Finally…

 

The past few days have been mad. I have been attached to my phone and I have been driving my father crazy in the process. He is beyond amazing and always swoops in to save the day like superman.

I have been more persistent in these past few days than I have ever been. It’s a trait my father possesses and one that I need to imbibe more.

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There Was a Country: Commentary and Review

Sorry this is being posted later than I planned. I posted this and realised that it had turned into an essay was a bit too long for a post. Sorry for those that don’t like long posts/pages. If you find it a bit long, you can always read it in chunks. I commend those who have been able to review/comment on the book and have been able to keep it simple and short because it defeated me. There is so much to talk about and I cannot summarise to save my life. I have decided instead to leave it as it is and publish it as a page instead of a post. One thing that redeems me is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s review is just as long as mine. 🙂 Click HERE for a link to the commentary/review or you can find it to your right under the pages link.

Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.

NaijaBrit88

Fine Lady

Hi!!!

A post from Tomi Olugbemi popped up on my reader and he played a game that he saw on three other blogs here, here and here. It’s a game where you set your music player to shuffle and answer questions. The answers are the titles of the songs that come up. I have 902 songs on my phone so I bet the answers will be ridiculous so here goes…

1. If someone says “Is this okay?”, you say?

Find your love- Drake (Like I said, ridiculous, lol!)

2. What would best describe your personality?

Run- Leona Lewis (Should people run from my personality or do I run from people?)

 

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Getting a new passport…

Hi!

Today my sister and I had to get our Nigerian passports done today. After the last few times I went to the Nigerian High Commission in London, I did not want to go at all but I had no choice. By God’s grace, I will be in Nigeria at the end of the month in time for law school. The past few times I went to the Nigeria High Commission were not fun at all! It was years ago though. I can remember one official shouting at me for some reason or the other instead of talking to me like a human being. I was so angry and frustrated, I cried. I went home and returned for the third time which ended up being successful. That’s an issue that Nigerians have had in the past, not being spoken to like human beings. Another issue was the lack of seats. It was so crowded, we were all like sardines in a tin!

That wasn’t all. The process of applying for the application was long. On top of applying, which is confusing due to the website, (that really hasn’t changed) I also had to bring a large folder of documents. If anything was missing, I would have to go back. This time around, I was confused about how to go about getting a new passport but I got there in the end. Paying for the application was another matter. It took me 5 or 6 times but the payment went through eventually. I think it was down to the banks though. Everything was complete. I had the interview date and knew the documents I was meant to bring. The only thing left was to go the High Commission.

I planned to get there by 8:30 but ended up getting there by 9:17. I saw the queue I had anticipated and thought “Here we go!”. Everything that happened thereafter was contrary to what I was expecting. Our documents were checked at the door and everything was ok.

If you bring the right documents, you won’t get any wahala (trouble)! Follow instructions and you won’t get any wahala either! 

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Naij: A Documentary by Jide Olanrewaju (Video)

This is a documentary by Jide Olanrewaju who is a city investment banker. I have been postponing but I finally was able to watch it this morning and I’ve just finished it. I loved it for the fact that it was a way for me to get to know about my country’s history. He provides answers as to why Nigeria has not developed into the great nation everyone was hoping it to be. This includes external influences (mainly that of colonial rulers that did not want to let go), Nigerian leaders and the unnecessary ethnic rivalry. I found it interesting that almost everyone that came into power made a promise of eradicating corruption but ended up either embroiled in it or had connections to the perpetrators.

Those in power were constantly betraying themselves which was laughable and I was not surprised. They were there for their own agenda. As soon as someone assumed power, there were people in the wings waiting to oust them. This is evident today. How many politicians nowadays trust their counterparts including those in their own party? I had no idea that corruption was present in our politics from Nigeria’s independence.

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Dr Damages 01/06/2013

The skit at the beginning was funny. The speech that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, should have read has been posted by Premium Times: http://premiumtimesng.com/opinion/136267-by-goodluck-jonathan.html. Special Adviser to the President on media, Reuben Abati stated that the president could not give his speech because he was having a side meeting with other presidents, which other presidents did that day. It raises the question of why he couldn’t have done this at a different time, however, he is allowed to have someone else read his speech on his behalf which is what was said to have happened. It seems to me that this is another poor excuse which Nigerians are meant to accept but what do I know?

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