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


Kafo said...

it is useless trying to appease only three sections of the country with...
i like that

i totally feel u.
It's like the whole In God We Trust thing on US money

Nilla said...

It's too late to change that now I guess.

But like you, as you know, I don't understand why people where happy that the arabic inscriptions were removed to be replaced by yoruba, igbo and hausa inscriptions. When those are not the only languages spoken in Nigeria.

Nilla said...

I can't link this post to my blog, because there isn't any permalink. Is it possible for you to do something about that?

iGwatala said...

Nilla, tell me how to do it pls.

Nilla said...

I'm sorry, I don't know how to do it :-(