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●● and this was a period when Nigeria residents used to DIS-COURAGE their children and wards from PLAYING FOOTBALL and exploring fully any talents that may have for SPORTS preferring instead that they SWOT HARD i.e STUDY HARD to become Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Engineers, Architects, Lawyers, etc

●● at this period the ARMY was generally regarded as not being a very nice profession as the soldier could get shot by a bullet and die therefrom and so Nigeria residents generally did not encourage their children and wards to go into the ARMY if an alternative career path was available.

ditto for joining any of the other NIGERIA ARMED FORCES e.g the NAVY, the AIR-FORCE, the POLICE, then.

●● at this period BANKING was generally regarded among Nigeria residents as a career path alternative that could provide one a good salary / income and a route to get to the top of a job ladder / occupational ladder that could be embarked on by students who either for example had no one to pay their fees at the University or Polytechnic and/or were not able to obtain admission into the University or Polytechnic.

ACCOUNTING / ACCOUNTANCY was generally more or less regarded in the same way and was seen as a course that ambitious / high-aiming persons could study from home and pass the various parts e.g PART 1, PART 2 of the course and thus obtain a qualification with which to seek for employment.

as a matter of fact students of courses like COMPUTER SCIENCE at the Universities and Polytechnics were often a butt of jokes for other students who used to laughingly? .. mockingly? .. ask them where in Nigeria they intended to see the computers they would work with upon graduation ?

this was the period when a computer was an extremely rare thing to come by in Nigeria.

●● one thing too about this period was that the Nigeria POUND and the later Nigeria NAIRA were really strong with the Nigeria NAIRA exchanging,for example, at circa 1979 at

UNITED STATES DOLLAR $1:00  = NIGERIA NAIRA ₦0:60

UNITED KINGDOM ( BRITAIN ) £POUND £1:00 = NIGERIA NAIRA 0:75

●● another thing too about this period was that going abroad e.g to the UK or the USA, etc was generally seen as a TEMPORARY THING
.. a visit or a holiday .. or a period of study or training ..
after which one would return back home to NIGERIA.

being born abroad e.g in the UK or the USA, etc was seen as more or less an incidental thing .. and even in some quarters as a demonstration of lack? of discipline? by the Nigeria father or mother as the thing expected of him or her was to finish his/her studies and come back home, get a good job and thereafter marry AND NOT to marry either white folks or black folks or Nigeria folks while still a student or still sojourning out there in EUROPE, THE AMERICAS, AUSTRALIA or ESLEWHERE.

●● as for PROSTITUTION .. male prostitutes was a thing virtually un-heard of and female prostitutes were generally persons who had come into hardship in life, for example, through the death of both parents i.e father and other at an early age in life e.g  5? years .. 6? years .. 7? years .. and not having anyone to fend for them usually suffered a painful, torture-full period of working as house-maids for brutal, wicked masters and mistresses before coming to an age of maturity and independent thinking at which they usually broke out from the slave-like house-maid / house-help function into prostitution.

a choice of between the devil and the deep blue sea ?
a case of the frying pan or the fire ?

●● as for being a STRIPPER or a PORN STAR or PORN ACTOR / PORN ACTRESS those jobs simply did not exist in Nigeria then and the general public did not know that any such occupations existed.

even the very idea of someone being a stripper was something only very few highly-worldly people were acquainted with – probably either from their travels to foreign lands where they encountered such or from their vast and diverse general reading.

that was the GENERAL MINDSET back in the 1970s.

that was also the GENERAL STRUCTURE and GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE here in Nigeria among Nigeria Citizens and Nigeria Residents back in the 1970s.

even as far into the 1970s as the year 1979.

FAST TRACK i.e FAST FORWARD to just 10 years later i.e to 1979 +  10 years = 1989 and things in Nigeria had changed so much that Nigeria seemed to be a different country other than Nigeria for those who had known Nigeria in the 1970s.  

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Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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