Sabada

I have heard ‘Sábàdà’ so many times over the years, usually during events when the drummers were doing their job. The word is associated with people of Modakeke. The drum message goes:

Sabada ni e lu fun, Modakeke lo ti wa – (Beat sabada for him, he is from Modakeke). For some reason, like intoxication, people will rise up to move their hips in rhythmic fashion – they’d dance for the recognition.

Once you get the grip on Yoruba language, it is not hard to decipher the meaning of any words, knowledge of accents and dots makes it a lot easier – creativity with words is endless.

However, looking at the word ‘sabada’ on its own – the meaning beats me. And interesting enough, a few elders I know agreed it to be a new word, perhaps in use in the last 30 years or so (yet to get hold of the relevant book).

As with all other languages of the world – language does not exist on its own, it evolves, changes, improves by the events of the society and the people therein – adding to the beauty of it all.

But where does Sábàdà come from and why is it associated with this group of people, the Modakekes?

Ẹwà Èdè – Beauty of Language

I found out that Sábàdà is a relatively new word coined Dr Oladiran Ajayi who was once a lecturer at University of Ibadan Chemistry Department and a passionate writer on the issue around Yoruba culture & tradition and how Modakeke-Ife fits into it.

This post isn’t about Sábàdà alone, it is more about how peaceful co existence facilitates progress.

Dec 26th 2015 was 32nd Akoraye Day – it is the town’s own festival to celebrate gift of life. It would have been the 34th but we missed two years 1997 & 2000. Read about that here

History, I have found is powerful. Knowing the past allows us to plan to execute actions differently if we ever expected different results.

On this day, I was with a friend, she is a fellow Modakeke and her husband is mixed (not race) His father is from Modakeke and Mother from Ile Ife. (what an irony) Our talks was all around our town, how we all are hoping that permanent (not pretend) peace reigns.

Permanent peace here means people in both towns and villages can go about their business with no fear for their lives.

“Oh well, let’s thank God now, abi? At least there’s more awareness and something promising is happening.” I said.

Then a text message about Ooni Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II came through that reads “Oba Enitan Ogunwusi is also present.” I showed the message to the adults around me – everyone was happy!

We were over three thousand miles away, all lived through the last 35 years and for the first time a monarch, in our lifetime deem it fit to step on to the soil next door to jubilate with fellow Yorubas, fellow Nigerians and fellow humans – well, Ooni Ogunwusi is making history and a positive one.

When people follow what they communicate with actions, then it means a lot.

I have heard and read online about Ooni Ogunwusi’s  insistent on bringing back permanent peace both in towns and villages – that is commendable.

My two kobo here is that – B’ina ko ba tan lori, ẹjẹ kii tan lekanna – (Lice infested clothes encourages ones fingers to be feasted on).

E f’ori jin omo, to ba se bi owe o.

I am not suggesting this will be an easy task given our long history, however, I hope Ooni Ogunwusi would look into making it possible for our farmers to return to their farms and villages. These are the people who managed to survive the massacre in the farms between 1997 and 2000. Residents of both towns were affected. Some of these people are still picking up pieces of their lives after 18years.

I know this is a lot to ask, but then again, Ooni Ogunwusi is Enitan (person of history), you have the authority to change the course of history – mend the broken hearts.

K’ade pe l’ori.

Being female in Nigeria

Being female in Nigeria need not be all negatives. As I grew older I realise amongst many derogatory comments I got thrown at me not for no other reason but for being a woman, the ones I am most affected by was from home – from father or close relatives.

Outside, I tend to stand up for myself as much as I can, sometimes when it’s not worth the effort, I hissed and moved on.

Last week a Lagos based book club inspired hashtag #beingfemaleinnigeria where ladies of all ages share their views of being talked down by their male friends just because they were female.

I used to be just be quiet when my father said something about women that were stereotypical as I thought he is ‘old school’, but these days, often I’d ask him “Is that the way you see me, daddy?” Over the years, I have seen positive changes in his utterances.

A pastor who is a family member once narrated stories of women in his church to be manipulative, dress provocatively all in the hope of seducing their pastors – they did this in order to bring the preachers ‘down’ as the women were possessed of evil spirits. When I asked if the same was true of his wife and daughters, he was offended because he knew he was making sweeping generalisation of women when he was only talking about one person.

We still have lengthy family talks but he is aware I’m no longer going to be quiet when he based his critics of women on a section of the bible.

In order to reduce sexist talk in our society, we need to start from our homes. Men in the workplace and place of worship are capable of changing right from inside their homes but if we continue to listen to them bringing other women down just for the fun of it, they will have no incentive of changing.

A reminder of their own mothers, sisters, wives and daughters would likely bring about positive change in behaviour.

Inspiring to hear people talking about sexism in Nigeria – as obvious as it is, we seldom talk about it in the way that any lesson is learned. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new dawn for us all.

Stone Circles

 

Stone circles

“People from outside Africa find it easier 2travel into d continent than the people of the continent & this must change” – Lindiwe Kwele

Above was another piece that caught my attention today. Africans are talking about uniting the continent for the betterment of us all. It is about time.

I have realised that Africans need to do bit more by giving examples of our experiences as it helps to understand situation better.

The first time I travelled without a visa was very exciting – it was going to The Gambia. Nigerians do not require a visa because of the ECOWAS. The two weeks there was quite pleasant, this was 2004, the year of the Tsunami.

The Gambia has more established tourism industry compared to Nigeria, so is better value for money – one area that we need to pay attention to in Nigeria, most ordinary folks travelling do want to enjoy their holidays but they can not be charged the same amount as our politicians – more to gain in volume.

Anyways, entering The Gambia was no issue with my green passport, had a great time and was nice visiting historical places such as Circle Stones, Goergetown (colonial town) and enjoyed visiting the gorilla park.

Exiting the country after two weeks was a different case. The lady at the counter was friendly enough but went away with my passport with what felt like eternity, every other minute, she’d come back to ask more questions which thankfully I was able to give satisfactory answers.

I saw her flipping through my passport as if something was sewn to it, she scanned all the pages so at this point I gestured to the lady if I could be of any further help as she still looks as if something was amiss.

In the end she told me of her concerns, she was looking for any slight traces of drugs and wanted to be sure that onward visa to my place of residence was genuine – “And it took that long even with computer access and all?” I thought to myself.

I thanked the her and left. That was the first time I was delayed for over 10 minutes for passport checks and it just happened to be a place I entered without a visa.

The lady was only doing her job.

 

Why do we have so many restrictions for Africans travelling within Africa?

Nigeria for example can do well by prosecuting corrupt officials. Also by investigating cases of injustices in our society, when this is done, we are a step further towards being a trusted nation.

One Nigeria

Sometimes the phrase ‘One Nigeria’ is true but it requires a bit explanation otherwise not many Nigerians believe the saying in the slightest sense.

Reading through President Buhari’s speech, he talked about various issues his administration would tackle right away –  security and corruption top the list. Admittedly, these are very important and I suppose President could not have listed all that the country needed to improve on otherwise he’d be on the podium for days.

My take away from reading the speech was that by tackling corruption, education sector is included given this area of our lives is corrupt-riden as is.

I was expecting President Buhari to talk a bit more about education sector in Nigeria particularly our public schools. He nonetheless touched the area with a simple sentence to acknowledge he is aware of the need for improvement.

“For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education” – PMB.

Somehow, I had naively thought he would spend at least a couple of minutes on this to put mind of the public at rest, I was wrong.

I thought one of the best and sure way of improving standard of living for the 60% poor is by improving the education in our rural areas.

Most of our rural areas already have primary and secondary schools built between the 50 and the 60’s. We still have people living in the same villages only that most of the school buildings are now shell of their past glories.

There are many ways refurbishing rural schools would help. This would mean among other benefits that children can be educated in the village or close by so they live with the family therefore eliminating expensive alternative of going to school in town while parents remain in the village to work.

I think if there’s one area where Nigerians from south to north could agree need improvement on is the standard of our education especially in the rural areas.

I am hoping there is a robust plan in place for this.

Speed to feed hungry roads

On the motorway going 70mph, it felt a bit too quiet after a friend called about her 82 years old father’s passing.

“Can’t talk, promise to call back in the evening” I cut in after hearing the reason for the call. I can already tell the funeral preparation is underway.

Mind drifted to the last time I heard about her father, he was a nice man. Then, I remember he had a car accident a while back that killed one of the passengers, that was a terrible one, the passenger was a family member.

“When was the last time your father sat behind the wheel?” I asked my friend when she told me of the fatal accident. I knew he always had a personal driver.

“Only started driving after retirement.” She responded. He has always had a personal driver.

God, help me I must stop this line of thoughts, before I ran into someone.

I stopped. Then turn on the radio.

Off the radio.

The silence became unbearable, so paid attention to my surrounding. I forgot how noisy it can get no the motorway, cars flying by.

Then I remember only a week ago that I encountered my very first psychic, my taxi driver. I had kept my peace initially but thought I’d tell my day’s story to a complete stranger.

I was at the supermarket to pick up a few items but discovered at the till that I had lost my car key, how could that be? How?

“The angel took the keys from you because you were not meant to drive” he says. “Ok” I responded.

Following driver’s recommendation – relax and think about how to replace the keys.

I felt better.

That was a week prior to the road trip.

I must focus but not before making a quick mental calculation of my chances of survival if I did not pay attention to what was going on around me. Well, given most drivers flying by were going between 70/80mph – I could be a dead meat.

Focus, I did.

Thinking about how it is in Nigeria:

Nigeria FRSC can be annoying sometimes, but I am glad that their presence has forced dangerous drivers to slow down therefore reduction in road fatality but we still have a very long way to go.

While the FRSC monitors the highway, how do you get the neighbourhood drivers to apply common sense while driving?

Only about two weeks ago a middle-aged man from Ile Ife visiting a friend in my town late in the evening killed an Okada man (motor cyclist). The bus driver has been driving way too fast and oblivious to other road users.

The driver ran away from the scene of accident leaving the deceased man in the pool of his own blood. Passersby applied the only way they knew the dead person could get justice – Jungle Justice. The bus was burnt.

Apparently the bus belonged to a politician not the dangerous driver, oh well.

Either way the innocent life wasted because of someone’s dangerous driving,, the driver now back on the road walking free.

In January this year, 11 women from Madam P home state were killed during campaign drives – the incident was terrible news for anyone with blood running through their veins but what is also sad and perhaps terrifying was the reactions of lots of Nigerians about this accident. People completely ignored the dangerous drivers and turned it to another political fights. Here

Even if all Nigeria roads are state of the art tomorrow, people still need to learn to take responsibility for their actions while on the road.

National Youth Corp Service

National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) was set up to encourage ease of movement for Nigerians. It used to be a gateway for securing decent jobs. For a long time now, this is not the case in, as at the end of the service year is when the real hustle begins.

Nigeria sends thousands of youths out every year to different parts of the country for the purpose of youths given back to the country that has supported them through their years of higher education. This was supposed to help us learn and appreciate our uniqueness as a nation better.

This reason was a welcomed one given the experience of Biafra War.

Clearly, NYSC has not changed our skewed view of one another in the country but why do we still  make youth service corp a mandatory service for Nigerian graduates?

Who is benefitting from this program in today’s Nigeria?

Most of the graduates regardless of field of study would end up teaching with zero knowledge of teaching.

For example a Biochemistry graduate posted to a secondary school is thrown into the job from day one.

Brief perspective;

In Nigeria, we have 74 federal/state universities.

47 approved private universities. The ‘approved’ there signifies we have handfuls of others still operating without the government official approval. The unapproved operating tertiary institutions means their students are moved to an approved schools during the final years.

Also, another important thing to note here is that most of the 47 private universities in Nigeria are owned by the religious leaders and politicians.

Most children of primary and secondary school age attend private schools. The trend started aggressively in the 1990s and has gone way beyond any logic.

Private schools in Nigeria is not like any other nations – we have at least about 100 different grades of private schools, some of which no child should be sent to – it is in every street, some are as big as a decent living room.

Also, we have a handful that are as expensive as any private schools in the West if not more. This is where the selected few send their children for primary school education before being wheeled abroad for boarding.

And the different range in the middle is very wide – No defined guide by the government, pocket size largely dictates the type of education received.

Now on the Otondo (Corpers):

The government had spent enormous amount of money over the last four decades on this program i.e 3 weeks training, the facilities and the uniform, and continuing to do so given increasing population.

Youth corpers literally overlapping at their place of primary assignment (PPA) nowadays. Sometimes, the PPA would reject giving ‘no vacancy’ as the reason so the said graduate would have to look for someplace else that would accept.

Nigeria government currently pays 19,800k naira/month for each corper. Not less than a third of these are teaching/working at private companies set up by religious leaders and politicians – Free and imposed employees every year.

In essence, we go round the circle.

And there is the case of ghost Corpers – these guys received their certificate of completion and all the benefits such as the monthly stipend but would not spend a day at the place of primary assignment. Their official certificate issued after ‘wetting the floor’ of the government officials.

At the end of the one year service, there is absolutely no guarantee of getting a job that could pay close to the stipend of the service year, many would be lucky to have any job at all.

Why do we still do NYSC?

Discipline Vs. assault and the role of religious leaders

I could not help but giggled this morning when a caller to LBC radio said Pope is not really in a position to approve smacking children as a way to instil discipline given he has no biological child.

Guess I am the devil’s advocate here.

Being raised in a culture where adults or anyone in positions authority turn to physical punishment where simple communication could suffice makes my skin crawl most especially when someone in influential position such as Pope Francis thought this is an acceptable attitude from parents to children.

The Pope statement will have very little effect in the west because most parents knew better than to follow what he says given there is strict enforcement of law to protect children rights.

My worry is a nation like Nigeria whereby people believed word for word what their religious leaders told them especially when there is a passage in the bible to support the assertion.

As Nigeria goes, there is a thin line between religion and tradition, more often than not, citizens are confused about the source of many craziness that have penetrated into what we now see as our culture.

Proverbs 22: 15 “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” King James Bible

Iwe Owe 22: 15 ” Ni aya omode ni were, sugbon pasan itoni ni yio le jina kuro lodo re” Translated from King James Bible

Among many of the bible quotations that I had to memorise as a child, the above verse was one of the few I still remember today, although I had long forgotten where the verse were but I remember the words. They did not make any sense to me as a child and neither did they as adult.

There are plenty of lost in translation when it comes to the bible and I wonder how many people have gone over the cliff because of this.

In the bible quotations above: To translate the KGB literally to Yoruba, it will be:

Foolishness – means ẹ̀gọ̀ but instead wèrè (Mental health illness) was used to describe children’s mischievousness.

Rod of correction –  pàsán ìtọ́ni. Ìtọ́ni on its own means correction however, when pàsán is used, usually it is for only one thing – to flog and beat, animals or humans, most especially when the person in charge felt short-term outcome from assault is the route to quick fix while ignoring the lasting impact of communication to bring about favoured behaviour from children.

When does discipline go too far? Here and Here

While many Nigerians would easily say physical punishment is African/Nigerian culture, it is hard to know given I grew up in a part of Nigeria where Christianity is predominant and physical assault is rife both at home and outside including in the church.

It is nations in this category that religious leaders have strong influence on the crowd. Here Pope’s statement is giving more ammunitions to already delusional crowd to justify their unfair punishment on the people, mostly children in their care.

Real Buhari and GEJ: One hardcore, the other clueless, take your pick

The Real Buhari video clip on youtube is expected especially for the flimsy minded who only want quick fix for all of our issues.

In 53:34 narrator posed a question:

“Does Buhari posses the temperament to be Nigeria’s President in a globalised 21st century?”

And for GEJ being seen as a saint in comparison to Buhari, very typical of Nigerians, being completely off the track asking helpless citizens daft question like:

” Would you like to be beheaded in public or choked to death in your room?”

Why do we have to choose between two terrible people. Well, if we must then we will.

Buhari is hardcore no doubt and well deserved the video highlighting his human rights violations, plenty of them.

Now, I would love to see one thing that GEJ has done since his time in office that makes him any better than Buhari in terms of human rights protection. His daughter’s wedding was two weeks after Chibok girls were kidnapped, before and after that thousands have been slaughtered.

48:39 talked about gender equality and the fact Buhari didn’t allow his wife on campaign trail. Yea, the old man is what he is, you are not going to change him today.

It would be nice to hear from Nigerians, if there has ever been one instance that Madam Patience Jonathan has shown any example worth emulating in public? The last straw for me was when she sat at the Aso Rock calling the parents of the abducted girls for a meeting? Who does that? Subjecting grieving mothers to yet another torture – power drunk took humanity from her.

So if Madam P was locked up for the remainder of GEJ in office, would anyone genuinely miss her?

We need women, more women to represent us so as to become better people, better neighbours, better Nigerians – we don’t need power-drunk women, we don’t need women who are busy demonstrating everything wrong that only confirm women are less of.

I believe the most dangerous aspirant of the two is the one with no ideal, hiding behind others so he takes no responsibility. GEJ does this a lot, he is busy going from one religious leader to another basically playing on the ignorance the populace.

Any leader licking boots of celebrity pastors as GEJ is doing can not successfully lead such a diverse nation as Nigeria because he will sure blame all on God and devil when in fact we are all on earth.

Looking behind Buhari, I see Fashola of Lagos, Ameachi of Rivers, Aregbesola of Osun, and hopefully El-Rufai in Kaduna and a few others – we have seen what these guys can do.

Looking at Jonathan – I see someone who will continue to be indifference to everything, a leader who nominated main murder suspect of federal ex Finance minister, Bola Ige to be Osun governor. I see a president who pardoned a criminal days after he was convicted of money laundering, that was GEJ buddy Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

I see Nigeria being in much more terrible situation for the next four years because  there really is no red button to press so our issues can be evaporated. I see a president wasting our limited resources on useless yearly pilgrimage – Mecca + Jerusalem, to show that we are religious when our attitude is anything but.

“Does Jonathan Goodluck posses the temperament to be Nigeria’s President in a globalised 21st century?”

Temperament? Plenty of it as he had 8 year of practice to be indifference and religious puppet, with extra daily dosage of Valium added – yes, he will lead us right to the ditch.

Yellow fever vaccination at Lagos international airport

It is impossible not to notice the improvement of the departure terminals at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. For a second, one is filled with joy and reassurance that we’ve got what it takes to make this country a great one we can all be proud of.

And of course, with this spirit one has to put aside the fact that all passengers, passing through this airport in their thousands have always had to pay their airport taxes – we show appreciation anyways, hoping the trend will continue.

At MMIA, it is a different story every time one passes through even with everything done right, there is no guarantee one would not be harassed.

Over the years I have noticed how people tend to put themselves at the mercies of the airport staff that will eventually lead to bribery.

No doubts Nigerians loved to carry more than their baggage allowance, normally this would not be allowed in most airports, but in Nigeria, you would be allowed, just need to pay up so in this instance I think it is the citizens encouraging bad behaviour.

Also, about carrying food items. All countries have their rules about what can be allowed in terms of food product. The officers at the airport know this, however anyone can carry just about anything through MMIA, you only need to pay up – your trouble on the other end.

Why do we find it so hard to comply with simple rules? This is not excusing the shameless officers at the airport but we the citizens must try not to encourage this bribery culture, in the first place.

What has yellow fever vaccination got to do with it?

Last month Richard was excited to be invited to Lagos for a day, to do some infographic work for a consulting firm. His client is a global firm with long-term existence in Nigeria.

‘You’ll love it’ I assured Richard. He’s only in Lagos for one day so mostly from airport to hotel visit. He knew quite a bit about Lagos but as a visitor for the first time, sometimes no one can really tell everything that might go right or wrong but it is incredible that you can safely jump into an Avis taxi from MMIA now to Lagos mainland knowing you are safe.

Richard went and had amazing time with his client and thought everyone he met were incredible. Him and a couple of other Oyinbos were the foreigners, other guys in their tens were all Nigerians, he was impressed. Had a successful meeting and was invited back to help with more projects.

One thing though, he had to pay a bribe at the MMIA. “Why?” I asked him, “Because I didn’t have my Yellow Fever vaccination”

Richards shrugged his shoulders, thought the bribery for not being vaccinated was weird but nothing more to it.

Well, the bribery just confirmed a lot that he has read about Nigeria.

I wonder, how is the airport officers being bribed going to magically take away the fact that Richard wasn’t vaccinated? YF vaccination is expected when visiting a place like Nigeria to prevent visitors from getting sick.

Given Richard will be visiting again, I pleaded that he gets his YF vaccination done given the shameless officials no opportunity to ask for bribes. Very likely they would but we would see what for.

Home ownership and the pressure to live up

There is always some unspoken expectations that one is meant to live up to. Grow up, get college education, marry, have children and own a home – not necessarily in this particular order.

In some part of the world, there is a system in place to assist working citizens get on a property ladder through loans if one has a job to guarantee debt repayment. This system sometimes assumes that all adults have common sense and would only take on appropriate debts they could afford.

In Nigeria, this is a whole different story. There is no established mortgage loan except for those who work for the government and a few well-run private companies. So if a Nigerian has a home, there is a very good chance it is owned outright as you get to build the house from scratch.

This could be exciting opportunity to design one’s own home to taste. However, it also means that to own a home is an exceptional privilege as Nigeria goes, in most cases life savings have gone into it.

A friend, shortly after started working, joined a micro finance group whereby a set monthly deductions is taking from her salary. The idea was that when it gets to her turn to collect the sum, it will be substantial enough to take on a significant project.

Hannah is a teacher, work full-time with three children and renting 2 rooms (not to be confused with 2 bedroom). She is a content person and happy with her family. She wanted to use the huge chunk of money to buy a land and build a foundation on it – this is what she feels she is expected to do, husband works at a nearby Teaching Hospital as a lab assistant and has been spending quite a lot of his income to get higher qualification, he would not be able to contribute.

“I’d use this money to start up a business as a means to generate extra income, and the business will serve as an investment to add on to – this is likely to make more financial sense than embarking on a project that one is well aware it’s not going to get off the ground.” I said.

“Why do you bother about what people say anyway?” I asked Hannah. Hannah worries that she would end up like her own parents who are in their 70s and still renting. Her parents made a choice to spend their money on educating their children. They may still be renting but they had no burden from any of the children and happy with minimal old age stress.

If it’s any consolation, without those many years of renting of about half a dozen houses while I was little,  how would I ever get to meet so many interesting co-tenants? They, without a doubt make my stories a lot more colourful.

Not so bad.

Nigeria: Moving on from our very own anachronism

Anachronism, that’s mouthful I think.

The first time I sat by someone reading the Sun, UK newspaper and noticed a naked lady, I was taken back  thinking I had thought women were more respected in this part of the world than my home. It becomes especially demoralising when men are presented differently, mostly in more mature and responsible light. Well, if some people decided it was fun to have naked women in the newspaper, I suppose it’s only fair if we have naked men too – free world.

It didn’t take long before I realised gender inequality affect women the world over, women have for centuries being the butt of all jokes – long journey it has been.

Things are changing rapidly with quality education available to both genders, improvement are made in many important ways, still long way to go.

It is commendable that at last page three of The Sun has become subject of serious discussions, in time it will be taking out completely or more fun would be men portrayed in similar manner side by side.

Apart from obvious condescending attitude towards women in Nigeria. The one that I found demeaning was women of all ages being accused of witchcraft, this happens a lot across the country except for the Hausas, probably because of religion.

 

The idea here is not about whether or not witchcraft existed, rather it is to allow us to question the glorification that Nigerians give to it by associating all that did not go well to be the work of village witches, which often in time is another attack on hard work mothers.

This has in significant ways damaging as often times, the culprits is staring in our faces but we were preoccupied with blaming the ‘concept’ that can not be held responsible.

Given more than half of Nigeria population lived in rural areas and are usually the least educated, they are the most accused of witchcraft for all that is not right.

I believe if compulsory primary school education to the world standard is enforced, school leavers will be able to read and comprehend ideas as well as to allow oneself to question those that did not match up to the reality of day-to-day events.

It is incredible to know that epileptic disorder (warapa) that many associate to be another witch spell is actually brain disorder.

Many more unbelievable misfortune are wrongly associated with witches, the result is that we end up running in circles looking for answer in wrong places and one more reason women should not be trusted with making important decisions.

A young man killed his own mother in a gruelling attack somewhere in the east last year on the ground that she was the one responsible for all his misfortune of not having a job after school. The young man was blinded to he fact that he was not alone that millions of Nigerians are in the same shoes.

Unfortunately, we do have women like Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, the founder of Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries in Nigeria whose speciality is to promote lies.  Undercover  from the UK revealed what can only be described as child abuse. Apostle Helen is only one out of many witch hunters in Nigeria, there are hundreds of them around.

Witch-hunting on vulnerable citizens only shows ignorant of the people.  This is our own attitude that belongs in a different era and has no place in modern time.

Nigeria: Where presidential election campaign is another aso ebi craze

It is commendable seeing politicians gathering for photos without Owambe craze. Our issues are of many layers, hopefully we will work our way through shedding wasteful habits bit by bit.

Most of the time it is accumulation of small things that add up to become big issue. Why must election campaign be another Owambe? Is it important to Nigerians that campaigners and supporters be in uniform?

One small detail I have noticed lately since this election campaign started was the outfits worn on the campaign trail – trivial? Not really. In the case of Nigeria, it is a big deal, adds up.

Owambe is not all positive as we make it to be and when used to a great extent during election campaign, it is even more damaging because the money be it private or public could have been better spent on things that could directly add value to people’s life, dig one or two community toilet or borehole for a starter.

Other countries when campaigning for general elections would opt to wear t-shirts to support their party, but in our case it is a full attire costing the nation millions of naira.

I am sure both APC and PDP are guilty of this, however I have noticed on many occasion where APC, Buhari’s party opt to wear their everyday clothing on the campaign trail. However, in the case of our sitting president GEJ, it is shameful, women are worse – it is all without a fail Aso ebi

Why must we be in uniform when campaigning for public offices? This is one of the many ways Nigeria misplaced priorities of what people needed, it will take a visionary leader to see how wasteful this habit is.

Photo credit: Dailymail
Photo credit: Dailymail

 

 

 

 

Presidential candidates and Aso Ebi craze

 

 

Photo credit: UNFO News

 

 

These are the least annoying I have seeing, a quick browse online reveals more.