Rants.

The Fucking Problem.

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Emotions, feelings whether righteous or not come from a place within the mind and I’ve realised that disregarding your feelings is like sheltering a boa in your stomach.
I acknowledged the feeling which birthed this post and I realized it’s a righteous one.
I know you are here for the fucking problem and not my feelings; the problem is just below. ?
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I started my NYSC ? and I work in a school. I sit with other Corpers in the Laboratory because we all couldn’t fit in the Staff room with the Teachers and other Corpers.

Although I find the school beautiful – a public school in Ibadan with painted walls, a guidance counsellor, air-conditioned administrative block, laboratories with almost enough apparatus and a serene environment. I heard it’s one best public school in Ibadan, renovated by a good Samaritan and some of the successful alumni the school had produced, yet, I couldn’t help but have the strange feeling I get when in new conditions. What are the people like? Will I meet someone that will be my type of person? Someone that can relate to how (weird) I think?

It is hard to have good conversations nowadays, many people are oblivious that they are prisoners to dictated mindset so I figured it’s either I find who I can have a good conversation with or sit at a corner and read good conversations in my book all day. (I didn’t have a phone) and reading is usually a starter to attract someone who enjoys good convo (It worked for me before).

Well, I’ve spent a month and some days at my workplace and reading hasn’t really been a starter of good convo.

Are you being paid to read?’

‘The way you read ehn, it will be hard for you to find a husband’

I have a friend in Lagos who reads novels a lot, now he behaves like he’s mentally ill. Sometimes I think the madness in books like Harry Potter altered his brain’.

All the book you read for University never do you?’

Apparently, those are some of the conversation I attracted. I’m not angry. I’m furious, I’m furious that in Nigeria, reading seems to many people an alien pasttime.

And the fucking problem is having an alien hobby here, makes you look to them abnormal and perhaps a little sick too. Because what insane person reads a book when he can spend all day talking about how precarious the situation in Nigeria is?
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Nigeria reading culture

Do you read? Have you met people who make you feel alien because you love to read?

Do you not read? Do you think it is justified for people to think of reading as alien?

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Azeeza Adeowu

Azeeza Adeowu is the curator of The Zyzah.
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    Peace Toba says:

    I have an average reading culture, and even with that in Nigeria I have met with people with funny remarks like the “book you read in school never do?” and many more. I feel education in Nigeria affects our reading habits and also parents who brought up their kids only buying them school textbooks and nothing more.

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