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Education Or Money? Which Is The Greater?

Which is the greater tool to get ahead and be successful in Naija?

It seems there was a time when Education was paramount to getting ahead in Naija but, more and more these days getting money by any means necessary seems to be the only thing that matters.

I know a chick from London who went back home, and now she's hooked up with a young guy who's made his money in shipping.

Now maybe I'm naive but how can one so young rise to such a position where they've made money from that game without any real history in it? It'd make sense if he'd inherited it from his family.

Obviously he's not silly, cos although he went to Uni but never finished, he's managed to make a good life for himself.

And more power to him, I say.

Obviously a combination of money and education is a match made in heaven, but have peeps in Naija made education secondary to money, no matter how it comes?

Your opinions if you will. Cheers.

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Is Olabukola Yoruba for she goat?

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@ Olabukola

I can now conclude that you are a high functioning slowpoke. From your various posts on nairaland, it is not difficult to observe that you are an Igbo hater. I do not want to join issues with an as I don't embark on baseless arguments. I like backing up my points with verifiable data. I will soon be back here to give a proper analysis of the issue u've raised about Ndigbo and education. Meanwhile, here is a taster for you. From the link below, you can see that Igbo states have more candidates admitted into Nigerian Universities within the period covered. You can also see that the gap between the Igbo States and their closest rival is like from Lagos to maiduguri on foot. so, all those saying that the igbos are only good at buying and selling should go and bury their heads in shame. You don't need to panic. Just calm down very soon we will retake our poosition in Nigeria that we held before the civil war then, you and your ilks will commit suicide.

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Education is definately more important. I Believe with it i will be ablke to get soooooooooo much money. And it is one thing no one can rob you off. peace!

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education is better unless you are ibo

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EDUCATION IS GREATER THAN MONEY. By education, i do not mean only formal education but any education that will allow one's brain to function optimally. if you have money but not education, you may eventually mismanage the money or even your life. but if you education you have freedom and may even have money later.

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It depends on what you want to acheive. No one will advice someone who wants to become a lawyer not to go to the university.

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IMO making money should not be the reason for getting an education, there's so much you get from being educated that you take for granted. However, some people do get an education because of what they desire (at least in saner climes). For example Obama is where he is today because he's educated (pardon the cliche), i guess u have to be sure why you're getting an education

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Before money became the medium for exchange of goods and services, people acquired skills through their relatives. The skills helped them produce goods used in exchange of other goods and services. Even then, strength was might. However civilization, as we know it today, reared its ugly head and almost all human biddings gravitated towards money.

Without any form of money reserve, absolutely there will be no formal education. If money or purchasing power is drained to a bare born among families today, life will be in danger talk less of education. The only education existed without source of money is the form that flows from parents to child.

I am amazed that many cross-sections of Nigerians are superficial thinkers. It is even insane or moronic to discuss money and education in a comparative analysis.

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How do people make money in the first place without knowledge. Money makers are not people who have the biggest muscles but rather people who have knowledge about that business endeavour.

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The bad thing about Nigerian education is that it gets you ready for paid employment and not self emploment.

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Education is important!

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in the long run the pursuit of and application of knowledge is more gainful than the pursuit of money

it is because of knowledge that serfs of today are living life at the standards of the kings of yesterday.

king george would have loved a commode, and if hes the on e i think he is penicillin.

Bill gates and co are where they are today because of the application of knowledge, not money. money is great if you are born into it, but in a education (properly applied) is a bridge to money

seems i'm rambling. . .

nigeria cannot be used as a case study, because we don't have any knowledge based entrepreneurs. most nigerian business men started as traders of goods produced by people with knowledge. .

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Yes, I believe that in Nigeria, our values have switched. We are extremely money orientated. We don't recognize anyone unless they are wearing designer outfits or look like they've been abroad. If Wole Soyinka had walked around in slippers, maybe a straw hat, and casual on the street, do you think people would have recognized or even believe that he was a noted Nigerian??

On going to holiday in Nigeria, I get more attention than the lecture in the queue next to me, because of my slightly abroad look, as soon as I wear traditional clothing, they see me as my mother's housegirl.

It makes sense in a way, and of course Nigeria isn't the only country this happens, but it's come to the point that education is nto respected. Simple as that.

I believe that anyone who has done something substantial in the field of education should at least be respected amongst their society, but it isn't the case.

Everyone wants to get their hands on money, and use education as a backup, when it should be the other way around. They go through university, but how many of them will opt to complete their education first before they take the opportunity to make a quick dollar that's in front of them.

We are shortsighted, we should be nurturing a nation of academically successful people, if we can't compete on a world wide scale, at least let us have a national scale. We don't even have that, how many people have dedicated their lives to education but you don't hear a word of them, and they still struggle in life?? It's almost like taking the more intensive route doesn't pay, and that shortcuts are the way.

I think as a nation, Nigeria should encourage academics, not only for bragging that we've done this or that, but to enrichen its people. Maybe have charities or awards that encourage people to pay attention to such people, and also have some privileges for the ones who worked hard to get where they are. Government should encourage more, I know there are some individual associations that exist but, I think it should be encouraged nationwide.

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Guy focus on growing that business.At least u have senior secondary education.If you want to enter any school look for one that is involved in enterpreneurship studies or a biz school to make you a guru.Forget university education IF U REALLY DO NOT NEED IT.

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actually,am facing exactly this situation right now,i gat 7 credit,2 a's in ma ssce,with 239 and 245 in previous jamb exams,but admission's beign essing with 4 like three years,and fortunately or shld i say unfortunately,ma pops left his his bussines 4 me that;s worth like imilla and now i don suspend ma school cuz ma mind now dey race ab t the cheda i go make before dem check stock,trully since then levels change,now i am comfortable staying only with no family member or friend for two rooms,and am still 22,then tell me how i'll start thinking of leaving this bussiness 4 degree while i knw a lot of jobeless graduates, a lot of peeps yhink am doing the right tin while some think i am on the wrong side,and trully am confused cuz am the brightest in our family but being the only son i want to get mad rich and make it while still wrong,so maybe csh comes first while education comes after money,but if nat 4n this things i would've choosed education cuz way back i thought that was d only way to success.

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Pls can someone answer this question,

WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO SCHOOL IN THE FIRST PLACE

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I think the most important things is having common sense, which will take you places.

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Wid the present global melt down, more and more folks are returning to school to further their education,

be it to obtain a masters degree, or a PhD, i feel like the further u study, the more earing power u are likely to achieve.

So I'll go wid education on this one!!

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Above all-Money is important than Education! This is no joke ! If the God almighty should ask me this question today , I will pleasurably go with MONEY (That rules )

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get some education get more money.

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Education! Education! Education! Quite frankly, education will give you a better leverage. Education has more value than money. Money only has temporary value. Education speaks far more than money. Education defines you far more than money.

Any body can have money!!!

Not everybody can have a good education.

Think long term!!!!!!

Cheers.

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A Nigerian with a masters degree in political science is educated . . . but who cares when Dangote has got wads of cash?

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5 yrs ago i would have said education.

Today i say undoubtedly MONEY rules.

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Money is greater - you can get education with money, but not necessarily money with education.

Without money, you cannot have education - even if you have a scholarship, someone somewhere has put down the money to pay for the education. Even if education is 'free', someone is paying for it.

Money is undoubtedly greater than education. Obviously, with education you can utilise money more effectively, but without money in the first place education in itself is useless.

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That's why america's liberal arts education is the best.

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Education and money are both important things. They are essential to support our life. People may think money is the most important thing in our life. But in my opinion, Education comes first than money. They don’t know behind the power of education which makes money as an illusion.

Nowadays, people are desperate to find money which makes them think money is the most important thing. They don’t realise the power of education. Our education can lead us to become a successful people. We can achieve everything we want with the power of education that money can’t. Money can lose but education remains still in our mind.

As we know, people think without money we can’t survive. I would like to say if that’s totally wrong. People who are born with money but they aren’t educated. They definitely can’t survive. Their money is limited. They don’t know what to do when their money when is finished. But it would be different for educated people. They know they have a great asset called education. They still can survive with the asset by having a job.

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Education will be your breakfast,lunch and dinner abi?

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It depend on what you mean by education. Most nigerians see education as just going to the university alone which is wrong. Infact informal education is the best form of education.Once you passed through nursery,primary and secondary school and you feel like you already have what you want to acheive then i don't think it's necessary to go to the university, cos it will be a waste of time and resources.

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education is prolly the wrong word.

what we need is marketable skills. you need to learn to do something that others are willing to pay for.

I agree with you

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education is prolly the wrong word.

what we need is marketable skills. you need to learn to do something that others are willing to pay for.

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What do you guys mean by 'education'? Education leads to everything, including money. Education is knowledge acquisition, which may or may not include a formal institution and/or certificate. To put it the way the Yorubas define it, either you 'mo we' or you 'mo way'.

Education is good, and satisfying. But, to quote the Bible, money'answereth all things'. An unfair comparison really, cos while education is a nice to have, money is a must have, at least you need some amount of it to get by.

Peace.

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Hello bros,

Be informed hat neither nor education do lead to success. What is your definition of success?

All the same, i'll expect you to know that God is the one that gives seccess. See the bible in Joshua 1:8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy, mouth, thou shall meditate on it day and night, so as to make thy way prosperous and shall have good success.

Remember, promotiom comes not from the east or west(surrounding circumstance, wealth, status, certificate etc.), but God is the judge, He lift up one and bring down another.

Cleave to God for success.

So neither of the two is greater

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Nigera toaday wit all itz re-sauces (uman & Kapital) is backward

becoz of the rate of ill-traces witch is 70%

see na every tin jaga jaga

our commentators kolomenta

we nid som orientation to manager our pelnty suaces.

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Who cares abt Education if u can make money without.Gosh,what ya'll fink pple go to school for.

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Cheese and rice! this babe's english is is musical, sweet . . .

Poster

no vex, na my own i talk oo

the babe was also spot on.

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Education stays with you while money comes and goes.

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Good talk, it does not necessarily mean Uni level only but if you have the chance, then grab it with your two hands. My point here is, don't revert people attention to what they can't afford whereby there are some other means of livelihood. If education is most desirable by you, then go for it period. it is not a must. the worst is poverty that wreck most of us(so called graduates)

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You are not being real here or is that the level of your understanding. Let me remind you that most big shots does not attend uni and thereafter, they employ graduates to work under their establishment. Gaining money is assumed more important today in the world not even only in Nigeria, the truth must be told. Education simply upgrade our knowledge and ideas in the society and its self substance and ends once the person gives up the ghost while your establishment rolls(that is if you were opportuned to make the money and actually invested). lets not forget that without money, you can't have a sound education. So poster, why asking this question that even a blind could give a straight answer without blinking. Let me quickly say this, there is no geniune one million in any part of the world, so i wonder what person sees as quick money whereby every rich man or woman cheated. Money first jare but its more better if you could have both.

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Depends on what you mean by 'success'. It means different things to different people. Not everyone considers heaps of money as success. But Nigerians have a shameless culture of money worship, and determine people's worth by how much stuff they display. The same people vilifying some guy as a fraud will kowtow obsequiously when he arrives in his porsche and want to own a porsche too. Of course everyone's noticed the rich are treated different and everyone wants that cheap adulation and will go horrid routes to get it. I may be wrong, but I''m not sure you can be genuinely successful without some sort of education.

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50/50.

Knowlegde is power and so is money sometimes.

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depends on ur definition of successs - which i think nobody can define for you!!! -abcha sees himself as successful, adedibu sees himsel as sucessful, soyinka sees himself as sucessful, cyprian ekwesi sees himself as suceessful etc, so, it all depends on wat u term sucess!!!!

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the only reason in gonna be educated is to empower myself to make money

i dont know about u. education without money is a waste!!

money without education will be a waste in the long run

50/50

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Yeah i agree education is 1st, but more I'm seeing ppl who want to come here (US) and get involved in things like shipping and make something of themselves, even with a degree!

My friend has a degree and still he want to be involved in fast money making things.

~shrugs~

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Education is not money, neither does it have to be the cause of wealth.

The highest achievement one can attain in this life is knowing that knowledge has been sought after, wisdom has been tasted and understanding has been used as a key to success.

And this is one of the reason why some professors do not do their job right or the way they should.

They're in for the money, comes to work to just get the paycheck. With no excitement and WANT to get the work done, what is actually [i]being [/i]done?

This is why in Nigeria, we do not have the best prof, doctors, and nurses. Most are not doing what they want to do, but for what is being offered.

But I say, Knowledge is Power. With power one can get money AND know the logics behind the "whys" of this world.

Gaining money should not be a priority

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