Today was one of those days when once again, I am reminded that a few miscreants have wrecked and continue to wreck havoc on our national image.
Here was I, watching “Fakers and Takers” and being thoroughly amused by the fact that American and European electricians were more dubious than the ones I have always complained about here. My amusement was only shortlived, as not long after they had shown series of electricians being caught live on video making up problems in faultless appliances to get money, that the spotlight shifted to online scams.
Up until then, no country had been mentioned, just plain people and their lack of integrity. This time around the program facilitators actually mentioned Nigeria, mentioned 419 and even said that it was rumoured that 15% of our GDP probably came from 419. How more demeaning than this can things be?
While I disagree totally that 419 contributes as much as .05% to our GDP, and believe also that this is gross defamation of national character, I also believe that it is high time we used our own hands to correct our behaviour.
Lucky Luciano, a one time mafia boss, who made it into Times top 20 industrialists is quoted to have said ” I discovered late in my life that it takes as much work to make a honest million dollars as it took to make a dishonest million dollars, If I get to live again, I’ll do it honestly”. Reality is that there are legitimate ways to make money, and even online by doing sensible business and not breaking or bending any laws. Today for example is my all time highest earning from my website, it’s been rising almost every other day. All I do is legitimate and I’m sure one day(hopefully not too long), I’ll be in the league of a mentor I just rediscovered today who made CAD$900,000+ in February this year (thats over 102Million Naira-one month alone)..you can view his check at www.workhappy.net/2006/06/interview_with_.html. A group of us here in Nigeria that also make some money and are building our income online have decided to make a training available to people who like the idea of making legitimate money online, to yahoo yahoo boys who want to do it right, to 419ners who really want to turn around 180 degrees. The training information is here www.my180degrees.com, some other trainings are there as well.
May 419 and Yahoo yahoo be history in Nigeria. Let’s do it Legit!