Dear Neighbour

Dear Neighbour,

How do you do?

It has been a while since you moved in.

Do you know you have neighbours?

Do you smell my mother’s stew on Sunday or the Afang soup on Wednesdays?
Do you smell the onion in the hot oil and then plantain frying? You cannot mistake that smell.
Do you smell the party jollof rice, the garlic, the ginger, the atarodo, the burning, the mixture of all the spices coming together?

Do you see us peeping from the windows when there is a fight on the street?
When you stand at your window, do you see us running in our play clothes in our compound?
Do you wonder why my brother is running around naked and chasing us for his clothes?
Do you see us come out to dance when it starts to rain?
Do you laugh at our attempt to trim the flowers and clean our compound?

Do you hear my dad shouting at me to wash the car?
Do you hear my mum telling us not to eat if we won’t wash our plates immediately after eating?
Do you hear our fights when we play board games?

Do we entertain you?

We smell the bleached palm oil and cough every Sunday evening.

We hear shouting and pounding through the wall and wonder what happens behind the closed door.

We see you tell your children not to play with us.

We sense you hoping we will throw your football over so you do not have to come over.

When we see each other outside of our walls, don’t you think we need to smile at each other?

After all, we are neighbours.

Here is to all the good neighbours out there!
May we know them, may we be them.

Can you recall all the neighbours you’ve ever had?

Have you been a horrible neighbour? Change ya ways!

How is choosing to be intentional about this month going? Remember my post here about being super intentional about your time this month!

Stay safe, stay warm. ☕☕☕


A Pact or Impact?

So in a bid to churn out posts and also practice a few things, I’ll be putting up a post everyday of this month!! Yaaayyyy! 💃💃💃

You know how you see things online and get enraged? Yeah… Last week was one of those times. (Well, on Twitter that’s almost everyday. But today it bubbled out)
A PACT was formed. “Presidential Aspirants Coming Together” . I was overjoyed. Finally, people see sense and know that if you want to send the incumbent president out, we’ll need to work together since none of the newcomers to the political sphere in Nigeria are in the Siamese twins as the Red Card Movement will call it.

Last week Thursday was the deciding day for who will be chosen as the consensus candidate.

Ghen Ghen Fela Durotoye came out as the candidate.
And Twitter went haywire.

I lowkey thought it would be Kingsley Moghalu, but this things happen. I was eagerly waiting to see the responses of the other candidates.
Of course, this is Nigeria. Anything can happen.

Lol. And ‘anything’ did happen.

So as usual, jumbled thoughts. I would itemise as it comes.
1. FD’s media team was extremely fast and quick with the posters declaring him as winner. Well , maybe all the candidates had theirs ready too
2. You made a PACT, and stayed till the end. The results didn’t favour you and you pulled out. That’s what seems to have happened.
3. Anyway, they had a section in PACT Memorandum of Understanding, that they could continue with their individual pursuits. This, to me, defeats the whole aim of PACT. Like, if you’ll still go ahead with your campaign why come together.
4. Do you have to have a political platform to effect change?
5. Wo! Nigeria is a country! 🍷

So, what was the purpose of PACT if y’all are still running individually?

This puts an interesting twist to the upcoming 2019 Presidential elections.

I’m done.
I think.

And yes, I think I’ve earned the right to rant all I want after the long hustle to get my Permanent Voters Card (well, it’s still the temporary one until INEC notifies when the actual PVC is ready)

P. S: What would really be interesting will be the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries for the presidential slot. Lol.

Have a productive week! 😎😎