An idle mind they say, is the Devil’s workshop. This cliched expression has been used severally to explain why most Nigerian youths engage in criminal activities. “If they have something doing”, many have argued, “they will not have time for all those criminal acts they engage in.” Thus because our youths have “embraced” idleness, the “Devil” (whoever he is) has made them his workshop. But I point out en passant that the Devils in the Nigerian society are all those shameless and power crazy politicians who hand over guns to the youths and bid them exterminate their political opponents; the Devils are those who have made it their sole aim, to squash the opportunities of actualization of dreams which the youths would have had: those selfish and corrupt leaders.
In a society where you must make money (not just bucks, but mega bucks) otherwise you are a nobody, the means of acquiring the wealth become inconsequential. Remain poor today, and your position as the first son in a family will be taken over by your “Smarter” and richer younger brother. In a society where money is “god”, opportunities to make the money become very essential and are scrambled for. Unfortunately, opportuities could either be positive or negative. Our task therefore becomes that of painstakingly directing the youths to embrace the positive opportunities. But in letting them embrace the positive opportunities, there must be positive opportunities in the first place.
It is not vain saying that talents abound in Nigeria. In the area of sports alone, we have witnessed abundance of talents. Today, Emeka Nwana, Vincent Enyeama and the others have no reason to engage in “Internet Fraud”, Armed Robbery and political assassination. But it is not everybody that can be a sportsman. There are also talented musicians, writers, physicists, technicians etc who sincerely desire to apply their talents in positive pursuits. Here then is the problem: where are the openings through which these talented youths will apply their skills? I can hear voices saying,”so if there are no opportunities now, can’t they exercise patience? Must they then embrace crime?” To these voices I would rather advise that we should all come together and change the mentality of our people who would impatiently crucify a young man for failing to “make it” fast. As far as our society is enveloped with impatience, the youths will be no exceptions. And while we work towards changing our people’s mentality, let us also work towards providing positive opportunities for our youths. Opportunities which are competitive and devoid of favouritism.
Now, Kenny Ogungbe with his Kennis Music has taken a giant step towards curbing youth restiveness, while providing opportunities of actualization for the youths. Picking up and nurturing young musical artists, Kennis music has clearly channelled the attention of many youths towards positive pursuits. Having released the musics of such artists as 2FACE IDIBIA, TONY TETUILA, IDRIS, Kennis music has proved beyond any doubt that in it, talented artists stand a chance of attaining fortune and fame in a positive way. Here then resides hope for many. We must confess that one today, witnesses a mitigation of crime in Ajegunle. What with the youths there perceiving themselves as the constituents of Nigeria’s hip hop world, the equivalent of America’s Califonia.
To me, what Kennis music is doing remains one of the most viable ways of reducing youth restiveness and crime. By giving the youths hope and outlets through which their talents can be harnessed positively, their perception of reality will become more positively conditioned. In a set up as Kennis Music’s, favouritism becomes reduced and the best emerge. Which reminds me, some time ago, I had the priviledge of being in one of my cousin’s birthday. There, I witnessed hip-hop in its pure, unadulterated and no musical equipment aided form. Two youngmen Bobby and Jazzman kept the entire house entertained. Now how do Bobby and Jazzman perceive their future? I tried talking with these two youngmen and in them I found towering hopes that soon, Kennis music will catapult them to limelight. They are currently working on their premiere albums.
I must confess that I have completely lost hope in our so called leaders. Those clique of robbers have absolutely nothing to contribute to the welfare of this our country. It therefore behoves us to try everything humanly possible to restructure our country. Let us for now forget those devouring lions and try and save our country afterall, their existence will soon be cut short. Kenny Ogungbe and Kennis music have taken over the music industry, consequently giving hope to thousands of youths whether or not this music label will be able to face all the challenges that will come to it in a fastly developing society awaits another telling. But the truth is that other industries remain unexplored. It is those fields that I suggest that we should all go into. This way, we can at least safeguard the future of our country by giving the youths positive platforms as take-off points. Bravo Kenny Ogungbe!