Is it possible that I actually have a favorite anything? See, the only favorite thing I have ever been able to have my whole life is my favorite color - blue. I have always seen life as being too complex to truly have a favorite food, favorite actor, favorite song e.t.c.
But, there is a member of Nigeria's Parliament that might throw my trusted-approach on its head. His name is Patrick Obahiagbon and he is a representative of Edo State at the National Assembly. I first heard him speak when he was giving his opinion on the ''Political Boxing Match" that happened in Senate over the Etteh Gate Scandal. (Come on, it wasn't that long ago, you remember the fight and unfortunate death of a Senate member?).
Since then, I have been on a mission to pay as much attention to Mr. Obahiagbon as possible. I daresay I set my TIVO to record NTA Network News just for a glimpse of him everyday. I also take the time to search for video of him online from time to time, as well. No, I am not a stalker, but I promise you that once you hear this gentleman speak, you too will be intrigued. Or as he says "overgasted and flabberwhelmed."
You see, Mr. Obahiagbon has a way with the English language that, well, only ex-cons from the U.S. prison system have. Have you heard jokes about how people go to jail in the U.S., spend so much time reading books and educating themselves that they come out and 'blow grammar'? Well, if you haven't forgive the comparison. But, be rest assured that Mr. Obahiagbon speaks English, Latin, and his own language which I would like to proclaim 'Obahiagbonese'. It is a language that though difficult to replicate, is easy to 'understand'. I readily confess that everytime Mr. Obahiagbon speaks, it is a challenge for me to follow. This, despite the fact that I speak French, Yoruba, Japanese (a little rustily, I'll admit), can follow Italian, Spanish and am an expert at the incredibly juicy language called Pidgin.
Nevertheless, here is Mr. Obahiagbon being interviewed by the ever-capable Ms. Bosede Adebayo, of NTA, who I profusely thank for interviewing this Parliamentarian and for all her reports on the National Assembly which are always of particular interest to me. Thank you as well to Africast.com for making this video available to viewers.
I hereby challenge Waffy who is a 'Bende' person and comes from Mr. Obahiagbon's part of Nigeria (though a different state) to give us some insight on 'Obahiagbonese'. I also challenge any of you readers to develop a transcript of Mr. Obahiagbon's interview. In fact, if anyone accomplishes that feat, I daresay, I would have to give them a prize. Please look out for his advise to fellow members of the national Assembly to stop "suyaing". Pay attention because although Obahigbonese is hard to follow, the general gist of what he says to Nigerians, to Yardy and to his fellow Parliamentarians is 100% correct.
I think I have definitely found my favorite member of the National Assembly. I can't wait to hear more from him. Really.
PS: My original post for today, Another Letter to Yardy, will be posted on Thursday and on Friday, there will be a discussion on Blaming the Poor for Poverty. Also, read my latest post Enterprising Nigerians - Chinedu U. Echeruo at ALTNIGERIA.
UPDATE: Waffy did us all the incredible favor of transcribing Mr. Obahiagbon's interview and it can be found in the comments to this post. You must read them while listening to the interview. It is incredible. Thanks, Waffy! You win the prize, so shoot me an email so I can get your addy and send you something.
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