Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nigeria Discussion - The New Naira


I've been riled recently by the excuse that the wazobia texts on the news naira notes will serve in some way to engender nationalism or what not. I made the following comments to laspapi's blog last week on the matter. For me, it is useless trying to appease only three sections of the country with three texts on the Naira. There is nothing wrong with the arabic signs. Whatsoever.

Perhaps our greatest problem in Nigeria is in emphasising our differences/what makes us different (we don't even do it well) than stressing what makes us one. Arabic there doesn't help nationalism perhaps, but neither does it harm it. Read below.

"The CBN thinks it has removed the arabic signs, but I still see it there. The "Feudal Lords" don't see it there however. Neither do you laspapi.

What was the CBN thinking anyway, removing the arabic signs to replace it with wazobia phrases? Thanks Nilla. What do you want the Isoko man to read? Or a man who only speaks ghotuo.Anyway. Methinks cognition is what matters. The agbero, or the illiterate beggar will still recognise a "muri" from a "waso".The dollar has Latin afterall. Why not arabic, as long as it doesn't say "mohammed is..."

And again (refer to the first sentence), the numerals 20, 50, 100 etc are afterall arabic numerals and have not so far caused any pious pneumonia to any christian/secular spender of the money." Or should we remove those as well?

Photo from Laspapi's

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Impossible to fail

Suggestion 1. Decide to be happy with yourself and accept you, as you are, pimples stretch marks and all. Make a habit of looking at the mirror, once a week, just to admire whom you see and say to the (wo) man in the mirror, “ You are OK”. (If symptoms persist more than three days a week, consult your shrink).Suggestion

2. Determine your personal vice and commit yourself to being faithful to it against all well meaning advise of friends, family, foes and free advise givers. You are human. You should not be perfect. You have a right to have a weakness to help you to be strong in the tough times ahead.Suggestion

3. Give freely anything that doesn’t cost you. Maybe, you have a ride, give someone going your way a lift once in a while. Maybe, you received several dairies; share. When strangers ask you for directions, be kind. Don’t deliberately send them on àródân. By so doing, you will not win a lottery, get a ministerial appointment or have angels visit you at home. But you will learn to give, which, I tell you, is in many ways eminently more fulfilling.

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