Reporting from Nigeria: Emeka Nweze
This entry pertains to the brain drain phenomenon that is crippling Nigeria.
I would like to begin by apologizing for the long bout of silence. It is poor taste to for anyone discuss in purple passages his or her jeremiads so I’ll leave it at that and transition into the topic at hand.
There are lots of three dollar, academic definitions for the term Brain Drain. I know this is asking much but please discount what you have heard about this phenomenon so far. Brain Drain is simply this:
Competent person: “This country sucks. I know somewhere else where my abilities are appreciated.”
Competent person 2: “This country sucks. I know somewhere else where my abilities are appreciated.”
Competent person 3: “This country sucks. I know somewhere else where my abilities are appreciated.”
Competent person 2000059: “This country sucks. I know somewhere else where my abilities are appreciated.”
And so it goes. Sooner than later the country’s labor force, the very thing that it is married to its purchasing power, gradually seeps away until nitwits become the dominant element. This is what is happening to Nigeria. If you have had the tremendous fortune of being graced by the material in my earlier entries, you will have no trouble recalling that this region of the world is littered in ethnic conflict, religious conflict, political conflict you name it. And just now the fair citizens of this pale blue dot are just recovering from one of the worst economic recessions in recent history.
The focus of any beast sporting a brain cell is cohesion, deregulating deregulation, willing to bend over backwards to resolve conflicts that are bad for business (war lords are naturally excluded), etc. And yet…for some reason, that doesn’t seem to register. As far as I can tell, most people carry on as if China hasn’t become a serious super power in the space of seven years. They passively accept the soaring food prices, spike in regional conflicts and sharp decline in currency value precipitating longer working hours as all “part of the plan.” How comes it pray tell, that a civilization capable of cloning sheep, sending representatives to the moon, split atoms is having trouble feeding ten percent of its population?
The aforementioned are related, but the following can conclude the subject of Brain Drain. When Einstein fled Germany after years of extreme persecution due to his advocacy of non-violence (yep, you guessed it fighting non-violence with violence) a popular Berlin German newspaper sported the following headline: “Good News from Einstein – He’s not coming back.” That we ostracize and denigrate the best of us and honor and decorate the worst of us has been the calling card of humans since time immemorial. If current events are a testimony of some sort, humans always know precisely what to do with wisdom, courage and moral imagination. Oh and on the off chance that the reader finds this entry too grim, may I recommend some non-engaging mindless form of entertainment we use to distract ourselves?