Naijablog is my thinking window on Nigeria
I got involved in a discussion on my favourite blog Naijablog which is run by an Englishman living in
with his beautiful Nigerian wife. Nigeria
He remonstrated about unannounced holidays and the way one religious holiday seems to be a holiday for all religions.
This is true, because extended families are usually comprised of different religious affiliations; it is of kindred importance than religious holidays do not depend on the individual's religion.
Then other commentators went on to talk about work and holidays in the West, productivity, relaxing and getting industry to make
After Miss Anonymous said this, “We'll keep wracking our brains. BUT, who will implement them?” My reply appears below.
Dear Miss Anonymous
I am sorry to sit on the fence on this one.
24 years ago, I returned home from a student's protest when the NITEL building was burning down and President Shagari jetted over the flames to
to receive a doctorate degree, just weeks after they announced Indian degrees were inferior to Nigerian ones. India
My father took me aside and said, there was a time
was worth dying for, now, it is everyman to his own. Nigeria
My honest accountant father though quite successful never got entrenched in corporate settings because he always thwarted attempts to defraud companies where he was CFO.
Evil bedevils the good
Rather than be honoured or rewarded, he received death threats, he did the smart thing then and branched out into farming with moderate success. Now, close to being a septuagenarian he is back with the accountancy he loved.
Charred fingers and frustrated times
I participated in student union politics in the 80's and had to contend with demigod lecturers who wasted our years there.
I went into consultancy, each time I presented a bill; someone wanted a cut to the extent that I had to tell he that my bill was not negotiable, if he was desirous of payback he had to resolve that without my input.
This is apart from the fact that he had nothing to do with my securing the opportunity, nor did he contribute in anyway to help get the work done.
A bale of money to bail out
Once also, I had to sign a bail form for my employees stating I had not paid anything for their release, having paid a hefty sum under the counter to the police.
This again after my business partner corralled all everyone in the holding company into detention on the suspicion that some other employee from a different company has been stealing company property.
He did not even have the courtesy to inform me of that situation.
The catalogue of experiences of almost 20 years of sojourn in
would mark anyone, I had my share. Nigeria
Meanwhile, you will have my support advisory and international as hopefully the vision I had of
in the 70s. Nigeria
In my way, I died for
once; I would not hurt one single hair of my bald head again. Nigeria