Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Admit it. You're in the intelligentsia.

in·tel·li·gent·si·a  (ĭn-tĕl′ə-jĕnt′sē-ə, -gĕnt′-) n. The intellectual elite of a society. (The Free Dictionary)
in·tel·li·gent·sia noun \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-sē-ə, -ˈgen(t)-\ : a group of intelligent and well-educated people who guide or try to guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society (Merriam-Webster)
The intelligentsia, from Latin: intellegentia (Polish: inteligencja, Russian: интеллигенция,[1] pronounced [ɪntʲɪlʲɪˈɡʲentsɨjə]) is a social class of people engaged in complex mental labour aimed at disseminating culture.
This therefore might include everyone from artists to school teachers.  (See Wikipedia for more)
To what extent do you think this term applies to a mostly-young intellectual and creative class in Nigeria?
If #SMWLagos or #SocialMediaWeek is your thing, you're probably intelligentsia. 
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