I’m an angry man.
Many of you (by now) know that.
You already know that I am angry about how we brainwash our children to love certificate (and not education)
You know that I am angry about how we continue educating children and youths to love job (even while you and I know that “good job” is dead).
What you may not know is that I am furiously angry (I don’t know if that is grammatically correct, since I didn’t finish school. Lol) about this materialistic society.
Every day I see 20 years old guys (who have never worked for #50,000 in their life) using phones of #70,000 and above.
I look around and see employees who are receiving #70,000 monthly buying flat screen TVs of #120,000.
I see poor people using expensive phones cars etc, just to pretend they are rich.
And, that’s the reason why they are becoming poorer day by day.
Their poverty doesn’t affect them alone. It affects us as a nation.
Africa is poor today because we’re a nation of consumers.
We consume everything and create nothing.
That’s why we are where we are today.
Now someone would ask me, “Steve, aren’t you using expensive phones and TV?”
Well, as at the time of writing this, I have 3 phones. 2 Smartphones I use for business (I bought one for #25,000 and the other for #17,000) and my personal phone which was bought about 2 years ago for (you’ll make jest of me) #8,500.
As at the time of writing this, I don’t have a TV (and I’m not planning to buy one soon)
Now, you can see how poor I am?
Well, I’m richer than most Africans.
But, I’m not a consumer.
I only buy things to serve me.
I needed my personal phone, mainly to make and receive calls. I didn’t see how I needed iPhone.
I needed my business phones to do a little more than that, yet, I don’t see how I need a #200,000 phone.
If you hate me for saying all these, don’t forgive me.
Africans have to start thinking of creating.
We have to stop being consumers (and consumers alone).
Spend your hard-earned money on assets, first, before you think of liabilities.
Buying a phone of #500,000 is not a bad thing, but how much do you worth in assets?
Books are your assets, buy them. Real estate is your asset, invest in them.
If you don’t have enough to invest, save till you have enough money to start a business or acquire assets.
I love you!