#ThinkOutLoud: LESS TALK, MORE ACTION- @gbengaosowe
“This piece is dedicated to Olayole Oluseyi (@sunkit1) Raquel Jacobs (@ms_raquell) and every other Nigerian youth showing kindness by their actions”
Ajara is thirteen, and she has the speed of a horse.
To her, every errand is a joyous opportunity to run and exercise
She has mates in USA and Jamaica who have considerably less speed and skill
Yet, they would be the world champions in 2020 Olympics
While Ajara might never get on the tracks for Nigeria
Because our sports ministry is all talk, no action.
James, a five years old boy with no shoes, lives in Bariga.
He hears his parents complain about the rising cost of food items but does not understand.
Why does his father always hiss whenever he listens to the news?
Muttering words like thieves, corrupt people and clueless government
The boy doesn’t understand the words but knows that life can be better
To him a pair of sandals and school books will make an early Christmas.
People say talk is cheap! I say DEFINITELY NOT in Nigeria
In my country, talk is not cheap, TALK IS FREE
Everyone who has a mouth and a semblance of a brain can talk
They talk of fashion, sports, music and politics
Seminars, conferences, committee meetings and all manners of talks
In my country people talk, yes they do talk
Everybody talks in my country and they all want to be heard
They call it blogs, articles and stories but I say they are all talks.
They talk about how the nation can be better if we act together
Much talk, little action and the situation remains the same
To talk about the ills in the society is noble and should be encouraged
To try and remedy the situation by our actions is nobler.
I have many things to say but I’d rather stop here and get to work
Lest I be guilty of more talk and less action
The little boys, girls and infants whose homes have been ravaged by flood will not read my article
But my actions will definitely be appreciated by them and their parents
As you read this article prepare your mind to back your words with actions
Less talk, more action is the panacea to our common problems.
I am @gbengaosowe