In two days we draw the curtain on 2013 and usher in 2014 amid fanfare and fireworks. But before we do that, a recap of 2013.
PDP v APC
It was all about the PDP and APC down here in Nigeria. For years PDP has been the ruling party but early this year a formidable opposition party sprung up causing a mass defection of aggrieved PDP members.
Then there was that sham of an election in Anambra state
So now we know 2015 will be HOT.
It was the year of strikes, with every conceivable union embarking on strike.
First ASUU went on a 6 MONTHS strike for an agreement we were never made privy to, with the government playing hide and seek all the way. Thank God that’s settled now
Then the federal medical doctors, PHCN workers, ASUP and as usual NLC.
2013 also saw a lot of dirty laundry aired in the open in the name of open letters. It started with Obsanjo’s 18 page letter to GEJ, then a rather less flattering 11 page letter from Iyabo to her father Obsanjo, which was followed by a well crafted response from the President, GEJ to Obsanjo. Thank God that was the last of it, those three letters would make an epic novel.
On a lighter note in sports the Nigerian U-17 lifted the world cup in remarkable fashion in the UAE, 2013 also saw the Super Eagles; the national team, qualify for the world cup under the tutelage of coach Stephen Keshi.
Our music industry was on over drive, churning out chart busters like P square’s Alingo, Wizkid’s Caro, Davido’s Gobe, Skelewu, Kcee’s Limpopo. In the movie industry 2013 saw a lot of high class movies from our shore hit the cinemas, movies like The flower girl, Confusion na wa, Journey to self, Unforgivable e.t.c
There was also a look of hook ups and marriages. Tuface got married to Annie Macaulay; at last. Tiwa ‘Legs’ Savage got married to her beau T-billz.
There were a lot of breaks ups too a list too long to type lemme drop a few names though: Toke Makinwa, Lekpacious Bose, Fred Amata e.t.c
Sadly death was always lurking in the corner, we lost Festus Iyayi, Justus Esiri, Goldie, Fatai Rolling dollars, Solomon Lar, Boko Haram did quite a number on the people of Borno state and its environs; a never ending problem. Then there was the air crashes, the military surveillance plane that crashed in the desert of Niger killing its two passengers, the Chartered Alliance plane that crashed soon after take off claiming a lot of lives.
2013 sure claimed a lot of life! I lost a lot of friends too Danteni Yissa to cancer, Ezinne Kalu during child birth, Anne in a car crash and Chima in a motorbike accident. They will be remembered
The enigmatic Pope Francis ascended the Papacy throne after Pope Benedict stepped down, a breath of fresh air the media called him and Time magazine’s Man of the year.
In sports Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager of Manchester United after 27 years at the helm and a haul of 38 trophies. Amazing.
There were a host of amazing movies this year too, off the top of my head: Iron Man 3, Hunger games: catching fire, Man of steel, Fast and Furious 6, World war Z you name them!
In 2013 we saw Luxembourg elect an openly gay prime minister; the world is getting open minded! And yeah, turns Wentworth Miller (Michael Scoffield) is gay, broke a lot of hearts, so also are Tom Daley (aww also broke a lot of hearts), Jodie Foster, Raven Symone from the disney channel’s ‘That’s so Raven’
We also woke up one day in 2013 and found out Beyonce; the queen B, dropped a 14 track self titled album and 17 videos! Who does that?! Beyonce of course and she has hit platinum. FYI she features our very own Chimamanda Adichie on one of the tracks titled Flawless. It is safe to say Beyonce is the queen of 2013.
Justin Bieber retired from music, he won’t be missed by me, don’t know about you though.
We lost the Legendary Mandela, Peter O’toole, Paul Walker, Alex Kalashnikov; creator of the deadliest assault rifle on earth.
That’s how I remember 2013, how about you? Let’s hope 2014 is a whole lot better.
Happy new year in advance.