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Thursday, 30 May 2024 18:23

THE JUST EXHUMED OLD ANTHEM AND THE INHERENT RACIST UNDERTONES…. HOW RACIALLY OFFENSIVE ARE THE WORDS: “NATIVE” AND “TRIBE”? Featured

Written by JOHN ODEY ADUMA, AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLER, "BE A BEACON OF HOPE IN THE WORLD: A MESSAGE TO YOUNG BRITAIN"
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…. With contributions from other scholars

Native: “An extremely offensive word for someone who lived in a country, especially in Africa, before Europeans went there."

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Gods-ruin Akpabio: The Rogue-in-Chief and Headman of the rubber stamp Apex Legislative Assembly in Nigeria (ALA) – one of the purposeless locusts of the All Political Crooks (APC), who are leading the Nigerian people from Gethsemane to Golgotha.

Lest I forget, all the Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Editorial Boards of the media houses in Nigeria should hang their heads in shame for always being snail-like and non-responsive to (burning) national and continental issues. And for the sake of our country, all heading the Editorial Boards in Nigeria in these times of BATxigency and BATgeddon in our land are invited to reflect on the eternal words of wisdom for the sluggard as below:

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?

  • Proverbs 6:6-9.

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Masah, another job done, hia, hia… he, he he! Any adah wan… bring come. Sobidi, done! Naira down, down…economy haemorrhaged. Boy, je ko won ke... what’s my own. Base soon. Ani ko ma worry, Baba Toneh! Say Toneh!. Boda Toneh, please keep doing your good work, don’t let (anybody) your people release the dossiers on me-o, Baba. These ya people, you sure pe dem go protect me so? Baba, se won ma protect me until 2027, eh? Se omo jo ijo awon kobokobo… awon yibo ton ma je okuta ma mu omi… ke di ko di, odin ma… eh, eh… ke di ko di, ani odin ma-a-a-a! Toneh, di de… di de. Ijo ti be re. Ke di ko di, odin ma…O’BAT-o, Re.. oshi oda… ma je kin awon people ko orin: On your Mandate mo-o! Ani ke di ko di, odin ma-a-a-a-a!

Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood, we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle, honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

 *The just exhumed old national anthem after having been buried for 56 years - written by a colonialist, Lillian Jean Williams with music by Frances Berda.

 

CAN THIS BECOME OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM?