By Ukamaka Evelyn Olisakwe
Whoever came up with that plan to scrap history in our schools didn’t just wake up to take that decision; they thought it out, knew its implication on the future generation. They wanted us done with. They hated us, even before we were born.
History, Literature and Agricultural Science were OPTIONAL subjects during my senior secondary school days. They are still optional today. Do you blame Nigerian youths for their historical amnesia and for believing whatever the social media spews – for paying tributes to anyone with the tag ‘Great’ or ‘Iron Lady’
We should declare war on our government for this evil: for denying us History. Our leaders have sworn to have us intellectually and psychologically stunted. They have declared same war on our own children, too, while we sleep. Am I making excuses for my generation, for the intellectual gap? Hell, YES! We never asked for this; we didn’t even know what was happening – what was being cooked up for us. But you, the older generation, knew this.
Whoever came up with that plan to scrap history in our schools didn’t just wake up to take that decision; they thought it out, knew its implication on the future generation. They wanted us done with. They hated us, even before we were born. And what do we have today? Sad. We have youths celebrating the ‘founding fathers of Nigeria’. We have youths advocating for ‘sweep-it-under-rug’ when issues of the Nigeria/Biafra war are raised. We have youths not wanting to analyse the flaws of the ‘founding fathers’. We just want to be over with it and continue on a bleak future. My people say: the child who refuses to ask what killed his father, same which killed his father will kill him too.
To restore our dignity, then please, biko, join in a fight to have History and Agricultural Science reinstated as compulsory subjects in our Secondary School curriculum. Join in the fight to wake up the Ministry of Education from their slumber. It is time to wake up.
Ukamaka Olisakwe is a banker and author of the novel – Eye of a Goddess.