Hello <<First Name>>
It’s another week to check in and to share something with you. How has your week been? I can’t complain about mine. I am doing exactly what I wished for and signed up for. So, my week has been great!
I finally got around picking a book for the month, even though we are almost at the end of April. So that will be our May reading. Lots to learn from Yuval Harari’s book Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harari is an Israeli historian and philosopher and also the award-winning author of several best-selling books. You can get the book here. One of my aides said you can get the book on Google Play Books and read some pages before you are required to pay for it.
One of the things that stood out for me as I started reading this book is how our worldview changes with more access and knowledge. The things that we wanted the most may suddenly slide down our table of wants when attaining a new knowledge status. This happened to me.
I remember growing up, we didn’t have a lot. We would only eat chicken on special days. But I loved chicken, and I used to wish that someday when I grow up, I’d make so much money that I would eat chicken every day. Well, I did grow up, and by God’s grace, I made money from building my engineering company. However, with this growth came knowledge. It’s not healthy to eat chicken every day. So, that want slid right out of the Wishlist.
My chicken story is a metaphor for many things that happen to nations as they grow and emerge. It is a shame that here in Nigeria, things don’t seem to be changing for the better as fast as they should. As a nation, some things should have slid off our Wishlist. For example, why are we still talking about streetlights, paved roads, water and electricity? If the people who came before us had set the proper foundation, we would now be talking about other things to aid further development.
In the presentation I made on e-governance, I talked about industrialisation being a continuum. The second industrial revolution was built on the first, the third on the second and the fourth on the third. This is how we should approach governance, building on the successes of the previous administrations, finishing what they started. When we do this, then some items will slide off our Wishlist because we have outgrown them. But this can only happen when we choose the right leaders to start with.
This May, the people of Oyo State have another opportunity to choose the right leaders at the local government level. I hope that they make the right choices of Local Government Chairmen and Councilors who form the foundation of our state’s democracy. And if you are looking to influence politics locally, this is the best place to start. We need to pay attention to our leaders not just after they are chosen but more so before. One way to do this is to join a political party and be one of those who select representatives.
I wish you a great week ahead. Stay safe, and God bless you.