Still, on the scientific analysis, let us take a brief overview of Genetics.
Gregor Mendel categorized the make up all living organism into Genotype and Phenotype.
- Genotype. - this is the total genetic makeup of the organism. This trait might be dominant (manifest itself physically) or recessive (it is present in the genes but silent). All traits in the genotype are transferable from parent to offspring.
- Phenotype.- this is the physical appearance or performance of an organism. It is dictated by the manifestation of dominant genes and or the environment. In other words,
Phenotype = Genotype + Environment.
However, changes in the appearance or performance of an organism that is brought about solely as a result of environmental influence cannot be transferred from parent to offspring.
That being said, it is possible for two identical twins with the same genetic makeup to differ in appearance and performance if placed in a totally different environment.
so For those of you that are saying that society does not matter, hell yeah it does!
Let’s take this a step further. Let us assume that we are able to quantify the effect of our genetic potential and that of the environment with respect to a particular trait Say creativity for example.
It is safe to assume that our Genetic potential is constant (because it is innate) so we assign it a value of positive 5. Also, say we assign an enabling environment a value of positive 3. Then
Our phenotype for creativity is then 5+3= 8.
Now assume the organism is placed in an environment with a negative effect (say -3). No light, no food, no water, and every moment is a constant competitive struggle for survival. Our phenotype for Creativity would then be 5-3= 2.
As you can see, the effect of a negative environment can even diminish the Genetic Potential of the organism.
In Nigeria Now, there is a massive Brain Drain going on that the Government is either oblivious of or unconcerned about. Even those with seemingly good jobs want to get away. It is alarming and a huge cause for concern.
For those of us who are stuck here, it is still possible to change our immediate environment without going anywhere. We can start by being selective of the people we associate with. Also good books and movies and documentaries are relevant time traveling machines that can take you to worlds you have never been.
As Nigerians, it is a known fact that we’ve got the brilliant Genes and its only a matter of time before we begin to shine.