Pa Nelson Mandela’s on banknotes

 

Banknotes in circulation in South Africa don get the smiling face of a sacrificial lamb, Pa Nelson Mandela, 94 plastered on them. 

Na the first time wey that kind thing go happen; since na so so Animal pictures and scenes dey there before.

That na a way of saying thank you to the great man.

 

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Na Obama win again o

President Obama don win re-election to the white house.

The minorities, women and moderates mainly give am the mantle again.

Obama pass the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College; em get victory for Ohio. The win give am 274 electoral votes while Romney get 201. Na CNN talk so.

One Romney friend talk say Romney to believe say em go lose. This Obama guy, ehn….

The guy win for battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, California, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Romney sef try no be small but Obama win em home state of Illinois as well as Romney’ s home state of Massachusetts — where the Republican previously served as governor. Even place wey dem born Romney, Michigan, Obama na em win.

 

Na time to pop Champagne for this victory. Na easy prediction. God Bless Naija.

Naija: More than worth its weight in gold?

 

RADIO SHOW:   Good Morning Naija

STATION:             MeroëRadio

TIME:                    25 hours G.M.T. every single day, no be small thing

Today’s Issue:    Naija: More than worth its weight in gold?

 

 

You are welcome to the maiden edition of the radio show, ‘Good Morning, Naija’ on MeroëRadio. This episode promises to be exciting. We shall be focusing on the Naija we know vis-a-vis her current status.

 

This is borne out of an interest in the catchword employed to brand the golden jubilee of Obafemi Awolowo University, the only University apart from the others – “OAU@50: More than worth its weight in gold”.

What is gold? I’ll say gold is gold!

Call it whatever, in whatever language and in whatever way, the very nature of gold remains. Conceal it in the mud, call it dlog or ungold; what it is is what it is.

 

There is the beauty and there is the pride of gold, anyday. The beauty may derive also from embellishment and colour-impact from the outside but the pride of gold is in the yellow beauty that arises from its core. This yellow is peculiar, a perfect representation of what gold is and maybe not what it could turn into. So, no embellishment. We switch to lingua pidgin.

 

Wetin Naija do again wey person no fit yarn in a language wey dey consider the peculiarities of the Naija situation (not really that special a case as not to permit it).

 

Two years ago, na em Naija clock 50. That one na wetin the Apostles of globalisation, wey dash us language (English type, forgive my error), call Golden Jubilee. Na the age for person to enter menopause and to say, “I don born all the children for my belle. Na to grow remain.”

Same thing with Obafemi Awolowo University, wey start her grand 50th anniversary celebration today (5th of November, 2012).

 

Before we continue, make we sammer you one ogbonge commercial break (CB).

CB: (Instrumentals)

BUY NIGERIA, DO NIGERIA, PLAY NIGERIA,

TAKE NIGERIA FOR A STROLL (NO LONGER FOR A RIDE,

BECAUSE THE GIANT IN NIGERIA WILL NEVER AGAIN FALL ASLEEP).

BUY NIGERIA FROM US!

 

You are welcome back. Now that Oba Awon University dey celebrate her 50 born years na the time to account for the number and quality of her children and the standard, developmentally, of her premises.

 

Her children dey scattered around the globe and are doing excellently well within and outside the country.

Structurally, OAU na the most beautiful campus in the universe (wow! Did I just word an inconclusive thought? of Nigeria (better). And things still dey happen. The Faculty of Pharmacy, my beloved constituency, go soon get a new ultramodern (I suppose) building worth hundreds of million in naira (of course) and just behind am, the Department of Building go get one worth a billion in naira. How benevolent!

 

Being not infallible however, we suppose admit say no system dey wey no get comma, even ultimately a full-stop. But in comparison with the larger system (the one wey give Great Ife the means to acquire the earlier mentioned buildings), Great Ife stands tall. In spite of every every, the people of the school work to keep one another moving on them toes and the subjects are pleased with the pace.

 

Abi wetin we go call country wey award contract not for the purpose of contract execution but sharing of contract proceeds. At this point (orita), Ife-Ibadan expressway waka come person mind. Not once, not twice! Similar situations suppose dey waka anyhow on the the mind of my audience.

 

Once again listeners and this time, I need a response. It don pass two years since Naija, more or less, become gold. How she dey do? “Naija@50: More than worth her weight in gold?”

 

As we dey reason the response, make we quickly go a musical break (MB) with D’banj’s Oyato. No change the station I beg.

 

MB: [Sing along]

 

You are welcome back. D’bank says he’s Oyato. No be so?  That one dey symbolize differentiation from the lot which precedes integration into the whole. Woe yamutu (betides) anyone wey sing to the contrary because the order of the day na differentiation for integration.

 

“Naija: More than her weight in gold?”

 

Listeners at home, our call line dey open. Call to let us know wetin you reason. Your reason dey important to us.

 

Once again, this show na Good Morning, Naija on MeroëRadio.

 

 

 

LAST PILL…

 

Love is all you’ve got when all else is gone.

Cling to it like nothing else counts; hold onto it like you would your last lifeline. Love is a tower that guards and launches.

There, no failures but you got hard conks for doing it the wrong way. that other; those others.

But one could say, in the widest imagination of the universe, “even love is relative” and then put a rubberstamp that displays the face of Albert Einstein.

It may be good to note that gold is gold in spite of all the embellishments, the alter egos. This tower of Love is Love at its core.

TOMORROW, WE BEGIN A NEW TOMORROW

You are welcome to the midday special episode of Good Morning Naija, a MeroëRadio show wey lAkUnLeScReWs bring to you.

“Campaign go end today. Tomorrow na elections!”. That na wetin the campaign managers of the two parties contesting for the office of the United States President yarn me this morning on my way back from the states (of sleep, if you no mind).

They yarn say even though the campaign go end today, person wey go win in the election which go take place in less than twenty four hours remain very unclear.

Obama join Romney both get 49% support. Na one new CNN Poll talk am.

Obama join Romney both get 48% support. Na Politico/George Washington University survey talk am.

It get one poll wey dem release today, Monday. The thing dey show say President Barack Obama dey lead Mitt Romney with shikini (small) margin  in Virginia, a crucial battleground state wey get13 electoral votes.

Out of hundred voters in the state, forty-eight say na the president dem go vote, while forty-seven say na the GOP presidential nominee go get dem vote. Na NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey talk so.

Them sha dey release different poll results for different battleground states and all of them dey similay, now wey na only few hours remain before the election.

Make we wait for the election to come and go. But from our own side, we dey see say Obama dey try…

NIGERIA: Mark of the Bills

It’s been 98 solid years since Nigeria, as we know it today, embarked on a 100-year marathon to…one wonders, NOwhere while never preparing for the NOWhere.

 

Could the British be described as being wise, even wiser than themselves, for merging ‘a’ south and ‘a’ north into a matrimony that was

almost too certain not to work and for perfectly riveting that thinking into the heads of the ancient Nigerian oligarchy (some of whom were self-serving to say the least) to a present situation where the latter would assume ownership of the creation of a state called Nigeria; albeit ignorantly.

 

That this amalgamation is a 100-year experiment, which can thereafter be done away with, if the regions are convinced the union is not working is an open secret. Of what significance was that secret caveat if not a loophole? Or could it have been penned for really considerate reasons; should in case these ‘niggers’ finally wake up to the incongruity of a deliberately mismatched arrangement?

 

Questions are very important. Why? Because they make us see the dirty, sometimes ugly but essential roots beneath the elaborate chunk that is Tree. In 1914, the world birthed Nigeria – a name suggested in the 1890s by British journalist, Flora Shaw. Nigeria has since then sailed through murky waters, through thick-and-thin traversed deserts. She has seen rough tough times and of course, good smooth times.

 

It must be noted that in all generations of this new country (new in relation to pre-Christian era, specifically 5th century BC, civilization of constituent regions of what would much later become one nation), there have been similar questions posed. Though slightly modified now and then, they all demanded similar responses. The one question a handful of parties in this generation is asking, irrespective of whatever questions previous generations have asked, is “How are we doing NOWhere?”

 

This is a unique question posed and yet answered in practical terms by the questioner.

“How are we doing NOWhere?”

“Not good!”

That response, mind you, wasn’t uttered in words but symbolised by the crackles of the guns of dissident (some, well-meaning) well-organised fundamentalist groups. They must have taken cue from the past, especially with respect to events that had the tags of Ifeajuna, Boro, Wiwa, Sergeant Rogers and others who might have been fighting for different causes.

 

“How are we doing NOWhere?”

We should be able to look around and give informed responses about how well we are doing as a country of less than a hundred years or more than 50 depending on what perspective you need to weigh the question. This is essential because it had been planned at the birth of Nigeria that about this time in the humanistic history of the country, the people must ask questions pertaining to the unity of the country; that is, if we really want to continue to live together or choose, out of discontent, to go our separate ways come 2014 when the country’s experimental timeline expires.

 

As a country, we have survived many tough times. Times we condescended to making a foreign tongue our lingua franca (I wonder why on earth it should be called that. Microsoft Encarta has the following to say:

 

lingua franca
lin·gua fran·ca [lìng gwə frángkə]

(plural lin·gua fran·cas or lin·guae fran·cae [lìng gwee frángkee])

noun

1. language used for convenience: a language or mixture of languages used for communication by people who speak different first languages
2. traders’ language in Mediterranean: the mixed language used chiefly by merchants throughout Mediterranean ports until the 18th century, consisting mainly of Italian with features of French, Spanish, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish

[Late 17th century. < Italian, “Frankish tongue”]Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

Was it intended that any colonised nation must on acquiring independence retain French (Language of French…lingua franca) or any other foreign language for that matter as her official national language? How about if my country uses her mother tongue as the national language, will that still be called lingua franca?

 

We condescended to adopting a foreign tongue as lingua franca because our diversities, strong as they were, would not permit us to agree on either one or a mixture of our many languages. That could have been a modest opportunity to prove how well we are meant to be together.

 

Through the years, it has been suspicions of one and the other, acts of diplomatic aggression occasioned by the suspicions, outright offensive against the innocent public by the few Geladas who are always bent on squaring with themselves and a return to suspicions. The circle keeps getting rounder.

 

With the President’s comments on the country’s centennial celebrations come 2014, Nigerians have been reacting in diverse but unique ways.

Some wonder how the celebration of old age (or young age?) would improve accident-prone roads, power supply, potable water supply, good healthcare delivery, affordable education, affordability of food to the teeming poor?

 

Former Governor of Osun State and the National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande recently called the citizenry’s attention to the prevalence of crime, violence and insecurity in the land. “What is there to celebrate about the country’s amalgamation when everything is upside down?” he remarked.

 

Some leaders feel that though the unity of the nation remains nonnegotiable as she marks 100 years of her amalgamation, some groups have so far not been fairly treated within the confines of the amalgamation. And these groups NOWhere emphasize their legal rights to choose to stay or leave, come 2014.

 

Further questions NOWhere  can only be voiced representations of the acts of violence already perpetrated by the dissident ‘faceless?’ groups , as some would posit probably to make a statement of intolerance. That is, intolerant of other nationalists humping together, saying “We are one Nigeria”. These nationalists would imagine a country of over 160 million heads and more than 250 tongues can and must only be ruled by them, their children or their protégé. “It’s either me or nothing!” While one party is fighting against western education, another is pursuing it with all her might and yet another prefers a separate path – the path of trade.

 

Somewhere significant down south, there are rearing heads ready to challenge the status quo and walk away with whatever it is they call ‘their own’. Parties are mooting the idea of secession. As ridiculous as that sounds, tossing the idea a few times until it becomes a question should not be a bad idea. How does secession square with our fair expectations and standard quality of life if you know what I mean?

 

The issue being raised and the public outcry is not actually about the validity of secession of federating units but a return to the status quo, where homogeneity of culture and practices were never put to question. Who doesn’t know that harmony is essential to the survival of any state in the world? And without it, a lot is bound to go wrong.

 

With what injuries (offences) and scars (memories) shall we celebrate the centennial of Nigeria?

 

Celebrating this is a statement to the effect that Nigerians are happy, content and ready, in spite of the regional, almost geographical, differences, to go on with the ‘experiment’ of an ad-hoc union of regions while de facto lives are being lost, properties destroyed, tears shed, memories mangled and destinies go up in flames; all feeding the bulging bellies of big sharks.

 

 

OAU@50: Lagbaja go storm Ile-Ife, everybody go fear

 

 

 

50 solid gbosas to Great Ife as she dey celebrate her fifty born years on earth. This week starting today na the 20th Anniversary Celebration Week of Oba Awon University. All roads lead to Ile-Ife.

This celebration don start since the beginning of the year and this week na the beginning of the grand part of it.

As part of the celebrations, Lagbaja (alumnus = person wey finish from the school) go perform, Dr. Christopher Kolade go yarn, chop chop go plenty. In short ehn, everybody go feel fine.

da maestro

Please, find below scheduled activities (as the University people don release am) for the celebration:

 

OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES 

 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2012

NOVEMBER:

MONDAY 5 PRESS CONFERENCE (VC)
VENUE: FLOOR ‘O’, OAU

TUESDAY 6 (i) (MORNING/AFTERNOON): – ROAD SHOW/CARNIVAL
(ii) (EVENING):- FIRE-WORKS

WEDNESDAY 7 (i) NOVELTY MATCH – MALE MANAGEMENT STAFF Vs FEMALE (15 min)

(ii) STUDENTS’ FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH (UI Vs OAU)

THURSDAY 8 50TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. CHRISTOPHER KOLADE
CHAIRMAN: CHIEF ARTHUR MBANEFO (Former Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council)
VENUE: ODUDUWA HALL
TIME: 11.00AM

SATURDAY 10
ANNIVERSARY MUSIC NIGHT (STARRING LAGBAJA)
VENUE: SPORTS CENTRE, MAIN BOWL

DECEMBER:

TUESDAY 11 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
VENUE: EXPO HALL, EKO HOTEL AND SUITES, VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS


FRIDAY 14
DISTINGUISHED AWARD NIGHT

For further enquiries, please contact the anniversary committee at fiftieth@oauife.edu.ng or visit http://50th.oauife.edu.ng