TOLU'S DIARY

TUESDAYS 10AM

Hi diary,
I can see you are already raising your eyebrows. Words written on this orange diary is soothing, educating and interesting. Last week, I was watching a football match in a viewing center. My argument there formed the basis of my reflection for this week. The camera focused on a woman tying headgears and wearing local attires in the front seat of the stadium. Two guys at the viewing center laughed scornfully and said ‘’Nigerians are sh*ts, can you see what she’s putting on?’’ other guys joined to lash the woman on screen as if she would ever respond to them. ‘’she is the most dressed in there, she is a Nigerian then why must she dress like a Scottish’’ I argued.
We have sidelined so many things that belonged to us in exchange for the ‘whites’. We’ve imported language, religion, dressing, food, etc. and have made us inferior in many ways. Some guys will even abuse the black players on TV forgetting they are a replica. Most of us fail to patronize made-in-Naija products even if they have good qualities yet, we want our economy to rise even when it is not BP. We laughed at people who failed in speaking English language and even go as far as creating meme; our only goods we could export on social media.
 This generation hardly know about our heroes past but Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jackson, James Bond who they claimed to be their relatives from Abakaliki. English is our national language but how I wish my diary could come in Yoruba with some lines that will make you dripping like okra soup. I believe in the brand ‘Nigeria’. Let us do well to grow her by supporting what belongs to us. We have been doing well but we can still do better. I’m so proud to be from Naija; our land is the closest to the creator’s abode. Lest I forget diary, I picked ‘agbada gang’ instead of ‘men-in-suit’ for an upcoming wedding. With my agbada, I can surely pack many goodies under my robes. Now you know what am saying.
 Diary, you look good in this green and white background. Catch you later guys.


Fasuyi Tolulope Samuel is a budding poet and novelist. He has featured in two ebook publications; Woman vs Man: A cultural difference and 'A woman's pot, a man's stomach': A collection of poem on delicacies both by Sandra T. Adeyeye. He has a B.Sc Hons in Microbiology from Adekunle Ajasin university, Akungba-Akoko Ondo state. A lover of artwork, music and football. Tolu hails from Akure in Ondo state. The single Youngman is interested in taking Africa to the world with his style of writing.      
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