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Do You Think Western Culture Has A Positive Influence On The Nigerian Youth?

How would you feel when your teenage son or daughter begin to exhibit behavioral tendecies that does not depict our culture as African and Nigerians for that matter. This may be as result of trying to emulate western cultures that are at variance with ours. So has western culture impacted positively on our youths?

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Apology ma'am. it takes maturity to do

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maturity that is rare on NL

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I need to apologize, I didn't mean t jump on you like that. Your response, which like you rightfully stated is a product of what you gleaned from the posts, made it easier for me to use you or rather your post as jumping off point to admonish my fellow Nigerians. . . the ones who are so quick to blame the Western Culture (whatever that is) for every evil thing that happens to us.

They don't realize they inadvertently do two things with talks like that. . .

1) Giving too much credit to one who deserves none

2) Painting a picture of us. . . Nigerians are brainless fools who just go with the flow.

Again, It wasn't really about you per se. . .  it was more a "Look what you guys are doing? Giving people a "big head" over nothing" type of thing

I do hope you understand what I mean and again, I apologise for using you like that.

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To tell you the truth. I'm not sure who feels special about Western influence. If that is what you glean from my response, you misinterpreted or maybe I wasn't that clear.

I don't understand when people say "Oh the West/Yankee/etc influence such and such".

There are people who were raised in Yankee or UK or wherever and not all exhibit the so called "bad" behaviors. Our culture is a mix of things because we are a mix of people but from what I gathered from this thread the bad aspects of Western culture seem to be influencing the Nigerian youth.

How is that so? I think it would be up to the individual on whether they let it affect them or not.

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See how talks of this so called "Western Culture Influence" is making some people feel special? Why oh why are we giving this culture more credit than it deserves?

Let's even back up a little. . . what exactly is the western culture or what is being westernized? I've always wanted to know the exact definition and please, please don't say civilization because last I checked, no one particular group of people have sole ownership of civilization.

So what I expect  as an answer is something like

"In Nigeria, it is the culture to have Introduction Ceremony where the grooms family formally ask for the hand of the bride in marriage"

Do you see how that kind of culture cuts across time and space? Yeah, that's the kind of  Western Culture example I want, so it would be easier to see if we are being influenced on not.

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VERY GOOD QUESTION and it can be answered simply - PARENTAL CONTROL.

The Jewish and the Asian community have a tight reign (bad choice of words, I know but I think it's effective for this discourse) on their children and families, their culture and ways of doing things are imbibed in this kids from the moment they open their mouth for the first cry. Basically, they understand the basic principle. . . Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it, so no matter how influential the "western culture" is, they won't be easily. . . influenced

Instead of seeing this, understanding this. . . some people get their dram queen act on,  blaming western culture for influencing the kids and posting links to off point topics just to say "Oh look they are so bad, they steal bags at airport and fight at football games". As a matter of fact, compared to what some kids learn at home. . . from their own parents, stealing bags and fighting at football matches will be 100 times preferable.

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You can keep your identity but it's still "Westernized". It comes with the territory in which you live.

I'm just saying that you take the good for the bad but the influence will seep in eventually. You can't blame Westernization on what's happening.

You should be thinking about the youths that are affected and why they happen to be. I'm American and I'm of course, Westernized about I don't act a fool and I know plenty of Americans that don't.

I think it's up to the individual not the society that they are brought up in.

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How do you know we don't?

You don't know anyone's story until you ask or see for yourself.

If you are going by what's on TV, then you don't know the half of what N. American kids go through, especially the black ones like my peers.

My question is: (and I'm not trying to be rude) Why have or raise your kids here if our influence is so bad? You can't keep up the Western way of life completely no matter how hard you try.

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there is nothing cool or maybe about rudeness. many made in england and north america kids don't know or have a clue what life is about

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many here in the west are unbelievably rude

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I think there are some positives:

The Nigerian youth growing up here has a lot more confidence and selfesteem. Compare with their mates still at home who have been reduced to mutes by their teachers or elders simply because at home we feel younger ones should keep quiet. Here people are encouraged to speak their minds. When I started grad school here, it took me a while before I could join in the discussions - who the hell are you to question ur lecturers' teachings in Naija??

Also, Nigerian kids here are definately more matured and more independent. There are jobs you can do here once ur of age so you dont have to go running to ur parents or uncles or aristos for money everytime. This makes you appreciate the value of money, and when you start early you have enough savings by the time ur ready to retire - imagine starting a 401k program at age 18 even though the economy is jagged up right now but it'll get back up again, amen!. I still collected money from my parents even after I started working in Nigeria - not my fault but I had no choice. Here you dont have to depend on ur parents - u can go work at some fast food joint and earn extra cash. And the fact that jobs are not readily available in naija is the reason why there are a lot of robberies and aristos.

Here you can do any kinda legit work as long as it pays ur bills. In naija, due to our system and culture, you just dont want to do any kinda work so people will not look down on you. A lot of people in the western world are doing security work, nursing assistants, valet parking attendants and life is still good for them and no one cares - try that in naija.

In the western world, kids are not as exposed to corruption as they are in my dear country. I aint saying there's no corruption here but it is not as bad. An unborn child in Naija knows the difference btw a 100naira note and a 1000naira note so he/she does not want to do anything for free right from birth.

There are definately negatives here as well, but I will not go into it because that's not the point of this discussion.

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Oya, let's put the animosity goggles aside because it seems you can't find your way out of a bag with it on. Tell me, exactly how do you define crimes that could have been influenced by the west and those which couldn't have.

I'm listening oooh.

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but not baffled that you decided to refer to topics on crime in Nigeria?

You no tire for women who are always pointing mindlessly to ills in the society? did you link your post to anything? How you can have some intelligence and decide to use it in a 'not-so-good' way baffles me

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Oooooooookay, leaving the coulda to the side,I am still baffled by you providing a news link about luggage stealers and football fighting fans to counter child molestation and child abandonment crimes. Is that to prepare us for when news hits that Nigerians have started fighting at football games and stealing luggage in airports?

Bwahahahaha! Lawd-a-mercy! 

And thanks for calling Nigerians Mindless drones. . . oh yeah, for also giving me the answer to my question. I'm going to go with option B, a repellant suit.

Lmao! I tire for people who can't see that what is irrelvant in the grand scheme of things is blaming other people for what ails us or pointing fingers at what others are doing.

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Just another of those Nigerians ways for baby Jinx- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/14/tsa_screener_theft/

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