WOW! World of Wonders!
Isn’t it? All because the creative existed on our planet!
If change must occur in Nigeria, then the tables must turn. In our equations, our variables may have to be the constants or truly will have to be variables. The next generation is today’s creative generation!
Now, it’s so glaring that Nigerians has so much to offer to the world in years to come. I choose to believe that our only real competitive edge is our creative edge and not our just our natural resources! Today’s world has moved far beyond what a nation has to how a nation uses, preserves and delivers what she has! Young minds in Nigeria will have to rise and become useful like their counterparts abroad. Creative people revel in making something out of nothing, so when a new year and a blank calendar appears, the possibilities seem endless. Suddenly, impossible editors aren’t so intimidating, artistic debuts are only one workshop away and sales goals are easy to achieve.
I remember reading Daniel Pink’s 2005 book, A Whole New Mind, repeating arguments posed throughout the 20th century, argues that we are entering a new age where creativity is becoming increasingly important. In this conceptual age, we will need to foster and encourage right-directed thinking (representing creativity and emotion) over left-directed thinking (representing logical, analytical thought).
The average Nigerian youth will have to start fostering creativity intentionally. Some smart ways and steps of doing this is by establishing purpose and intention; Building basic skills; Encouraging acquisitions of domain-specific knowledge; Stimulating and rewarding curiosity and exploration; Building motivation, especially internal motivation; Encouraging confidence and a willingness to take risks; Focusing on mastery and self-competition; Promoting supportable beliefs about creativity; Providing opportunities for choice and discovery; Developing self-management (metacognitive skills).
Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western World. Simplistic popularization of their creative ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence. Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Free you mind and dive into the pool of your creative mind. Creative ability and personal responsibility are strongest when the mind is free from supernatural belief and operates in an atmosphere of freedom and democracy. Enough of those dirty believe system!
I wish to conclude this piece with the words of Abraham Maslow: The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
Let’s press the play button of your creative DVD! Ignite your thought a little! Isn’t it odd how the creative power of individuals at once brought the whole universe to order? From hypothesis to theories, drawings to monuments, ideas to products!
Let’s move on! Since, human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively adjusted, we can conclude that “No CREATIVITY, No AIR!” Still on the wheels!
You can CREATE! Nigeria can CREATE!
Welcome to the good life!
Africa is coming soon!
Written by Michael Ebia (I Am So Digital)
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