As the world woke up to mourn the death of Chinua Achebe, a good number of young Nigerians and Kenyans took to twitter in a show of shame better imagined than experienced. #someonetellkenya and #someonetellNigeria hashtags trending worldwide. Before I am berated for lacking the kind of twisted sense of humor required to enjoy the debacle that transpired, I accept being a bore bag. Why would I not be, when
Birthdays never get old (pun intended).
Every year for the past three years, since watching this episode of How I Met Your Mother, I write myself a letter on my birthday. The letter started as one from a younger me to an older me. Eventually, the focus changed to writing from an older me to a younger me. That is, from future-me to current-me. Does it sound twisted yet? Let this paragraph from last year’s later explain:
I get it now. I get why the letter is from an older me to a younger me, even though it is an older me that will be reading it. It is because of the importance of retaining a consistent idea of what future David should be like. In writing to a younger me, I am merely reinforcing the image of the future which I need to be working toward. Now, this is not very straightforward, David, but you have been known to complicate things. Deal with it.
So by reading
The past week has been an eventful one in the Nigerian webosphere. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, google the phrase and prepare to spend the next hour at least viewing pictures, videos and songs themed off the Channels TV interview. To talk about the responses to ‘oga at the top’ would require an entire blogpost which I don’t plan or want to write.
The real curiosity for me is why this meme, of all things, became so viral in Nigeria. Yes, I get it. Its TOTALLY abominable for the Commandant of the NSCDC in Lagos not to know his organization’s website url completely… or is it?