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AFCON 2024: May This Banter Never Die

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The social media sphere in Nigeria proper now’s a vibe. Nigerians have gone giddy with pleasure when the Tremendous Eagles made the complete nation tremendous proud after beating South Africa’s Bafana Bafana by 4 targets to 2 in a penalty shoot-out.  

One factor I really like about Nigerians is our incapability to be humble once we win a contest. See ehn, it felt like a loss when South Africa went house with the Grammy award, in a class that had 5 Nigerian nominees. So it’s no shock that Nigerians are taking this win in opposition to South Africa fairly personally.

It’s an open secret that Nigerians love their soccer. From the dusty streets of small villages to the well-lawned pitches of stadiums within the cities, the love for the game permeates each nook of the nation. However essentially the most wonderful a part of soccer in Nigeria is how moments like this convey us all collectively – regardless of our tribe, faith or gender. For ages, sports activities, significantly soccer, have performed a exceptional function in fostering nationwide unity throughout the nation. Take, for example, the 1994 and 2013 African Cup of Nations, the place Nigeria emerged victorious. The event introduced folks collectively from all corners of the nation to rally behind the Tremendous Eagles. Their triumph not solely united Nigerians but additionally instilled a profound sense of nationwide delight, that also resonates inside us immediately. 

The win in opposition to South African’s Bafana Bafana is not any completely different. Your entire nation went agog with celebration, social media went right into a frenzy, neighbours had been congratulating each other and folks joined within the jubilation from each a part of the nation. And the perfect of all of it? The banter! 

Look, Nigerians are a typical depiction of the phrase “you possibly can’t disgrace the shameless.” We all know we’re grappling with loads of challenges. Inflation is consuming deep into our pockets and the dearth of electrical energy makes us sweat – see what I did there? We’re all very conversant in unhealthy roads, corrupt leaders, and unemployment. But, amidst all of those challenges, you see this win, this hard-earned victory that the Tremendous Eagles have bestowed upon us – amidst pacing upandan in entrance of the TV, clutching our chests to forestall our hearts from coming out attributable to hypertension and pleasure,  and fingers lifted to the heavens for divine assist – we’ll embrace and have fun it fervently. We’ll cling to it steadfastly and never gree for anyone. We’ll even drag anyone who desires to disgrace us for it. We’ll even banter ourselves first in order that any try to disgrace us ends in futility. 

So think about my response when somebody stated “You assume it’s by good governance” in a bid to banter South Africans?

Now, now, how do you clap again to this type of tweet? See? After which when South Africans tried to clap again on a number of events, Nigerians united in good vibes and optimistic vitality to banter them. Actually, you can’t win individuals who haven’t any disgrace, haha. 

Now, think about the icing on the cake: authorities, constant electrical energy, enough safety, and no trigger to japa for greener pastures. Even the best pleasure, like a pack of coaster biscuits returning to eight items as an alternative of three. Our shoulder pads will attain the sky, and we’ll change into unbearable on social media, banter-wise. E go too choke!

On a critical be aware, our banter after each win brings me immense pleasure, not only for the explanations talked about above, however as a result of we deserve each second of pleasure amid a lot adverse information. The togetherness, unity and celebration are lovely to witness and the momentary suspension of our indifference is a sight for sore eyes. And as I’m going by quite a few tweets, laughing my head off, I say a tiny prayer: that we convey the trophy house; that laughter and unity by no means stop in our nation; that this banter by no means ends.

Another factor, earlier than I’m going, as Valentine approaches, I hope your coronary heart is within the fingers of a lover who can save nicely like Nwabali.

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