By Aniekeme Finbarr
Politics has reduced Mr Anietie Usen to an all time low. A once celebrated journalist and Director at the NDDC has been drafted into a needless campaign of mudslinging and revilement against the Akwa Ibom Stste Government.
His latest article, “AKWA IBOM COLOUR ORANGE: THE CELEBRATION OF FRIVOLITY” sits logic and common sense on the head and blackmail not being his regular turf, he labours to assail the orange colour campaign with contemptuous and opprobrious language. It was a disaster to say the least.
DISASTER NO 1:
Anietie Usen attempts to criticize the orange colour. He wrote “Have always criticized those who chose it (the orange colour) as Akwa Ibom State colour. I believe little or no thought went into that choice at that time, 30 years ago. I think it is a weak colour, uninspiring, faint, cheap, childish, shadowy and pedestrian. Cannot imagine buying an orange trouser, orange jacket, orange shirt, orange shoes, orange socks, orange pant, orange singlet, orange car or painting my house or office or anything with orange paint. Ridiculous. Odd. Laughable”.
MY RESPONSE: This is very hypocritical. At what point did Mr Usen criticize the orange colour? He was at various times the Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Akwa Ibom State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of the Pioneer Newspapers. The orange colour has seen decades in Akwa Ibom State and Anietie, through the years never saw anything wrong with it, never voiced or wrote against it. Our taxis, our buses, our tricycles, even our darling Akwa United football club all wear the distinctive bright and colorful orange and Anietie never protested or refuse to ride in these means of transportation because they were painted orange. He now wears a new sunshade with his boss at the NDDC and suddenly, orange has become “weak colour, uninspiring, faint, cheap, childish, shadowy and pedestrian”. How sad!
DISASTER NO 2: Anietie Usen wrote: “Think about the flags of nations around the world that you admire; think about all the jerseys of football clubs that you love in Europe and around the world; and tell me how many of them are colour orange. What does that tell you?
MY RESPONSE: Mr Anietie Usen has not only lost his sense of logic, he has also lost his sense of history. He has also lost his sense of geography, facts and figures. Many countries, states and cities of the world have orange on their flags. Some of the countries include: Côte d’Ivoire, Ireland, Niger, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994), Zambia, Sri Lanka, India, Guatamala, Flag of the Dutch Republic (1581-1795), Presidential Flag of Eritrea, and several others. Even cities like Albany, New York, Miami, Florida, New York City, San Jose, California, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina all have orange on their flags.
Anietie Usen talked about football teams. I won’t go far. The Netherlands (Dutch) National team wear orange. Orange is the colour of the Dutch Royal Family. The Dutch hold the record for playing the most FIFA World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively. However, they did win the UEFA European Championship in 1988 (ALL WITH THEIR TRADITIONAL ORANGE COLOUR JERSIES) Even football teams in America like Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, etc wear orange.
Multinationals, several companies and products use orange too. Crush, Fanta, Penguin Books, Blogger and Shell PB are some of them. What about Luftansa airlines, Master Card, Amazon, Harley-Davidson, MacDonalds, TNT, TimberLand, name it. Oh even Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Chike and the River, Arrow of God, There was a Country, Girls at War all have orange covers.
Sir, you mean you don’t have these books or you never read them?
Like Mr Usen asked, “what does that tell you?” It tells me that Anietie Usen is criticising just for the sake of it. He is on a paid job to do what he is doing. Iniehe se tang. His analysis and analogies make no sense and are in conflict with facts on the ground. He has thoroughly embarrassed himself and the teeming young journalists who would otherwise have looked forward to him as a reservoir of sound knowledge and statistics. Bad politics and a few coins have drained all that way. How sad!
DISASTER 3: Mr Anietie Usen also wrote” Orange causes loss of motivation, lower self-esteem, and loneliness”. Either way, head or tail, this is a losing colour. Don’t celebrate it.
MY RESPONSE: We will celebrate with this orange colour as we have always done. Our AKTC buses shall drive around Nigeria with their tyres wriggling with pride. Our darling Akwa United will finsih the season strong and possibly win the Federation cup again in that orange colour jersey. We shall colour our profile pictures with orange and celebrate our state that has seen 30 years of steady growth. We are not there yet but, we have come a long way. We have to celebrate, we must celebrate.
We shall adopt the Dakkada spirit and rise above petty write ups from people like Anietie Usen. All our former Governors alive will file out for the first time in history and remind us of a memorable journey to where we are now. Pundits like Anietie Usen only make this celebration sweeter. They only reinforce our gratitude to God for a great state he has given us. Others have seen landslides, mudslides, earth quakes, hurricanes but through our own challenges, we have emerged stronger and better.
There is no perfect colour in the world or a colour without criticism. Ours is orange and it is unique. The orange colour radiates joy and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. It is warm and inviting color, as it is both physically and mentally stimulating.
The colour psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact, orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.
The real social scientists believe orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great colour to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life. Orange is also stimulating to the appetite. If you love having people around the kitchen table, orange will keep them talking and eating for a long time. Many restaurants use pastel versions of orange, such as apricot or peach or deeper versions such as terracotta, for their décor as they are more subtle than red, yet still increase the appetite and promote conversation and social interaction, which in turn encourages patrons to have a good time and to eat and drink more. The colour orange is obviously the worst color to have in the kitchen if you are trying to lose weight!
Get the colour, orange, folks and paint it. I mean paint it everywhere and if anyone should ask you, tell him or her, Akwa Ibom is 30 years of age!
Finbarr is a public affairs analyst
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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