If you grew up or attended primary school in Nigeria, you will realise that it’s normal for us to taunt one another with some interesting phrases. Most times, these phrases often evoked laughter from fellow playmates who positioned themselves as spectators urging both parties on, all in the bid to see who the funniest person would be.
We taunted each other with phrases such as, “You dey craze, you dey mad, you dey gbongbolo cigar,” ‘‘The tallest man for your village dey use ladder climb maggi,’’ “2 kuli kuli attack your village, nobody escape.”
Even though we laughed as we threw these phrases at one another, the phrase which turns everything upside down once it’s used is ‘Bombastic element!’
Why on earth should you call me ‘Bombastic Element?’ Who born you? Even though it doesn’t make sense to me now that I’m an adult, I still remember vividly how the phrase ‘Bombastic Element’ triggered us, such that we threw caution to the wind just to engage one another in fisticuffs.
Okay. While the media focused on Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as he gave his inaugural address, shortly after being sworn in as the Executive Governor of Anambra State on Thursday, 17 March 2022, some people felt that the best way for him to start his first day as Governor was for them to cook ‘vayolence.’
Interestingly, this was at a point where the caterer from Umunze was wondering if the abacha and smoked fish that she brought would be enough for the invited guests, and the woman from Isuofia was almost having a high blood pressure as to how she would manage the expectation of those who want a double portion of her delicious ukwa.
According to reports, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of the out-going Governor of Anambra State walked up to Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu to taunt her. A typical example of ‘nyanga dey sleep, trouble go wake am.’
The next thing that we heard was ‘tawai.’ At first, it wasn’t clear who the ‘slapper or the slappee’ was.
Luckily, the people of the world who were present at the event captured the epic moment in real time and for posterity, and before you knew it, several versions of the video found its way around the social media space, with post-slap analysts having a filled day.
Though many are still yet to come to terms as to why Bianca will throw caution to the wind by slapping the out-going first lady, several post-slap analysts are of the position that the slap was a well-deserved one as the ‘slappee’ (Mrs Obiano) was notorious for dishing out slaps at the slightest provocation.
Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, are you wondering what may have transpired between both women? Wonder no more.
Mrs. Obiano crossed the line by calling Mrs. Ojukwu a ‘Bombastic Element.’
John Olugbemi is a historian, creative writer and communications strategist. An avid reader with a passion for a system that works, he has consistently used his Facebook page to inform, encourage and entertain his friends and followers within and outside Nigeria.
A Google Certified Digital Business Developer, John presently heads the Marketing and Communications Unit of the Millard Fuller Foundation, an organisation with a vision to provide truly affordable homes to Nigerians who are in need.
His hobbies include writing, reading, cooking travelling, and jogging.
He is married to an adorable woman, and they are blessed with three beautiful daughters.