In Yoruba (Baba has tribal marks),
Baba, good afternoon sir, can you go to Ikeja?
Presentation time knocking, rain falling. I had walked to the street entrance to flag down a cab. The network had been bad because of the rain. Couldn’t seem to connect to the tech rides…time waits for no one.
E san N3000 (pay N3000); ewoo, see as bad network from rain open foul yansh. With my tech based rides, I could not have paid more than 15000 max.
After much argument, I hopped in at an agreed amount. Immediately turned to my phone, needed to look through the proposal before landing. The hustle is real man..
Without asking, I became aware of the environment again with the loud noise from the radio..
In a screaming voice, ”Haaa, won ri omo okunrin kan pelu eran eyan” (haaaa, they saw a man with body parts)…Olopa ti mu looo (Police has taken him away o)
I was weak, the memories of what the scream was all about hit me. Baba had tuned to the popular Yoruba News channel many older generation, semi literate to non-literates listen to. Those screams used to wake me up in Itire where I grew up.
Why will News or simple information come with so much screams and drama?
How can a News channel have the shouting power to induce hypertensive crisis because of their exaggeration of a News item? I asked myself.
Baba..e joor, e ba mi reduce volume yen (Baba, please reduce the volume}. Baba did, I was happy. I never knew this was the beginning of more interaction.
After a while, baba started..
“My sister, this station that I was listening to is good. They bring so much happenings. Our issue in Nigeria is serious o; Ritual killing, No light, no good road, no food to eat..I kept on looking through my proposal but felt guilty within. Baba continued with the story I also knew..the last time I checked, I also live in Nigeria.
Baba, may God help us, but kindly let me concentrate sir. I need to quickly look through this document before getting to my destination.
Oh, It didn’t work! In Yoruba “Don’t be annoyed my child, this Nigeria issue ehhh, it is only God o. Look at me now, I am 62 years…
Arrrrrrrh! Whoever made earplugs? Oh, the guy or lady sure deserves a Nobel laureate.
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Noimot Abisola Balogun-Founder, Linka.ng
Linka.ng is a healthcare relationship company that works with organizations, health care professionals, research institutes, Government and others in the health value chain to build and sustain health conversations with their consumers and beneficiaries.