As part of the necessary atmosphere of ‘change’ in Nigeria, politicians have in the past few months called on Nigerians to be prudent as a result of the financial crunch brought about by plummeting oil price, but doesn’t seem like they believe that prudence should apply to them.
Nigeria has a way of making you doubt if you actually know the meaning of some seemingly simple words and terms, which you have heard all your life. One of such words is ‘change’. In the last few months, I have almost been forced to scurry back to my dictionaries and make a reassessment of my understanding of that word anytime I hear a Nigerian politician say it.
Such is the change that Nigeria’s ‘change government’ has brought to the word ‘change’ itself. It is no longer the “act or process by which something becomes different” but “an act or process by which something becomes different in name but not in character.”
Where am I going with all these? Well, the N4.8bn for the Aso Rock clinic and website issue, of course.
Does Mr. President actually believes there is any extraordinary never-heard-before way he or his people will justify a budget of N4bn for a clinic other former Presidents had also equipped in the past, along with an N800m website that will do what exactly? Maybe have the capability of dispensing groceries on the spot?
Mr. President is probably standing in the front of a mirror and saying to himself: “I lead of bunch of hoodwinked baboons.”
Let’s put it in perspective. In 2014, the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise announced a plan to construct three airports at the cost of $64.5m. None of the three airports cost more than $25m! That may not be the best airport in the world. But that is a country that seeks to achieve more with little in the face of limited resources.
Hawassa Airport, Ethiopia – $23m
Actually the headline is a lie. This The Chinese 10.9km Guzhao Highway cost about 440m yuan (around 70 million US dollars and equivalent of N29bn). The bridge is just 4.4km of the highway, meaning that it cost just a fraction of the total cost. Compare that to the Ikoyi Link Bridge which cost N29bn during the Fashola administration. I can only laugh for Nigeria.
4.4km Guzhao Highway Bridge in China
1.3km Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos.#
Most times, I delete spams from my email as soon as they appear. But for some reasons, I let them accumulate up to 115 recently. So, I decided to count how many of them are from widows and daughters of wealthy millionaires from all over the world who left me money as usual, and I was shocked that out of 115, at least 70 are from such people! I am not angry about it, I am just really sad for young people who sit behind computers to concoct such dumbass, stupidass and chickenhead stories. Do people actually believe such BS?
Okay, here is one of them, from a ‘widow’ who wants me to help invest $20m. Hehehehehehe….(laughing in Latin)
HELLO MY BELOVED IN THE LORD.
MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS:
I AM MRS. PATRICIA WHEATON FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, BORN IN THE STATE OF OHIO USA. I AM LEGALLY MARRIED TO MR. HILARY WHEATON, A SOUTH AFRICA CITIZEN BORN BROUGHT UP IN SWITZERLAND, I LIVE IN SWITZERLAND WITH MY HUSBAND FOR 32 YEARS BEFORE WE MOVE DOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA IN 1985 AFTER MY HUSBAND RETIREMENT IN 1984, I AM 71 YEARS OLD BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I AM A NEW CHRISTIAN CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST. Continue reading
Clock on my dashboard
Okay, here it is. I left home early this morning rushing for an appointment. In the usual Lagos traffic, I looked at my dashboard clock and it showed 8:08. Some minutes later, I unconsciously looked at the digital clock screensaver on my phone and it was 8:08! Believe me, I had no idea that my car clock was four minutes ahead of that of my phone. Weird or just pure coincidence? Well, what if I told you that for the last seven years, this has been happening to me?
It all began in 2008 when I first noticed this trend. Believe me or not, I NEVER try to make it happen by looking at digital clocks at exactly 8 minutes after 8. Funny thing is I sometimes try consciously to check the time when I think it should be around 8 o’clock just to see if the sequence will show. It never does. I see it only when I am not thinking about it. It always happens with digital clocks. Thing is, it was initially scary. I mean, who would understand such a weird shit. But now, when I look at a clock and see 8:08, I’m like “Hey you, hi there. Knew I’ll see you today.” And believe me, it has become so common that it will be crazy to call it coincidence.
Well, I’ve read a lot about this trend online and some numerologists kinda make it more scarier. Some even said my alternate self from an alternate universe is trying to send me a message. I’m like “Dude, if you want to send me a message, send me one I’ll freaking understand man!” Lol. Some said a lot about the sub-conscious while some call it life path numbers and some mumbo jumbo that end up confusing one the more.
Anyway, anyone reading this who experiences the same? Please, holla.
Happy New Year to you wherever God has planted you around the world! 2014 was an amazing year and there is no doubt that 2015 will be greater. For the few people who have been introduced to my blog and those who follow it, thank you for your loyalty. I’m starting the New Year with the assuranes that this blog shall prove worthy of your time and be better.
Thank you and have a wonderful year!
It’s been 212 days! The Chibok schoolgirls are still in captivity. But many only remember this fact like a nightmare that has passed; like a headache bothering someone else and is better imagined than experienced firsthand.
Well, this is one of the little things I can do on my part so we don’t forget.
Listen to Screams from Sambisa Forest:
Click continue to read the poem
I have always loved sublime sound. I love classical music so much that my dream at a time was to be a classical music director! Hehehehehehe…well, I guess I had to give up that dream for many reasons. Yeah, exactly what you’re thinking. I had to chase the dough! Still chasing it though. Anyway, I found solace in poetry. It’s the next best thing.
Listen to my poem, ‘So Long’ here:
Or go here to listen: