Monday, March 11, 2013

niGGa mOmENts & tHe LaGos LiFE

if you ever got a chance to see the hit TV animation #Boondocks, you might be familiar with the term 'nigga moment'. The urban dictionary defines this term as "A moment where ignorance overwhelms the logic of an otherwise rational negro man".
Like it or not at some point in our lives we all have had nigga moments. Nigga moments are unpredictable, an incident as mild as bumping into someone can quickly involve guns, but quickly, they devolve into a mild annoying situation. Nigga moments always end up badly.

A couple of weeks ago i had a nigga moment- blow out with the CSO of a certain Carbonated Soft drinks  depot at Marina (although no guns were involved).  It all happened so fast but in all honesty in my mind i felt like killing him, over a simple misunderstanding over the legibility of my name and address in a register. so what exactly is the point of bringing this stuff up?? 
The key ingredient of any Nigga Moment is -PRIDE. That world famous phrase: 'do you know who i am?' which so easily rolls off our lips in that intense moment of provocation is responsible for deaths on our campuses, loss of jobs, bloody noses and much more. What amazes me most is how it can be so hard to take full control  of our emotions when faced with direct provocation.
Lately the weather in Lagos in the last few weeks at least has been terribly hot, mix that with ample traffic, impatience and pride and its a surprise we haven't even had a riot in the last 2weeks.

The greatest battle any man can ever fight is the battle of the mind. I'm not even going to pretend to know how to avoid such moments but one  thing i know for sure is "silence never offends anyone". As you get back to work today, and sit in that traffic, management/ staff meetings weigh the consequence of your every thought, words and actions. Some say under intense provocation counting from 1-10 before reacting helps well i say whatever works for you but one thing i know for sure is this: 'if the pain of the consequences of your actions out weigh the pain of present provocation, WALK AWAY'

have a spectacular week.


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