Utilize the dunghill, let’s not stay poor forever!

Ogunranti Adebayo Moses
3 min readAug 23, 2021

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (Holy Bible KJV proverbs 24 vs 33- 34)

photo credit to steve Knutson

‘What you are looking for in Sokoto is in the side pocket of your kt,’ says a popular Yoruba proverb (network with a Yoruba in order to get that translated for you)

Early this morning, I received the terrible news of a father who, after sponsoring all of his five children, died worried that they wouldn’t be able to find work.

And, surprisingly, I don’t hold anyone responsible for the tragic situation; rather, you’ll agree with me that the youngsters did not perform well enough.
In Nigeria, the problem of unemployment is particularly significant. It appears to be caused by a number of variables.

And, according to the definition, a third of our 69.7 million-strong working force in Africa’s most populous nation is either unemployed or works for fewer than 20 hours per week. Another 15.9 million were underemployed, working less than 40 hours a week.

During the Great Depression, the United States experienced a similar situation in 1933, when unemployment increased to 24.9 percent. So we’re not the first to experience this problem.

One firm belief is that you should not allow life to happen to you and that you should not blame your parents or country for your misfortune. We’re all doing our time.

Instead, get up, go to the library, say your prayers, and enter the marketplace. Volunteer your time, skills, or both to those in need.

Did you mention that no one requires your skills or that you lack them? Then figure out or develop something that someone requires. Nigeria has a lot of challenges, but it also has a lot of potentials!

And, thanks to technological advancements, your options are virtually limitless. All you have to do is look hard enough.

You must not be avaricious! The small amount of money you put in your pocket to exchange your ideas is quite important.

There is someone out there who would be grateful for the trade of your time or ability. At the very least, you should be able to cook, wash, babysit, and assist someone in a shop in exchange for a meal (I did this once!)

Don’t just sit there doing nothing. Don’t sleep haphazardly. You must accept full responsibility for your situation.

Again, Poverty will pounce on you like a bandit, and scarcity will assault you like an armed robber, if you get a little more sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.

We are everybody dealing with something; the difference is that we face our challenges every day and fight to overcome them.

This week, go out knowing that someone is eager to collaborate with you.



Ogunranti Adebayo Moses

I’m Moses. And I admire people and communities. Aside from the everyday startup development, writing is how I help more people.