1. The article starts by commenting on a piece of research from Princeton university which concluded something that REALLY frightened the life out of me.
2. It showed that the very notion that a person grew up poor, makes others view them as less intelligent/capable. 

REGARDLESS of how intelligent they actually are.
3. I then quoted the Economist. Another heart sink. ☹

"The easiest way to be successful and wealthy in life is to be born to the right parents".
4. Although it varies between countries, overall majority of people that are born into poor families stay poor.
5. Even in the US, over 50% of children from the highest-income families get a university degree while this figure falls to 7% among the lowest-income families.
6. Nigeria own worse pass.

World Bank study concluded that in Nigeria, sons could expect to make 60–70% less than their friends if their father earns half of their friend’s father’s income. 😥
7. But there are places in the world that do better.

The countries where social mobility is the highest are the Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Basically, you are far more likely to live the ‘American dream’ in Norway than America.
8. So my question was basically do poor kids in Nigeria, just give up in the light of such harsh and disheartening statistics?
9. The article tries to list 5 possible options for people that live closer to Surulere than to Sweden. Of course there are other options, but these are the ones in the article that Iyin critised, the copied.🤗🤗
10. Pls note that the article was written on medium and shared only on Twitter/LinkedIn so aimed at Nigerians that can afford smartphones,data & electricity.
11. First tip. Try to get into a good uni like Lag/Unimaid/Port etc. They are extremely competitive & more expensive, but give you the best chances.
12. Work in financial services because these skills are transferable, they are prob biggest employers outside gov, they train free of charge.E.g my husband got a job in finance, learned excel through free training at work and then could start a company training people on excel.
13. Focus on self development. Posted a thread of youtube channels and links to a thread on remote work opportunities and skills acquisition.
14. Realise it will take longer and don't let rich kids tension you.

This is all easier said than done. A simple change in policy could make it easier. But we have little control over policy.
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