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Hi, my name is Socio.
I like to be your pal.
I love to take
notice of things around me. Don’t get me wrong. I am not a scientist or
journalist. But you see, you get to learn a lot from the things around you and
that happens around you. Let me share this with you.
Hopkins International School’s International Day
My friend Jerome
attends John Hopkins International
School. June 24 was what
they called their International Day. And guess what? He invited me along and of
course I went with him.
on fine. The part I enjoyed most was when they (the students) staged a match
past of the different countries of the world. Guess how thrilled I was to see
the different nations match past in their official or traditional costumes,
waving their national flags. You know the best part? It was actually the
"Presidents” of these countries that were present and did the match past.
Whao! I got to see "Barack Obama”, my senior brother who is
the in-charge at the white house, "Amadou Toumani
Touré” of Mali, "Jens Stoltenberg”
of Norway, "Dmitry Medvedev”
of Russia, "Muhammad Hosni
Mubarak” of Egypt, "Jens Böhrnsen”
of Germany, "Zillur Rahman”
of Bangladesh "Paul Biya” of Cameroons, "Nguyễn Minh Triết”
of Vietnam, "Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj” of Mongolia, "John Atta Mills” of
Ghana, "Hamid Karzai” of Afghanistan, "Raúl Castro”
of Cuba, "Felipe Calderón” of Mexico, our own dear "Goodluck Jonathan”, "Jacob
Zuma” of south Africa and of course "Nicolas Sarkozy” of France, plus many
others. Mine, they looked so well kitted that I felt some envy. Why I am not
the one in those outfits matching past?
It is a novelty
that I have never seen before in schools - appreciating other countries, their
cultures and their ways of life. What a way of removing biases in youths at the
early stage. You know my friend Jerome was the "President” of France. Mr. France is what
we now call him and how much he loves that name. You want something from him?
Just say Mr. France,
no matter what it is, he would do it for you. After all he is now an
international man, the "President” of one of the most powerful nations on
Actually my friend has never been to the airport before.
I just wondered
- can this not be translated into our "local content”? Let the schools have
Nigerian National Day, on which day students will represent the different
ethnic nationalities, their monarchs, culture and ways of life? If my friend
who knows about France only from his geography book can be so elated at the
idea of been the "President” of France for some few hours, how much good will
it do the psyche of us students to be (for some few hours) the Etsu Nupe, the
Obi of Onitsha, the Oni of Ife and the Shehu of Borno. National unity lies in
our hands. Little things we so neglect matters a lot. Let us build the blocks.
shall be going over to Mr. France’s
("Nikolas Sarkozy”) home this weekend to spend the mid-term
holiday. Au revoir. À tout à l'heure –
from Socio, your
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