That Centenary List

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Me I never mind my business. As I was flipping through the papers this morning, I saw a list of people they say have contributed to the development of Nigeria in different areas. I saw so many funny people on that list o and I suspect federal character was at play. But what really marvelled me was the footnote that all State Governors should make sure that awardees from their states attended and that rooms have been reserved for them in one big hotel in Abuja.

So for Lord Lugard, Flora shaw and Queen Elizabeth, I am sure that Goodswill Akpabio will not find it too difficult to get them into the venue and their rooms. He will in his usual uncommon way of doing things make sure that the aforementioned would have a nice time during the ceremony.

That list was very outspoken in it’s emptiness. The same people were mentioned dead and alive. We keep recycling our heroes. The same people day in and day out. That list really made me loose appetite because I felt that the real and true Nigerians who gave their lives to this country have once gain been left out.

People like Baba Sue, who have shown that you can combine acting with magic, people like Charly Boy who have remained relevant despite fathering so many children and not releasing an album in the last 20 years, what of Denrele who has single handedly given madness a certain credibility, or is it Shina Peters who introduced Juju music to Akwa Ibom.

All I saw on that list were people trying to say sorry to their friends. After defeating them in elections, withdrawing their oil blocs, abusing them in international fora, writing damaging letters now using this opportunity to mend fences in preparation for 2015.

Abeg, that list no be list. List that does not have Amaechi on it, cannot be complete Jo, list that does not have Tuface is scanty, where is that yellow fever mama that controls traffic in VI, where is my own mama, a civil war hero. They put fela mama, what did she do. Simply because she born Fela and cause riot for Abeokuta. Go and ask how many okada people have been visited by my mothers wrath, so why can’t she be on that list too.

They should withdraw that list and rewrite it. We need more Akwa Ibom people on the list. We need LASU students in the list, we need more APC people on the list. That list can never be complete until all of Abiola,s wives make it, then we will have a true centenary list.

That list looked hurried. No special attention think was made to do some level of research in arriving at the names. Although people like Baba obasanjo would make any list, others who found themselves on that list would infact not believe their eyes.

You may begin to wonder why all these wahala, well my anger stems from the fact that I did not make the list. I have contributed to this country much more than all these people. I was born during the civil war, so no breast milk for me( which other sacrifice is greater than that), when they killed Murtala I was in primary school at the military cantonment and witnessed Soldiers running for their dear lives and abandoning we the school children to our fate. It took my hapless father two days to find me, I used six years in a four year programme, have been given chalk in the name of drugs in our hospitals, I have escaped two plane crashes, I have worked for minimum wage, I have seen flood and I have voted and had my vote not counted. So a little research would have thrown up my name. You see my angst.

Where is Keyamo when somebody needs him now. Instead of him busy loosing elections, he should come and take this my matter to court. I have legitimate reasons to get a judge to issue an order against the writers of that list unless they put my name or at best put my mama name.

Well sha I congratulate those who have found their names on the list and I await Lord Lugard’s acceptance speech even as I hope that Abacha and Flora Shaw would be seated on the same table.

Edgar J

Edgar J

An Investment banker with a chip on his shoulder. A deep thinker with a different view of the society. Blogger and theatre critic, Edgar passes social commentary on Events, issues and people usually from a humorous standpoint. Sometimes caustic and almost fearless, he mixes his vitriolic abuses with humour such that the message hits you with a buffer that makes you smile. He runs a regular column in MODEMEN Magazine while still keeping his day job as a Financial Adviser cum wealth manager. A keen sportsman, Edgar loves the exciting game of train spotting. As there are no more trains in Lagos, he has taken upon the keen sport of Molue counting. He believes that in the next five years, these legendary modes of transport unique to Lagos would disappear hence his interest in them. A Lagosian by birth and a Shomolu man by residence. Welcome to Chantal’s....


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