Lepacious Bose: Nigerian Youths Don’t Read

Lepacious Bose: Nigerian Youths Didn't Read

Lepacious Bose decried the intellectual laziness of Nigerian youths.

Highly celebrated Nigerian comedienne, Lepacious Bose, was not in a laughing mood yesterday. She took to her Instagram page to criticize the poor reading culture among Nigerian youths.

The chubby Lepacious Bose said that youths are more interested in celebrity lifestyles and juicy gossips than acquiring beneficial knowledge.

When I was a teenager, every girl of my age read novels. In fact, we often engaged in a competition to know the fastest reader among us and how many novels that each person read. We could read anywhere we chose; in a bus, in the toilet and at mealtimes.
Nowadays, I meet a lot of girls on the way, but I have never seen them reading a book. They don’t even hold novels in their hands, at least to show off or in pretence. Instead, they are always glued to social media. They know who is dating who and who is wearing what. Many of them do not even know the names of the governors of their states, but they know the name of Kanye West’s mum.
They do not know the capital of Kaduna State, but they know Kim Kardashian’s home address, even the colour of the paint on the wall of her toilet. Ask them what is happening in Syria, they cannot tell you because they don’t know. But they know that Jay Z and Beyonce had a fight this morning and why.
In fact, they know the details of Emeka Ike’s divorce more than the actor and his wife do. If you ask them which state in Nigeria is preparing for an election right now, they don’t know. But they can tell you about Tiwa Savage’s whereabouts, what she is wearing and even what she ate for dinner.
Our generation is not living up to expectation, I know. But what happens to the next generation that will take over from us? They are a disaster waiting to happen. Yet, I quote Asa, who said, ‘Who is responsible for what we teach our children? Is it the Internet or the stars on television?’ So sad.

Lepacious Bose has distinguished herself not only as a comedienne but also a social critic. She recently spoke vociferously against obscene music videos and vulgar lyrics by  Nigerian artistes.

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