Last Friday, we had an interactive session with one of Africa’s highly celebrated writers, Prof Pius Adesanmi. While attempting to wrap my head around how best to describe the experience, he published something on his Facebook page about that perfectly depicted how the interactive session went.
Read what he said below.
After my presentation to the DAWN team, we moved to a second conference room where Bamidele and I had an interactive session with social media youth assembled by the energetic Paul Adepoju.
That was the toughest part of the day for Bamidele and I. Patriotic Nigerians in their twenties. You look into their eyes and see so much passion for Nigeria. They ask questions about hope. They want you to give them hope. To give hope to this restless and brilliant Nigerian demographic, you have to be able to look at the public and political spheres and point out the symbolism of example. Yet, I looked outside of the expansive windows of DAWN on the 20 somethingth floor of Cocoa House and I see Bukola Saraki, Ahmed Yerima, Ali Ndume, Lamborghini- Champagne Melaye and so many scatological characters crowding the public space of example and making laws.
How do you look into the eyes of the youth demographic and sell hope when a bank robber, a paedophile, a Boko Haram indictee, and an ostentatious materialist have happened all at the same time to the democracy running their lives? That was the tough situation that Bamidele and I had to handle in Ibadan yesterday.
So we talked about the dangers of resignation and fatalism. We talked about the resourcefulness and energy of their generation. A generation which took koboko and whipped the blights that were GEJ and his yams of corruption out of our lives must not book an appointment with hopelessness now. With tenacity, that generation will eventually take care of Saraki, Ndume, Yerima, David Mark, and other infestations threatening to abort a new dawn in the National Assembly.
Nigeria will rise again.
Check out some pictures taken at the interactive session below