Days from now, we`ll be celebrating another independence day of our dear most populous country of this great continent, Nigeria
Some people will say there is nothing for us to celebrate. Others will say we`re worse today than we were 56 years ago.
I don`t have time for such argument.
Instead, I want us to examine few facts about the Nigeria independence and see some things we can learn as business owners and people who want to be successful in life.
Below I will be discussing with you six lessons you (and I) can learn from how our great fathers fight for the freedom of our country, Nigeria.
Freedom is not free
Today when you see someone who is financially independent, what do you think?
When you see someone who achieve something, what do you think about their achievements?
What do you think about Nigeria independence?
Freedom is not free.
Many of our forefathers (Ahmadu Bellow, Knamdi Azikiwe, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo etc) had to fight with all their lives.
They had to take great risk of confronting the Britain who were our colonial masters. It was not a joke. It was a fight.
Dear friend, what do you want for your life?
Financial independence or other independence?
You won`t get your “independence” easily.
Freedom is not free.
Make up your mind to “fight” for whatever you desire in your life.
By “fight”, I mean, be determined. Be strong. Be willing to pay the price.
For our forefathers to secure independence for Nigeria, they were willing to pay any price, include prison and death.
I should not say this but let me say it. For you to be successful in life, “do-or-die” (in a positive way) must be your motto.
Sacrifice was needed for Nigeria Independence
I have said something similar to this and I will say it again. Sacrifice is needed, for whatever you want to achieve in life.
Our forefathers who fought for Nigeria independence sacrificed their peace, their joy, their friendship with Britain government and a lot of other things.
There is no two way to it.
Law of nature demands that you forego something to get something.
Let me give you a simple example.
I was with a friend of mine some days ago and when he was talking about wrestling, I couldn`t contribute (because I know near nothing about wrestling).
Angry, my friend (who is also aware that I don`t know much things about football) asked me, “So, what exactly do you know?”
This is what I have to tell you.
I would have become one of the most outspoken sport analysts today, if I had continued the way I was 17 years ago.
Then, I was a crazy football enthusiast. I could spend many hours watching football and many other hours arguing it.
However at some time, I discovered that I was killing my future, by wasting my time on things that didn`t give me money.
I made a U turn. I sacrificed my pleasure of soccer and turned to book.
Book takes the place of soccer, wrestling and movies in my heart and today, here is a man whose curious studies has helped to things he would never have achieved in life.
For our forefathers to get independence for Nigeria nation, they had to sacrifice a lot of things.
For you to achieve success in any area of your life, sacrifice is a must.
Just as our forefathers sacrificed many things to get Nigeria independence, you must be willing to sacrifice some things (a lot of things) to get ahead in life.
Success is gradual
Nigerian independence`s fighters have been agitating for the freedom of their father`s land from Britain for a long period of time before they got it on October 1st, 1960.
But even then, the independence we got was not complete until 1963. The process was gradual.
Most of us today want to get rich, fast. We want to achieve success, quickly.
It doesn`t work that way. It took Dangote two decades of hard (very hard) work to become the richest man in Africa.
A friend who knows my strange, determined way of life called some weeks ago.
Since we have departed for some years, he was asking me, “What is happening? I`m expecting you at the top!”
He was expecting that the kind of person he knew me to be should have become one of the movers and shakers of the world.
Yes, I’m moving the world already, but not as he expects. It`s happening gradually. It won`t just happen one day.
Moving forward in the journey of life is always gradual, a step at a time, baby-step each day.
Dear friend, if you have tried few things, ran some business, made some attempts and notice that your progress is not encouraging, there is nothing wrong with you.
Take heart. Endure. Persist. Continues fighting.
Nigeria forefathers didn`t just get independence the first time they fought for it. They fought, persist and gradually moved ahead toward the process of securing Nigeria freedom.
Success is never final, Independence isn`t the end of war.
So many people have the idea that, if they can make much money, all their problem will be gone.
That`s not true.
Success is never final. Just at a time when you achieve something with your life, you will discover that it`s just like solving a problem.
The solution to one problem exposes us to another problem.
After Nigeria got her independence from Great Britain, as expected, there was a big celebration and jubilation.
We are free! We are independent! Was the song.
But guess what? That was just the beginning of another problem (which we`re still battling with, till now)
The leadership problem we`re facing today isn`t new. It started from the time we got our independence.
The ethnic rivalry we`re battling with today has been from the early days.
What was the cause of the Nigeria Civil war that started on July 6, 1967 till January 15, 1970?
Rivalry between Igbos and Hausa.
Igbo people were angry that Hausa dominated the political seats of Nigeria and gave them not much chance to belong.
Since capital city was in Lagos, Yoruba also felt that they had something to lose if Igbo and Biafra win the nation of Nigeria in the battle (you know, they weren`t calling themselves Nigerians at the period of civil war)
So, even after Nigeria become an independent nation, our problems didn`t end there.
Don’t` over exaggerate success.
Becoming successful will not make you all happy, so don`t wait till all is well before you`ll be glad.
Cheer up, even now. And don`t expect that the success you want to achieve will solve all your problems. Now is the time to decide to be a happy man/woman.
Education is the weapon for Independence
By the year 1950, many Nigerians have been getting education. Some have travelled to the United States and some to the United Kingdom, among which (I think) were Awolowo and Azikiwe.
What happened next was that the educated Nigerians, since they have started knowing their right for freedom were then becoming more and more “arrogant” with the leadership of the colonial masters.
Education is the most important weapon for the freedom of the Nigeria nation from the slave masters.
Nothing much is different with your life.
No matter what you wish to achieve with your life, education is the beginning.
You want a blissful marriage? You must read good books about marriage.
You want fame or political power? You must get books about history and past political heroes.
You want to be a successful business man, or just become rich in your profession? You must invest your time in reading good business and financial books.
I am a great advocate of education, though I hate the kind of education school gives. I know, beyond any shadow of doubt that, knowledge is the key that opens doors of success and achievement.
If not for the knowledge that opens the minds of our forefathers, Nigeria would never have been able to get her independence in the year 1960.
Slave masters sometimes train slave to fight for freedom.
It happened in the days of Moses (in the Bible) and till today it`s still happening.
Slave masters sometimes will be responsible for the training of those that will set their people free.
In the Moses time, the princess of Egypt adopted Moses and trained him (with the best education) in the palace of the king Pharaoh.
But one day, when the time came for the Israelite to fight for their independence from Egypt, the very man the king trained was the most “violet” leader of the Jews.
If I’m correct, Chief Obafemi Awolowo went to the United Kingdom to study, while Knamdi Azikiwe went to the United States to study.
Aside that, Britain was having so many missionaries in Nigeria, with the sole aim of introducing formal education to the nation it founded.
That was how the slave master trained the slaves to seek freedom.
Formal education was joyfully welcomed by many Nigerians. Their minds became opened. They then got courage to fight for the Nigeria Independence.
Dear friend, slave master sometimes trains the slave to fight for freedom.
No matter what you are passing through today, that thing may end up being your training ground… if you don`t give up.
These are the six success lesson we all can learn from how Nigeria fathers fought for the Nigeria independence.
- Freedom is not free… you have to fight for it.
- Sacrifice is needed… if you want to succeed in life.
- Success is gradual… it takes time. Don`t give up.
- Success is not final… after success comes another challenge you must face.
- Education is the weapon of achievement
- Slave masters sometimes train slaves how to seek freedom… endure.