When i first heard about Chimamanda i was impressed. i read reviews on her first two books before i decided to buy debut; Purple Hibiscus. I downloaded her pictures (Chimamanda) on my ipad and things like that. I just  liked her. And then I read the next book she wrote, I was surprised. I read Americanah and i was more disappointed than the first two times. i liked Purple Hibiscus, the story, even the way she told it. the protagonist had an imagination almost exact as mine. It was a good story. but after half of a yellow sun, in hindsight, i began to see why i didn’t like a lot of things pertaining Purple Hibiscus.

Chimamanda and her other myopic embittered Igbo people will always amaze me. In all her books, the antagonists were always the northern military officers. Purple hibiscus, half of a yellow sun, Americanah, all three novels had nothing good to say about any military officer from the north. When it came to some of them, that feeling is mutual, I have nothing good to say about them, too. But this one, this Adichie, she apparently never heard anything good about even General Murtala Muhammed. In fact she even put words in her characters’ mouth unabashedly like thinking Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa  was complicit in the high level corruption that plagued the first republic. Imagine, TAFAWA BALEWA! That was when i knew that this woman is prejudiced and like almost all of them, it is either, she didn’t know anything about the great northern Nigerian leaders except what she might have heard growing up (this is the typical Nigerian), or she knew but simply chose to say derogatory things about them for her readers to think the way she thinks. And this reminds me, it seem to me she and Achebe were hell bent on indoctrinating the Igbo folks on how to see the northerners (particulaly muslims,  if Achebe’s final weak attempt at telling “his story” included)

All througH her novels, this cheap mindset had nothing positive about the most uncorrupted and most popular leaders Nigeria ever had, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,General Yakubu Gowon, General Murtala Muhammaed and General Muhammadu Buhari.  Like it or not, these four were the best. Unfortunately, and pathetically, in her books, Adichie apparently thought they were the worst, especially the Generals, villifying them at the slightest opportunity but refusing to label Ironsi’s and Nzeogwu’s mistakes exactly what they were. She conveniently refused to dwell on the bane to bad politics and unstable leadership in Nigeria – major Nzeogwu and the other four majors’  Jan ’66 coup which happened to be the first and bloodiest coup in Nigerian history.

Let’s take a look at what it was like but Chimanmanda so comfortably brushed aside. First, four out of those majors were Igbo, including Nzeogwu. Second, the successor of the brutally murdered prime minister (remember the PM was a northerner) was supposed to be the highest ranking military officer, then an Igbo man: Genral Aguiyi Ironsi. And what did Aguiyi Ironsi do? The majors were apprehended and that was all. That was as good as no action was taken about them. Five people killed a prime minister, the northern premier and the western premier, sparing their Igbo brethren and the Prime Minister’s successor (Ironsi, Igbo) only apprehended. You can imagine what happens next. The north revolted, killing Igbos. the west revolted killing igbos, and hence the beginning of the story of the Nigeria-Biafra war.

Certainly, Chimamanda and those who have mindsets like hers most surely must have felt at least once that Nzeogwu and Ojukwu were evil. Why wouldn’t they admit it? Why wont they even hint that, at least. Alas they seem to be focused on telling “their stories” (to what seem to me their fellow Igbo and foreigners) that they don’t give a hoot what other readers thought. What do they stand a chance of gaining by saying bad things about northern leaders.  For the writers, is what they gain more important than peace in the country?

What caused this blabber was the ‘disappointments’ i have been having recently. I admired Chinua Achebe, and he disappointed me and, for the life of me is till don’t know why I still find his Things Fall Apart the tastiest (when it came to reading) thing to eat. I liked Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, even thought I had a crush on one of her characters, Olanna, but she also disappointed me, greatly. Now I am waiting for Vincent Enyeama to say something generally derogatory about Northerners or Muslims and I will just conclude they are all like that. For now, I will keep hunting for a Super Eagles jersy with the name Enyeama on it for I have been his fan for long (not temporarily, I hope)…before he does his own typical Nigerian mindset stunt—if he has that kind of mindset.

Aside  —  Posted: January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

I sat down at the Accounts section (that is where i work) of Gotel Communications, Yola, watching TV Gotel. it was morning and the popular morning show Safiya, which meant ‘morning’ in Hausa language was on air. The program finished and then there was something on the TV that got me very angry. I was so agued that i had to turn on the computer to write a personal letter to the MD of Gotel Communications, expressing my displeasure on the recklessness of his staff in the programs department or whatever department it was that handled jingles like that. I decide to post the letter to my blog. Before i proceed, let me share this:

“Was Biafra ever really a “country,” as Achebe would have it?

It had ministries, oil wells, a ragtag army, an often-shifting capital,

official cars (Achebe had one) and a famous airstrip.

But as a “country,” it was stillborn.”

—Adam Nossiter

And here is the letter i wrote my MD, Mr. Joshua Hassan.

Daddy,
I hope you are well with all you care for. This is a personal letter to you, sir, albeit I strongly felt the need to make it formal.
I hardly watched TV Gotel due to the nature of my work and the fact that most of the programs aired rarely interest me, except Safiya which had Quadragenarian-ish looking presenters that are very right for the screen, particularly Aaron.
So this morning I watched the last part of Safiya and happened to see this “African Quotes” after the credits. Chinua Achebe’s good quotes were featured, but some of them were also irking to any Nigerian who nurtures Unity and Progress at heart. In fact it should irk even an Igbo if they are peace lovers.
Chinua Achebe, lately, is not a favorite of the north particularly the muslims, because of his latest work, There Was A Country. In this book he leveled a lot of ridiculous accusations against the North and the Yorubas. My concern here is the North so I will stay within the context.
This one time hero of mine said the Nigeria-Biafra War was a jihadist agenda…in the book. Who spear headed the war? It was Yakubu Gowon. Was Gowon a muslim? No. if it was a Jihadist agenda, wouldn’t the late Gen. Shuwa or late Murtala Mohammed be at the helm of power, then? There were countless muslim military officers that could have been chosen to fight the war. And today Gowon is seen as war hero by Nigerians, just as the Igbo people (two-facedly) still see Ojukwu as their war hero.
This idea is clearly an American-conditioned kind of idea. The words are evidently put into the man’s mouth. Plus, what do we expect of a man who has been in the US for decades? He is just a wounded lion roaring painfully to existent and non-existent afflictions. He tasted politics and found the atmosphere totally unfavorable and he had to take an unwanted bow…sadly also, he made no impact and therefore no ovation when the bow was taken. Now he has decided to throw accusations to every direction in ‘his story,’ There Was A Country, not ‘history.’
Agreed, the interests of the Igbo people is imperative to him and he had to and still have to strive towards serving them but to unabashedly go out of control in the course of achieving them is utterly shameful especially of a man like Chinua Achebe. Every man with a heart dislikes and feels a heart rending sadness when one reads about the Nigeria Biafra War regardless of the source of read. The hardship that the Igbo was subjected to was inevitable because the losing side of every war is bound to suffer greatly. It is sad indeed that they had to and it still remains a mare to al peace lovers. Here I ask why no Igbo have blamed Ojukwu for dragging them into that war in the first place. Another devastatingly disappointing thing about this book is the period within which it had to come out. Couldn’t it wait until all this was over? Was he so eager to tell his story that he didn’t care what it did to the perpetual growth of violence in his country? This gesture of Achebe confirms our suspicion that his book was an anti-peace propaganda fuelled by none other but the world governing bodies of the CIA, IMF, UN, NATO, US, Israel and the etcs I don’t know of, to further divide this country and increase the imminence of a war. Our own Achebe had been close to the US for some time now, – US being so far the most fundamental part of the machinery of global deceit, manipulation, several successful attempts at mind control and general chaos.
“There is no story that is not true, […] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.”
Surely the world has no end; there are different kinds of people in it. I know of the muslims who see violence and chaos as an abomination, not as Chinua Achebe is wont to imply otherwise. I know of a people who once raided the North, killed its core leaders and until date, mimic and jubilate how those leaders squealed when they felt the pangs of death. This made some historians deduce that the Igbo people have a plan to dominate and conquer the region. The holders of that view have their proof but I don’t think that is even conceivable.
And, determinedly, I don’t hold it that “every story is true”. A lot of stories are made up to suit particular purposes or to attain a certain level of brainwash. Today people read and listen to history recklessly and without being wary of lies just like his latest work would be read by the Igbo folk innocently while subtly being conditioned to see the Yoruba and the muslim Hausa as bad. What happened to the Achebe that used to be blunt and fearless in the face of our rotten leadership? Is this same man now playing roles like these? He should remember that war history is celebrated in America via academia or something…Nigerians celebrate it in an entirely different way. Achebe might claim to be a witness to some of the stories he was telling but he couldn’t have witnessed just everything, certainly not everything. And those things he didn’t witness could be witnessed by others – from the other camp. The Nigeria Camp; the Yakubu Gowon Camp.
Besides, what did Achebe see in “a people” that made him write what he wrote in Things Fall Apart, seeing that the book was published before the war? What did he see then?
Sir, I am sorry for beating about my request, which is, in this AFRICAN QUOTES thing, Chinua Achebe’s (possibly and subsequently others’ that could also be) inciting quotes like “if you don’t like someone’s story, write your own,” or the one quoted earlier, should not be included among well meaning quotes like that of Biko or Tutu. If the media should be neutral and foster peace, then the selection of those quotes should be made with a look out for bad ones. The selection must be neutral as well as aim to project objectivity instead of promoting prejudices that could be very dangerous for the current situation of the country. Achebe has a lot of quotes that touch lots of issues. They are useful. Not these ones that are belied by something completely out of the spheres of Unity and Progress.
You have been indulgent to a lot of people in the organization and particularly me, my appreciation will never fade. I implore you to indulge me on this one, too.
Thank you sir.

Mukhtar Muhammad Iya.

The Observer, from his little shack.

 

Just imagine it…a Nigeria…

Oops…! Did I say Nigeria? Ok. A North Nigeria, perhaps. Or the other name the late Sardaunan Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello wanted to ‘give’ the region. 

In any case let’s say we had our own country, North Nigeria, comprising of mostly the Hausa/Fulani speaking states.

Then what?!

Well, first of all, let’s assume the country is still one. I’d admittedly say that Hausa is the most spoken and understood language in the North. From Sokoto to Taraba in the east and Kogi to Borno, even a non-hausa person must learn how to speak or at least communicate in the language…given the factors of time and daily interaction.

By musing is; If China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, America, Japan, Russia, England, France, Portugal…especially these later three (who had so much in the past been at each others’ neck about the rich grounds of Africa), would adapt their indigenous languages as their ‘working language’, I.e lingua franca, why not us – Nigeria?

Ahaa! Nigeria has many major languages other than just Hausa/Fulani. Yorubas and Igbos and Ijaws and Yorubas and Yorubas…and Yor…

Concurred. But don’t this tell us something? That the colonialists’ amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates was a deliberate malicious move aimed at achieving something!!!

If the Hausa/Fulani people, as a country, and who are mostly muslims can live together in mutual respect and peacefully with the minority christians, why weren’t they allowed to do so?

This brings me to the initial topic of “Working Language.” Lingua Franca.

The language the adults in China, for example, speak while waiting in the traffic is the same language they speak at work. Their children speak Chinese with their mums at home, the playground as well as the classroom. These kids have little or no excuse not to be smart. To them, Maths and Biology is going to be as simple as being told “this is how you brush your teeth.” They grow up and become good engineers, technologists, doctors, economists and accountants.

If Hausa, particularly, could be a working language of a country like North Nigeria or whatever, it would have been a very good move, for good leaders would be molded easily. The masjids or churches will have the clerics all speak the same language. There is going to be more understanding and awareness among faiths. In most cases, countries like this thrive better when they are wont to stick to their culture and widely accepted religion or faith. Just like China…or Saudi Arabia…or England.

The northern part of this country is just like that. 

GS201, level 200, my lecturer of Nigerian History, Dr. Mohammed Kyari while discussing the colonial period and the major tribes of Nigeria, emphasised that (and I can recall his words clearly) “to this date, only the Hausa/Fulani have shown strong resistance to the culture and values of the white man generally.”

 

Today, we insist on speaking his – the white man – language to prove ourselves worthy and even tend to (which I find quite sorry) discredit those who can’t express themselves using the tongue. 

SO WHAT?!!!

This is a deliberate ploy to enslave us and keep us so. We are even so confused and unfocused no matter how we try to be like them. The Britons’ language, the Americans’ government, and at state and district levels, the English’s system: monarchy.

 

Manyan Arewa kuna bani tausayi wallahi, su kuma can dariya suke yi maku.

Eee…manyan Arewa except those who secretly or otherwise fought for the realisation of…of…of…it. Kawai. IT.

 

 

ALSO IN THE BLOG:

“Some dialects must thrive, no matter what tactics employed to impede them. Example: The importance of the Fulfulde Language (oh my love) is beginning to be seen and her people recognised.

Recently, the first Fulfulde translated copy of the holy Qur’an was produced. That called for a grand gathering of around 20 Fulfulde speaking countries. The event took place in Yola South (my hometown), Adamawa State.”

 

 That’s an achievement. 🙂

 

 

 

Just saying…

Aside  —  Posted: October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

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