CENTENARY OF NO DIRECTION!

I just read a piece on “WHO IS NIGERIA’S HISTORY TEACHER” by Abimbola Adelakun IN YESTERDAY’S (27/02/2013) EDITION OF “The Punch” and I cannot but agree with the lady in toto on the opinion, observations and conclusion in that beautiful piece.

It is a pity that Nigerian leaders especially the present crop, are bereft of any sense of history! The poverty of knowledge in all strata of governance is displayed in the way we handle and react to what could otherwise be a source of succor and upliftment to our people.

Pray, why should the government rub insult into injury by proceeding with the profitless “centenary celebrations” when the leaders of tomorrow are being slaughtered, raped, burnt, kidnapped and harassed every day?

Why should a spineless and incoherent government proceed with the scandalous “centenary celebrations” when Nigerians are queuing for PMS in a country blessed and endowed as ours?

Why should a government whose leaders are clueless about restoring the epileptic, comatose and wholesomely decapitated power sector while the citizens grope in darkness and burn litres of PMS/diesel every day and night just to light up their homes?

Why should a government whose legitimacy is questionable be hell-bent in celebrating a British contraption when the citizens are asking that the contraption be renegotiated or even be dismantled?

Is it not an irony for a government that prides itself on a puerile and amoeban transformation agenda to list ABACHA,BABANGIDA,DANJUMA,MURTALA MOHAMMED,YAR’ADUA(Late President),QUENN ELIZABETH,LORD LUGARD & HIS WIFE ETC.,ETC., as deserving of any honour when it is glaring they were and are still part of the problems in Nigeria? I wonder why “Alams”,Anini,Boko-Haram,Bin-Laden,etc are not included in the honours lists.

Is it not an irony that in a country where our oil wealth is being plundered in the very noses and eyes of our leaders, we still find it convenient to look the other way and celebrate a centenary of corruption and filthy lucre?

Is it not a wrong time to give ourselves éclat when our anti-graft bodies (EFCC & ICPC) are bereft(from their open confessions) of the necessary wherewithal to tackle corruption especially in the NNPC headlong?

Is it not shameful to gather “world leaders” in Abuja and invite musicians like “Tu-Face” and co. to sing meaningless songs in praise of inefficiency in the face of glaring and grueling poverty among the majority of our people?
Do our leaders think at all? Do they see beyond their noses? Do they know what it takes to lead? Do they have workable plans at all? Do they have a modicum of shame at all?

Is it not a shame and a telling indictment on the type of “snailish” progress we have made that Britain (our colonial leaders) refused to attend the centenary celebrations with any conspicuous or high level representations?

At best why couldn’t the government have postponed the celebrations to a later date as a mark of respect for the slain souls? After all Nigeria was amalgamated in JANUARY 1914 AND NOT MARCH?

What sort of country is this?

The questions go on and on…and the answer will come only IF the people are ready to damn the consequences and as Bob Marley said dare to “…..….chase the bald-heads out of town”

God bless NIGERIA!

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WHO DID THIS TO SAKA?

WHO DID THIS TO SAKA?

Looking at the latest advert on “PORTING” by the GSM providers in Nigeria, I get the impression that some of them were not adequately prepared for the deluge of interest it would generate among the Nigerian public-at least the interest in seeing which advert would best convince you to “port” at the port best considered big enough to take your “ship”.
Before the advent of the “porting war”,there was another type of war which war was to attract subscribers from one network to another competing firm. Then, there was this fight between MTN and ETISALAT in Nigeria,where you saw “Osofia”and “Mama Gee” in their big,bold,youthful and daring sunglasses doing all they could to tell us that MTN was the best you could get among the GSM subscribers with the right appeal to the youth!Not long after,we saw ETSALAT in an apparent joke on MTN splashing us with an innuendo that portrayed the same “Osofia” attempting to switch from MTN to ETISALAT because of the bonus gift ETISALAT was dangling at Nigerians.In the same advert,we saw “SAKA”-mouth agape, with unbelievable glee saying to Osofia “….ha..YOU?…’THEN THE JOKE WAS ON MTN!
I am sure MTN felt slighted, bruised, jabbed and clobbered below the belt by this upcoming BUT daring competitor-ETISALAT! Our thought then was that the “war” had ended shortly after, not knowing that MTN never will forget and forgive..NEVER.

Enter the “porting game” and the second day saw our screen beaming with….wait for Him—SAKA(of ETISALAT fame) SINGING( OF ALL THINGS) FOR MTN–

“…I DON PORT OOOOO….I DON PORT OOOO…I DON PORT TO MTN EEEE….KIRIKATA…CARRY THE SAME NUMBA GO …. “

“What Am I seeing?..”said my wife who was sitting with me when the advert came up “….SAKA singing?..Yeee ..Who did this to SAKA? … Why are his eyes popping out as if he is under pressure..? is it by force you must sing..?” On and on the questions of surprise.
”Now the war proper has begun..”I said to my wife because the joke IS NOW ON ETISALAT.
Any observant watcher of these advert wars would agree that MTN sure has outwitted (for the time being?) ETISALAT and other competitor in this game!

Back to SAKA.I never thought the man could sing and dance-left to right,right to left a-la-Michael Jackson!In fact If SAKA could sing and dance,then I can!You can too.Who would not?With such mouth-watering account (I heard it’s in the neighbourhood of 5 or 6m or more for SAKA)!Who would not wake up at night every two hours to master the “porting dance” and declare thereafter like SAKA that “I have conquered poverty”
This transformation is a telling lesson that you can achieve ANYTHING you dream of with the right attitude.We only need a little push-like SAKA.

I am sure if you asked him,he would have stories to tell: of countless mis-steps,countless mis-voice-overs,countless “can I do this?” countless gaffes; countless discouragements, jeers et al BUT at last “I DON PORT O..”arrived and voila SAKA the “musician and dancer” …..and conqueror!
If you are in doubt of what you can achieve today watch the porting dance of SAKA and let his story encourage you. He waded through poverty, rejections, disdain and almost everything negative to “port” at “Fortune Avenue”!
Well done SAKA! Whoever did this to you has done well or “RIVER” as I would say.

By the way-have you “ported”?-That’s for another day.

Have a brilliant today on your way to a more brilliant future.

God bless Nigeria and Remember—–YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!

© SLI-2013

WELCOME TO A NIGERIA..WITHOUT THE…BLACKBERRY!

Recently, I was listening to a news item on a Nigerian newspaper headline that sounded like this “Govt.Plans to Ban The Use of BLACKBERRY In Nigeria”. Hey that would be nice. Wouldn’t it?

At last we would be spared the nauseating sights of girls ( I refuse to call them “ladies”) on “okada” “BlackBerrying” away with all careless abandon for their safety! We would be spared the sights of robotic humans fixing their attention only on their BLACKBERRY while walking along the avowed Nigerian dangerous city  roads! We would be spared the nauseating and disrespectful juniors ignoring the presence and to wit-the instructions of their seniors, in preference to the commanding and ubiquitous presence of the BLACKBERRY! Imagine what peace would descend into every home at the ban of the BLACKBERRY if women/wives were deprived (a-la BLACKBERRY ban) the opportunity of romancing their BLACKBERRY on cold nights instead of their “poor” and “lonely” hubbies! Oh the agony of seeing your wife glued endlessly to the BLACKBERRY and pinging the “lifeless” black machine instead of “pinging” your lip or body!

 Would you not prefer the ban of the BLACKBERRY to the now rampant use of same even by students and candidates while writing exams? Would you not prefer to cast your vote for the ban of the BLACKBERRY to seeing those lewd, explicit and “X”-rated pictures pinged almost “per second, per second”(as my father of blessed memory would say)  without caring for decorum and decency?

How about rumours? You can’t punch a hole in the argument that the most veritable avenue for spreading dangerous,seditious,nerve-wracking,defamatory,polity- inflaming and if you like-devilish rumours in this day and age in Nigeria is…wait for it….the BLACKBERRY! I get a feeling that Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and music stars would heave a sigh of relief at the final answer to their prayers through the ban of the intruding BLACKBERRY! We would be free from pings like “have you heard that ……is now dating the wife of……….”-with the name of a pop,film,economic or political rising or shining star inserted without caring for the veracity of same!

BlackBerry-the first thing “addicts” pick in the morning instead of morning devotions and the last thing they resort to instead of saying “goodnite” to their Creator!

The verdict against the BLACKBERRY  in Nigeria at this time is “guilty, guilty, guilty, and guilty as charged” therefore welcome to-Nigeria-the land where BLACKBERRY is indeed black in colour, black character, black in usage, black in reputation, black in everything!

While agreeing that the use of BLACKBERRY may be getting out of hand and is being abused, can we exonerate other means of communication in this ICT age? If BLACKBERRY is banned, “Darkberry” would be born!

I honestly think the ban, if carried through, would be a wrong step in the wrong direction that would give birth to wrong and un-envisaged consequences! For instance we would have a more underground/dangerous form of social medium to grapple with.

 By the way, I don’t have a BLACKBERRY and i have no intention of buying one! Not that I’m averse to the use of communication gadgets-not at all.in fact i have a state –of-the art- android phone as well as a HD tablet. I am not cut out for the BLACKBERRY but that does not say others shouldn’t use it. To now take it to the ridiculous level of banning it would be like killing a newt with a TNT!

If the rumour is true, I think the government is getting too jittery over small matters that should be tackled through sensitisation!

Wait a minute! This can’t be true. It’s only a rumour and i didn’t get it through the BLACKBERRY. I got it on the newspaper review on TV! Shouldn’t the Nigerian government consider banning the TV or better the DSTV, the MYTV, the STARTIMES, the DAARSAT and the MULTI TV in addition to the BLACKBERRY?

 Rumours, rumours and more rumours! Have a good day with your life!

© SLI-2013

GRATEFUL FOR EACH DAY

Good day!Sounds familiar?Yes but No!

Waking up every morning brings a new challenge,a new opportunity to right what was wrong yesterday and write a new chapter into the Book of Life.So what are you writing?Nothing new?The same old story?Yes?No? A new page telling a new story of a new and changed individual listening and hearkening to the only Voice Who can point to the right direction!

GOOD DAY.