Know your Rights | by Valentine Oliver

It’s important to note that the success of an individual starts right from the teenage stage in life. Most successful people we have today started this journey right from their teenage days and this was because they took certain decisions that brought them to where they stand in the society today.

Now, it’s also important to note that you can’t take decisions when you do not have rights, and a slave can be accurately defined as someone who has no rights whatsoever.

Teens are no slaves, and contrary to popular believes, they actually have rights.

While family, social, health, legal and educational rights are not a full listing of a teenager’s rights, they are some of the most basic ones. Many of these rights stem from having the ability to make a decision without parental consent.

It’s quite sad to discover that most teenagers get physically and psychologically abused everyday and yet do nothing about it, simply because they feel they have no right.
Like it is commonly said, Knowledge is power. What you don’t know can be used to bully you.

Until a teenager knows and understands that he/she has the right to report an adult who has been maltreating him/her, then the teen will still remain at the mercy of that bully.

So many teenagers are struggling with school right now, simply because their parents won’t let them do what they are good at. If you’re a musician, you don’t have to put yourself through the whole stress of going to Med school that you end up wasting your time in the process.

You have the right to choose. Choose right and ensure you never abuse those rights.

About the Writer

Valentine Oliver

I’m Valentine Oliver, a Nigerian by nationality but grew up in The Gambia. I’m 22 and currently an Engineering student at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone.

I’m in love with Music and Poetry.
I’m a song writer, singer, music director and poet.


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