Black People, Stop Obsessing Over University Degrees, Education Will Never End Your Poverty (Channel 5’s Rich House Poor House)

Last night’s Channel 5 Episode of Rich House Poor House was a painful watch indeed. A Zimbabwean UK based poor family was featured on the show, they swapped houses with a millionaire white business tycoon . This morning, the main tabloids are talking about the show, because the Rich white guy branded the poor Zimbabwean guy ‘lazy’ which in all fairness is right. His name is Sacha Robinson, he’s unemployed, lives in a council house with his family, he’s in debt but he is a doing a degree in business and coming up with his inventions to make his life better. He actually came across as a fool on the program, he stays at home (being a student) whilst his wife works long hours to sustain the family.

Viewers of the Channel 5 reality show have branded the Zimbabwean Dad Sacha as lazy

The truth is, this “lazy” Zimbabwean guy represents millions of black people in the  world of today. I don’t understand black people’s obsession with  Higher education. They graduate with Masters in everything but becomes Masters of nothing in the end. I see it a lot in the UK and Africa where black people always go to University to do Masters degrees as if it is a culture. They pile on these degrees, yet they remain the poorest people in the world. The degrees never change their lives in any shape or form, yet they keep on going back to University year after year. When you think about it, the main reason why you go to University is so that you can work for someone else. The educational system remain the biggest yoke of slavery for black people, it is what keeps them at the bottom of all the other races.

One thing I have learnt in life is that education is way overrated. All you need in life is to know how to write and communicate. Those are the basic skills you need to succeed. Most Billionaires and Multi Millionaires of this world do not have University degrees. I remember watching the story of the man who owns The Range furniture stores, he’s a billionaire and doesn’t even know how to read and spell properly, yet black people will curse you if you get an English spelling wrong.

In last night’s show, the white millionaire didn’t even have a college degree, yet he earns his millions through his entrepreneurial skills and strategic investments.

Never mind white people, look at Asians, they have no time to pile on useless degrees, they are a united people, they are clever and they dominate the property and corner shop industry in the UK. They will also be the ones to sell black women their wigs so they can look fake good in their graduation caps. The shame of it all.

Sometimes I feel like black people just love the idea of wearing that graduation gown and cap and having pictures taken. To them that is the highest form of achievement passed on from generations to generations. Graduating. After graduating I see most of them going back to their jobs as care assistants or security guards or whatever.

They will be renting a house from an Asian who didn’t go to University, whilst they will be  busy studying for a Masters degree.

My 15 year old daughter said to me, “Mum I never want to work for anyone else.” That’s her ambition in life, to have her own business. To create her own wealth. I have no desire for her to graduate, neither do I teach her that for her to make it in life she has to go to University. If she goes to University, it has to be just a hobby, or for life experience, or maybe to even meet her future husband or something, but my daughter is not going to University so she can make it in life.

I am not raising my children to be of this slavery system of going to University. Since my husband has got into properties, he has been working with my daughter on property development. My daughter will be the one to help with managing the Air Bnb’s. She is very business minded, and has no desire to have a boss in her life ever.

I graduated as a Mental Health Nurse, but I left that career because it was not my portion in life. I have a lot of respect for doctors, midwives and nurses, but I do not see my graduation as my best life achievement moment, I do not understand why black people think graduating is the best thing that can happen in their lives. When I see those graduations pictures on Instagram, a popular culture in the black community, I honestly just roll my eyes.

As for Sacha and his family, I think they will live to regret going on the show, they have become the nation’s laughing stock overnight. If you are black and poor, there is no need to go on these shows, but I guess that the reality of many black people out there, graduates but living in poverty.

Channel 5 wrote to us a few weeks ago and wanted to feature us on the show, we told them we were not sure, and would need a little more time to consider the opportunity. They did say the show would boost my husband’s business, as a PR Consultant and his Property business, so we were considering it from that perspective. That said, after watching last night’s show, we are more on the fence than ever, I feel like rich or poor, these shows are not the best for black people, one way or another it may still work against you. The poor Zimbabwean guy never thought he would have this level of bad publicity after the show, the headlines and the comments on the mainstream papers about him this morning are just brutal.

Anyway, if you are black, not everything revolves  around going to University, use your brains and take proactive steps of breaking the mental slavery of higher education. I do not teach my children that going to University is the key to success but rather a compliment to what they will achieve with their creative minds.

I look back at the people who were way brighter than me in school, who used to study their brains out, I don’t see them as better off.

I want to ask my Black readers what happened to the Elective Maths, chemistry, social studies, Area of a circumference, and Algebra in your lives today apart from using all that education in care homes?

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By Mary-Tamar was Jean

11 thoughts on “Black People, Stop Obsessing Over University Degrees, Education Will Never End Your Poverty (Channel 5’s Rich House Poor House)

  1. If you want a great paying job, then it’s best to have as much education as possible. Black people have become doctors, lawyers, pilot’s, astronauts, even President of the United States.
    Without an education your choice of employment (where you not only get a great salary, but benefits, money to invest in your retirement, etc) is limited.
    Most low paying jobs, are usually in a sector where you are part of a union. Oftentimes that’s not the best job to have; as you’re often on strike, or risk losing your job, due to cost cutting.
    With an education you have a better chance to control your future.


  2. In life there are many ways to reach self actualisation. Not every person who goes into business is a millionaire/billionaire.
    Education is important for black people in the world to accelerate better earnings. As Minorities we work 3 times as hard for a job that you are qualified for to be promoted or recognised. There is a lot of discrimination to recruitment and retention in the work place. So a university degree is our way of allowing us a chance to enter the job market at an acceptable level but it sometimes does not open the door.
    Moreover if the door opens concrete ceilings are created to ensure you get so far and no further .

    It’s those people that have managed to to be successful that can scoff at Africans. It’s not helpful that just because your family has become successful you say Africans are obsessed with education and degrees
    There is a reason for that. You shamelessly say you were a mental health nurse did you not have to train for that in hope for employment within
    the health sector. That was education !!!.

    We need to encourage our African children the importance of finding ways to access information to reach their goals. We need to be able to have information to give our children and advise on options. We need to support our children in their choices especially after A levels than pressuring them to our own.

    The aim is not about being millionaires. And the focus should not be only about more money! That sometimes can lead to choices that are illegal. What every parent wants is for their child to excell in whatever they do and to grow into an important member of society

    Let’s not be hard on those who are trying to get there whatever route they decide to take


  3. This family is doing great they are no longer in this position of poverty their life took a positive. Please don’t be fooled by this article and the tv programme, things have changed.


  4. Thank you for using this platform to tell your fellow Africans on how much you have become part of the not so rich socialites.Am rather surprised you have a degree in Mental Health my advice is leave that negativity within the parameters of your house and let Africans be Africans .You keep saying “black”in my opinion you lack self confidence as a black person.You are not helping your fellow Africans by degrading them I would have loved it if you had told your story from rags to riches to
    encourage people to know that there are other avenues to explore even without degree.May I take this opportunity to congratulate you and your husband on your achievement. Most of us only know that in order to live comfortably it is via Education as imparted to us by our Colonial masters Let’s encourage one another in every way we can for a better future


  5. I completely disagree with your article, it’s overly generalized and a lot of variables and struggles of the African black person haven’t been put into consideration. You have taken 1 story that has been twisted for the sake of ratings and decided to use that as the template for all and yet there are numerous success stories that are out there highlighting the importance of education. You are no better than those tv executives. You need to stop with this self hate and acknowledge the facts that racial disparities exist and education helps to at least even the plain for us, that we have to work 10 times as hard to prove that we’re good at what we do regardless of whether it’s a desk job or entrepreneurship, that white privilege exists and is as real as you and me. You talk about your daughter and how you’re grooming her not every black person has the opportunity to get mentorship and sponsorship and these are real problems. Wake up! And smell the coffee I wish you’d have used your time to write something a lot more meaningful and uplifting and not tearing down the efforts of black people.


  6. I happen to be working as an independent consultant in an IT role that was directly influenced by what I studied in university. Over the years, I have encountered some people in the same line of work that don’t have a tertiary education and I can safely say my degree gave me a significant head start in terms of the knowledge and soft skills required for my career.

    I have noticed over the years that there’s actually an ‘academic inflation’ in my role – more and more companies are placing a degree as a prerequisite to get into my line of work. I have also observed that degrees enable you to get higher hourly rates or in permanent positions, higher salaries. Your level of education plays a big factor, at least in my line of work.

    I can agree with you in terms of the notion that not all the wealthy people acquired university degrees but for a lot of us, an education was our immediate ticket out of poverty, so I would never advise my kids not to acquire a degree. In some cases, a degree is the bare minimum for you to get into some lines of work.

    Oh and I love the work I do. I’m not a millionaire just yet, but I can afford to buy a few properties and live a comfortable secure life. I just wouldn’t write a degree off.

    I guess what’s lacking from your article is a balanced argument – I’m sure you know people that have amassed wealth (if wealth is the measure of success) as a result of their education e.g. the many super-wealthy medical doctors.

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  7. I don’t think it is only black Africans who are obsessed with degrees, white Africans also, but from pre-independence times, education was the way out of poverty for black Africans, principally as teachers and nurses, but also doctors, engineers and lawyers.


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