Another Jazzyfied Production :Daddy’s Law

Posted by 00-Babs on January 31, 2011 in AUDIO, Feature, Social Views · 21 Comments



When I was little I had a fascination for blood. I realize that sounds very weird. I see you thinking, finally the truth is out. Isioma is a vampire. Sadly it is nothing so glamorous. Simply put I adored the noble professional that is Medicine. In my little mind doctors were super cool people. They taunted death and were instruments through which God performed his many miracles. Do I still think so? Yes I do. My love for the professional hasn’t wavered. It was with this mindset, 16year old secondary school graduate I got into university to study what I assumed was my chosen career path.
Several years down the line, I realize perhaps I was a little hasty when I chose to go down this road. I see that look on your face. You’re thinking this is another sob story. Well dear reader, you’re right after all it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. That was a joke, did you laugh? Not exactly of Basketmouth’s standards, but I try small jor.  Now that we’re all in our funny place lets go on. By a show of hands please indicate if you’re currently studying a course because your parents said to. I call this the Nigerian factor. Daddy always knows best.
The Nigerian factor is the reason I’m in the university, getting a degree in a course I know I may never practice. Do not get me wrong, most times our parents do know what is best. They have had a lot more experience on planet earth. However no one man or woman is the fountain of all knowledge. Therefore our parents are bound to misfire once in a while. We all know that saying “life is too short and so you should live in the moment”.  The philosophers say we should live our life like there’s no tomorrow. Do what makes you happy.
Dear Mr. Wiseman, please tell that to a typical Nigerian parent. Tell them it is okay to support your son, when he says he wants to be a musician. Tell them fine art is not a joke. Tell them fashion designing is not a haven for dropouts. Tell them their daughter is indeed just a model and not a glorified prostitute. When you’re done convincing them, please let me know so I can come out from behind the bushes. We never pick our talents. It’s a lottery. Ade got fashion and Simbi got music. However the truth is the philosophers are right. There is no point living if you never do what makes you happy.
Going the path of Mr. 9 to 5 is often times more profitable financially than being Ms. Artsy. By all means compromise your true passion for the comforts of life. Dear reader why suffer the unknown when can live in that fancy house in Oniru and drive the latest cars. It is a very fantastic deal. What is passion without the millions? So go ahead and show me that 100watt smile. Now we’re talking. Daddy is right. Medicine, law, engineering or accounting is where your destiny lies. Poor you, sadly you’ve just flunked Life101
True happiness is never measured by the size of your bank account. Fulfillment is not the number of shoes in your closet. Joy comes from waking up every day and knowing you are living life to the fullest. It is not African to disrespect our parents, so I do not advice you tow that path. For as long as you are under their control it is best you keep the peace. Sometimes that may mean putting your dreams on the back burner. Fear not because delay is never defeat. One day you’ll graduate and become your own person. When that time comes, do not compromise. Stick to your guns and follow your passion.
Look around, Nigeria is changing. Creativity is the new cool and the unconventional is slowly making headway. If you play your cards right, you will have the comfortable life. So do not use money as an excuse for staying in the rat race. Take a risk, catch a star. Go with passion, because when all is said and done, that is the one thing that will bring you happiness. As for your parents, except the devil really loves you, they will come around. Are you inspired? Good. Here’s to you and I on the pursuit of happiness. Thank you for reading, it is always a pleasure.
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  1. Luvly piece Isi,we always want 2 do what our parents wants,it turns out right for some,but so many I know regret it! I did what was best for me,and today,I don't regret a thing,I can do it all over again! Am inspired!!!my kids will enjoy having me as their mum! :)

  2. Nice 1 isioma..ur head is there

  3. I couldn't agree with you more on this. I think more should be done in the area of counselling the young ones especially at the secondary school level because these kids sometimes don't even know what they really want so they readily go along with what daddy or mummy says. As you said "If you play your cards right, you will have the comfortable life. So do not use money as an excuse for staying in the rat race. Take a risk, catch a star"…. Nice piece Isi.

  4. Well written once again! Big ups to you MsJ…let's Cc this to parents jare!

  5. There's no Greater joy that getting paid a FEE doing what God created u to do for FREE (as ur passion)…no wonder Messi can smile even when he misses a penalty: he's enjoying himself n is being paid to do wat he loves! Bummer!!! Nice one Isioma, u keep me coming back!

  6. Nice piece,real inspiring,but who says u can't make ur millions while doing somthing u're passionate abt.Lovely work MsJazz

  7. Nice..a lot of peeps ar goin tru dis.eg @toni_kard..!!neva the less they just v to kip ther head up high and attain the best.thumbs msjaZzy..awaitin ur next writeup!!

  8. Good job, funny yet d message sinks in. I feel u abt d medicine bit, my dad kept goin on n on about it, thank God 4 my mom. Right now sef my job has nothing 2 do wit what I studied in uni. However I believe its important to go 2 uni n graduate, in whatever, dropping out isn't "cool" @ all, we have artistes with Bsc's n MSc's n MBA's. Graduate n then follow ur dream, whatever it is…

  9. Almost every child in Nigeria as the same issue…

    Imagine i have to say sir sir sir like times without number..

    Some can even prostrate on the phone while talking to their Dad

    Our parents are suppose to be our close friends not gods…

    At least Mums are close to that but Dads noway…

    Jazz on point AGAIN ***Thumbs up*** writer toh badt Jooor oo

  10. I am inspired:)

    Thankfully my mum raised my brother and I to be very "liberal" with our passions/career choices so i haven't really had to deal with this "too much". Not saying the mummy/daddy knows best factor does not still come into play as I'm still trying my best to tow the line between naija mentality of career vs passion. God dey.

    Haha @ "Tell them their daughter is indeed just a model and not a glorified prostitute" and "Creativity is the new cool".

    Wise words:

    1)There is no point living if you never do what makes you happy.

    2) True happiness is never measured by the size of your bank account.

    3) Joy comes from waking up every day and knowing you are living life to the fullest.

    4)Delay is never defeat… When that time comes, do not compromise. Stick to your guns and follow your passion."

    5)As for your parents, except the devil really loves you, they will come around.

    Great article.


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