Jason Njoku, the head of Iroko TV, disagrees with the notion that being independent should prevent Nigerians from being obedient to their parents.
Njoku expressed this idea in response to a Tweet from a Nigerian who claimed that having one’s own money and being independent are two methods to stand up for oneself against Nigerian parents. Using Twitter, the person wrote.
‘No matter the advice anyone wants to give on handling/speaking up for yourself against (Nigerian) parents nothing beats having your own money & being self reliant. Its no joke when they say money & independence stops nonsense. It takes away a lot of control people can have on you
There’s also a sense of self respect & “I don’t have to take this shit” attitude that grows in you as you make your own money & handle your life, you know that, they know that so now there’s more room for open convos, respect, you paying no mind etc. The hold is loosened or gone”
Reacting to the tweet, Njoku pointed out that he makes more money in a month than what his mum made in a year while she was still working. He said this however has not stopped him from showing her respect, if not for anything because she is his mum. Speaking as a parent himself, Njoku said that If one’s parents tried for them, all they need to do is drop their ego and try for them. He stressed that they fail to be there for their parents, he guarantees that their kids will treat them in the same way.