While the war is raging in the forests or non-forests of Borno State, which is clearly part of the Sahara Desert, where there is not much forest to hide, and the incompetence of the Nigerian military is on display, another war is raging on the internet as to who first came up with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Well, the raging debate just confirms what I said in “Capitalist Nigger: The Road to Success”, which is we always claim of inventing this and that, but the question is who normally takes it to the market?
Well, here’s what is happening. Ms. Ramaa Mosley, a 40-year old commercial, music video and feature film director, and screenwriter, based in Los Angeles, has become the face of #BringBackOurGirls. She is white and the hashtag’s tweet and retweeting have reached almost 1.5 million. Everybody just assumed that she was the creator of the hashtag, which assumes that Nigerians are not intelligent enough to understand the use of the internet or how to create buzzwords.
Okay, let’s keep the record straight here. It turns out that the words, “Bring Back Our Girls,” was first uttered by an Igbo woman, Obiageli Ezekwesili, remember her as a co-founder and director of the global anti-corruption indexing Transparency International, former Nigerian Minister of Solid Minerals, former World Bank Vice President, former, former. She first uttered those words in a speech in Port Harcourt, which claims itself the world-capital of books. (Just prideful information: I was born there). After uttering those words, an Hausa-Fulani lawyer, Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, from the North (remember the mantra of the Boko Haram: western-education is banza) heard Dr. Ezekwesili speak. He didn’t listen to the Boko Haram nonsense and earlier his parents had insisted that western education was good for him.
As soon as Mr/Mallam/ or is it Alhaji Abdullahi heard Ms. Ezekwesili speak, and to show the power of western education, he powered his computer and before you can say “nyamiri”, Mr. Abdullahi created the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which Obiageli had earlier uttered, and Obiageli saw it and retweeted it. Before long, Ms. Mosley picked it up and retweeted it, and proceeded to create a Facebook page for it. Halleluyah!! Chineke is Great!! The tweet is now viral and you can even see the First Lady Michelle Obama carrying a placard with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Moral of this story: We can all still get along – with an Igbo woman, Hausa Fulani man, white woman, Yoruba support, sprinkled with a white woman, and a Black President’s justified action requested by our South South President, we may just be on the verge of exterminating the menace of Boko Haram, if the likes of Governors Shettima and Nyako would allow it. But let them be warned, even Bin Laden couldn’t escape the eyes of the drones!!