Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Nigeria clocks 48 today 1st October 2008

Nigerians, especially Lagosians can party oh. Have you been to a engagement, wedding, 40th, 50th, 60th,70th, 80th and even 90th (yes we do live that long sometimes) birthday parties. We call them owambes in Lagos which translates roughly as it is all there - everything is there, ori shirishi dey dere. As the legendary Fela would say, diffren, diffren ting e dey, flying geles nko, e dey, beta lace nko, e dey, amala nko, e dey, eba nko e dey, in fackt wich one no dey. So if we can party at an individual's event then we should be having a mother of all parties on our 48th year independence celebration. 1st October 2008 will probably go down as the quietest day in our recent history. That the political class has failed us is incontrovertible. What is worse is that even the politicians know it, highlighting the seriousness of the situation, hence their silence today. But we need to sing out loud,

Arise O Compatriots
Nigeria's call obey
To serve our Fatherland,
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain,
To serve with heart and might
One Nation bound in

coz God im dey pass all!


Blogger Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

Hi Bisi,
I think people are just tired of hoping and believing that change will come. I completely forgot it was independence day. Isn't that sad??

14 October 2008 at 19:57  

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