Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The 419 song

Hmmm - I hadnt realised that Osuofia's song could be taken seriously - it was obvious to me at least that the comedian was merely articulating a common feeling about 419ing: that those greedy and stupid enough to fall for it pretty much deserve to become its victims. Rather than a celebration of 19'ers, it is much more pocking fun at avaricious types who get swindled by it. Which is why the EFCC's attempt at banning the song was a little wrong headed methinks.

Perhaps the fact that a serious interpretation has been floating around the blogosphere proves what many people have said: that irony is often lost on Nigerians!!


the flying monkeys 12:46 am  

My bro!, why would our leaders not fail to see the point??? Even when unrecognized, emotional trauma (a deregulation in the structure or function of the brain) can create lasting difficulties in an individual's life. Hence failure to see “the” point, I believe can be a common personal and behavioural effect of emotional trauma.

Let us consider the life of an average African male/female, say a 25 year old. Taking into account that he/she would have suffered serious physical, psychological and mental trauma over the years especially under military rule by pathetic educated and political illiterate leaders, and the fact that he/she may lack the natural ability to “think” with clarity and ease in their mother tongue ( i.e. Igbo ) as well as the ability to “peep” as far back (millenniums) as we should in history ( in respect of the yoruba , say as far back as Obatala: the primordial king of the yorubas and the Father of Wisdom. Imagine his great age!!!). Now imagine the knowledge he/she may have accumulated, however successful he/she is, imagine the genetic mental, physical or material defects he/she would almost certainly have inherited from his/her parents, by reason that the cultural (especially the language) values now in place were those imposed by Islam (? Years back) and Christianity (2005 years ago)!!! Now imagine the kind of decisions he/she would be capable of making. One may start to see the scale and magnitude of the human rights violations committed on African society; pre independence through the nuisance of alien forms of religion as well as post independence by political illiterate leaders.

Nkem 12:58 am  

Irony is indeed lost on Nigerians.

the flying monkeys 10:15 am  

lost on current leaders of the world.

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