When the Niger State branch of Association of Nigerian Authors’ (ANA) announced that her programme, WRITERS’ SPELL, was to come up on 28th of January, 2012, a friend made the following remark; Wich won bi raitas spel? So raitas de len hau to spel tu? He wanted to know if the event was a workshop where potential writers would be taken through the rudiments of spellings. I couldn’t offer a concrete explanation because it was the first time I was coming across any information on the programme which I gathered, commenced last year. It was billed to feature Terfa Danjuma Nenga’s Pach-Pach Nika An Oda Puem-Dem; a collection of poems written in Naija Langwej; Nigeria’s un-official lingua franca. My friend, whose interest for the promotion, growth and development of the language is fast taking root, added that; as long as na puem fo Naija, man-pikin most go to Minna to si hau dem de len hau to spel. As a rider, I stated that, Notin go stop os to go to Minna. It is on this note that, I invite you to join me as I relieve activities that almost threatened the possibility of the planned event holding, my unshaken intention to attend, as well as my experiences visiting a state whose governor, Aliyu Babangida loves and promote arts, literature and creativity.
bai Edwin Eriata Oribhabor, Naija Langwej Promoter, Abuja-Naijiria
"Due to increase in road travels during the period of September-December (emba months) every year and coupled with the presence of so many bad roads in Nigeria, the rate of accidents are usually higher when compared to the preceding months. Conscious of this, members of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) do mount series of campaigns to save or ameliorate the situation. At this time, one of the regular jingles that we hear on different radio and television stations is, ‘’If you drink, don’t drive.’’ Notwithstanding, there are Motor Drivers who have formed the habit of taking a bottle or two of any alcoholic drink before embarking on a journey. A recent entry into the Nigerian market called "Alomo Bitters" is not helping matters. The sing song of drivers who compulsorily drink before driving is; "Man most drink bifo i enta stierin". Hardly would such drivers heed any prodding from passengers against not drinking before driving. No bi smol tin. Some of them will boldly say "Na todé na im a de draiv moto?," "Na yu go tich mi hau to draiv?," or "Di taim a de draiv dem don born yu?"