Why do so many respondents “hate” Mr. Paul Adujie? Whatever he says, however he says it, he always elicit hate-mail from readers. Why? Is it that Paul doesn’t have a right to his opinion? Whether one agrees with him or not is not the point; the point is that we should stop insulting him, respect his space and his right to interpret his worldview the way he sees it.
Why do respondents on some websites use aliases? If one is going to be attacking or pouring invectives on others, one should be bold enough to use real names. Why hide behind an alias – unless of course one is lily-livered. However, I do understand the need for some people to use an alias…security…and all that. But for most, it is just a front to attack and attack and attack.
What did President Obasanjo gain by delivering Charles Taylor to President Bush? Was he so desperate to impress and to visit the White House that he had to compromise his principle? No one in his right mind would take Obasanjo for his words again. That the president of a nation cannot give his words and mean it? His ability to negotiate has been severely compromised. Sad, isn’t it?
Why do we have so few women essayist on Nigerian-related websites? What are they afraid of? Could it be that they have no cogent opinion, or are simply afraid that readers and male respondents will tear them apart? Please join the chorus. Please. Your silence diminishes our humanity…your participation will make the discourse richer.
A friend told me that Dr. Reuben Abati could also be heard on the radio and on public television in Nigeria. In addition, he attends book launchings and also honors several invitations to grace social and official jamborees. Gee, to think that he also writes once or twice a week? Blessed Moses, where does Reuben find the time to do all these? Instead of working for the Guardian Newspaper, has he thought of owning his own media outfit?
Whenever I think of Reuben Abati, I also think of Dr. Okey Ndibe. Fine writers both gentlemen. But hey, why haven’t they established a media house? They could partner with the folks at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post or even the Boston Globe. Or, they could talk to that stinking-rich fellow, Chief Adenuga, to back them. Better still, they could buy out those fellas at Newswatch and revamp the magazine.
Damn, what is it about Nigerian women: in their twenties they complain about Nigerian men. They’ll tell you that Nigerian men are this and that and that and this mostly in negative terms; and they want men who are liberal and open-minded and willing to undertake fifty-percent of the household shores. But when they get to be in their thirties, and still unmarried, they forget all their “idealism and feminism” and settle for any man with cucumber between his legs. Why? Why? Why?
Why do some Nigerian students at Howard University spend tons of dollars throwing parties? Some don’t even have a job; yet, they throw parties as though they are richer than the J.P Morgans, the Rockefellers, the Trumps and the Gates. Some of them spend and spend and spend as if there is no tomorrow. Could it be that most of them are helping to spend our oil money?
Why is it that in most big cities in the United States (among the minority groups) more than thirty-percent of the cab drivers are Nigerians; and more than ten-percent of the nurses are Nigerians? The numbers may be higher in places like Houston, Dallas and the Maryland/Virginia/DC area? What is it about nursing and cab driving that attracts Nigerians? Most of these cab drivers will tell you they have American graduate degrees. A job is a job is a job…I am just wondering, not judging.
Can somebody please tell me why the Ndiigbos seems NOT to be interested in the presidency? One gets the feeling that they’ve developed a sense of fatalism – a “what will be will be” syndrome. The way I see it, whether OBJ gets a Third-term or not, the next president will be from the North in which case my children would have graduated from Harvard University before we have an Igbo president.
The contribution of California, New York and Texas to the United States is higher than the contribution of, say, Vermont, Idaho, Arkansas, and Maine. So, naturally the “big” states are richer. In the case of Nigeria, the Oil Producing States keep Nigeria alive and afloat. So, what ball does Zamfarra, Oyo, Kano, Sokoto and other states have when they oppose fifty-percent or one hundred percent resource control?
Not too long ago, Governor Rimi’s wife was assassinated. Why is it taking this long to find her killers? Or is this going to be like previous cases in the manner of Dele Giwa, Bola Ige, Marshall Harry, Captain Agbeyegbe, and Pa Alfred Rewane? If the Nigerian police can’t track down and arrest the killers of these prominent people, one wonders if they can ever arrest the killers of ordinary Nigerians. Life must be cheap in Nigeria.
There is a well-known Nigerian essayist, Dr. Tonye David-West. As popular as he is, no one that I know has ever seen his pictures or knows the state he lives in. And by the way: the Nigeriaworld website used to have some fine writers like Rudolf Okonkwo. I have not seen him on that site for upward of one year as he now. Why did he and others leave the Nigeriaworld? And what is it about that site that pisses people off — at least the people I know?
Since the beginning of the year, I have heard of at least ten Nigerian men who went home to marry and bring their wives to the US and or Canada. Questions: do Nigerian women do the same…do they go home to tie the knot and bring their husbands here? I wonder how it feels like for such women…and their men.
Why do fellow Africans consider Nigerians 419ers. The Mozambicans, the South Africans, the Kenyans and Tanzanians and a host of others are always complaining about the Nigerians who live in their countries. Even here (in my part of the world), people smile suspiciously once you introduce yourself as a Nigerian. How did we “acquire” such unsavory reputation? It’s tough being a Nigerian.
I told a friend living in London that I have interest in and was “talking” to a fellow Nigerian from Edo State. There was a long pause from the other end. A long and uncomfortable pause. Then the qu
estions came: “why Edo…do you know what you are getting yourself into…I won’t advise it…Edo, Warri, Port Harcourt girls…” My friend has yet to tell me the reason behind his trepidation. My people please tell me: what is wrong with going after girls from those cities?
And finally, what is wrong with dividing Nigeria into four nation-states: (1) Western Nigeria; (2) Northern Nigeria (3) Eastern Nigeria; and (4) the Niger Delta. Revenue won’t be a problem. After all, there are all sorts of minerals in all the federating states. Additionally, the North can hold on to their groundnut pyramids, the West can hold on to their cocoa, and the East to their timber and manufacturing industry in Onitsha and Aba.
Hahahahahahaha, the Niger Delta then keeps her oil and gas. What’s wrong with this calculation? Just wondering…my people…just wondering!