Can I dare say that our Naira is gradually being extincted and that its propagation is being done by none other but the people that should be preventing it?
You watch a Nigerian music video and everything you see is so not Nigerian, except the main features that cannot rip their skins off of course. The one thing that could have given you the pleasure of a little taste of Nigeria has been exchanged with our incessant crave for all things foreign. Why would you be throwing dollars and singing about dollars when Nigeria is still using Naira? Confused people!
Severally, I want to write the symbol of Naira in just one click while using my PC and then I discover that I can never have it the way my teacher taught me back in Nursery school, a big N with 2 dashes across it (₦). So I have to make do with a letter 'N', just like I see it everywhere these days.
And then I get on twitter, I try to write something with the word 'Naira' in it and before I know it, I see the red lines under it, suggesting that it might just be an error. Like it's trying to ask if there's a word like that.
I discard it because it's not relevant. It's just twitter and I don't speak twitter language. The last time I checked, it couldn't even recognize the word 'amidst', thank God for my ever reliable dictionary, for a second, I would have thought I made up the word myself.
And then I decided to check the exchange rate, once again the value of the naira keeps depreciating as the days go by and then I have to remind myself to continue to pray that Naira wouldn't just exist in our history books and late night tales some day. Just like how the fact that '1 GBP was the direct equivalent of 1Naira' has conveniently found itself there.
"Is there really nothing we can do?"
The question that has been hovering around my head for months.
And just when I try not to bother about it so much, I hear that so much money has been put into producing a 5000 naira note! A 5000 naira note? Couldn't that amount of money be used for more pressing needs or at least something more productive? Misplaced priority as usual!!!
All I can do is hope that this turns out to be the help I have always hoped for. What more can my small mind do than to be hopeful? I mean you'd hear them tell you that you aren't an economist so you have no idea. Who needs to be an economist to see the facts that lie behind this unrealistic move?
Well, I'll be optimistic, that is what our leaders believe we should do. Watch them squander Nigeria's resources and hope that it is for our best interests.
Once again, we have to hope on our leaders to lead us right, right?
I just hope someone thought it out well this time.
How is your week going lovelies? I almost forgot the pleasantries due to my bewailing, it's almost impossible to be a Nigerian and not be caught up in them.
Hit me up if you are on twitter, it's easier to do the checking up there
My handle - @JanylBenyl