Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Goodbye Yesterday, Welcome today…

I remember the Nigeria Police Band singing that song to welcome back the Nigerian Commonwealth Games contingent at the then Ikeja airport many years ago. A song I find particularly melodious but have not been able to get the lyrics to it. If any of you smart ‘uns out there know the words please send them my way.

Yes, Lagos was interesting as usual. Some rest, a lot of noise (from electricity generating sets and vehicular horns and vocal chords that have had no modicum of training or temperance all their lives), to too much pounded yam and much more Star lager. Someone remind me to work on my gut.

The bane of the self-employed – I had spent my last week before travel and my first week on return on intensive work – and another few days just laughing my head off at the various comments about my last post: Inde, Afro, QomC, Standtall, ‘Sewa, Mommy, Fresh, Uzezi, Pink, Darkelcee, Allied, Doja, even In My Head… (that enigma), came out to play. I think I should go away more often. I miss you all ( I sound like a politician), well…some of you, I’m back now and will be doing the rounds and posting more often.

There, indeed, is broadband in Lagos as I was reminded and Laspapi even sports one in his bedroom, but if you knew the way he works, you would commend me for the courage of being able to kick him off his laptop the few times I had to check my office mail; and you will never catch me at an internet café. I would have taken Darkelcee’s invite to use hers, but she did not give directions…

56 comments:

30+ said...

first

30+ said...

Welcome back o.

Glad you enjoyed gidi.

I hereby remind you to work on your gut and my birthday pressie.

Ciao

Free-flowing Florida said...

damn, damn, damn

i was hoping i'd b 1st!

30+, na where u come 4rm na?

Free-flowing Florida said...

welcome back.

somehow r title reminded me of a sorrowful death song, but since i've freaked out on tobenna 4 mentioning death, am going 2 die dat tot/song!

yes o, broadband is everywhere n town now. i had got 1 4 a while, den it got all messed up. i still plan 2 get another.

i hope u enjoyed lagos. no mind laspapi - he's eating his money alone. tell am say i talk say make e go marry! u too, go remarry!

darkelcee said...

heyyyyyyyyyy

my baby is back

haba, this ain't fair at all.

You made lasgidi looked as if we are still ontop tree.simple hello u no post?

ok i forgive u oh. how una dey?
i didnt give direction cos i dint know which of the lagos u were at! lollllllllll

darkelcee said...

That ur song, was it released in 1865? cos., I dont know it at all.lolllllll

Afrobabe said...

He is bacccccccccccccccccckkkkkkk.....Immigration let him go....Oh my gosh...I need to go thank mama charlie!!!

Afrobabe said...

Hmmmmm...where is the suya???

Jinta said...

* 30+ - gut-working commenced. birthday pressie has to be delivered in person!

* florida - thank you jare, but you have to deliver laspapi's message yourself, i'm afraid. as for me, do you forget that you turned me down when i proposed?

* darkelcee - lagos reach 2? thot there was only one

* afro - suya ke? after immigration finish with me, you wan' make customs start? I cant carry meat o

Smaragd said...

121 comments layta and he's back!

welcome back Jin.., def missed ur posts.

and u soooooo missed my bday as well despite all the hinting! "hmmph"

now we await ur gist on all the lagos "birds", dont even think i believe it's only Star Lager u enjoyed! lol

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) said...

immigration, na lie? make thunder fire them.

My brother, glad ure back oh

the comment i was goin to leave for you ehn, for keeping us waiting this long, nah fire...

but glad ure okay oh

nigeria get broadband, na lie,lol...hope the sun aint to bad there.

ibilola said...

Here u go . Enjoy...


Goodbye yesterday, welcome today
I've been waiting for a long, long time
Goodbye yesterday, welcome today
I know everything's gonna be fine

Good to see you here, how you doin'?
Grab a chair, I'd like you here to stay
Got a dream onto I've been brewin'
Dreams that saw me through a rainy day

(Chorus 1ce )

I took all I could beg or borrow
Mammy would see I'd give it back some day
I put my money on a new tomorrow
And my gamble hasn't been invain

(chorus 2ce)


I've got plans that been made to measure
Things I know I gonna see through well
Come on happy, babe, let's get together
Do our thing and then go to hell

So goodbye yesterday, welcome today
I've been waiting for a long, long time
Goodbye yesterday, welcome today
I know everything's gonna be fine

(chorus 2ce)

Goodbye yesterday, welcome today

Afrobabe said...

hmmmm...who dey sing for u?

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anonymous gal said...

yesss o the eagle has landed.this darky so she didnt give u directions and i left strict instructions.meanwhile u invited me to lag i went and noone seemed to know a Jinta nor a Laspapi.

Jinta said...

* smaragd - sorry i missed your b/day, circumstances conspired. i shall tell you about one particular bird later

* fresh - thank you jare, and for sparing me the tough comment

* ibilola - you have lit a fire in me that will never be extinguished

* afro - ibilola

* blogville - on my way

* anon gal - sorry i missed you. was in disguise most of the time

Sha said...

Paint wetin? where is d love.

OMG u went to naija and u didnt tell me *mad* i wont forgive u oh.. only if u bought some goodies frm naija for me.

Ms. emmotions said...

jinta ! oyoyo !
jinta ! oyoyo
jinta ! oyoyo oooo
jinta is backkkkkkkkk
i just sang u the welcome song u get to hear from kids when they welcome their luved ones.....lol

so how have u been?
been here a couple of times but didnt want to leave u comments...why? cos u got loads of those already and stil u werent back in my usual 'matter- of- fact' way i left wonderin where in the world is he now?

u asked when i will post my pix?
bribe me then ...

welcome backk jinta-gry

Omosewa said...

Hehehe

I was looking for you and i wonder when i'll be 'first' on this blog!

Standtall said...

Welcome back o Jinta. First and foremost tell us why u no blog from where u travelled to. Na one kain village with no internet connection!!! Haba! You have gone for too long!!!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

ol' boy, welcome back to blogville. So everyone got a shout out but me? Ah, Jinta, I thought we were friends? Ko da oh!

=)

Funms said...

ur back!!!! yay!!!! start spilling naija gist.........

The Indecent One..... said...

Jintaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


Ure back....imma be back 2 read...I told them u were fine. *wide grin*

fantasy queen said...

welcome back....
i'm so mad at you, for sneaking in and out of lagos and not keeping in touch....bad bad bad boy! come for your spanking....and i mean right now!

fantasy queen said...

and i checked on you too, except i didnt leave any cute messages...

Jinta said...

* sha - haba, you just like breaking my heart

* ms emmo - thank you jare. what bribe do you require?

* omosewa - probably sooner than you think

* standtall - haha. i was in the village of lagos and it was too much hassle to be blogging when i could have been eating pounded yam

* solo - haba, friends ke? we are more than that. you are my political soul-mate, how can i forget you?

* funms - dont forget the stories have to go thru the censorship board so that we can assign PG or something

* inde - i always knew i could depend on you

* FQ - be careful of that spanking business o, i might enjoy it!

LG said...

chei... i got here, all d biscuits don finish be dat! lolllll

welcome back jinta,
blogville missed u sha
hope u r gud??

guerreiranigeriana said...

...jinta baby!!!...so you dey return o!!!..give thanks glory and praise to the Lord o!!!...abeg, don't you try that again...have you heard?!...

30+ said...

Yes just noted what SSD said, you also did not mention my name in the shout out, double wahala.

Arakunrin, before personal delivery you gat's to give me a clue what the pressie is so I know whether to be at home :)

And you know you have to fly down to my base sha 'cos I no dey London contrary to belief.

OluwaDee said...

Its good to have you back.

Even with all the Lagos brouhaha am sure u enjoyed being there.

ibiluv said...

spill gist..........

Jaycee said...

Look who's back....yayyyy!!!!

ablackjamesbond said...

Bros, u come take style tay small.

Welcome back.

bumight said...

so you even went to naija sef!...I thot u've been kidnapped ni.

ok, I need to tell the FBI to quit the search, we've found him!

naijalines said...

Welcome back bro. Catch up on the gist and yarn us some... pronto :)

Jinta said...

* lg - ahh, thanks, i'm good

* g-naija - heard what? you pregnant???!!!

* 30+ - i knew i would get into trouble when i was giving the shout out.

anyway, you would lose the pleasure of the surprise if i told you what it was. dont worry about the distance - i dont mind doing a bit of 'ajala'

* oluwadee - feels good to be back too, thank you

* ibiluv - i dey come

* jaycee - miss you lots. still doing my rounds. on my way

* blackbond - thank you muchly

* bumight - i think i may have been in protective custody at one time or the other

* naijalines - will do, soon as i catch my breath

Sherri said...

welcome!
i have missed u
who's recovering? lagos or u?lol

The Indecent One..... said...

so i'm back 12 hours l8r...

How was ur trip? hope u had fun....pls update with something serious abeg...
Welcome back...

Jinta said...

* sherri - lol. me, i think

* inde - ok, ok

Mommy said...

Havn't seen you around. Would you mind paying my blog a visit? You been tagged.

Welcome back!

Aijay said...

Welcome back Jinta! Hope u had a good trip...

For the love of me said...

Good to have you back

Jinta said...

* mommy - been over. will pick up the tag shortly

* aijay - thank you. trip was good

* for the love - mucho gracias

ONdLOW said...

You are back...Long time! Ok, let me go and read now!

NigerianDramaQueen said...

Gosh the Nigerian Police Band! Memories!!! And here's another reminder: Work on your gut.LOL

pamela said...

Finally, yeah to broadband....

Now, the question is, "how well does it work".


Pammy

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Afrobabe said...

Why is ibilola singing for you?

Charizard said...

E kaabo my people would say...

Uzezi said...

ekabo

princesa said...

Welcome back Jinta.
Thot u were gonna holla abi u no want give me my share of the obodo Oyibo gifts?
:(

Queen of My Castle said...

I could have sworn I commented on this when you first posted. Nice of you to come out to play with us. Playing hide and seek is no fun all by yourself. LOL

Glad you enjoyed your trip. I so want to visit Lagos.

The Indecent One..... said...

uhmmm...my birthday ison thursday oh...imma email my address...yes i want a present...:D

Onome said...

welcome back hon...I MIIIIISSSEEEEDDD UUUUUUUUU(hugs and a big MWWWWWWWUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAHHHHH)

Allied said...

Welcome back oh..What did bring back for me?

I want Garri Ijebu

Omosewa said...

Hehehehehehehehehe