Dear Nigerians, Ditch The Double Standards | Panoramic Perspectives
`Isn’t it extremely ironic and intriguing how hypocritical Nigerians can be. This hypocrisy which is more dominant aboard the crème de la crème bandwagon of privileged Nigerians has a rule of obnoxious thumb which is double standards, and once a new member or wannabe member gets a free ticket aboard this vessel, they quickly pick up the inherited trait.
I have been the shadow observant one too many times, scribbling. on mental sticky notes how my fellow Nigerians tend to glamorise every other cultures conventions, but when it has to do with the norms conceived by our own they are no where near appreciated. A good example, for instance, is how members of the fashionably appraised tribe have been steady rocking a lot of vintage outfits, the new ‘in thing’ in the fashion world, a trend which has ushered in the adopted era of thrift store loving into full swing; So when the privileged travel to the likes of North America they show these stores a lot of love, scooping bargain deals of antique purchases for pennies. What, I think, has been forgotten, however, is that we have a lot of thrift stores, or what we more commonly refer to as B.D.S (bend down select) in Nigeria; so why then are we not quick to purchase all of our vintage vanities from the locals who work oh so hard to bring thrift items to our streets, I mean they operate in basically the same way with the exception of the packaging. We as a people travel out of the country and are all too willing to try out the assortment of local cuisines from road side food vendors and food trucks but we call the mama put’s and bukka’s in our own country filthy and unworthy, or at least we act like it, and for the boujoisee, God forbid they are ever caught at a roadside food vendor right? We are so quick to jump on their public transports but our own keke napep? Tufia never pos!
We as a people constantly glamorise foreign versions of the very things that are so readily prevalent in our immediate over populated society but God forbid we stoop so low to patronise our very own. Yes, the state of our transport facilities, the bukkas, the road side food cubicles, the b.d.s borderless stalls etcetera can be very disconcerting, but it makes no sense how we merrily contribute to the GDP of foreign countries while ours dwindle to dust. If we do not patronise our own, speak up on the state of affairs, become active how ever shall we progress? When the tourists come down to Nigeria and patronise international companies like Uber for transport instead of excitedly hopping on the keke napeps like we so excitedly do when we visit India, instead of experiencing the true richness of delicacies from our roadside gourmets they patronise the likes of Radisson Blu for Italian cuisines, and no one would be caught dead bending down on the roadside to shop for the vintage outfits we have grown to love so much. So I ask, which way Nigerians? Will things magically begin to progress without each individual tipping in some effort? How are we giving all our money to the foreigners, even within the four walls of our own country? Our skyscraper high double standards are one of the obstacles in the way of our progress. Who are we fooling? Who are we trying to impress? And unless we plan on becoming permanent citizens of foreign countries, it is my conviction that we will all face the rot of our culture and country together.