seen that clip a few times, each time I can not but picture when Nigeria will ever be able to see that our collective problems must be fought in unity to ever get any results.

      The joke is on us, as we speak, Nigeria has hundreds of students studying in SA unis paying international fees, unpredictability of strikes is enough to drive anyone out.

      Last year during the most wasteful of public fund gatherings aka National Conference, the president of Nigerian students was asking for NYSC stipend to be increased, I could not believe such insane request on a program that should have been scrapped a decade ago – well, all in the bin now.

      For Nigeria students to learn from SA, they need one voice that should include private unis as well for maximum effect.

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  4. The untapped human resources only serves to impoverish the whole world. Those that can do should be given the chance to continue their education, regardless of costs. We all benefit from a well educated society.
    Leslie

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