With economic growth of 0.55% in the second quarter of 2017 Nigeria seems headed out of its recession, the worst it has experienced in 25 years. Make no mistake, however. That is only recovery in a technical sense: a recession technically happens when Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in an economy is negative for two consecutive quarters
Overcoming learned helplessness
Learned helplessness describes the psychological state of a person or group of people as a result of past experiences of defeat and failure, which then leads to them being into a recurring state where when exposed to a similar situation, they think they cannot do anything to change it. They believe they are powerless to change their environment. They have learned helplessness.
Learned helplessness is behavior typical of an animal and occurs where the subject endures repeatedly, painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it is unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn or accept escape or avoidance in new situations where such behavior would likely be effective. In other words, the organism learns that it is helpless in situations where there is a presence of aversive stimuli, has accepted that it has lost control, and thus gives up trying. Such organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness.
The power to change the course of this nation lies not only in trying to get good leaders into office but in an enlightened and engaged citizenry. We could say in other words – citizens who are educated, actively participating in the political affairs of their nation; the system through which good leaders are elected and held accountable.
If the enlightened ones get into a place where they believe they can affect a change because of the experiences of the past, then those who want to control the affairs of the nation for purely selfish reasons have won. That is the defeat of an entire generation who though qualified and able, feel helpless to change anything.
At this platform, we are speaking directly to that generation; we are saying there is a way to get involved and engaged. That if historically nothing changed when we onced tried, it doesn’t mean our future must be surrendered to our past experiences.
Being better informed and working with the right information, we can engage in a more strategic way and change the course of this nation.
Pastor Poju Oyemade
Visionary, The Platform Nigeria
Nation building is the assignment of this generation.
A Global Media Event
The Platform Nigeria is a Global Media Event that will be broadcast LIVE on Channels TV and online. If you believe that someone in your network would benefit from the information that will be shared, then join us in spreading the word.
As is the practice, The Platform Nigeria will be a FREE event which means you can gain access to all the sessions at no cost to you. You will however need to register to indicate your interest in attending the event.
You can lend your voice to the conversation on social media using the official hashtag for the event. If you have questions for any of the speakers, you can send them in to the media team using the hashtag as well.