What story are we going to Tell!?

What story are we going to Tell!?

These past few days have been difficult for all of us at Tell!, to say the least. Afterall, how can you build a successful startup if your users – the most important people in your ecosystem- are not safe, or happy.

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We are more than saddened by the current state of the Nation and the fact that the president’s speech  didn’t help quell the tension, but only added more firewood to the furnace.

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Even this morning, most of the contents I found were related to people professing their desire to leave the country for greener pastures.

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But, if everybody leaves, who go con remain?

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Personally, I honestly can’t stop thinking about how the current situation of things would have a chain reaction effect on our future as a people and as a nation.

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What story are we going to tell our children?

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Are we going to tell a story of how we left our country for greener pastures because we were scared and afraid and we couldn’t do anything about our bad leadership?

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Or are we going to tell a story of how, inspite of over 1001 challenges that were set to destroy us and challenge our very existence, we stood our ground, we found opportunity in every adversity and eventually we prevailed?.

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I understand that our reality seem to be all gloom and dark and cloudy with no form of hope in the horizon, but really this has been an eye-opener. Afterall,

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“No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come”

– Victor Hugo

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I think the next step for us as a people shouldn’t be plotting our escape plan to leave our country of birth, rather it should be how we can start to each take deliberate steps towards building an ideal society, because no one, not the UN or any of the celebrities who tweeted #ENDSARS is going to do this for us.

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I think the first step towards sustainable change is getting more young people involved in the leadership in Nigeria. We would be deceiving ourselves if we think that electing a youth as president would be a win for us, because there’s little to nothing the president can really do without the support of the senate or house of representatives. So we need to populate these houses with as many well-meaning youths and individuals as possible. Senatorial / Representatives elections should be as important to us as Gubernatorial or Presidential elections.

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Also, if you truly want to enact sustainable change, try to get your PVC.

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Next, we need to all be a little kinder to ourselves. The reason why sayings like ‘the average Nigerian is corrupt’ can be justified as true is only because that’s what most young people have been exposed to from the onset.

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But this is not who we are. Real Nigerians (Africans) are kind, humorous, hospitable and friendly. We shouldn’t let a few bad eggs give us a bad name.

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I know we all feel dejected, sad and lost. In fact “all I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us” by Micheal Jackson has been playing in my head all day. However we should know that we all feel dejected, sad and lost together.. and that should help solidify our solidarity.

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Lastly, I would like to encourage us all to be as prayerful as we can. It doesn’t really matter which religion you follow. Let’s pray to God and have faith that he would answer our prayers and make Nigeria a better place.

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After praying, we should ACT

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Let’s help one another. Let’s be there for each other so that at the end of the day when we are asked to tell our story, we would tell the story of how we prevailed, together ✊🏾

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We would also continue to do everything within our power as an organization to help contribute to the narrative. We are also open to suggestions and opinions from you.

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God bless Nigeria 

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Kind Regards ♥️,
Toheeb Ojuolape
Cofounder, CEO @ Tell!
 

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