by this, Segos ohbee nm,
i mean to say that
at the end of the day,
in any economy / nation anywhere in the world

the attitudes, perceptions and responses, etc
of the general public in that national economy / nation
at any point in the economic history of that nation i.e
at any point in time in the life of that country
to

● careers, professions,etc of folks in that country
● how any one made his/her money
● what a person does to earn his/her living
is
a direct function of

the ( relative ) ease of access and/or otherwise
of the ( greater majority ) of the general public in that country
at that point in the economic history of that nation i.e
at that point in time in the life of that country
to money
and
to a fairly good quality of living / fairly good standard of living

especially as link-able to the various professions / careers practiced in that country
and
the various methods by which persons earn their living in that country.

and Segos ormaahleechar nm,
i take the substance of my position on this
from the Nigeria experience
– especially from the period 1960 to date 2021.

and i posit further,
Segos nnmaah nm, that
this observation
applies in full measure
to any other country anywhere in the world
both currently and historically

irrespective of whether that country is located in
● Africa,
● Europe,
● the Americas,
● Australia,  
● Asia
or
● anywhere else.


Segos ormaahleecar nm,
to back up my point
by both demonstrable example and demonstrable evidence ;

[●●1] : here in Nigeria in the 1970s
virtually everyone wanted themselves and/or their children to be
in particular
● medical doctors
● engineers
● lawyers

[●●2] here in Nigeria in the 1970s
virtually every family dis-couraged their young ones
from playing football a whole lot
and
from participating in/at any other sport[s] a whole lot
no matter how talented in that sport the kid/person was.

the idea of your child taking to football as a profession
or
to any other sport[s] as a career and profession
was essentially
pure anathema at the time

as most families desired that their young ones become
in particular
● medical doctors
● engineers
● lawyers
and
often went out full-blast to channel their progeny in these career directions.

[●●3] here in Nigeria in the 1970s
folks used to ask questions and make comments like :

what does that man/woman do for a living ?
is he/she a doctor ? a lawyer ? an engineer ?
what type of business does he/she do ?
where does and/or where did he/she get his/her money from ?

Segos nnkeh nm, fast track the same Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa
from 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980?
to any year
from between
1989 when Nigeria introduced
a policy and practice of de-valuation of it’s national currency
( i.e a policy and practice of de-valuation of the Naira )
which is generally rumoured
to have been and to be
a silly, stupid, negative and un-necessary economic venture

based on what Nigeria and Nigeria Residents have suffered since that time
e.g.
● brain drain,
● skills drain,
● capital shift,
● loss of investor confidence in the Nigeria economy,
● retrenchments of staff including managers & workers,
● closure of many companies – including manufacturing concerns,
● etc, etc, etc .

till date April 2021

and take a look at those perceptions and attitudes again.

[ another look at ●●1 from 1989 to 2021 ] :
having seen engineers lose their jobs in many companies
e.g
in the private sector in the period 1989 -2021
as a result of the depression in the economy,
( manifesting for example
in the closure of engineering consultancy outfits
and
in the closure of engineering contracting outfits, etc )


a whole lot of people are no longer keenly desirous
for their children to become engineers.

having seen nationally & internationally acclaimed professors of medicine
upon retirement from fully active careers here in Nigeria
in the period
1989 -2021
instead of resting, relaxing and enjoying a well-deserved retirement
having to
take up jobs in far-away places like Dubai?, Saudi Arabia?, UK?, USA?
in order to sustain themselves and their families

as a result of the depression in the economy
( manifesting for example
in the non-payment of pensions ????????? for retired professors )

and
having seen
shocking stuff like
the non-payment of salaries of serving medical doctors in the universities

and

University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu | Hotels.ng

other shocking stuff such as
the worrisome incident sometime in 2020
when a suspected covid-19 patient
showed up

at the otherwise highly acclaimed
University of Teaching Hospital, Enugu [ UNTH ]

and the medical doctors ( and other staff ) ran for their lives
because
the Federal Government of Nigeria had provided
no Personal Protective Equipment { PPE } and linked materials
for the doctors and nurses to use
when interacting with patients carrying
the highly contagious and highly infectious killer covid-19 disease / illness


a whole lot of people are no longer keenly desirous
for their children to become medical doctors.

Segos nnkeh nm,
at a time and for a time,
there was some sort of artificial? boom in the finance and banking sector.

finance houses sprang up.
merchant banks sprang up.
staff of finance houses and banks were very well paid
and
everyone wanted to be in a finance house and/or a bank.

then reality hit.

where is Forum Savings & Loans now ?
where are the other finance houses now ?

where are all those Merchant Banks now ?

and for several years now,
banks have been letting staff go.

having seen finance houses and banks fail and fold,
having seen bank staff been let go,

a whole lot of people are no longer keenly desirous
for their children to become bankers.

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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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