“ORIGINAL PALAVER”

So this post is as the name implies-ORIGINAL PALAVER. It doesn’t seem to have a “head” or “tail”, but what should be said must be said. Lest I forget, I’m supposed to be writing in PIDGIN…lol.*switches pen*

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Okay na, make we yarn small.

“Pikin wey talk say him mama no go sleep, him sef no go close eye”. [NIGERIAN PROVERB]

And our elders talk say “The thing wey old person fit see if he sit down, pikin no fit see am even if he climb ontop iroko tree”. [NIGERIAN PROVERB]

technology

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This generation get as e be. As technology dey advance, na so crime and other vices dey multiply. The truth be say, technology don tey. No be today wey new thing dey happen for under this sun. Before dem born our forefathers, there was technology and even after our own pikin, pikin, don born their own pikin, new technology go dey. From Stone age to Bronze Age, to Iron Age and everything in-between, to Jet age and to Internet Age, all these na phases of technology. Ideally, Technology suppose improve not only our standard of living, but our relationship with others. Wetin we see around today na complete opposite. E be like say technology don scatter our moral, cultural and social values. We young People no longer consider the words of reasoning and experience from the elderly.

After her first year in the University, Amarachi fit look her mamma eyeball-to-eyeball and call her “old-school”. Bankole no sabi say even though dem born him Papa for 1960, he was once the “biggest boy” in their hometown. As for Adamu, his 92-year old “Kaka” wey no even attend primary school no fit advise am on the issue of love. Where we suppose take correct advice from our teachers, parents and other experienced folks, we prefer to go over the internet searching for answers from young people like ourselves wey never sabi their left from their right. We don idolize the Movie and Music Industry sote, everything from our “slangs” to our “fashion sense” comes from them.

The truth be say times fit don change, but na the same principles still dey govern life. Na whatever person sow he go reap. Technology no be excuse for yamayama. If your mamma talk say make you no follow dem “wayowayo” boys hangout, it’s in your best interest. And yes, no matter the amount of “free condoms” that get distributed during health campaigns, we all know say “Abstinence na the best way”.

The koko be say, there is wisdom in age and knowledge in experience. We don’t always have to make mistakes of our own before we learn. The knowledge wey our elders don gather in the last 50 years or more will definitely be of immense value to us. Make we use technology as a bonus, and not the standard. We must learn what we can, and pass it to the next generation. Give or take another 20 years from now, more sophisticated inventions go surface, and we the “youths” of this generation, will now be referred to as “old school”.

Before I stop, hear wetin the Holy scriptures talk: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun”.  (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Chikena!

Thank you for reading!

~Requ1ne~

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PIKIN– A Child

KAKA– Grandmother (in Hausa)

PAPA– Father

MAMMA– Mother

DON: Have

YAMAYAMA: Nonsense

WAYOWAYO: 419/Con Artist

SOTE: To the extent that

SABI: Know

THE KOKO: The point

CHIKENA: That’s all

NIGERIAN PROVERBS:

1- A child who insists that his mom won’t sleep, will have to stay awake as well.

2- What an old man can see while sitting, a young person won’t see it even if he climbs an iroko tree.

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