I am coming to you today in the
Yoruba dialect of the Okun (an offshoot of the Yoruba domiciled around Lokoja,
Egbe, Kabba) North-Central, Nigeria. It is a basic way of exchanging
pleasantries. I am greeting you in their parlance become I have not been with
you in some weeks. I am overwhelmed by some deliverables that contested for my
time of writing. Complements of the season to you! Thank you for being a part
of my journey for 2015.
Today’s versus series is quite
domestic because it deals with the worldview of Nigerians before having an
opportunity to see how things are done in other parts of the world. However,
some of our people with great exposure will still return to this lifestyle once
they are on the Nigerian shores. I am taking about the Nigerian factor. This is
the reason why Richard Branson founder of the success Virgin Group would come
to Nigeria and shut down his operations in few years.
The Nigerian Factor is the way we
do things that are acceptable to our modus
operandi but it is the unacceptable standard elsewhere. The Nigerian factor
cuts across all facets of human endeavour such as politics, career, time
management, tax evasion, judiciary, leadership, journalism amongst others.
There are many unacceptable ways why people cut corner here; a boss sexually or
physically assaulting his staff; the judiciary biased; road traffic management
system; loan becomes bad debts, all these have equally affected our timing system
that is called ‘African time’. Unfortunately, some African countries are still
making things work while the ‘giant of Africa’ is the great-ant destroying
Africa. You understand it beyond my description!
The Leading Practices, which use
to be called the Global Practices, is the way in which things should be done
that is globally acceptable to people. Some leading practices in the area of
ethics, business management, project management, construction, medicine, time
management, engineering, staff engagement and others are available online for
us to learn and develop a suitable and adoptable strategy for our country. These
things would be engrained in our psyche that we do not need to be re-orientated
when out of our geographical space.
One of the things that have made
other nations look down on us is the way we do things; our morals and values. We
have the opportunity of re-evaluating ourselves as the year comes to an end by
asking, ‘what ways have I upheld the Nigerian factor that is negatively
impacting on my ability to follow the leading practices?
The main disparity between
Nigerians in the Diasporas and Nigerians resident in the country now is the
ability to adhere to the leading practice.
Have a lovely Christmas!
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