|Our First Lady at the beginning, is it a case of packaging gone wrong? Cant help wondering when I compare the ‘before’ pictures with the after.Source|
|From right, Naijamum, T3 and Naijadad on the way to T3’s school, not taking any chances…. LOL Just kidding, but seriously parents should stop at nothing to #keep our girls. Image source: unknown, found on Facebook.|
|Na only First Lady waka come? One of the before pictures, on her birthday celebrated in Australia. Source.|
I believe in packaging, total packaging, I also belong to the school of thought that says image is everything. Yoruba it is that have the saying that whiteness of teeth is an aspect of beauty, everything adds up. The fact that Patience Jonathan is first lady to over 170 million Nigerians and that only a tiny percent of them speak good English(according to the post) is not an excuse, those who do not speak good English look up to her as first lady, they want to emulate her so I am sure they would not want her to perpetuate what they have already, they want something better.
The fact that she has difficulty in speaking good English also calls to question her claim that she has a first degree in Biology and Psychology and that she was the best student in Her husband’s class. And not only that,that she was also a high school teacher for years. English still remains our lingua franca, and as far as we know there is no law stipulating that any local language be used as a medium of teaching in any school in Nigeria, so how did she get her degree? What language did she teach her students in? If our children should pass through the likes of Patience Jonathan as a teacher, would it not be the height of hypocrisy for us to expect them to pass O level English ? And we should not forget that a credit in English is one of the requirements for admission into institutions of higher learning in our country. Little wonder that WAEC certification is not acceptable as entry qualification into institutions of higher learning outside Nigeria; except IGCSE, TOEFL etc. Coupled with the fact that our first degree certificate is not worth the paper on which it is written on outside the shores of our country and we all know that the world is now a global village, so we cannot live in isolation as we did under Abacha. Right now, I am ashamed that I am a Nigerian, and I am sure the feeling is not peculiar to me. The only people who could have gotten away with the kind of English she speaks are people like my aged mother that did not see the four walls of any type of school, ( my mother would say the English she was speaking was free, After all she did not spend any money to learn it).
Lets do a little comparison, what is the content of Michelle Obama’s speeches, it certainly is not rocket science and as I always say, it takes very little to become a star in this country, look at Fashola in government, look at GT Bank in financial institutions ,look at Channels TV in News casting, look at Saka in theatre, look at Don Jazzy in ….. what now? Does he sing or what ?
Anyway if I were the first lady, rather than saying I want to ep help people and summoning all Military chiefs, Police, Naval and Air force, and WAYEK W.A.E.C. officers and two tishas, teachers and rather than asking ‘how many people waka come’ I would do the following:
1. With all the cash and paraphernalia of State backing me up, I would get a trainer and lose some weight, not to the point of being ‘lepa’ if you get what I mean but to the point of being healthy enough to be more visible through making more necessary public appearances. I will also learn how to eat healthy so that I would not singularly exhaust the Nigerians’ share of miracles from God by having to make God to bring me back to life over and over again. When you look good, you feel good and is n’t it a good thing to look good for we ‘your children’ and father of our Nation, your husband?
|An ‘after’ picture, at the ‘There is God o’ Press Conference’Source|
2. I would do everything possible to improve on my command of the English language seeing that it is our lingua franca , not pidgin English. That should not be too difficult Afterall if somebody like Salawa Abeni, an illiterate Waka musician could do it, it means it is possible.
3. I would do my best to comport myself in public as befits my office as a first lady, so I would do my best to stop myself from swaying from side to side when talking nor holding my head in my hands at a televised press conference especially on matters that I have allowed to fester for over three weeks unattended.
4.I would do my best to help bring back my husband’s credibility
|‘The Father of our nation’, President Goodluck Jonathan Source|
by performing my role as the mother of the nation through show of compassion to all Nigerians, regardless of our nationality, oops sorry about that, ain’t we supposed to have the same nationality? this Patience Jonathan’s English can be contagious, by sharing in their bereavement, creating a positive impact on my children’s (all Nigerians)lives be they Christians or Muslims, male or female, adults or children, PDP or ACN, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba and other ethnic groups.
5. Or best of all, I will take a cue from my predecessor and forever keep quite in public and work in the background in support of my husband.
So help me God.