On Wed, 1 Dec 1999, Kelechi Eke wrote:
> Dear brother Sunday,
> How are you today? I am not trying to beat the dead horse but I would like
> to seize this opportunity to write and let you know that I really do share
> your views. We may have been saying the same thing from diffrent angles.
I also hope you understood Eberhard, in the light of the mail from Chris
Missen. Chris also helped a lot working at the University of Jos (See
Jeff's Travelogue to Nigeria).
BTW: Is Jeff still on this list?
> I try as much as possible not to make our country's situation a public topic
> if you wondered why I may seem a little vague (cautious) sometimes. For
> example, when I commented on the luxury of telephones and up-to-date
> computers, it doesn't mean that we can't afford to have them in Nigeria but
> there are obstacles(being cautious again) that make such things become
If there were no obstacles, this list will not exist. Our being on this
list is to pool experiences to overcome these obstacles, whether real,
perceived or self inflicted.
> You mentioned how you were booed at the Nigeria Internet Conference in 1995.
> Were you booed because someone had better ideas and if so has any been
> successfully implemented? This is an example why I say that we are behind,
> and that's nothing wrong with being behind which is not as bad as Staying
> behind. Cliff mentioned in his last article about someone saying that
> "everyday is Y2K in Nigeria."
I will refer you to the archives of this list. I want you to check out
the thread on "Catch up or Leap Frog". I think we exhaustively discussed
being left behind in that thread.
> Unfortunately, there are some people in high places that actually think this
> way and would make erroneous decisions which the common people will pay for
> in the end. This is frustrating part, not funny. Because of our cultural
> values, I felt the need to write you and I hope you didn't feel like I
> insulted you in any way because that has never been my intention.
No Kelechi, I just felt some things you wrote to Eberhard were a bit
unnecessary. I am happy that we can bring the issue to a close here.
I return to the lurking mode.
Sunday A. Folayan
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