From Our Writers
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It has been a long week – getting over the flu and the worst toothache ever, which turned to three root canals in one visit to the dentist – and I just wanted to do something that would get my mind off the pain in my jaw and the thought of having to go back to the dentist.
Teaching??? No way! Why have I been posted to a school for God’s sake? I mean, I should have been posted to a radio or television station where I could be relevant. What will a Mass Communications graduate like me do in a school?
These were my thoughts as I collected my NYSC posting letter. Not only was I posted to a school, it was in a rural area – the village of Okuta in Kwara State, far away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos − where I would be an English teacher.
When we are young, making career choices has a certain prestige to it. We are convinced that making it in life depends on the type of career you choose. We understand early that your field of knowledge is important to what you become and the type of work you will do. As a result, many of us restrict our course choices to the three major professions our Nigerian parents envisioned for us: medicine, law and engineering. Anything outside these fields, we reason, could be a straight ticket to poverty.
The Internet is a repository of knowledge, wisdom and resources. It has made the world a global village: people are able to make friends, carry out assignments and do business without leaving their homes. Job seekers no longer have to trek from street to street but can instead use the Internet to find and apply for work. Online shopping has become prevalent and distant learning institutions and open universities provide students with extensive online resources. Most notably, young people are growing increasingly web-savvy, launching companies and designing apps that revolutionise the way we engage with the world.
No matter where we might lie on the scale of Valentine's Day enthusiasm - whether holding hands and buying roses or dodging Cupid's arrows - it's hard to resist a compelling love story. Poems, plays and novels capture the essence - both joyful and tragic - of this most fundamental of human emotions. From Shakespeare's soulful sonnets and star-crossed couples, to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy's tempestuous relationship and Chibundu Onuzo's tale of surprising (street hawker meets rich girl) and moving teenage love set in modern Lagos, storybook love - whether happy or ill-fated - will always have its place in our hearts. However, it is real-life stories of devotion that illustrate most vividly the grand power of true love. And who does grand better than royalty?
Happy New Year!
2012 was a good year for Nigerian literature and we hope to see much more achieved in 2013. This is a look at some of its best books, events and personalities - if we've missed anything, let us know by posting a comment.
When Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi came up with new policies after taking over as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria such as bank reformation and Cash-lite Nigeria, many right-thinking Nigerians welcomed them because of the impact they would have in shaping our economy to meet the standards of advanced nations.
However, the latest move by the governor to introduce a N5,000 note as well replacing the N5 to N20 notes with coins appears to have undermined all of his previous laudable policies as many have questioned the need for these new projects.
It is no longer news that Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun is being adapted for the big screen. The novel, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction, is set during the Nigerian-Biafran War, which claimed the lives of about three million people and explores its impact through the twisting stories of a university professor, his lover, her sister, a British expatriate and a young houseboy. Filmed in Nigeria, the movie is being financed by Nigerian private equity with some support from the British Film Institute (BFI). It features international stars Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper, Genevieve Nnaji and Chiwetel Ejiofor as members of its cast.
Can you speak your native language? This question is a very interesting one in a Nigeria overwhelmed by Western civilization and culture and battling with two strange phenomena: the fluent use of local languages in rural areas and the decline in their use in some urban areas.
Recent reports in the media echo my fear about the latter. Things have changed a great deal. We are at a time when speaking English and emulating Western traditions help you gain acceptance and credibility; when native languages are diluted and corrupted, if ever used. But for those who cherish our unique identities and feel that our traditions and customs need to be preserved, my question at the beginning of this article demands urgent attention.