There are so many phrases we use and statements we often make in Nigeria that are quite debatable. Although, we all would agree with some of them but a whole lot of them are not quite true.
So, its debate mode, as we take a look at some of these clichés.
“THE YOUTHS ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.”
This particular phrase comes in handy considering we are in the middle of the President’s cabinet formation and ministerial screening. Now, they say we are the leaders of tomorrow abi and we are happy. Truth is, tomorrow will never come because tomorrow is always ahead of us and when tomorrow comes, it becomes today. So maybe it was even a setup by our parents, leaders and teachers who always tell us this.
Instead, what we should say is that, we are the leaders of today! That way, we can take the leadership mantle that rightfully belongs to us.
By the way, I hear the youngest minister is 48 years old… We truely are the leaders of tomorrow.
“IT IS THE WILL OF GOD.”
Nigerians are a funny bunch trust me. When things go haywire and we cannot explain the situation, we attribute it to the will of God! So, does it mean God is now a beast that just changes the lot of his beloved children in the twinkle of an eye like a child who is playing like a switch?
How do you determine the will of God and what really is his will for us?
The funny thing is, when things are going well, we don’t say “it is the will of God.”
God is not a hawk or vulture that just picks up people from the face of the earth like these animals do to chicks. So, when people die, lets stop using that phrase like God is evil, because he is not.
“S/HE IS ONLY A KID.”
Lol…Sometimes when teenagers between 13-19 misbehave, you hear these words and you’re wondering….where is the kid here?
Even when kids misbehave, you are expected to discipline them. When a suckling baby bites his or her mother’s nipple, s/he is smacked just so they know it is wrong. You start teaching them from that really young age.
When it is not that….
“NIGERIA IS THE GIANT OF AFRICA.”
Nigeria is the giant of Africa by name and by location on the map of Africa, YES! But when you talk of the economic hub of Africa, trust me, Johannesburg, South Africa comes to mind first.
Truth is, we are supposed to be the big brothers but we are not living up to expectation. So we need to wake up, and take our rightful position on the continent.
“BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.”
My honest take on this is, if we have to gather or go and dig out someone from somewhere in mars or jupiter to certifiy that you are beautiful or handsome, then you are not! If truely you are a fine person, 1 out of 3 people should be able to say that straight up.
Not that, we now have to call your ancestors to get 1 person to acknowledge that you are a beautiful or handsome person.
Incase you do not understand… Can you not testify that this woman is a beautiful woman? If you see her, will the thought of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” come to your mind?
Answer that one in your mind.
Look at this other woman… It takes a man with soooo much foresight and vision that is uncommon and only specially gifted to that man, to say she is beautiful and that is when you now say: beauty is in the eye of the beholder… WHY? Because na only that man wey love am, see the beauty! Every normal person know say: she is indeed very beautiful, but from the rear….
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