Valentines Day seems to be a big thing in Nigeria. People don't just buy cards/flowers to those they admire, sisters buy brothers and brothers buy sisters cards, and everyone says Happy Valentines Day (our pa bought Bibi and I a joint card this morning). Its all a bit strange - it was never that big a deal when I was growing up. I sent one card once when I was 11, but I can't remember ever receiving one. It seems that it has become a globalised phenomenon, celebrated from Timbuktu to Tipton. The only way to explain it is in terms of capitalism requiring a little energising of the system in the long interval between Christmas and Easter..