Friday, May 27, 2011

I'm Too Old For Youth Lunch

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I didn't go to this week's Youth Lunch with the President of Nigeria. I got a couple of invitations by email and text, to which I answered, "how many diners will be at the lunch?" Since I had no assurance that it would be a somewhat exclusive lunch - you know, eba and egusi soup with orange juice around the table with Mr. President - and not a rowdy carnival with us jamming to D'Banj music, I decided to respect myself and save my money.

Brings us to two related reasons why I didn't bother:
1. I turned 30 this month. I declare myself a retired youth. Since I am older than 2/3 of Nigeria's population, don't you think I ought to be considered a full-grown citizen and not part of an age-deficient interest group? In some villages, I would already be a young grandmother.
2. The small money I have should not be spent "entering moto" to attend frivolous events. That said, I was sure they would "share money" at the "lunch" and this would just be embarrassing. I am too broke for jokes. Yet I don't feel like joining the mindless feasting on the Nigerian treasury.

You see, this President embraces all interests groups, with a wide PDP umbrella indeed. It's just that I want to be loved differently. Not with jollof rice, Naija music, and transport fare, all of which last a short time, but with good policies, more megawatts, and a working government which will last for generations.

From 411daily:YOUTH LUNCH WITH JONATHAN TURNS INTO ANOTHER BRIBE-FEST

Big Grammar version: Nigeria: The Youth at Lunch with Jonathan

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

ah ah.i feel you sha but you're not too old to be a youth.i wud comment more but the issue don tire me sef...

*Michael Onobote* said...

True talk Tosin. Especially the part on policies and power generation. We should focus on the things that matter for once in Nigeria.

Amb Caleb said...

even though u r 155 yrs old u r still a youth lol

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Myne Whitman said...

I totally agree with your last paragraph. Enough of the frivolities!

minku said...

wow didn't know you wrote this at first. Don't be broke o ;-) And whatevs, you're still 'youth'...

House of a million minds said...

Hahaha...I would say 3O is the prime of youth though! and yes I agree, we need good policies, more megawatts, and a working government which will last for generations!Nice one

Dee said...

In fact I'll take just the megawatts!

dScR?Be said...

well written lady! Bless, Nwando

t said...

I'll just take the megawatts! Wallahi :)

t said...

3O is the prime of youth - I'll try to remember that!

oroque said...

"I want to be loved differently. Not with jollof rice, Naija music, and transport fare, all of which last a short time, but with good policies, more megawatts, and a working government which will last for generations" <<< clearly a woman of principle right there. and you're 30? wow, holler at me!