I am suffering from election apathy

So the 2015 presidential election is almost here and we all have seen the war between APC and PDP. This is surely the most interesting presidential campaign ever in my own lifetime.  With the daily news being bombarded with well known Nigerians and large numbers of electorate defecting from PDP to APC and likewise from APC to PDP, the almost weekly ritual of burning of brooms and umbrellas to signify the change in political affiliation or is it the dirt that is being thrown daily amongst the two parties.

It is now almost comical, it seems like a circus. I promised myself I wasn’t going to write about the upcoming elections but with my  day to day activities being disrupted with neighbours, friends and colleagues arguing about APC and PDP,  my message boxes being filled up with proPDP, proAPC, anti-PDP and anti-APC threads and links, I realised that instead of making me a bigger fan of a particular party, the whole arguments have made me to become more indifferent with each passing day.

Let me start with PDP,  I agree GEJ has ideas and proposals which if implemented will put us ahead of our African counterparts but that’s my problem,  they are proposals. He promised stabilisation of electricity but each passing day, all we get is increasing energy bills with no concurrent increase in service. Nobody remembers the Chibok girls, there has been incessant strikes with no plans to prevent future occurrences, we are still importing petroleum products after 6 years, i don’t even want to talk about the corruption allegations. Yes I know he has tried but with all due respect,  I feel that after all these years he has not grown into his shoes (the shoes are too big for him). All his promises has not been fulfilled so why should I vote him again?

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For APC, the party has been preaching change and doing well in their states, take Lagos state for instance (and I must tell you,  I am very happy there is now a very strong opposition,  that is what drives democracy: Strong Opposition) but I don’t see the change in a military officer who is almost an Octogenarian being the presidential candidate.  There are much better candidates within the party but I guess they were hoping to appease the other half of the country then they come to preach that I shouldn’t vote based on ethnicity. It also doesn’t help that the campaign is being hinged on the candidate being strongly anti-corruption and how he would stop Boko Haram.  Mind you, I am yet to hear of their BH wonder strategy as they seem convinced their strategy would surely work (I don’t even want to ask why they didn’t present their strategy all these months while people are being bombed).  And i am yet to see people praising his track records while in office: what jobs did he create? What infrastructures were built? Which industries did he attract? Also, the recent certificate saga leaves me wondering……

This election is now more of the ‘cons’ of the other candidate instead of the candidates telling us (the electorates) how to plan to boost the economy, restructure our failing educational system, make healthcare accessible to all and the hospitals should be equipped et cetera. I don’t want to tell long story abeg.

And that is why although I have a permanent voters card (PVC), I don’t think I will vote in the upcoming presidential election.  And its not because im not patriotic, I believe in Nigeria but let’s just say I am disillusioned. 

What are your thoughts? ?

P.S: I believe that the money being spent in this presidential election campaign can build two state of the art hospitals that are fully subsidised for 6 months at least……….‘just saying’

I hate “CULTURE & TRADITIONS” Warning:this is a rant!!

I know what culture means. According to my social studies teacher: Culture is a people’s way of life. Okay, I wasn’t taught the definition of tradition in school but according to Merriam Webster: it is an inherited, established or customary pattern of thought, actions or behaviour (as a religious practice or social custom). And now you’re wondering if I hate my culture & traditions, ironically I love the different Nigerian cultures. Im a cultural person at heart, I love all those celebrations where men and women get to dress in traditional attire and don’t get me started on masquerades, I’m a crazy fan. Sometimes I wonder why we did away with our African traditional Religion and became vigil crazy christians, I probably would have been an agbalanwanyi.

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But I now officially hate that word ‘culture’ or ‘tradition’. You are now querying my sanity, I know. But it’s just that most times people use culture or tradition in their conversations with me, it is to tell how a good African/Nigerian woman should behave. How it is cultural for household chores to be a woman’s work and the man’s decisions to be law. Nevermind the fact that those same people will tell you that things have changed so women must work these days. Even people who cannot speak a Nigerian language and cannot get the pronunciation of their village right seem to become masters at explaining the cultural roles of women.

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And this is why I now get irked by the words “Culture & Tradition” but I still love what they represent though.

And please let us all remember that in Social Studies,  the first characteristic of culture is that it is dynamic (changeable).
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That Igbo girl
(Hopefully awaiting the day I will break kolanuts in a gathering)

Lovely Peculiarities of Nigeria: Our Noise Culture

So the other day, I was going to visit a friend.  I boarded a keke (that’s a tricycle) and was in my own world: enjoying the scenario,  breathing the freshly released carbon pollutants from barely maintained vehicles.  I was jarred out of my lala land by this constant horning by the driver. I started wondering if the person, animal or vehicle blocking the road was deaf.

Only I then noticed that he was horning at regular intervals. If someone/something was blocking the road,  he would have horned incessantly.  I also realised that we were moving, the road was free and the driver was just driving and blowing his horn. In retrospect,  I don’t think he was really aware of his actions (how wierd that would seem to a foreigner): ‘pressing the horn every 15seconds inappropriately like he was making music’. As horn by definition is an instrument used to send a warning or signal but who cares, this is Naija our fatherland.

And this is one of the things I love about this country. We are so used to noise, in some cities you find bus drivers have exchanged the normal horns for the blaring horns  used by lorries.  And this is fun for them. The cd seller mounts his speakers on the road infront of instead of inside his shop. There are more speakers outside churches than inside as the sermon is for the neighbourhood whether interested or not; everyone must become born again.

And this is one of the amazing peculiarities of Nigeria.

Welcome to 2015………….
Make some noise somebody! !!!!!!