Have you taken a careful look at the back picture of the N20Â note?
The woman on Nigeria N20 note is Ladi Kwali (1925 â€“Â 1984). She was born in the village of Kwali, Gwari region ofÂ Northern Nigeria, where pottery was a common occupationÂ among women.
She was so skilled that her work
becameÂ known in Europe, Britain and America. In the
late 1950s andÂ early 1960s, her work was displayed in
London at theÂ Berkeley Galleries. She became
Nigeriaâ€™s best-known potter,
was awarded a doctorate and was made MBE in 1963Â despite not having a formal education. This womanâ€™s
photographs appear on our national currency because someÂ white men appreciated her hard work and lifted her upÂ irrespective of her background.
This is how far the whites can
go to reward hard work.Â In our Nigeria of today what
has gone wrong? Do we careÂ about hard work again? Do we
even give jobs on merit?Â Parents even harass teachers
to pass their dull children andÂ give them good grades.
Touts and outlaws get the bestÂ appointments and
contracts in your governments.
Have you remember the last time
any Nigerian UniversityÂ had a convocation? Who do they
honour? The highest bidderÂ of course! We have thrown
away the value of hardwork.Â Even in the University,
lecturers are no longer employed onÂ merit. We must ask
ourselves basic questions- where is allÂ these taking us
The 2015 general election has
come and gone but theÂ manner in which some people have
been rewarded is a thingÂ of concern. Many people were
not rewarded accordingly.
For instance in my state, people
who gave their all to ensureÂ that APC stands in Benue
have now been sidelined due toÂ their values for
uprightness. We must make bold to stopÂ this. Hard work
must be encouraged by all Nigerians at allÂ levels in
We must go back to the drawing board and think ofÂ rewarding hard work. Nigerians are hard working people butÂ they must be encouraged. The more we refuse to encourageÂ hard work, the further we move away from development.Â The time to think right is now.
Good morning Nigeria.