THE TRUE MASK ON YOUR FACE
It was 7:55am that bright morning; the sun was just setting and daily activity had barely begun. I was in a taxi on my way to the office.
For some very strange reasons and perhaps for the purpose of this write up (that it should be birth), it started unconsciously at first, but later I became very conscious of it.
I kept observing the faces of different people, beginning from the few persons on the taxi with me, then pedestrians as they walk by the road, and even those on their steering driving. Everyone going about their daily business.
There was something common in the faces of these citizens of Nigeria.
I had to carry out the same experiment for the next three days to be sure it wasn’t just a thing of that day. Obviously, the result came out the same.
Fellow Nigerians, who vex us?
No jokes please.
The display of annoyance that was evident in the angry faces was just too much.
Why is everyone angry and with who?
Almost every single face I saw had a frown on it, even the ones laughing.
Surprised? yea.. Laughing and frowning, I just can’t explain that.
At a point, I felt it was the weather, but discovered that wasn’t entirely correct. You know why?
First, this was still early in the morning, the sun’s heat was still warming up.
And then, during my observation, I saw some white men too. In fact, there was a particular one who was a factory worker, going about his menial job. The guy nor get money.
But he didn’t have a frown on. We could describe his face as a smiling one, or let’s just say some cool face.
There were other white men I saw other days working under the hot scorching sun, making construction, dem nor dey vex.
These made me conclude the cause of this frown is not our beautiful Africa no-nonsense sun!
Now, here is another aspect of my discovering.
From my calculations, more than 85% of those frowning faces were men.
More than half of the women didn’t frown so much, at least, not the “will you get out of my front” kind of look on the men’s face.
Some women were even in the same working conditions as the men, but their faces were not scaring. Though not so bright, but a lot of them could smile and laugh at little things.
These made me do some critical thinking, adding one plus one. These are my thoughts:
One, the men are taking most of the burden off the women’s shoulders, perhaps, thereby making their own vexation worse without Mercy! (Of course, I cannot be there).
Two, Nigeria women are the only reason everyone has not gone crazy! We can go through the same mess that makes a man burns out while we still have some peace of mind, smile and calm.
If my first conclusion is correct; dear Nigeria women, biko, be grateful for our men! Because if not for the sacrifices they make for you, the case for don tie wrapper o..
And if my second conclusion is correct; dear Nigeria men, nor dey try us o.. We are the only reason you have not completely loosed it!
Finally brethren, I know Naija is an angry boss, and that’s me really being nice, because honestly, the guy looks like a wicked boss.
The average Nigerian has little or zero control over very basic things. And honestly, it’s enough to be angry and just frown your entire life out. But wait…
The one thing you have full control over is your mind. Which controls the look on your face. Are you giving out that control to something else too?
Do not allow the system of ‘this world’ force you into what you are not or what you don’t like to be.
Oh! Just so you know, the smile or frown on your face is the only true mask. Choose the one you wear wisely.
PS: I hope to carry out my experiment in London, soon.