My version of “Blackberry Broadcast (BC)” history in Nigeria dates back to about two years ago when I got my first Blackberry phone after all my friends were already tired of using blackberry. I can be reluctant to embrace techy sometimes, anyway, I guess the delay was because I always concluded that the money for subscription can be used for other purposes!
Ever since I got a Blackberry phone and discovered its productivity, I have never regretted having the phone until I kept increasing my contacts uncontrollably and reached a state whereby, I inevitably and constantly receive all sorts of annoying and unsolicited broadcasts. Ranging from adverts, jokes, inspirational essays and prayers to pleas for donation for some sick dude somewhere!
The number one on the list of my most hated BC is the one that ends with “send this message to all your contacts if you love God”; I always marvel at the originator of such BCs what got into then, who made them the judge of who loves God or not and how does sending a message created by a fellow human qualify the resender as a lover of God? This is followed by the ones that end with “if you love your mum send this message to all your contacts”. This one particularly infuriates and makes me speculate how many productive minutes we have lost collectively to reading and forwarding BCs that will never add value to us.
I read one this morning that incensed me, it reads “Please don't put on red dress tomorrow or anything that contains red, our blood will not be used to redeem Nigeria. Message from Redemption Camp, please rebroadcast to save others too!”
I didn’t know how or what to do to respond so I went on twitter and twitted “where is my red scarf” I immediately got responses like “Oh, you got that BC too”.
In my mind, I was wondering what the colour of cloth has got to do with all the problems we have in this country. I also was thinking what is wrong with using a Nigerian blood to redeem Nigeria? Are we planning on importing blood from another country? I am sure no Syrian will pray that prayer that their blood will not be used to redeem their country, they have all made up their mind to redeem their land and are ready to sacrifice their bloods.
I saw a lot of responses to this BC on both twitter and facebook, some of them condemning the church. I somehow instinctually knew the origin of that BC was questionable and probably not from the Redemption Camp, just like the ones we received about Nelson Mandela and H. I. D Awolowo’s death!
Imagine Nigeria where our “wars” has not gotten to that level, we are already panicking and sending fake prayers, I later got a BC saying neither Pasto E. A. Adeboye nor Redemption Camp is responsible for the avoid-red-cloth broadcast. Phew!
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