Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I knew racism existed long before I came to the UK mostly from the many tales told by my dad who lived here in the sixties and seventies. Nothing prepared me for the scale of it in reality. Racism is different from normal human curiosity of seeing someone very different or being scared because someone looks unusually dark. Racism is a disease passed from parents to children directly or indirectly that believes someone cannot be better at some things because of the hue of their skin. This belief is often accompanied by very unfair actions.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
I have witnessed people quarrelled in this country and sometimes even fought physically. The difference is how they move on when confronted by more important issues. This is the key to their success. They don't fight blindly to the detriment of their progress . I have worked with people who were obviously racist but did not stop them offering me a job or working with me because I was very good at what I did. If Africa will let capable people do their chosen jobs irrespective of differences, then the continent will be fully developed in no time. Africa is still littered with tribal wars in the 21st Century. This is shameful.
Monday, 9 April 2012
In the UK ,you have the English,Scotish,Welsh and Northern Irish. These people speak differently and even have their own languages. They all speak english but with very different accents. In addition,you have cockney accent in some parts of London,Liverpool accent,Geordie accent from the North West and so on. I was surprised at the diversity in this great nation and yet they try to make it work as one. My thoughts drifted to Nigeria where we are as divided as the languages we spoke. Somehow over the years, the people of UK have found a way to make it work for the common good. They have their differences anddo not agree on everything but they have learnt to work together for the common good.Something i pray my people will imbibe.
Friday, 6 April 2012
There are do many accents in the UK and I was really shocked to discover that people talked differently.i struggled to understand what was being said, people spoke too quickly and it was complicated because I was a salesperson. How do you sell to people you could not communicate with?
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
I was very surprised at the differences between the UK and the country of my birth. Drivers respected the traffic lights no matter the time. The policeman says sir when dealing with you. The people offering services go the long way to help and offer help .Cars drive orderly on the roads and negotiate roundabouts without any commotion or the help of a traffic warden. I took a trip to the post office and I saw people in a queue. This was new to me. I remembered the chaos in Lagos and finally acknowledged I was in a developed world .