We shall start our lesson today by staring at the blackboard. Okay, it is not really a blackboard. It's just a wooden background. But this issue don vex me so tay I carry my legs go construct placard wey I go take use illustrate. Let me save you the heartache of reading my poor attempt at pidgin any further. I will continue in English for your sake (You're welcome). What I was saying was that this issue annoyed me to the point that I decided to make two visual aids to demonstrate what exactly I mean.
So, for the sake of today's blog post, we have two examples:
Example 1: The Wrong Method
Example 2: The Correct Method
|Guess which 'Method' this example illustrates?|
But wait, I am getting way ahead of myself. Let me back up and start from the top.
If you have ever been around Nigerians and watched them introduce themselves, either in person or online (e.g. on Facebook, Twitter - the usual suspects), I am sure you have heard someone say something like this:
Hi. My names are Adeyinka Grace
In this example, Adeyinka is her last name and Grace is her first name. And don't even get me started on the fact that she said the forbidden words: "My names ARE" (Relentless starts screaming "Stop it, I beg you!")
Please, my dear readers, I ask you: On what planet do you even introduce yourself starting with your last name?
I went on a quest to find out if maybe I was the one imagining that this was wrong. It turns out I wasn't.
Another source, I found said the same thing: Start with your First name.
So, Naija people, where did we get this idea that we should start with the Last name, and then First name?
I refuse to pull out my hair over this.
Instead, I will help point you in the right direction, just in case you wake up tomorrow and claim to have forgotten the key points of today's lesson.
Back to our examples.
Example 1, a.k.a The Wrong Method
(Last Name, First Name)
I have no further words for you if this is how you have been introducing yourself. Please, change your ways. Thank you. And use this board as a guide.
Example 2, a.k.a The Correct Method
(First Name, Last Name)
This is the right way to do it. No further remarks.
I decided to share this song, Ololufe by Fadehan Adebolu with you. The review and more information on this artiste follows in a separate blog post.
Enjoy and have a blessed week ahead!