THE NIGERIAN CHILD AND THE TALE OF TWO SKILLS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?(1)

WHERE IS OUR PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILDREN’S KINDNESS?

Wednesday, November 13 was World Kindness Day. According to Wikipedia, ‘World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.’ In many developed countries of the world, the day is deliberately placed on Schools’ Calendar and activities are organised to mark the day and engage children, helping them to understand that kindness is a universal language that penetrate every divide, colour, sex, religion and all.

The day for me, is reminder for the state of our precious children and their disposition to kindness and this I seek to ask the sobering question, WHERE IS OUR PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILDREN’S KINDNESS?

Look around you and in a no long distance you will see children’s inhumanity to children like we have never witnessed before. By virtue of our work, I see and hear of bizarre cases of child to child abuse.

Cases of individual and pack bullying, offline and online; verbal and physical torture, child to child sexual abuse, including sodomy; cliquing, discrimination, examination fraud, cult and gang attacks, internet fraud, group and unbridled consumption of pornographic materials both in print and electronic and in the name of entertainment, substance abuse and luring others into same and the likes are today common but worrisome features of the relationships that our precious children share with their peers.

It is important to note that both the affected children and their peer perpetrators are both victims in need of help.

Permit me to submit that our precious children are either positive or negative beneficiaries of our example and training.

It is in the light of the foregoing that we must review the kind of examples we show and training we give to our precious children that produce in them narcissistic tendencies we see them manifest in an alarming and disturbing quantity, irrespective of their status in the society. As the case is with the rich, so it is with the middle class and the poor.

Still fresh in our minds is the widely reported news of a child in hybrow school in Lagos, who attempted to poison his peer because he believed that the peer was better than him in school.

At the time the case in reference happened, it made the headlines but as our custom is in Nigeria and possibly Africa, it was relegated to the back burner of our conscience and consciousness once it’s sensational value was spent. I am not sure we interrogated the case and the society enough to find the root causes and find enduring solutions to same.n

We are today raising children, whose hearts the milk of compassion and the honey of empathy do not flow in torrential quantity and quality and whose consciences seem to have been seared as with a hot…

When I come your way tomorrow, Sunday, November 17, 2019, I will share with you the findings of our own interrogation of the situation, the root causes, tested strategies for deconstructing same and the role of the S.A.F.E™VILLE Project.

You can place an order for S.A.F.E™VILLE comic today and surely thank us later. Our precious children deserve the unique contents in it and their touched hearts will applaud and celebrate us for this…The taste of the pudding is in the eating.

Kindly share and comment on this piece in promoting THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILD.

Do have an INSPIRED weekend.

Yours IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILD,
Taiwo AKINLAMI
234-8033620843
http://www.taiwoakinlamiblog.com

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