My ability to translate and transmute the heaviness that was dumped in me into a positive confession and concession when I told someone I was going to a bloggers conference and he discouraged me as been justified. Getting here today to find all my blog stars all together in one room is the cake, but the icing is meeting a capable Alhaja at the conference. It gave me such a huge satisfaction that can never obey the law of diminishing returns. She reminded me of a very good friend of mine who as always believed so much in my writeability, a Hajia like her who as always been the force pushing me to write, write and write, in fact she brought me a World Bank Diploma of Participation in the this year’s World Bank essay contest because she was the one that told me about the essay, read through the writing and ensured that I submitted on time. I can’t stop thanking her; in fact she renewed my blogging prowess. SOLA RUNSEWE, thank you oo! I just hope you get to read this post.
Back to the Conference. A lot topics were discussed at the conference but what really struck me was Gbenga’s opining the possibilities embedded in branding our personality and re-branding out nations Nigeria through blogging. When I 1st started blogging, I never really had an idea of what I was doing, but recently I started reading up a lot of things about blogging and I was amazed about the things I discovered about the effects blogging has been having on decisions and choices of a lot of people and companies in the world. I discovered various policy changing controversies and that were raised and railed through blogging which as produced desired results. Mcchronicles as been a pain in the ass of McDonald the biggest fast food company in the world and the interesting part is that it was started by a group of dis-satisfied customer that had problems with their straw dispenser which they believe transfer germs that could cause infections. Another is the uploaded clip of a dell product exploding on YouTube; this has forced Dell computers to withdraw 4.1million of the defective model from the market. Who would believe somebody toying with his laptop on is Dining table at home could force such a change on an industrial giant like Dell.
Many companies now target blogs that publish posts related to their products for driving followership, advertising and educating their customers on their product and its usage, others attach blogs to their websites to simulate customer interaction and synthesization about their products and services. If blogging is being used to effect changes in the quality of services, products and policies of large enterprises and industries, then it can be used to re-orchestrate the tune the world is playing about Naija our motherland, we can make her the bride of other nations of the world through blogging, we can reposition her in the mind of the world with what comes out of our heart. I think we spread too many of our dirty linen outside (SUN NEWSPAPER a case study), so we have to start cleaning up our acts by spreading our creative acts on the lines (internet) for the world to see. I came across a group on Facebook called “The Africa They Never Showed You” and also read Leke Alder’s speech Titled “What is your strategy Africa ” I bet you need to read this post to un-earth the wrong info CNN as been telling the world about Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Imagine CNN having just Jeff Koinage as corresponding for Africa, I mean the whole of Africa. A thousand Jeff cannot handle Nigeria let a lone West Africa… you can actually read the full analysis here…>>> All we get are white lies well coated in different flavors.
It is also true that men had fought for the truth in the past with sticks and axes tooth and nails for what they stand for, who they are and what they believe. From stones to darts, arrows and bows, spears and clubs, guns and bombs and even now nuclear and biological weapons, but believe me, non of this men ever had their foot print stronger in the sand of time or bolder in the diary of change than the great men who fought with their voices and the great men of honour who signed the treaties of peace. The Pen is really mightier than the swords and now it’s in your hands, what will you do with it? Are going to continue to hold back even with the deadliest weapon of warfare in your possession? Are you going to continue to sit down and watch while the white world continue to write your history and story for you in blatant white lies or will you rather stand up and re-write your history and story for the world to see.
These white lies as always been in the air since the pre-colonial era and it continued till the post-era even when slavery was gone and Liverpool as apologized for its pact in slavery, they kept the lies in the air. Now is the time to come out and start writing the truth about us in BOLD letters, Black is BOLD and it is the beginning and the definition of the existence of man. It’s neither pink nor white, this are genetic degradation of who we are by stanch and unseen agents of denudation so don’t let that which as been degraded draw you down, determine, discredit or dictate how the real you operates, lets write out our hearts to break the limitations they are trying to place on their source. We are The real and complete package although none is less than the other. Don’t allow anyone to swap their status for yours because of that which they can not attain which you have achieve by choice and not decision, let no man help you tell the world who you are, say it out loud and proud like Fela or 2pac will do but without the smokes in the air or the guns under your belt but with that which is mightier than sword and doubles as your voice.