Someone was heading into the Liverpool street underground station.
And this conversation ensues over IM between London and some-place in Nigeria.
London: "I just got to Liverpool street, going underground and signal-less for 30m or so"
Nigeria: "Get me a Jersey"
When you are unfortunate enough to be exiled from the continent where the sun never sets and never rises, you will inevitably get these annoying requests from your folks.
Your football-loving-folks, that is. To use Akintunde Akinsemola's unforgettable phrase back in the memorable days of O.S.R.C Sports...
To buy them a jersey.
It is mostly a request from the pack of Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Arsenal or Liverpool etc. fans spread large on the namespace, of a jungle that is Nigeria.
It is a silly request!
Or to reframe, because I am not clever enough to dictate how you spend your own money, why I never buy those jerseys. And I think investing your money in them is silly.
One, you already spend too much time the watching the Barclays [English]Premier League.
There is a reason people say time is money and the people of England knows this.
You should too.
If you watch their games, with your time, as much as I know you do, you already pay those footballers wages.
Think! Samuel Nasri of Arsenal few days ago and now of Manchester City, earns at least 250,000.00 a week.
How much do you earn in a year, that you are going to go and give his football league more of your money?
That would be rather a silly thing to do.
Two, you watch the games on DSTV. That is not free.
It may be dad or mom, or your Aristos paying the monthly DSTV subscription if you are are lucky, but I guarantee you 99.99 percent of that monthly DSTV money goes onto a plane and lands somewhere in a London bank after a brief stop over in south africa as soon you pay.
The point is, there is a reason your country's Naira is useless against the pound and the dollar, and importing DSTV, importing diesel, importing toothpick, heck! importing everything is one of them. That is apart from the overall incompetence and cluelessness of everyone of so-called leaders at Abuja and their co-travellers in your country. I mean Jonathanistan
, not Nigeria, Nigeria is dead...
Every single time your family makes money in Nigeria, DSTV / SkYsports takes a huge chunk of those monies away, killing off, the capacity of your economy to grow. If you dont understand this, then you may need to revisit your economics textbooks..
Three, seriously what is your business with English Premier League? What is your business with its players and clubs?
You are not English.
Premier league clubs and players do not care a hoot about you a bit. As one grandma would put it - and I transliterate, they do not know you exist.
They care about your money and especially time though!
Four, what value added do you derive from going around the streets of Ajegunle, or Ijapo or Oluyole, or Garki in a Ronaldo or Rooney Shirt?
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, would call it Colo-mentality
. If you have not heard of that word by the way, you need to start asking yourself "who am I ?"
On the flipside, what has England gained? Lots of your money.
The tailors who made the shirts gain some from you. Your money.
The idiot, who bought you the shirt from the UK pays some V.A.T on the shirt to Mama Charlie's purse.
If you happen to not know what V.A.T stands for, then I promise you, buying taxation 101
from Amazon.com is a much useful venture with your your money...
In the end though, it is your money.
Watch lots of football, if you must, Okay but Don't be Silly!
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