Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Wetin Recession Mean Sef?

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Wetin Recession Mean Sef?

There have been interesting arguments over Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun’s observation that “recession is just a word”, and NAN MD,  Bayo Onanuga claiming that reports of hardship in the land is exaggerated propaganda.





 I think we need to break down the subject further from a layman’s perspective. Recession is a word, no doubt, but it is more than a word, it is an experience: the experience that the majority of Nigerians is going through. If you are at a significant remove from that experience, it may be difficult to know how it feels, and if you are an economist, you are likely to be conveniently obsessed with textbook ideas. 


   Recession is when Nigerians begin to shift the traditional dates for social parties. You know we love parties a lot. Virtually every weekend, there is one party or the other, very loud celebrations where people wear the famous aso ebi, and the Naira becomes a flying object, being thrown all over the place, at the musician, the celebrant, and her friends and family, with so much joy floating in the air, and plates of joloff rice, eaten half way and left to waste, area boys having their own share of the fun, and Nigerians showing the world that life is indeed for the living.  

      Sometimes, these parties make no sense: imagine a man throwing a big party to “turn the back” of his great grandfather who died 50 years ago (!) – a great grandfather he never knew, or a lavish party to celebrate the purchase of a second-hand car.  Those things are very rare these days.  And when some parties are held, the date on the invitation card is during the week:  can you imagine being invited to a wedding on a Monday? I have seen that happen. The event was over and done with before 5 pm. Smart way to save money in a season of recession. There were guests of course, but not the kind of crowd you’d get at a typical Nigerian party on a Friday or Saturday. The celebrants actually confessed they didn’t have the means to feed too many people. That is what recession has done. Nobody boasts anymore about “declaring surplus” - a once-upon-a-time very famous phrase in this country!  


     When I was much younger, my friends and I used to gate-crash parties. Bored, with not much to do, we would dress up and go from one party to the other. It was called “mo gbo mo ya” – I heard and I came.  In those days, all you needed was to go to a party to which you had not been invited, and without knowing anybody, you took a seat and before long, someone would come along and ask if you had eaten. In a matter of minutes, whatever you wanted would be placed before you. Drinks? Some friends used to boast about “finishing” a carton of beer, and they would have their fill and quietly sneak away.  Try that these days and you would know that recession is more than a word. Virtually every party is now strictly by invitation. Even when it is not boldly stated on the invitation card, you’d get to know the truth when you attempt to gate-crash. 


     Parties are now organized with such strict protocols, it is like trying to access Aso Villa. You would be screened, your bag will be checked, and don’t think it is Boko Haram attack they are afraid of, they just want to be sure you are not gate-crashing, and if you don’t have an invitation card, you would of course be turned back.  There are some exceptions of course, where the protocol is a matter of security: particularly at those parties where there would be many VIPs. Nigerian VIPs don’t like to mix with just anybody. 


     Even if you manage to gatecrash, nobody will attend to you. What operates at parties these days, is a KYG (Know-Your-Guest) system. After sitting down, someone has to identify you as his or her guest. You don’t get served food, unless your host or hostess gives specific instructions. And you can’t drink a carton of beer anymore at your host’s expense! I certainly can’t remember when last I saw anyone getting drunk at other people’s expense at a party. Even close friends of celebrants, the ones who are a bit comfortable, go to parties these days with their own small cooler of drinks. The celebrant will offer you one or two bottles. If you want more than that, the ushers could become hostile or they could tell you pointedly: “drinks have finished.” I have had on one occasion to give the ushers, money to go and get me the drink of my choice.  But once upon a time in this country, drinks don’t stop flowing at parties. The host will be so ashamed he or she would order more drinks and apologize to no end.  


     Where I come from, local women used to go to parties with cellophane bags, hidden away somewhere, and when they are served food, they would pull out the cellophane bag and pour food into it, all of that is done under the table. Next thing: they will start harassing the ushers: “we have not eaten here oh. Nobody has given us drinks: drinks they have moved to their collection cellophane bags! But party organizers have also learnt to be vigilant: they serve table to table; map out the space carefully and monitor the tables. Before 2019, perhaps a time will come when ushers will take your photograph, or there will be CCTV monitors at social events, just so you don’t come back and say you have not been served. That is change. That is recession. 


If you are a man-about-town, you can’t fail to notice this: that something has indeed changed in the social circuit.  But there is that one per cent crowd, whose pockets are still so deep, if you get invited to their parties, it is like going to a surplus-declaration event, what Nigerians call “too much money.” Even that is changing though, people are learning to be careful, so they don’t get invited to come and explain how they came about so much money. 
      Recession is when you now read in the newspapers virtually every week about people committing suicide. Nigerians are so fun-loving we were once described as the happiest people on earth. Right now, we will fail the test. Suicide used to be so rare in this country. It was considered impossible. Why would anyone want to kill himself? I used to hear people say: “eba is sweet oh, I can’t come and die” or “life is for the living”, or “e go better”.  People are not so sure anymore.  In the past month, there have been reports about two foreigners doing business in Nigeria who have also committed suicide. 


Every reported suicide in recent times, has been tied, one way or the other, to the recession in the country. One man had an argument with his wife over school fees and housekeeping money and he went and ended it all. Another man actually left a note saying he had to kill himself because there is too much hardship in the country. Marriages are collapsing. Domestic violence is on the rise.   
      Husbands that are out of work can no longer maintain their families, they can’t pay school fees, they have become useless in their own homes, they are helpless. Their wives want to leave, even when they are not too sure of the next destination. 


There are at least two celebrated cases of women who have either slain their husbands or wounded them badly.  In both cases, there was that notorious thing about a second woman in the background. Sharing what is not enough for one person with another woman, in a season of recession, could be a crime, but the biggest dysfunction is that of the pocket.  One woman, a lawyer oh (!) stabbed her husband in the neck. Another after having sex with her husband, and putting him to sleep, got a machete and butchered him. The man is presently in what Yorubas call, “boya o ma ku, boya o maa ye” condition. Whether he would live or die is uncertain. 


   Recession is when companies are retrenching everyday or closing shop and SMEs are dying. In the last one year, high unemployment figures have been announced. Banks have had to shed weight; the foreign exchange crisis has forced many companies to downsize or abandon Nigeria, investors are taking their funds out of the country, many states of the Federation are so much in distress, they have stopped paying salaries. Civil servants cannot even afford a bag of rice, because their minimum wage is N18, 000 and a bag of rice is N22, 000 or higher in some places.  


Recession is when Nigerians now steal pots of soup and basic food items, and they can’t buy rams for Sallah, and they are told “don’t worry, change begins with you!” Every worker who has lost his or her job in the last one year is not the only one affected, the knock-on effect has brought anguish to other dependants, who now have a bread-winner behaving like a bread seeker. That is recession. That is hardship. 



    Recession is when enjoyment spots that used to be filled up every Friday evening are now empty.  Nigerians used to celebrate what they call “Thank God it is Friday.”  In Lagos, Friday evenings used to be the boys’ night. Husbands didn’t go home early.  These days, husbands go home early and Fridays have become slightly boring. Recession is when prostitutes reduce their charges. I have it on good authority, from those who know, that even prostitutes have had to embrace change.  And old girlfriends now demand pension benefits.


 Recession is when families which used to run the generator 24 hours and boast that their children can’t stand heat, have had to adjust, and run the generator only from 12 midnight, or before. Recession is when men come out and complain that their wives no longer allow them to touch them: “Are you mad? 


With the way things are, all you think of is sex?” Kama Sutra rites are best enjoyed only in happy lands. Recession is when in spite of all this, the breweries in Nigeria are posting unbelievable record profits and smiling to the banks. The men go home and privately drown their sorrow in bottles. Mrs Adeosun, this is the true meaning of recession. 

written by Reuben Abati....



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51 comments:

patt ogar said...

Hungry

IVORY said...

I thought as much! Reuben!!!! Lolzzz . see, Stella,i hope this gut lays you for these bombass long epistles of him you injure some of us with most of the time o.

Anonymous said...

Stella, stop this kind play.

James said...

Good to know

Lateesha Pasteries Ajjah Lagos - 07032392414 said...

Haaaaaaaah, Stella o!
Yes ma'am will go back and read word for word

brown suga said...

I really enjoyed this writeup by uncle reuben

chizzy said...

Lmao!!! I jux knew it was Reuben n I had to scroll down to confirm.. 2long to read abeg I will pass on dis

Martins Aboy said...

Recession is very real in Naija now biko!
I know this cos Even old people wey dey die anyhow for my village no dey gree die again..how can you die when bag of rice is #25,000?? What will people eat or drink when they come for burial??

At least if I am to say;that's just the advantage of the recession in naija..

@MARTINS ABOY

Anonymous said...

Stella help me thank God o.....Germany Don finally gimme visa.....lol....o boy he no easy o....abeg you go tell me were you dey o....make you show me around....fuck buhari menh...am leaving
™™™™™

Anonymous said...

Good analysis of honest living and not wasteful living we are used to.

RARE DIAMOND said...

Lmao...immediately I saw more than 3 paragraphs I just scrolled down and my guess was right...reuben

MON AMI said...

Coughs... Truth is I no feel this recession at allll I just dey read for online... If you have a problem with my luxurious lifestyle please take it up with God...Catwalksaway

Loveme Jeje said...

Kai Stella I no fit laugh. Be like say you know Wetin I do.

Jaymoore Oya ooo come and lecture we the PDP people. U came out fully as Patience name was called.

No let me think say you are typical Yoruba man who look for trouble then go and hide.

Stella post

calabar Chick said...

I knew it!!!
Weldone Reuben.

Adadioramma said...

Ewo Reuben, you no dey tire to write long article? A very nice point was raised sha from the beginning so I no bother reading all.

Vivilicious said...

I just know say na oga Reuben. Epistles of Reuben Abati. Na God go help us for this country.

Intelligentsia Princess loves sdk said...

Blog family welcome now.... Banaso bakicinkifa

Intelligentsia Princess loves sdk said...

Though am one of the oldest BV here since the days of jalamia saga and Monalisa ex hubby suing sdk... So you all should behave yourselves ** the princess** is here.

Intelligentsia Princess loves sdk said...

Recession means inflation is very high and there's no money in circulation..

Cherry Wine said...

Lol , very funny

Loveme Jeje said...

Anon 16:02 I follow thank God on your behalf. Hope you are ready to take up goes there

Emilia Peter said...

True talk

THELMA'S CAKE WORLD said...

Reuben hit the nail on the wall, I actually read it and was almost rounding up before it dawned on me that this could be Reuben's handwork oo..lol

Madam kemi that keeps saying recession is just but a word and buhari who's saying change begins with you are intoxicated with stupidity, a problem is facing you right on the face and you're there beating round the bush like a zombie, how would they know what recession is when they're not waking and going to bed with empty stomach, when they're not jobless, when they're not lossing any of their loved ones due to inability to pay hospital bills, when they've not been evicted from their houses due to unaffordability of house rent, I bet they cannot survive a sec in this situation if the table was turned....... Nigeria has become a joke.

Starjoy said...

Recession has truly taken over Nigeria oo, one of my customers put to bed yesterday and was discharged same yesterday, I went to visit her today she was crying that hubby said no party, that pastor will just come and name baby minerals and snacks will be shared only. I did consoled her and thanked God for safe delivery that her and the baby boy are bouncing in the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Bros Reuben thank you for this long write up yes I can feel the recession because banks are not even giving out loans even to their staff and they keep sacking every day.how do we now survive? Give us loan to start business no, salaries are being slashed monk how do we survive this now when one person will be responsible for training 5people in the university and when they graduate and are expected to assist their parents so that you can have a breath of fresh air and face your family, recession crisps in. All this my long epistle self. national on top loan oh. God send me a helper please.

abril said...

Before you leave it's 'I am' no fall our hands

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Oga sir,learn to make ur work short and concise.

St.FranKooL.... said...

Recession is the reason we are having a Ricession...

Didy Alexander said...

"And Old Girlfriend now demands Pension Benefit" yeah I can relate. Out of the blue your phone rings....... HahhahahahhahaHaaaa!!!!

Rhoda Rex said...

Thank God for u o. Ngwa, come and carry me along.. 😂 😂

Rhoda Rex said...

Thank God for u o. Ngwa, come and carry me along.. 😂 😂

Rhoda Rex said...

Thank God for u o. Ngwa, come and carry me along. 😂 😂

Rhoda Rex said...

A very big joke my dear

Honour is my name. said...

Hmmm

omoi ozovehe said...

This very hilarious and yet saliently bringing out our true situation in the country.😂😂😂😂😀😀😀😂😂

The General's Wife said...

Hehhehehehe
Enjoy babes!

Andromeda O said...

Enjoyed every bit.
Mrs Adeosun, take note.

White Diamond said...

Hahaha!

Reuben, le boooo!

Abeg tell that woman what it means.
This country has become one big joke.

But of course, no thoughts till 2019.

#WhiteDiamondOut

Andromeda O said...

My dear, enjoy.
All fingers are not equal.

Anonymous said...

We don send out my mama go back to US. Make me no sey the few remaining are fighting this recession thing.

Andromeda O said...

Good for you Anon.
May you find what you seek.

Andromeda O said...

Intelligentsia, some of us have been here since the 'Jalabia' days; it's nothing to brag about.
I like your name though.
Welcome and kudos for coming out on Anon mode.
E no easy.

Anonymous said...

Thank God someone read it like me. 🙌

Anonymous said...

Hahahhahhahahahhahah, Martin Martin, welcome-o old people refuse to die. That's funny

Anonymous said...

Amen. @Andromeda O. Safe journey anon

Anonymous said...

Hahhahahha

Darismativ said...

First time I'm reading Abati's write-ups from beginning to end. This was actually enjoyable reading. Was shocked to see it's Abati that wrote this. Made so much sense. Well done

chinomso chukukere said...

Nigeria my country na wa..I no fit shout..

Anonymous said...

BHWAHAHAHAHAHA, a satire piece, I like it! Reuben, like it or not, THE CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU AND I! When you were in gej administration, you were 'silent' on the situation in the country, now, you just dey yarn opata like pesin wey mouth dey purge! STOPETTT o jare! But I like this article sha.

Husbands will be coming home early, the ones that have small sense sha! And no more parties that have undertone, or used for sahara!

Krix said...

Abati my man anytime, anyday!

Krix via iPhone 6s Gold

Lilly simple said...

Thank you THelma

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