Singer BrymO was slated for his unapologetic view on dropping out of school. Fortunately his views are right.
So the great Mohammed Ali passed away on Friday June 3, 2016. The butterfly of the sweet science left this earthly realm after inspiring generations with his eloquence, confidence, charm and unwavering conviction. Mohammed Ali (who was originally born as Cassius Clay) was more than a boxer. He was a poet, a humanitarian and champion. Some say he was a black god.
The world practically stood still when it was announced that the great Ali had passed away. Millions of tributes popped up on Twitter. Encomiums came from all corners of the world to celebrate the global icon. The celebration of Ali’s life continued throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, June 5, 2016 Nigerian soul singer BrymO caused a storm on Twitter when he advised a fan to drop out of school and chase his dreams. BrymO unknowingly threw a flame at a keg of gunpowder. He was dragged by the Twitter know-it-alls for advising someone to drop out of school just like he did.
He was bashed and mauled for his honest opinion. The narrative later went on to say that BrymO isn’t a successful artiste and his music is sub-par. The streets of Twitter can be brutal if your opinion makes a lot of people uncomfortable.
Personally I see nothing wrong with what BrymO said. He advised the young man based on his own perspective about life. The singer dropped out of school and now has more than a decent career. What did you expect him to say again?
A lot of people do not like to face the cold facts about life. Listen not everyone who goes to school will live a decent life and not every dropout will turn out to be a beggar. This is just the truth. However we live in a society that writes down rules have been written before you were born.
Our grandparents belonged to the colonial generation, a generation that believed one must have a degree before you can make it in life. This belief was passed down to our parents which has also been passed down to us. The truth is that you do not need a degree to make it in life. You have to be educated but the possession of a degree is not necessary.
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Look at the great people who have changed this world, how many degrees do they have? Mohammed Ali, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Coco Chanel, Ted Turner and many more others. You can’t look at this list and say this dropouts haven’t impacted the world greatly. Even Beyonce, Rihanna and Kanye West who are worshipped by a lot of Nigerian Twitter don’t have degrees. Mohammed Ali did not go to school for him to impact lives.
What makes you so confident that a degree is an automatic ticket to a good and successful life? The sheep mentality is too strong in Nigeria. All we know is one way thinking. Anyone who dares to question this way of thinking is slaughtered. That’s what happened to BrymO yesterday.
People should unplug themselves from the Matrix. Not everyone needs to go to school before they succeed. Also BrymO shouldn't be criticized for his beliefs. Not everyone has to think the same way as you.