Sunday, 26 October 2014
As an undergraduate,school was a bitter-sweet experience.It had its share of sweet memories-the meeting of new people,freedom from the prying eyes of parents,parties,excursions,fellowships,faculty debates,hall weeks,inaugural lectures,socials and all. It was bitter in the sense that there were stressful, painful experiences.Walking in the hot sun,queuing up for registration,incessant strikes,loads of assignments,series of tests, a lot of financial commitments,dealing with oppression,competition,power outage and yea,water scarcity were unpleasant occurrences which still added spice to life in campus.
One happening that stroke me mostly back in the days was water scarcity. This was particularly the trend during examinations period. Everything and anything just seemed to go wrong. There would be unstable power supply. Students experienced shortage of funds owing to the fact that the session was coming to an end. So virtually everything was finished in terms of food,provision and most especially money. "Everyone was seeing their period".
This experience in the University taught me to appreciate water and never take things for granted. After that incident I stopped wasting water and valued its presence. On that fateful day, I had expected to get water from the tap but to no avail the taps were not cooperating. Staying outside the school hall,the possible alternative of getting water from a well was not feasible,after making several searches. The only hope was to buy bag of pure water.Even as that, a bag of pure water that normally went for 80 naira was increased to 100naira or so. One would not blame the seller afterall the item was in high demand. The law of economics was taking its course. But I couldn't use the pure water lavishly because it would not be possible to cough out money again to buy another.
It was even more frustrating because examinations were commencing the next day. There was no electricity and no water to cook ,drink or bathe.If only previously, I had stored some water. The empty gallons and buckets were starring happily at me. Well, some students had courage to do " rub and shine " but it just didn't do for me. No matter what I would feel uncomfortable. Plan B was to resort to begging for water from a neighbour. He managed to give me a bowl? Just a bowl-Wow!I do not know how I used a bowl of water to bathe but I sha had my bathe with it,shutting every thought that the water could have been contaminated. Somehow my body respected itself,the feeling of going to toilet didn't occur. Besides the toilet was a no-go area this period unless one was ready to throw up with what going to meet ones eye .
Well... I was not the only one suffering from water shortage. Students on campus were facing the same predicament as this was visible in their appearance.Students looked rough.The sales of sweets like tomtom and chewing gum had increased as these were means of fighting bad breath due to lack of water to brush. Still do not get why these frustrations only happened during examination period.Looked like it was a test to determine that only the fittest survives. Bottom line was while expecting the best ,prepare for the worst.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Well...I decided to do some comparisons based on my observations. It is the differences between Church of Now(modern day pentecostal churches) and Church of old( as in Orthodox churches). Here's my top 10 findings#Enjoy
(1)* Church of old has probably a service or two and the service is usually very long( 3 hours or more).
* Church of Now has several services like three or more and service period is short( 2 hours maximum).
(2)* Church of old is less colourful with the same predictable robing of ministers and choristers.
* Church of Now is more colourful- choristers are unpredictable with different apparels every Sunday.The ushers to the greeters to the information crew to the musical band are all fashionistas.
(3)* Church of old sermon centers on repentance and salvation.
* Church of Now preach more on prosperity and progress.
(4)*Church of old is usually solemn and "boring"...you could find people dozing of during service and those in the pulpit are not excluded.
* Church of Now is full of hype as swagga is "three" much. Apparently,there are video guys videoing you so you can not afford to be caught sleeping#You should be at your best to appear cute on T.V,abi?
(5)*Church of old does not give room for anyhow dressing-women uncovering their hairs,guys plaiting their hair,women wearing trousers, people having tattoos,ladies wearing make up,guys piercing their ears and all are not allowed.
* Church of Now-"everything goes" according to Gbenga Adenuga popular track.God is more interested in the heart of man than physical appearance.
(6)* Church of old church is mostly filled with older couples and the elderly.
*Church of Now is more like a single and teenage ministry.This section of people form the bulk of the church population.
(7)*Church of old sing hymns(Wow...those hymns are wonderful-God bless the composers!! ) and make confessions from prayer books.
* Church of Now prefer to go the contemporary way,songs are from different genres-rock, high life, rap,blues, afrojuju, afrobeats, raggae...you name it.
(8)*Church of old has several offering collections-building,covenant seed,sunday offering,tithe,family altars,Mothers offering,charity offering,birthday offering,monthly offering,family harvest offering,communion offering,community offering,widows mite,it goes on...
*Church of Now has just one or two offerings and that's all.
(9)* Church of old does not really make use of P.O.S machines.They have not gone cashless.Remember they are church of old so they do not rely on modern methods.
* Church of Now has gone with the trend.The use of P.O.S machines and ATM has been made readily available to their worshipers.
(10)* Church of old does holy communion almost every Sunday.
* Church of Now does not do holy communion services frequently.
Let's keep the conversation rolling,what is your take? Any addition,objections or subtraction,Im itching to hear from you#Waiting...
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
The other day at the market while buying food items,the yam seller- a young man probably older than I am or possibly within the same age bracket as myself, kept on addressing me as Ma. Somehow it was annoying because he made feel like I was very old or something. I decided to respond by referring to him as Sir.
Personally,I don't like to be addressed as Ma by adults. If it were some primary or secondary school students and I was their teacher then that would permissible but for someone in my age bracket or obviously way older kinda appeared awkward to me, the addressee.
Maybe I need to put on invisible earphones because it sounds derogatory to me. After being addressed in that manner, I had to do a physical check up-did I overdress, was I sending the wrong signal, how was my body language or was I acting up? Everything was virtually in check!
For crying out loud,I'm not old now maybe older,yes. My own school of thought believes that Ma should be reserved for elderly women and mothers(not really young mothers per se ). Though this is a case of different strokes for different folks. The trend is usually to create an impression of aging. I have been in situations where addressing young mommas as Ma has been an issue.
Doing my industrial training some years ago,my supervisor, a young mother disliked being referred to as Ma. She preferred to be called Ma'am or Madam with the E i.e Madame. That was how she preferred to be addressed. It was not an issue and we got along very well. An elderly woman who worked in a daycare as a cleaner did not appreciate the fact that she was referred to as "Mama" even if it was clear that she was the oldest. The sound of "Big Momma" was her perfect name substitute that made her beam with smiles and carry on her duties happily.
Well...I am not promoting disrespect. Africans are very cultured and one of our values is showing regard for our elders. The only comma is when showing respect is in form of mockery or scorn. The whole essence of this write-up is to draw the line between sincere reverence and killing of the other person's morale. Typically,after this write-up ,I know excited some people who after sensing my grievance would continue with the trend to annoy me. My strategy would be to put on invisible earphones to act deaf to an address that I detest. Another way out would look at it in a positive light and not read negative meaning. But seriously,do not Ma me,its not funny! Does anyone get my drift,please lets rub minds...waiting!