Thoughts from Bello
Valentine’s Day is a very special day for lovebirds. It is widely accepted around the world as well as here in Nigeria. The reason why it is so accepted is still a blur, but the obvious point for me is that people need a reason to spend some quality time together as couples in order to give their relationship a spark, refresh their romance and in some cases make them stronger. Frank and Rachael are married and very good friends of mine; they never let off a February, 14th without spending some quality romantic time. He threw a rib cracker once, saying “Val’s Day is meant for the ladies to hear that untiring lie guys like to tell – I LOVE YOU!!!” We both enjoyed the joke with a huge laugh even though he was short lived as he caught one in the side from Rachael.
Out here in Naija, not everyone is a believer of Val’s Day due to religious perceptions or some other reasons but even though the streets, city parks, and beaches kept crawling with couples in red colors on all sides in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja and throughout the country. Young couples predominantly as well as families enjoyed the accruing air of romance that defines a perfect Valentine’s Day. The solo moment of twos lasted till late evenings in the biding melody of suiting sound at the Kajuru Castle of Kajuru village in the trade city of Kaduna, Nigeria. Lovely.
The grand moment of the day feature gift exchanges. In the United States, for example, it is more common for women to receive Valentine’s Day presents while in Japan, men receive gifts on Valentine’s Day while women receive presents on White Day, i
n March, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day on the 14th. In Naija, gift exchange is mutual though it is safe to say a bulk of them come from the men.
However, the majority of the Nigerian population do not engage in Valentine’s Day celebrations, but it is still accepted and practiced among a sizeable few especially the youthful lot.