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Funmi Iyanda
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Funmi Iyanda is a multi award-winning producer and broadcast journalist. She is the CEO of Ignite Media and Executive Director of Creation Television
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

As the clouds lift

Yes I did lose my head a little yesterday didn't I. Don't know if l should apologize because I had told myself that I must stop swearing, for the simple reason that it can be petulant and childish and dish a rather weak punch, also my late and beloved mother never liked it. My argument for swearing and other forms of stridency is that ti le ba njo, a ole ma sufe, ariwo la ma pa (if the house is burning one does not whistle or whisper, one must scream). My pain at the match is only skin deep and a weak camouflage for the deeper frustration born of recognition of the fact that football is only a little aspect of a deep dysfunction albeit played out on a big stage. The issues whether football, power, Niger Delta, education or gender concern systemic and value failures that are endemic. Even deeper is the knowledge that we have not really begun to do anything about these (let no nation branding spin doctor try to shut me up, look at the underbelly of spun statistic based success in Kenya, the health of a nation is measurable only in the standard of living of the lowest paid hard working adult person). I am not pointing fingers as I feel as responsible as the next rational person, which is why I think Tunji Bello's back page piece today should be read.

8 comments:

Ayokunle said...

Why are the words that used yesterday called SWEAR WORDS. As far as I am concerned, these words do not conform with my understanding of what swearing is.

They can be dirty words, erotic words or rude words but why does the world call them SWEAR WORDS. Now that is my own venting.

Anonymous said...

YOu are mad crazy about football - Ms.

It is best to open up a football academy to teach the youngsters, as you were once a player, yourself.

And how is your week been, so far?

30+ said...

WORD!!!

Sherri said...

don't sweat em joh!
we all know ur vocab is richer than that.

one more reason to limit ur use of expletives... the shrimp

ababoypart2 said...

you summed it all up in one sentence "My pain at the match is only skin deep and a weak camouflage for the deeper frustration born of recognition of the fact that football is only a little aspect of a deep dysfunction albeit played out on a big stage"

Asabe said...

As the cloud lifts i hope all the people involved in the running of the NFA will be able to see clearly and get a very long "broom" and sweep out all the dorti(dirty)from inside, under, inbetween, behind etc out of the NFA.
We need a clean and sweeting smelling atmosphere in the NFA not the stink that we can all see and perceive right now.

Anonymous said...

Hello Funmi.

Ghana don lose. I was so satisfied to see them exit the nations cup, even though it was our perenial husbands (Cameroon) doing the beating. It was great to be able to boast to my Ghanaian friends again! He he he!!!

papa said...

EFCC suppose visit NFA