A few years ago, while walking along a street in Coventry, I noticed a woman walking ahead of me with a little boy I presume to be her son. The child must have been about 4 years old or so and she was holding him with her left hand. I watched her stop, pull the boy to the side and take down his pants so he could urinate. EH?? My eyes nearly popped out of my head. All I could think was.. ‘this woman must be Nigerian’. True enough, when I got closer and heard her speaking on the phone, I knew I was right. Ah ahn!
A lot of us have witnessed men indiscriminately ‘peeing by the roadside‘. It’s certainly not new to us. In fact, a lot of people don’t bat an eye when it happens. It’s become normal, not even worth thinking about. Ah, I beg to differ. There is nothing normal about it. Picture this; you’re driving somewhere and suddenly see women ‘peeing by the roadside’, how would you react? Can you imagine your mum, sister or significant other doing that? What thoughts would pop into your head? I’m willing to bet that none of them would be ‘Oh, that’s no big deal’. You’d probably be irritated. Let me list some other things I’ve got issues with, in no particular order;
I can go on and on. Of course, these are just some of the things that irk me but I believe some of them do or should bother you too. Interestingly, some of the people who commit some of these acts know well enough not to do it when they go overseas or even to Ghana? So, why is it alright to do them here? How can anything get better if we stay the same? How about doing the right thing even if it’s not the popular thing. If it’s right, it’s right even if you’re the only one doing it. One person has the power to affect the world. Let’s be the change we want to see.
Please, share some of your own experiences or irritations in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.