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  • in reply to: Voting #5789

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    @femi-onileagbon, @juliet, @aezolase, it’s easy to condemn people who are politically apathetic, or those who are only interested in immediate material gains from voting.

    But the reality is that if people do not perceive a direct connection between their actions and a particular desired result, they are not motivated to carry out those actions.

    So even if someone believes that a particular candidate has the will and the ability to effect change, if they see that nobody is likely to vote for that person, they’ll just tell that candidate “I will vote for you when you can convince me that a sizeable percentage of people in my locality will vote for you, because I don’t want to waste my vote.”

    I think that citizen engagement may need to go beyond just voting for an able candidate who may not have the money to win; it may have to also be about knowing the person who did win, putting pressure on him to deliver the things he promised when campaigning, and reminding him that if he doesn’t deliver, you will support anyone but him the next time it’s time to vote.

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  • in reply to: Obasanjo, Nigeria's political barometer? #5728

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    @aezolase, I don’t really agree that Obasanjo is regarded in the international community as a barometer of Nigeria. Can you please share why you believe this is the case?

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  • in reply to: Settler vs Indigene #5150

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    Flexmind,

    We shouldn’t ignore the problem now. The rights of the owners of the land are paramount, whether the owners are people who have lived in the place for years, or whether they have recently just move. Simple!

    It is OK for an indigene not to be happy that someone from outside is coming from elsewhere and settling on his land, but it is not OK for him to advocate or perpetrate violence against such an outsider!

    If we cave into indigene demands for settlers to be treated as second-class citizens, then we’re not serious about nation building.

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  • in reply to: Improvement in Nollywood movies? #5133

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    While I note and commend the Nigerian movie industry for the better films they are producing, I still think that it still has some way to go.

    I would like to see more blockbuster-style action and fantasy movies instead of the kitchen sink dramas that most movies use as their plots. We need to begin to start challenging Hollywood, jo!

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  • in reply to: Wig? #5127

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    Cantanca,

    Please don’t get a wig.

    You won’t be escaping the maintenance hassle, because you will still need to take care of the wig.

    I know that electrolysis can be used to remove unsightly facial hair. I wonder if there is a way you can use it for all the hair on your head so that you don’t have to worry about maintaining it?

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  • in reply to: Why do we like America so much? #5117

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    Cantanca,

    Regarding this:

    But why are we so interested in a country whose people probably don’t even know that we exist?

    It’s more important for the ant to pay attention to the elephant than for the elephant to pay attention to the ant.

    Not only does America have the biggest economy in the world, America’s media and entertainment industries have done a fantastic job of painting America as the place where everyone should want to live. So I’m sure that it’s not only Nigerians who face stateside; Beninois, Camerounians and Nigeriens are also facing that direction as well.

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  • in reply to: How much does fear catch us? #5110

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    Flexmind,

    If you worried about the things that could kill you all day, it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy, because you would die of the worry!

    Most people just don’t even think about these things. If they see an accident, they just process the scene then move on. I bet if you asked your friend after a week of seeing the accident what he thought, he would say “What accident?”

    But anyway, this seems a kind of frivolous question to ask. Why is it occupying your mind?

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  • in reply to: Calling out to the introverts #5107

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    Why not sleep? That way, you don’t have to interact with anyone at all.

    Or you can listen to music.

    Or maybe read a book.

    If all fails, you can try talking to yourself. Since nobody is around to judge, nobody will think you are crazy.

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  • in reply to: 2019 is just a year away… #5097

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    Hello Flexmind.

    I agree that nothing much seems to be happening… but you know how these politicians are. Maybe they are busy discussing underground without anyone knowing. It can be dangerous to declare your position too early, you know!

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