The Buying Lifestyle Of Nigerians In 10 Years, Versus The Ubiquitous Igbo Lock-Up Shops

The Oasis Reporters

December 28, 2019

Cross section of Igbo citizens in Lagos.

In the last twelve months alone, most significant items I needed including a flash drive, were purchased online and delivered by the online shopping website to the address I indicated.

This is an eye opener to the behavior of an average buyer and changes are bound to occur. Therefore visits to lock-up shops would experience a decline. Shoppers would most likely buy online or visit malls. What then are Igbo traders doing to upgrade their trading skills to meet up with the advancement of technology ?

Someone wrote that an Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba parents sent their kids abroad for study. But the Hausa son returns immediately upon graduation and takes up a job in the public service. No matter how low the pay is, he stays and grows gradually.

The Yoruba looks for an opportunity abroad, works for some time (5years maximum) and returns to Nigeria to work for an expatriate company or a private sector company.

The Igbo son just like the Yoruba looks for an opportunity abroad, secures a good-paying job, settles down abroad and vows never to return to Nigeria again.

In the next 10 years, he is married and has kids who don’t even know how to speak Igbo.
The next project is to bring all family members abroad who in turn, follow the footpath of their brother by refusing to return to Nigeria. Now the whole family is abroad with only parents living in Nigeria.

Given 15 years after, the Igbo son is now an influential Software Engineer in one company in Canada. The Hausa man is the Commissioner of Police in the Igbo man’s hometown. The Yoruba fellow is currently the senior Network Engineer of the mobile line the Igbo man’s father uses in his state.

Igbo man sends money home to build a mansion in his village that is under developed.
The Hausa man recruits 50 of his people into the force to create employment. The Yoruba man writes to his state government of his company’s intention to sponsor 20 Nigerians abroad for study, and he can facilitate 15 to come from his state. That is transfer of skills.

As the Yorubas and Hausas are taking over the private and public sector jobs in Nigeria respectively, the Igbo men are deserting and littering their states with mansions without production companies.

Ebytex Impressions further says, “ask an Igbo man to invest in his region, he will narrate countless reasons why it is not a good idea. But, upon death, he would be rushed home to be buried.

There should be an extraordinary burial levy on any Igbo person that is well off, yet has zero investments in Igboland.

Igbos always brag of being in control of trade and commerce. Well, the bad news is that in the next 10 years, the buying lifestyle or behavior of an average buyer would change. They won’t be visiting lock-up shops.

The advancement in technology and innovation leap for Ndigbo cannot be left alone to our governors. Some are trying while others are clueless. Only a few government officials understand the importance of capacity building and utilization. We must start re- building our capacity to remain competitive at home just like we are abroad.

Those at home must be empowered to remain home to avoid the rush out syndrome. It will also reduce the increased cases of fast lane.
The reason I am making this post is simple; if we don’t change, we may not have a place to call home in the next 30 years. Igboland would be deserted.
We must make hay while the sun still shines, ” concludes Ebytex Impressions.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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