Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Thoughts ....

I'm definitely getting tired of young Nigerians trying to put the blame of everything on government. Fine, we all know that our government have been hopeless over the years but the fact remains that every of us has contributed to making Nigeria have the same kind of re-cycled leaders. Since I was born in the early 80s, Nigeria has gone from bad to worse. We haven't had a leader that has done anything spectacular in making things better for the country. All we have had so far are just politicians who take joy in killing each other and enriching their pockets. With all these, I still believe Nigeria isn't a failed state yet.

Presently, the young generation has started speaking out with one voice against bad governance but it seems and obvious that the marches to Aso Rock and other places will never be enough. The politicians already know who will be the next President of our great country. I'm sure they even have the next political landscape agenda for Nigeria in the next 20 years figured out. Even if we youths cry out and march till tomorrow, it may never amount to giving us good leaders.

This has been raging inside my head as a solution ... it may sound stupid but I think it makes a lot of sense. The young generation should start a political party and give proper opposition to the political parties. Let people like Fela Durotoye and other notable names in his category be put forward as the presidential candidates, even if he doesn't win, to a large extent the old politicians will know that the young generation means business!

The marches will never be enough because that won't change anything!

..... just wondering - why can't I ever leave my thoughts in my head?!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

'Welcome to Lagos' - My take!

I must confess that I was bitter and still a little bit bitter when the 'Welcome to Lagos' documentary on BBC2 preview came up on my TV screen. The first question I asked and I believe all Nigerians should ask is -'who gave the BBC crew visa to enter the country and shoot the documentary?'. I'm so sure the BBC would have requested for visas to enter the country and would also have brought in their equipment and gadgets for the shoot/documentary, so questions should have been asked by the Nigeria officials about their mission and what exactly they had come to Nigeria to do. This absolutely calls for concern because the UK Border officials would never have allowed NTA to come and shoot the 'slum-side' of the UK. If they won't allow us to do this in their country, why should we allow them to come over to Nigeria and show our bad side to the whole world? BBC should run documentaries on successful people in Nigeria too instead of going about looking for 'Naija' dump-sites!

The beauty of the documentary stems for the fact that the characters of the documentary played a prominent role through their narration even though their was still a voice-over. I felt proud to be a Nigerian because despite the fact that the government would never provide for its citizens, we will do anything(the right-way) to carve a niche for ourselves even if it means making a living out of a dump- site!

Special thanks to BBC for making the whole world realise that Nigerians would always notice a gap in any business through which profit can be made.

NTA and other TV stations in Nigeria should take a cue from this on how proper documentaries can done instead of making documentaries that normally lures one to sleep(NTA please take note!)

N.B: Had to do this post in a rush, I've got loads of essays to write and I just had to put this up before it flies away from my head. Please, bear with me if this post is full of errors because I won't be proof-reading!