How are you doing today? I can’t exactly say how I’m feeling but I’m okay, I guess. This week is going to be awesome. Can I get an Amen?
So, it’s been well over a week since the #EndSARS protests started in Nigeria. A lot of people would have thought that we’d be tired by now. After all, we’re the ”lazy Nigerian youths”. We’re the ”phone pressing” generation, the unserious ones. But look at what we’ve done in a week! Look at what we’ve done!! Our voices are being heard by the world and by the Grace of God, Police brutality and every other nonsense that comes with it will end in this country.
I asked if you’re tired. Are you? Please don’t be.
Think about the people we are fighting for, the people that died at the hands of brutal policemen, and the peaceful protesters that have also lost their lives. Let us ensure that their deaths are not in vain.
Think about the country we want to live in. The country that we’ve been dreaming about for as long as we can remember, a better Nigeria, where we don’t have to live in fear, where our leaders will be held accountable to the people and will not get away with crimes just because they’re in positions of power. A better Nigeria where the educational and health sectors are up to standard, a country where we are free to express ourselves and exercise our rights without fear of intimidation. Let us try to build a Nigeria that we will be proud of.
Think about the generations coming after us. We don’t want them to suffer like we have, or accept what shouldn’t be as normal. We should do this for a better future. I believe that if we keep pushing, we will be proud of ourselves and this country.
The truth of this whole issue is that it has been a long time coming. I’m glad that the youths are finally waking up and we are finally taking our future into our hands.
However, please don’t lose focus. I like using Donald’s status updates because he expresses his anger well.
Look at these:
You get the gist yeah?
Even though we’re still pushing, please be safe. I saw this online, just in case you or someone else needs it.
I sincerely hope that we don’t forget what we’re fighting for.
You already know that I want to know how you’re doing.
Have you been protesting online or offline? How has your experience been?
Are you tired?
What do you want from this country, Nigeria?
Please make use of the comment section below. You know how much I love reading from you. 💜
I promised myself that I’d upload every week. I promised myself!! I’ve been asking myself “what’s wrong?” for the past three weeks. The funny thing is that I don’t know! Or maybe I know why I haven’t been able to publish since. I’ve been overcome with some sort of brain laziness (if that’s even a thing).
It’s just that when I thought about writing, I’d just become weak. I have so many drafts that I couldn’t complete and I can’t even explain further but I sincerely want to appreciate everyone that checked up on me and asked about the next time I’d publish. The fact that you look forward to my blog posts means a whole lot to me.
I also want to appreciate two very special people that encouraged me and motivated me to write again. I love writing but it’s easy to get discouraged if there’s no one to encourage you. The last time something like this happened, I couldn’t write for three months. So, shout out to Molayo!! We started talking recently but I just mentioned the problem I was having to her and she was so encouraging, I almost cried. You can check out her blog Here. I’m also sending a shout out to Chidinma ThankGod. On another day when I wasn’t feeling motivated, she sent me this:
So, all these being said, I would like to welcome you specially to another episode of “random thoughts by Ruona”. I know I’ve been out of it and if you’re still mad at me, you can state my punishment in the comment box but remember that God said we should forgive 70 times 7 times and I’m really sorry 😫
Today however, I just wanna say that SOCIAL MEDIA CAN KILL SOMEBODY!! Yes dear, it’s a random rant today. I will not even start with the fact that social media burns data. I now use 1 gigabyte in a day. Me that hasn’t blown yet. Smh.
But that’s not the point I’m trying to make.
So, it’s hard being a social media user especially on Instagram and Twitter (I don’t use Facebook for personal reasons) because you see a lot and it’s often hard to deduce the real from the fake. I often say that pictures lie and I believe it because on social media, people only post what they want you to see. At one point in my life, I used to compare myself to what I saw on Social media a lot! I know that majority of teenagers and youths tend to compare themselves to what they see on social media despite the fact that they know it’s fake. Most times, it’s done unconsciously and honestly, it’s not easy because I remember one time when I deleted all my pictures on Instagram because I felt that they weren’t good enough. It was some sort of inferiority complex.
Nowadays, people try to fit in on social media not minding the costs. It is now common knowledge that if you don’t post a picture wearing skimpy clothes, you won’t get as much likes or engagements on your post. So, imagine me, Oseruona Asak, wearing undies and posing in a seductive manner because I want likes on my instagram page 😂😂😂 it’s funny but it’s not funny. This media craze is another thing entirely. Let’s talk about picture quality now. If you’re not using an iPhone or a good android phone with great picture quality, most people believe that Instagram is not for you. So, because I don’t have an iPhone now, I can’t post my pictures in peace again because nobody will like it? Now tell me why people won’t steal? You don’t know what some of these people even do to get all these phones. You don’t know. You don’t know how talented these people are in editing pictures. You don’t know if that house or car they’re always taking pictures or making videos in are really theirs. As far as I’m concerned, who no know no go know.
What about those ones that borrow for the media? Borrow shoes, bags, glasses, clothes, HAIR!! and in fact everything borrowable so they can slay on the gram? And the innocent ones that dunno what’s going on will be chanting “God when, God when” and God will be wondering why this one is asking when she’ll start borrowing. It’s a fake life oh. It is fake life!! Fake, fake, fake!! You don’t know what these people do to reach their slay on social media. You’d even find that you’re better than they are. I rest my case. Just be you. Instagram cannot control you, social media can not control you. Have you heard?
Okay, Let’s leave Instagram. How about Twitter? Someone will just tweet something and before you know it, people have insulted the person’s followers out of his or her body. Some of these tweets, these “gbas gbos” can be funny at times but there are some things that people should not say to another human being. I’ve heard about cases where people have suicidal thoughts because of things that were said to them. In fact, it’s cyber bullying. How would people stay in the comfort of their houses and start insulting a person’s physical features? Is the person God? Where are instances when I need them?! (Please if you can relate to this and you have examples please enlighten others in the comment box). Funny enough, some of these people that run their mouths on Twitter cannot talk to you on a normal day when they see you on the road. It is well brethren, it is well.
Hmm. I rest my case.
On another note, did you know that yellow has different shades?
Okay, one more thing before I drop my pen. I’m not going to say much on the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa because enough has been said. I’m just going to say that Nigerians deserve better and it is well. Jeremiah 1:19.
May God help us all.
‘ Ruona ❤️
Do you agree with this post?
What has been your social media experience so far?
Have you forgiven me for being MIA these past few weeks?
What are your thoughts on xenophobia in South Africa?