On this page, we shall be talking about empowerment through self-employment. The only way to wealth creation is self-employment, even if, at the initial stage, paid employment could be a necessary stop-gap. Look around you and count the wealthy people. How many of them are in paid employment? But the success of any business depends remarkably on the proprietor. That is why in this first essay, we are reviewing the present time and tide in Nigeria and the appropriate response from a proactive entrepreneur.
These are indeed trying times in Nigeria. And men are fast being separated from the boys. A few people are changing their faith, others are running from pillar to post seeking to make ends meet. A man recently accused his wife of being the devil behind his problems because contracts were no longer coming as before: I mean contracts for which huge sums were collected to do only very little or nothing. Against all persuasions, he eventually walked out on the wife and two children. People are explaining today’s hard times in Nigeria in many ways; and equally varied are the responses.
The truth, however, is that these are also the best of times; but only for those who have an understanding of the times. Let it be said very quickly that the survivors of these times are those who will flourish when, eventually, better days arrive. So, what should every man understand about these times and what should the response be?