Dirty Hands Are a Sign Of Clean Money.

A message to young folks.

George Blue Kelly
4 min readApr 2, 2022

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When I stood on the shores of the Mediterranean six years ago, I knew I didn’t want to be there. But I also knew it was better than going back to a home that was toxic— where every word from your parents drums your failures and insufficiency into your ears.

In Africa, parents are just as bad as bad friends. Children don’t have to get outside the house to deal with social pressure. Parents bring it into their home. It’s sad that kids have to deal with peer pressure outside. But to live with parents who continually compare you to folks driving flashy cars whose only job is to seat in front of a PC defrauding foreigners, makes me sick to my stomach.

I recently just published my first book on Amazon, titled Beyond Adulthood — a book for young folks to help them navigate the murky waters of adult life. In a chapter, I talked about the idea that dirty hands are a sign of clean money.

My intention was to share light on the state of things in my country — as it relates to the young generation today. In Nigeria, we’re experiencing the decadence of our society. Illiteracy and immorality went to war with education and virtue and won.

Our ethical and educational system has collapsed. Young people no longer find value in education or see the beauty of virtue. To show their distaste for education, they coined the catchphrase, “School Na Scam.”

To mean, “school is fraud.”

Young folks believe getting educated is a waste of time. That’s in part due to the rise in unemployment.

What we’re seeing today is the result of many years of failure on the part of the government.

But life is lived forward, not backward. We can’t waste time complaining about past mistakes.

It’s why I'm creating awareness for young people to find solutions as we move forward. Young Nigerians must understand that the same education they’ve grown to dislike, holds the answer we seek. Like Peter Drucker said, ‘we must learn, unlearn and relearn.’ And that’s education in a nutshell.

Education doesn’t end in the classroom. It’s a lifelong journey.

George Blue Kelly

Stories of an immigrant from the shores of Sicily