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.

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Hausa As A Working Language

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

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…