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African Time

Tick! Tick! Tick!

The sound of the clock constantly chiming

Moving in clockwise direction

Time, they say, waits for no one

Time, they say, is money and vice versa

Time: the indefinite continued progress of existence, events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

African Time: the dubious saying that has eaten deep into the bones of Africans

The very tall tale usually told by the perpetual latecomers

The fiend behind some supposedly collective and cultural disregard of time.

In Africa, lateness is a widespread phenomenon

And when asked why,

We nonchalantly declare “African Time”

Lateness has become the order of the day

Virtually everybody comes late

Mention any event

Lateness is just like oil to the Niger Deltans

Couples even go late for their wedding

What insolence!

African time is nothing but a myth.

African time: the perceived cultural tendency in every part of our continent, towards a more relaxed attitude towards time

Yes, we might hide under an umbrella called “Uncertainty”

Structural uncertainties that arise as side effect of living in a nation where anything could happen

Police problem, traffic jams, car break downs

The good news is these happens in other continents

What they do is planning and sticking to it

Planning: the number problem we are battling

African time is just a myth; a part of whom we are.

Nothing! I mean nothing is done in other continents without proper planning

Ask the football lovers

When a football match is fixed for a certain time

The match kicks off on the DOT

Why can’t we practise this as well in Africa?

Are you among those blaming just the Government?

Must they be faulted for every of our misfortune?

When will we start taking responsibilities for our actions?

Nonchalantly blaming all on African time will never help

What happens to proper planning?

African Time; there is nothing of such

In Africa, some people are seen as asmunus for always coming early to an event

Essentially, almost everyone will certainly come late to an event

Lateness is just a game theory computation

A game theory computation created in our minds when making decisions based on “African Time”

African Time; there is nothing of such

It is just a myth that is part of whom we are.

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