The ant-hills are not built by the elephants but by the collective efforts of the little ants.
– African proverb
We are the “ants” that will build Nigeria. Tell governments that we do not need anyone to waste our money on CNN, NY Times, and Economist to “rebrand” Nigeria. That has no value. Those are the elephant projects which have never added value.
We need to get back to the ants – and learn. If we “become” like them (ants can teach us many things as I noted in this Harvard Business Review piece – The Leadership Lessons of Ants), out of the global capitals, the world will see a hopeful, prosperous, and honourable nation on the horizon. From that HBR piece, we learn the following:
The ants worked as a team: I will form a team, bringing professionals together.
The ants trusted one another: I must do away with the notion that only by working alone can I ensure quality.
The ants were open: I will share the idea with like-minded people. I later got a Boston area professor to lead the design. When ants discovered food, they informed others, who came along and helped.
The ants were partners and of different sizes: I will bring help and make the task our project, not mine. As much as possible, each team member will get assignment based on his capability.
The ants were diligent and focused: The team must keep working, even slowly. Deadlines will give us focus.
The ants regrouped: I will be open to try new ideas if present ones are not working.