Let me start off by saying Happy Democracy Day to all of my fellow Nigerians! I have never heard of this day before. Nigerians tend to eat Jollof rice and chicken when they celebrate and it just so happens it’s what I ate today so I subconsciously celebrated! 🙂 Nigerians make me laugh. Democracy day was trending on twitter worldwide today. I read messages along the lines of if 35 people have issues voting, what about the country and “Demo-crazy day”. I saw Dem-are-crazy on another blog which I thought was hilarious.
I just signed up to twitter today mainly because of Sunrise Daily, on Channels TV, which is accessible online. The presenters don’t back down when it comes to questioning neither do they allow weak answers. I’m digressing. I was watching Sunrise Daily and the topic of discussion was the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) or rather the shambles it became. How ironic that just before we are meant to celebrate Democracy Day, this comes up. It highlights that if 35 governors cannot pick their chairman, how is it elections are run in Nigeria in an orderly manner? Despite this, I will never not acknowledge that Nigeria has made progress. NaijaYarnz put up a post on Democracy Day which I think is very good. It is balanced and states Nigeria’s progress and areas it still needs to work on. I’m sure we can agree that politics and elections are areas Nigeria still needs to improve on.
Channels TV has a great programme every morning from 7am to 9am (Lagos time) called Sunrise for anyone that wants to watch. They talk about important Nigerian issues. You can still watch it if you miss it by going to their youtube channel at this address: http://www.youtube.com/user/channelsweb?feature=watch. For anyone that wants to watch it live click on the live feed below at 7am (if you’re awake *wink* )
FINALLY! I have finished reading this book. This book is not the kind of book a lot of people can read in 2 or 3 days and I am one of those people. There is so much information to process. Reading this book once does not do it any justice. I’ll have to read it again but that will be some other time. He is such a great author and when I get the chance, I will order all of the Chinua Achebe books possible. I am hoping to read the remaining books of his trilogy and The Trouble With Nigeria. The next war with a book I have to conquer will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
I am grateful that before he died, he was able to write about the civil war. I have been going to Nigeria on holiday since I was 11 and went to secondary school there but I was first made aware of Biafra when I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie. The funny thing is that I came across Half of a Yellow Sun by chance. It was displayed in my local Waterstones bookstore. This is an important part of Nigerian history that should be taught to the younger generations but from the opinions and comments that I have read on the internet, there are people that would rather it be swept under the rug. I’m not surprised that people don’t want to talk about it. There is already enough ethnic tension in Nigeria. This occurs mainly between Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa people. This ethnic tension is really unfortunate and is one of the main reasons why Nigeria is the way it is today. Like I have mentioned a million times before 😉 , I am Igbo and while reading this I did feel sadness for the people who lost their lives and had to move about constantly to flee from the Nigerian army’s attacks. I felt it the most for the children who starved to death. It was the children that suffered the most. However, this book did not incite in me any anger towards other tribes.
Today is Africa day! Happy Africa Day!!! I’ve been on this earth for over 24 years and I didn’t know it existed. I found out through the Africa Channel. I decided to look it up. It is every year on the 25th of May and it commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The OAU, established in 1963, initially focused on ending colonial rule in various African countries. It then became the African Union in 2002, aimed at economic integration among other things.
In honour of its 50th anniversary, I thought I would mention 5 things I love about my country of descent, Nigeria! (It was meant to be 5 things I love about Africa but it turned into 5 things I love about Nigeria, plus I haven’t been so exposed to other African countries as much as I would like).
I haven’t posted anything for some time. I have been trying to get through There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe and I wanted my next post to be a review on his book. That’s not the case. Whether we are directly affected or not, there is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t hear about some disgusting act of terrorism. Yesterday, a serving soldier was hit by a car, beheaded, hacked and cut and then dragged from the pavement onto the middle of the street. This disgusting act was committed by two black men, who were shot by the police when they attempted another attack. They are both currently in hospital. This happened yesterday but I can’t remember how I heard about this. My family and I watched the news, viewing a video (shot by an eye witness) of one of the men. This is some of what he said:
“You think politicians are going to die?… No, it’s going to be the average guy – like you – and your children.”
“So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace”.