Veteran comedian, Alleluya Akporobome, popularly called Ali Baba, has urged Nigerian youths to acquire skills that will enable them to be financially independent.
The comedian, who spoke with PUNCH on the sideline of a graduation ceremony held at Gazzelle Academy in Lagos, described skills acquisition as an important factor in the development of any country’s economy, which many Nigerian youths had, unfortunately, ignored.
He said, “Mental laziness is the biggest challenge facing our youths. A lot of people said President Muhammadu Buhari was wrong when he said that Nigerian youths were lazy. But there are young people who don’t want to do any work in this country. They have no respect for anyone who is employed. These people even treat labourers with disdain and laugh at commercial drivers.”
While commending Gazzelle Academy for training the youth on makeup and fashion, he stated that the makeup and beauty industry was not for women’s faces alone, as it could be used for many other things.
“Skills acquisition is the growth of SME, which is the bedrock of any economy. What Gazzelle is doing is commendable and they deserve all the accolades. It was even hard for some of the graduands to attend the ceremony because they had been booked.
“I advise youths to pick up skills. Models and actors now depend heavily on makeup artists and fashion designers. With makeup artistry, Tara Fela-Durotoye is very successful and she has trained a lot of people too.”