Entertainment maverick , Charlie Boy , on Thursday , advised Nigerian youths to cultivate self reliance and productive labor as traits to acquire the transformation they so much wished-for .
He delivered the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN ) in Abuja .
He emphasized that after 55 years of freedom , Nigeria as a country continues to be economically and politically reliant , which according to him is reflecting in the youth’s attitude to life .
He alleged “it is now 55 years since we gained independence as a nation . My serious concern is the youth who are said to be the future leaders . They are yet to see life with the attitude of true independence .
“They still look on government , their parents and Nigeria for everything , and the change they so much desire cannot come that way .
“Why can’t they look inward , take their future in their hands through hard work and personal development ? ,’’ he inquired .
The ‘Areafada’ , as he was popularly called by youngsters , recounted his practical experience as a person who toiled alone to achieve prominence as well as relevance and thus encouraged the young people to be self-sustaining .
“My advice for every Nigerian youth is to imbibe the ‘Charlie Boy philosophy’ of self dependence .
“It is therapeutic for me to share a little bit of my experience with the youth , not just as Charlie Boy , but as a friend , a big brother and a mentor .
“It had been a very bumpy ride to my present location and the success attained so far .
“Many people think that as a son of a former Justice , I did not struggle for myself , but it is not true . The only thing my father gave me was good education .’’
He spelled out that at a time he was nearly deserted by his father by reason of what he thought was appropriate by him , knowing that spurred him to start fending for himself very early.
He emphasized on the point that “every Nigerian youth can change for the better , by taking responsibility for their lives instead of looking up to government and parents for everything.’’
He said government by itself might not be prepared to provide jobs and empowering environment for every Nigerians, and thereby motivated youths to uncover as well as develop their talents.