Not the one o clock news…
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
So I stumbled on this video and I am wondering what you see? A publicly known secular artist performing on a christian stage or just a good friend using her star power to support another friend ?
Let me quickly mention that I like the fact that a local Nigerian song went international. That makes me proud, but that’s not the crux of this piece.
In the church where I grew up, this would have definitely been blasted as fraternising with the world. Quite recently, Korede of “God Win” fame and the church where he performed was blasted. How come there was no uproar for this “innocent” performance?
I had to do a little course on Social Marketing a few weeks ago.
We had this particularly interesting advertising session which showed how many of ‘our choices’ are really not ours at all.
Case in point, when you consider how much we’ve been bombarded with pictures of a cold, sweating bottle of coca cola, after a hot day at work (like coke is any good when you are really thirsty), all complete with smiling, successful people drinking it, then you cease to wonder why we have a lot of ‘coke addicts’ out there.
The advert above takes it even further. You don’t just want coke, you actually need it. No words necessary. Subconsciously, some people just said ‘Nna mehn, coke is never going to go bankrupt as long as I’m alive’
From the ‘Silent’ signs in theatres and libraries to the wise quotes on ‘silence speaks louder than words’ and ‘you say it best when you say nothing at all’, we seem to need to be constantly reminded that we need to put a 3leash on our tongues and voice boxes.
One of the ‘tightest’ silence quotes I know is the yoruba ‘Eyin l’oro’ (words are eggs, when broken cannot be put together again).
And they are all very true.
BUT. It is not the whole story. We are constantly being reminded NOT to speak, what of when we should NOT be silent? Continue reading Word Count→
If you’re like me, there are some days when you wake up and all is right with the world.
Maybe you just got a huge payday. Or some project you’ve been working on for what feels like years works out. Maybe you find out that you finally passed an exam, or like a certain barrack boy, you finally get married.
In those moments, it is easy to be good and kind and generous to people around you. You make excuses for the flaws of people, you go out of your way to be helpful to that co-worker struggling with the work on his table, and you even give 50 Naira to the poor woman begging with twins on the street corner.
Unfortunately, those days don’t come every day. Some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
The contract didn’t pay off the way it should have and exam success is “deferred”. Then you find yourself brooding about why someone of your obvious accomplishment is still single (causing you to mutter imprecations at all those blind Christians who won’t appreciate you for who you are and question the whole waiting for the “right” person and whether you shouldn’t have settled for a certain Ayesha who worshiped the ground you walked on and…ah you get the point).