Speaking the Nations Mind

Obi Cubana’s Vainglory By James Ngwu Eze


Uche Nworah’s (Ezeudo) piece is full of insights. I enjoyed reading the unconsidered sides of this ostentatious show of wealth. But I still don’t think that we should in good conscience recommend this to our youths. I have not come across any record of Obi Cubana’s investment in people or a list of people he reportedly built up apart from Cubana chief priest who even left him in a rancorous episode. If a record exists, I’d be delighted to see it. But this is really not about Obi’s public philanthropy or lack thereof. It is rather about how society acquiesces to a slow decline to a predictable demise!

Apart from folks in showbiz, I have this niggling feeling that most of the folks who put up that show in Oba are clandestine businessmen whose income sources are buried in shame. I think we should ask questions about these things. Any society that thrives in the wrong values will ultimately die!

Our society is on a steady slide to a slow death. We may choose to pretend that we don’t know that 80 percent of our youths are Yahoo businessmen and women. Are these the people who will provide leadership to our children? Are these the people who will go to global summits with brilliant and techy youngsters from Rwanda in the next 20 years? Are we planting the right values in our youths with this vulgar display of wealth which emphasizes the wisdom of making money at all costs?

I am not moralizing. I’m foretelling the future! How many incubation centers do we have in Anambra State for a state with innate ability for innovation and creativity? How can we play in the markets of tomorrow with the mindset that those who spray money in vulgar display of base morality are the role models of society?

Indeed, how different are we from the first generation noisy fraudsters whose praises Olizer de Coque sang to high heavens? What legacies did that generation leave that we remember it by today and what legacy will the current money-worship leave 25 years from now? When will this get rich or die trying mentality stop?

In my opinion, Ohamadike Ndigbo, Chief Victor Umeh’s investment in scholarship for so many young people places him in a stronger foundation than Obi Cubana’s noisy fast life!
My thoughts!

Well, mine is a minority opinion