I remember like yesterday, the day Buhari won the 2015 election. March 28, was it?
In its wake, Nigerians turned to poets – social media was awash with how he tried several times and never succeeded until the fourth time. The conclusion was Sha, never give up, yen yen.
Well, I like to say that the facts have spoken for themselves. Res ipsa loquitor.
Look, we are in a crazy country, where religion is the highest opium. It’s hardly surprising that the people turn everything to motivational speeches in a feeble attempt to console themselves that maybe someday things would turn out better.
This is why it could be general knowledge that you killed a man and made money off his death, yet the Instagram plumbers will still tap into your supposed blessings. They don’t even want to know the source, at all at all na im bad.
I didn’t watch the last Big Brother Naija season, the #doublewahala but I can’t forget how ceec trended for her perceived bad nature which many allege could be a game strategy, but that’s not why we’re here.
As the show progressed, I saw people make predictions on Instagram about which housemate would win and who would be most successful once they left the house. Every week, people would predict that Ceec would be evicted, and every week she came back.
It was a shocker to many people how she stayed in the house till the final four and ended up the first runner up. There were speculations of course that she worked for payporte – man, you know how Nigerians are, now! If they dislike you, they discredit your blessings.
It is what it is.
Eventually, the show was over and the predictions were totally wrong, the housemates people said would get more endorsements got little to nothing and slowly began fading out, while the ones people wrote off suddenly appeared on our screens, snatching endorsements left right and center.
Oh, it didn’t take the motivational speakers time, they began to draft epistles and captions about how God could turn around people’s hatred for you to your blessing – and the famous line, never give up.
*insert rolling eye emoji*
In my parish, we have a priest who is known for giving two homilies, one after the gospel and the other before dismissal and the latter usually comes by way of advise. That Sunday, he focused on holding on to your values regardless of what is obtainable in the free world, citing ceec as an example. He said, that despite the expectations of housemates in big brother house, Ceec did not “misbehave” with any housemate and most of the people judging her character or reaction to issues were worse, but because they were safely in their house without cameras on them, they put themselves in the position of judge and jury.
It was all over social media, a lot of people decamped to team ceec after the competition and on realizing that the game persona and real life were not one and the same.
Funny how, one minute they judge you and the next, Stan for you. I dare say that if all the times they voted against her, Ceec was evicted, nobody would be typing epistles and giving motivational quotes using her as a focal point. Hell, I might not be writing this article with her as reference. This is life, you’re only important when you win.
Let me take you back to the 2015 election. Buhari was highly supported, what for his high disciplinary acumen, low tolerance for “kwaruption” and the like. When he won that election, Nigerians brought out the history of all the times he contested and lost. They would of course, draw God into the quagmire and say, in the manner of the ridiculous, that his time is the best, keep waiting, never give up.
They failed to remember of course that he had served the nation previously and maybe it was God saying all along, my son, rest. They were also bereft of remembrance of how our economy fared during that military rule. They kept churning out inspirational speeches and when the symptoms began manifesting, they said it was the work of wailers and that when God is doing something in your life, haters will arise – Never give up.
Well, fuel scarcity, hike in food prices and increase in unemployment years later, the people that God told on whatsapp that the messiah had come developed amnesia and began to bewail the government they had help put into power – A for theatrics.
See, I get the whole concept of holding on to God and everything, the whole try and trust again, but have we been so accosted to suffering that anything we don’t get, we have to keep fighting for?
Sometimes, there’s a reason you’re not getting that thing you’re searching for, but you’re a Nigerian, you won’t agree. It just has to be enemies, yard people or haters. Oh, there’s also an off chance that God is testing your faith.
Of course, it can never be because you’re not qualified, or that you’re the wrong fit, or God just doesn’t want you doing it.
People have started businesses they have no knack for, just because it was trending ; learnt skills they’re not interested in because they wanted to cash out. I’m not against taking risks but there are times you should know when to pull out, restrategize and everything.
Like, What if it’s not your calling?
See eh, sometimes, just give up!