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The Year of the Underdog

Welcome to the New Year.

As a lot of us may have noticed, the year we left behind did have so many packages, though it was a bit fast but I’m not going to dwell on that, I wish to speak of 2014.

Through a mix of trends, observations and strange feelings that I would like to call revelations, I’ve come to tag this year that of the underdogs – the unknowns. I got to this conclusion for three reasons. I fall into the category of people who would get on the internet and devote more time to viewing stuff from already known talents, be it musicians, writers, bloggers, but I took a turn towards the second half of 2013. I embraced change, did the reverse, and Boy! was I amazed. The amount of talent I had been missing out on dazed me; works that differed quite well from what I was used to and at same time were entertaining, captivating and educating. This might not be new to some few others who follow the careers of a lot of upcomers strictly, but I assure you, this is their year, not just because they bring something new to the table, they will become more appealing.

Secondly, the 21st century has been the era of the geeks, nerds and cool kids; the internet made it so. Nigeria is gradually catching up with the rest of the world on tech trends and those driving this revolution are not even known CEOs or known entrepreneurs. In times past, the labels of geek and nerd didn’t seem trendy or cool, and those tagged thus were seen as misfits. But that has changed in recent times. Last year, a lot of brands came up with huge opportunities for this set to compete and showcase the very best. I got to see Nigeria’s first Health app and I can boldly say it was really cool for a first version. The thing is this, while our grand dads and grannies, dads and mums, employers and members of the board are still trying to grasp the concept of smartphones, the social media and all, the aforementioned are in their ‘garages’ getting smarter, getting trendier and moving faster. And this is the year they get to overtake. 🙂

Finally, like they say, change is the only thing that is constant. Everyone wants change, in Nigeria, Africa, the entire world – revolution has become the norm. There has been so much recognition for the game changers of today’s world from stints as magazine cover page models to award nominations. But their impact this year will exceed that. They will play a larger part, a bigger role. One of Nigeria’s important sectors sometime last year witnessed a mega-merger that at first was applauded by many as salvation for the people, but recent intermigration has brought doubts to the minds of its new found support, doubts raised by the sight of familiar faces, thus, time for the purpose driven ‘unfamiliars’ to step up. Not just in this sector but every sector.

You might call them upcoming, unpopular, unfamiliar, newbies, whichever tag name it is, I’ve a strong feeling that this is their year. The feeling might be a bit eccentric but it’s strong. They may not have all ace cards of the four French suits but they will have a pair, enough to deal in Texas Hold ’em poker.

Happy New Year once more. God bless you!

Written by Godfrey Orji, @legacykid_jrothers 43

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  1. I see opportunity jamming preparation bringing about outbreak of breakthroughs too.

  2. Marcus Maduka

     /  January 7, 2014

    It was a nice post bro. Keep it up . It is really a year of great and big opportunities

  3. Yemie

     /  January 7, 2014

    This is a really nice write-up, honest and thought-provoking. I love the part about the so-called social misfits, the ones we fondly call ‘geeks’, ‘eccentrics’ and ‘nerds’. Unknowingly to so many, these are the kids that I actually believe are the ‘cool’ kids, they are mighty gifted and have stores of innovative, super-duper ideas that can make the world a better place for all. If only we can be allowed to be guarded by our inner senses than just our eyes, we’ll see the beauty in these special set of people, emanating more from their substance than the superficial most of us are used to, in judging characters.

    The year’s a pregnant one as at yet, and I do strongly agree with you that its the year of the so-called ‘under-dogs’. It is the technological age afterall, and very much the forte of these beautiful people we call ‘weirdos’ and ‘creeps’. And a very Happy New Year to you too, Godfrey and God bless.

  4. Consyspark

     /  January 7, 2014

    the year of the underdog indeed. I agree with you that upcoming talents would come to the spotlight this year. look at tomi Adenisa with #deadline showing on el tv, I believe this would be a fulfilling year for them esp the writers, look at you with this post, I am impressed and you soon on my watchlist so keep the ink flowing as I expect more…. and I agree strongly with you that * those driving this
    revolution are not even known CEOs or known
    entrepreneurs, this year the real drivers would soon be at the owners seat……

  5. Godfrey

     /  January 7, 2014

    Thanks a lot for the comments. Yemie, seeing you like these ‘eccentrics’ you might want to check out NIXIT’s Health App I mentioned – HealthMobile.


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