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GREEN NIGERIA


I need a touch of green and white
Maybe a green and white wig will do
With a green sun shade
The colar of my shirt will be green
A white shirt with green sleeves
A green troussers with a white belt
White socks
Maybe my troussers will be a jumper
To enable my white socks to be visible
Of course with a white laced green shoe

This will do for the celebration

But my Friend's traditional marriage is on this same day
Do I wear a green native attire?
Orghf!!!!!
I will be so odd if I wear green attires to a traditional marriage!
But wait oh........
What am I seeing?
Green everywhere!
In all the boutiques there is something green to display
Shirts. Polos. Caps. Mufflers. Shoes. Earings. Bracelets. Bangles. Beads. Jeans.
Anything green.
If I was a lady,
I would have looked for Green Make-ups...maybe a visit to Gifty's Daughters Beauty Studio at Khana Street in D-Line PHC  will do.
Green Milani eye shadow. Green Jordana masscra. Green Black opal foundation. Green Iman Lip liner. Green Sleek Eye pencil. Green Tara powder. Green LA Girl lipstick. All Green. Green Masquarade!
So I am under obligation to wear a touch of green and white for me to fit into the PRAISE NIGHT IN MY CHURCH
I went round looking for greens.
"how much is this polo"?
"N3,000.00"
The seller began to laugh even before laughter took over my mouth.
"na the price be that oh"! That polo was made in Green Diobu with Green threads dangling all over.
You can see the hurried handiwork of a Green nwa Aba trying to meet up with the quantites ofGreen Works that was ordered.
The least there was a small Green-White bead of N200.00

SO GREEN IS EXPENSIVE?
I looked around me and saw so many green things I can combine for my Independence costume.

BUT GREEN IS EXPENSIVE!

WHY THE CELEBRATION?
Niaja!
No how wey e wan take bad. Guys must celebrate!
Suffering and Smiling.
In storms and in difficulties. In the midst of challenges and multiple unrealistic policies. With bomb threats everywhere.
Nigerians are still spending money on Green.
This is the strength of this NATION.
NEVER SAY DIE!
Fast food joints are expanding space for customers,
Maybe I will take a Green Lady wearing a Green Gown on White high heels that uses a Green network to a Green Restuarant and eat a Green Burger!
Decorators are making their pepper.
ATM is talking non stop.
Contractors are busy with fake proposals.
Some are celebrating 51 years
Others are celebrating 1 year.
It's all celebration. Independence. Bomb blasts.

So what are we celebrating?
Green inflations. Green unemployment. Green corruption. Green tribalism. Green under-development. Green bad roads. Green leaders with no agenda. Green seven points agenda. Green terrorism. Green ethnic clashes. Green religious wars. Green politicians. Green god-fathers. Green excessive importations. Green naira devaluation. Green failed system. Green celebrations.
YOU SEE?
GREEN IS EXPENSIVE!
Maybe I need a green phone. Possibly a Green BB. "How much is that Green trailer"?
I need to carry some Green garbage to a Green POT-HOLE and fill it up for us to drive on aGreen land and have a Green celebration.

 I need to buy a Green paint and re-paint my house.
WE MUST CELEBRATE NO MATTER HOW TOUGH THIS COUNTRY IS.
I finally setled for "this N700.00 Green-White-Green CAP". THRICE MY LUNCH MONEY!
WE MUST CELEBRATE.

I MISSED THIS YEAR'S BUSINESS OPPURTUNITY.
ANYWHERE YOU SEE GREEN TODAY....STAY OFF IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY,

BECAUSE GREEN IS EXPENSIVE!

(c) Ota Uma Ben
01/10/2011





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