Tuesday, November 30, 2010



Will I ever blog again?; The Berliner and other Nigerian stories.

It's gotten really strange. From being known for compulsive writing, I barely put a word on ...ehr...cyberspace now.

What does one blame?

The column in the Guardian that is so good to/for me but demands a thousand words weekly?

A busier work/play schedule?

STARCOMMS intrernet access or the lack of it? (This is a good one to lay the blame on. The Starcomms board should be lined up and flogged. N15,950 a month for no access is just nasty but they keep advertising and the Standards Organization in this country or whatever outfit should monitor this travesty lies comatose. By the way, Zain/Airtel/Econet/Vodacom/Buddie/Celtel is guilty of it too)

Well, I'll give consistent writing a shot once again seeing I'm some distance from Starcomms now and the internet's like lightning here.

I was leaving Berlin a few days ago when the airline attendant who was German told me my name wasn't on the passenger manifest. I told her to check properly and she got up, went to a telephone and sniggered into it in her, I assume, thick Bavarian accent, "Oluwole Oguntokun". She said it thrice, finding amusement in my name with her colleague at the other end of the line. I looked at her, 6am in the morning and said to her hearing and those of her colleagues around her, "That's the way your name sounds to me as well". She didn't get it at first so I repeated it. I saw she came to the phone a gentler person.

So much for a new century. The world is still riddled with bigots.

9 comments:

fantasy queen said...

lol, i'm surprised she got the joke at all:)

for the 15k a month u give as charity to starcomms, u'd have the next best thing to internet like lightning with visafone.

Rayo said...

next time she will think twice b4 doin such...

rethots said...

We always come back...

Sugabelly said...

Ha! I think you won that round. I hope she learned her lesson.

mizchif said...

lol. Nice one.

See some of us don't have access to that weekly Sunday piece, so can you get back to putting it up on here, plix? Tenks.

t said...

lol at starcomms. http://upnaira.blogspot.com/2011/02/internet-disservice.html
be patient with the "bigots" - they're just silly, maybe ignorant.

olaoluwatomi said...

You finally wrote a blogpost! Its been a while since I came here, a bit dissapointing to find out that no new posts are up!
The new resolution doesnt seem to have lasted or are you back to where Starcomms holds sway?
Nice reply to the sniggering lady!

uzo egereonu said...

where did the fight take place? i missed that one. nyways, hope u r back. oh wait, i'm getting addicted as if it's not bad enough i have this on going tussle with time..

Pepperz said...

Egbon,
This is what I face here in my little village. The way my last name is mauled scratches my bones so I have become a one name person-Abi.
The natural grace that we Nigerians bear always shows up their ignorance and blighted perspective-we forgive them for they are fools.