I turn the page of the paper
And I am greeted with bold blocky type:
Commander-in-Chief Completely Committed To Crushing Corruption”
I sigh with a tiredness that is at least equal
To the tiredness of the story that this headline heralds
Summoning hope, I switch on the radio
And in a sombre tone, an announcer gravely informs me that
“Today is the 60th birthday of Chief Alhaji Jibiti Barawo Onyeoshi”
I mutter a sarcastic thank-you for the unwanted biographical fact
And in final desperation, I reach for the TV switch
The screen flickers into life
And I groan as I make out the scenes at a conference:
“National Committee For The Discussion Of Development Of Committees”
What ever happened to news stories about the real Nigeria?
News which exposed corruption and wrongdoing in high and low places
News which told stories of achievements in spite of adversity
News that informed, entertained and left one with a ‘hmm’ on the lips?
I long to hear once again that kind of vibrant, fizzing news
Instead of this stale, pale notnews.