Irresponsible Memes, Insults and Manipulations

Hi people. I realised it has been a long while since I put of a random post of different topics. I will just let you in on some things that have been going on in my mind

After the presidential elections, when the votes were being counted, even with the average percentage of turnout in the north, there were so many votes counted there. This is because the north is very large, and there’s a high population there, though low population density due to very large landmass. Anyway, someone thought it wise to create a picture meme stating that “with all the votes counted in the north, what exactly had boko haram been killing?” Unfortunately, many Nigerians thought it wise to broadcast this by putting it up on their DP, and laughing at it.

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I think this is highly disrespectful to Nigeria and the families of people who lost their lives to the insurgents in the north. It is sad that not enough is being done, and the families have not been compensated. People have lost lives, businesses, homes, and many people have been displaced. Yet some Nigerians are joking “What (not who) has boko haram been killing? As if people in the north are chickens.” What if any of us were the victims. The person who created that meme, and everyone who shared it on their status should cover their eyes in shame! Shame on you all!

Secondly, concerning the woman whose three sons were kidnapped by her new maid. Most people came out condemning her for hiring a maid in OLX. Someone even went on facebook, called her stupid, foolish, and unfit to be a mother. Let me not lie, that comment brought out unhappiness from me. We humans are quick to judge and condemn when unfortunate things happen to people (case of Job). Now, I am not here to debate the woman’s actions, or the rightness of hiring maids or au pairs on the internet. But why would we just come out and ignore people’s history (which we know nothing about), and then insult them because of their misfortune. If a woman loses her marriage, it’s her fault. If a man loses his job, it’s his fault. A child dies of illness, it’s the parents fault. People just find ways to blame the victims for their misfortune. Even though it seems risky, people have hired maids on OLX. Did we insult them? Just because this woman’s story went awry doesn’t give us the right to run our mouth and calling her names. Mind you, she is a mother of four boys (is it easy?). So many children have been kidnapped even with all the carefulness of parents, and so many children have been safe even with the carelessness of the parents. God’s grace comes to play a lot in these situations. Please, let’s dedicate our time to pray for this woman and her family, so they can go through this period with enough support till they get their kids back, and let’s pause on the insult. God forbid, if anything unfortunate happens to us, and people start blaming us in our misfortune.

Lastly, about underage voting. During the presidential election, there was a picture about a young guy doing accreditation that went viral. Some people also thought it wise to gather pictures of children queuing for immunization in the north, cropped the beginning and end of the picture out, and say it was underage voting. Also during the governorship election, there was a picture of a young girl in hijab doing her accreditation, going round too.

I am not partisan, and trust me, this is not a political opinion. But going by the pictures, I am not yet convinced that there were SERIES of underage voting. Maybe later, but not yet, and place emphasis on the word, series. Here is why. When I was 20 years old, I looked younger than two individuals in those 2 pictures who were accrediting. Basically, my face remained the same between 13 and 24. And since then, I would say I have only aged very slightly. If I take away my makeup and extensions (if I wear any), I look far younger than my age once I don’t open my mouth to speak. When I was about 15, a friend of my mother saw me and said “This is your daughter? This one won’t grow old o.” I teach teens in church. I regularly get comments like "we don't see any difference between you and your students. You look just like them." So what I am saying is you can’t say a guy is underage just because he looks young, if you have not seen his birth certificate. I am not saying there was no underage voting, I am only saying I have not yet seen pictorial evidences of series of the,. If we later see a lot of childlike-looking people coming out to vote in pictures (not the immunisation one), we will now raise complaint. But as for now, the only picture is of an individual (during governorship) and another (during presidential). I also think those people who doctored pictures of children on queue for immunisation did a very mischievous thing, and don’t have the interest of Nigeria at heart. Shame!

Anyway, that concludes my rant for now. Feel free to bash my head over or love me up in the comment session.

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  1. Loving you up real good hun. You perfectly expressed my feelings, especially that one about what boko haram has been killing. I thought I was the only one who thought it wasn't funny.

    Please come and dash me your genes na #singing forever young I wanna be forever young...

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    1. And it was our generation that was doing all that. Very sad.

      If I can dash you the genes without losing them, you are welcome to have them.

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  2. People always find a way to judge. I hope that with this change in Leadership somehow positive changes for the security of the people and economy will be experienced in Nigeria.

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  3. I will like to bash sha but you're far away and my cudgel is on a break. So love-up is the only other option. I think there should be a 3rd option though because... Ok, i can't remember where i was going with this #OldAge :D

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    1. Why na? Abi I no talk true. Abeg, love me up jooo.

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  4. The simple fact is that Nigerians are generally insensitive. Sad but true.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. I am not insensitive jare, and I am a Nigerian. Are you insensitive? Oya say SOME Nigerians are insensitive, and I will agree, lol.

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  5. Social media given a lot of criminally insane people the opportunity to appoint themselves judge, jury and executioner in other people's lives. Ergo, some folks think it is unnecessary to filter their thoughts before vomiting it all over the public domain. What is scarier are those that co-sign with the deranged sentiments and even go as far as to expatiate on them. The elections peeled back a lot of masks for me and what I saw was scary. We now live in terrifying times.

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    1. Hmmm. Social media reveals a lot of things going on in people's minds. You can see people that were brought up with a wack mentality, just by going on social media.

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  6. No bashing here and its really surprising how insensitive people can be. You should see the video of the mother of those kids...so sad. .

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    1. I didn't watch it cos I mise MB (story of Naija internet), but I can imagine. Someone even dropped a conspiracy theory statement on sisi yemmie's blog that she hid her kids in order to obtain money.

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  7. Like Berry said we're a generally insensitive people, however underage voting did occur in several places in the north but I don't believe it was enough to tilt the tide of the elections. As for looking younger than your age... when you're in your sixties, people would be begging you to sell your formula for ageless beauty.

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    1. Oya, show me the pictures of underage voting apart from that one picture on march 28 and another on april 11. Everyone has cameras. If there were underage voting in several places, why are there no pictures?

      As for my ageless beauty formula, thanks for introducing an extra source of income to me jare. Dollar Billionaire l'omo. God bless you.

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  8. Nigerians take the whole humor thing to a whole new level, in the bit to be funny and not knowing where to draw the line. Imagine the comedian too that was making rape jokes, highly insensitive.

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    1. Exactly! People don't know where to draw the line. And the people that go ahead to share and laugh, you begin to wonder if they weren't properly trained.

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  9. wow.. hire a maid off the internet? thats CATASTROPHICALLY dangerous.. anyway,no judging... i`m sure you wont do that again.. she`d probably get 1 from maid agencies.. im sure there are a few around..

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    1. I doubt she will ever hire a maid again. She probably would never trust any non-family member to look after her child.

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  10. No one's gonna bash your head dear; we're gonna love you up. Nicely put

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    1. Lol. You have always been my cheerleader, so no surprised there.

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  11. I didn't find that Boko haram stuff funny same with a lot of the jokes in the past. From experience a lot of Nigerians are very insensitive

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    1. Very sad o. And our generation is supposed to know better.

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  12. Some Nigerians go over the edge with their jokes, until the joke is on them. Why judge anyone when you don't know the full story and even when you do , who made you judge

    My heart goes out to the woman who had her children kidnapped, no one can feel her pain. I know the children will be found cos God is the one who keeps watch over children

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    1. Thank God they've been found sha. Everyone can now can keep insults to themselves, and bring out their thanksgiving.

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  14. Nigerians are by default,judgmental.We pass judgment even before getting to the root of a matter,so it's not new.Another thing Nigerians are,is insensitive.Have you not heard jokes on rape? It is sad,really.

    Concerning underage voting,it happens @ilola.I have 2 friends that served in the north who confirmed underage voting in the last election,but they could do nothing because their lives were at stake,so they had to co-operate.On that note,i can boldly say there were underage voting.If only they can really investigate it,if only to confirm that indeed there were.But,that is not the issue.The issue is we need a change of attitude and also our mindsets.This give rise to alot of ills we suffer as a nation.

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    1. Yes, many people pass their judgement before they hear the story. Talk first, listen later, lol.

      So people were scared to take pictures of the underage voters? Did the kids have machetes, lol?

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  15. Wow!....Now this is a lot to take in... **waves** Howdy mamacita!

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    1. I dey mama. This is how it is a currently rolling here o.

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  16. It's so nice to find your blog again. I used to follow it late 2013 or so. I remember reading one of your posts on your encounter with 419- touch n follow men in a taxi. Then i resumed as a ghost reader during your Brazil posts. Nice to find you again

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