The popular saying 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' is significantly evident in the African society. We Africans live in a society where we work and slave all the days of our lives till death. A society bedeviled by poverty, corruption and greed, an insatiable people who choose to put money first before life, love and good health.

Africans will always try to imitate the whites who operate and live in a saner clime, but, we either do not imitate the right things or we just imitate half of the good ones. The world is embracing civilisation, but the African method of embracing civilisation is partial, selective and unfriendly to life and living.

Living and surviving in the African context means working from 07:00am to 10:00pm through the week without regard to love and good health which makes life worth living. I am talking about the African vacation.

The white man initiated casual and annual leave/vacation so that their staff or employees could have time for their families, loved ones and also to attend to their personal needs.

Vacation is also a period an employee is expected to stay away from the stress associated with his job, travel away from his work environment, especially with loved ones and spend quality time together. Most importantly, there is SUPPOSED to be an allowance for this vacation. It is called Leave Allowance but it 'RESIDES ABROAD'!!

In Nigeria for instance, where almost no government agency or private establishment pays their workers leave allowances, you will find employees who would rather forfeit their leave or vacation. They work from January to December because they don't have the money to vacation with family or even travel home to spend time with family members. They'd rather continue running to the office daily for the rest of their lives, receiving their meagre salary instead of embarking on the so-called Leave 'which does not fetch money'

In Nigeria, you will meet frustrated employees who have stored up stress and anger in themselves, sabotaging efforts of their bosses and the government they work for. They work round the clock. Their life and living revolve round their job. No time for children, no time for spouse, no time to live.

Well, we Africans have our own type of vacation. A compulsory vacation where all family members must come back home to bury a deceased relation who has worked and toiled all days of his life and never had time to spend with family. They vacation at death!

There is no substitute for family. My advise is, do not allow your financial status deprive you the opportunity of spending time with family and loved ones.

Do it while you are alive. They need you more alive.

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