Another issue was the "Letter Writing" debacle. Everyone was writing open letters - some instructive, some constructive, some destructive and others out rightly just shameful. I guess we all had enough to read as each of the letters made their way through our desks. I always knew the art of letter writing that characterised the days of yore (as against e-mail and sms of this time) was still such a reputable art or else how would you explain 18 pages of letter from the former President, then 10 pages purportedly from his daughter, then another set of pages from the current President, then Okonjo Iweala writing a 120 paged letter in response to 50 questions received from the senate, on the economy. The sheer volume of pages will make a modern day teenager cry.
While most young people can barely write 320 words text on their phones, without abbreviating three- quarter of them, these men and women raised in the old ways do not have any problems churning out a textbook on demand. Talking about our current days, the "writing laziness" is so bad that to send birthday wishes, every single word will be acronymed - HBD, MHR, LL&P IJMN (Happy Birthday, Many Happy Returns, Long life and prosperity, In Jesus Mighty Name), but these men of yore, who were trained under those "highly respected" British educational and military culture, would write 16 pages of typed letter and not use a single abbreviation. No writing "wait" as "wa8".
Can you take a moment and imagine if one of these kids of today is told to write those letters. Forget it; they won't even be able to comprehend it. What! the maximum number of words they can write is 160, why do you think Twitter is selling? The number of pages Obasanjo wrote is proof he is not in touch with today' teenagers, because I tell you, all those things he went on and on saying would have been summarized in just 9 letter- NMPY, NMGCY (na me put you, na me go comot you). That was why telegraph failed in their time - how would they summarise all their Queen’s English and subdue all their artistry to just 10 lines. Can I tell you something? If they start telegraphs again for this generation, it will sell. Maybe I should launch a telegraph company - Today's kids are geniuses at communicating a text book with the least number of words.
Come to think of it, people of my generation always talk about the "Children of nowadays', and "men of yore", then who are we and which generation do we belong to? We belong to the generation between the men of yore and the new generation, we are the chip out of the old block that pioneered the new. We pretty much think both ways - Like the new school and like the old school. Our generation bridges the gap between the old and the new. When they look at us, they see a balance of the old and the new. We can write long wordy letters and we can also text a textbook in a few lines of SMS. We invented abbreviations for every word yet pride ourselves in having stamina to still write in a long and arduous fashion.
Our generation watched black and white television in a box but now drives the mobile app world. Our generation saw the "apola" shoes and Afro hair style, and we currently lead the style trends of platform shoes and burly Brazilian hair and lace wigs. Our generation went to the old public school where we were taught English with Yoruba language but established the private schools where we teach Yoruba with English language. Our generation shared one land phone line per street, and now rock three GSM lines per pocket. Our generation used to pull money together to be able to check our e-mails because we could not afford it individually and now are kings of the internet. Most importantly our generation grew up reading literatures written by men of the old block, and were motivated enough to imbibe that old artistry to express ourselves and perpetuate our ideas, now we write books too - Chimamanda writes books, Almost all my friends write books, I also having great clarity of understanding also published my first book - Discovering The Greater You.
What do I say! I decided that while the people at the top spend their time writing letters of impunity, we spend our time writing books that can change generations. That is what I hope my book does. Create a revolution, inspire someone, teach someone, change someone, instruct someone and about all, save someone. Grab a copy and enjoy it, and be sure to write me a comment on how the book touched you. Not to worry, you do not have to write long arduous pages, you can simply write in a few letter abbreviations "WaB" (What a Book!). I will not mind because I understand that you are either a "Child of nowadays" or you are from "my generation".