Dear Nigerian Millenial the World is Going Crazy

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Dear Nigerian Millenial the World is Going Crazy

Dear Millennials

We find ourselves laughing at stuff that are not even remotely funny.

A woman killed her husband a few weeks ago. She took a knife and stabbed him till he was dead. Since then, the Internet has been awash with jokes about husbands hiding the household knives and endless memes about cutlasses.

A while ago, the army made an ill advised foray into a volatile part of the country and the resulting mess was heightened tensions in a place where hearts were already residing permanently in people’s mouths.

And there we were, as usual making jokes about dancing pythons and crocodiles.

We make jokes about terrorists and terror, about mistakes that end in loss of life, about robbers in high places, about hunger and darkness and suicide and depression.

So I am forced to ask, where is the outrage?

Perhaps I simply do not have a sense of humor, maybe that is why I find none of these funny. Nothing about any of it seems like a joke to me. None of it seems like a reason to break into a smile.

How can we laugh when so much is falling apart? I can’t possibly be the only one who finds this insanity enraging.

Everywhere there is one person trying to make a valid point about how bad things have got and how much work we have to do to cure the resulting insanity, there seem to be ten people hell bent on turning it all into one giant joke.

Well a dead man is not a joke to me. It is a giant question that needs to be answered.

Enough with the ‘suffering and smiling’.

Enough with the standing by, sharing hilarious memes about the same issues that are making us a source of rather sad entertainment for the rest of the world.

A botched protest is no reason to break into giggles. Miscarried justice should be no motivation for laughter, virtual or otherwise. A recessed economy is certainly not a source of hilarity.

That Charley boy was unsuccessful in his bid to demand an explanation for the absence of our own president is a slap on all our faces.

Cultists breaking into people’s homes and bashing their heads in with rocks, random strangers being burnt alive by terrified residents, people being unable to venture out of their homes without fearing for their lives should not in any way be funny.

Badoo is not something we should ever be found laughing about.

Nigeria is a scary place to live.

Apart from the worry that one is almost constantly in danger from a wide variety of scary circumstances, one is faced with the harsh reality that should you fall afoul of any of these, all that may come if it are a few lukewarm jokes on Twitter and Facebook.

So perhaps it’s time you ask yourself,

What have you been laughing at?

Yours faithfully,

Fellow Nigerian Millenial.





Omeghie Okoyomoh
Omeghie Okoyomoh
Omeghie Okoyomoh is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. She is a seasoned public speaker with Media experience and an advocate for women's rights. Omeghie is an editor and contributor with TheTransverse.

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