Monday, July 14, 2008

9JA Parties & Money Spraying

I don't really like attending parties but had to attend two this weekend. I just don't like sitting down at a party and eating and drinking, seems like a waste of time to me…I guess that's strange for a Nigerian. Naija!!! We love parties!!! Every opportunity to get together and make merry and wine and dine is welcome. It's not like I don't attend parties but I just want to make sure it's important I am there...I guess they can be time wasters! But sa, I still love the way people party, have fun and laugh...we have a rich culture i must say! Anyway my digression is too much. The post is not about me and whether I like parties or not...who am i out of at least 50 million Nigerians who love to party! Lol

So a friend of mine from Uni days got married this last weekend and I went to perform my friendly duty. Thursday was the engagement; I drove over two hours to get there...thanks to the useless traffic in Lagos. They were just starting when I got there and I could see a live band already set up. It reminded me of my own wedding, we had a live band too and the guy just wouldn't stop playing even after the engagement had long finished and all the dancing groups had left the dance floor. The guy was out for blood...lo...he had to make money from spraying!

That brings me to my point...i thought the Federal Government had banned the spraying of money at parties! This weekend changed my mind though and made me wonder if we can ever lose this culture that is so ingrained in our system! It's like a part of our make think parties, you think lots of food and drinks, dancing, you think spraying the celebrant money...and so on.

So I went for my friend's wedding on Saturday and it was time for the couple to dance, a lot of people had been abiding by the rule not to spray money at parties or so I thought and assumed it would be the same here. I didn't go with

Some people had improvised at other parties I attended where they placed a tray in front of the dancing couple or celebrant for the money to be dropped but to tell you the truth, that doesn't have the feel of spraying money at least to me. So here we were at my firend's wedding and people were spraying money, no one was stopping them! And me sef i went and sprayed some someone to change money for me)

Yesterday also, my neighbour (Mrs Neighbour) was celebrating the birth of her son...this son was born almost 3 months ago o! You see when I say any opportunity to have a party is welcome in Naija..she invited hubby and I, We really didn't want to go but she made a big point of it and even her husband invited us. They started like 4 pm and from our flat, we could hear the loud music being played, she lives opposite my house o...anyway, we went there like past 7pm and stayed for about 30 minutes. Aproko that we are, we were wondering like how much money they would have spent...there were beer and wine bottles on all the tables, people were still drinking, they had Asun (barbeque goat...hope i'm short enough to eat.

Mrs Neighbour and a few of her friends were dancing to an Obey record when we got there..and yes, they were spraying money!!! And no, you're wrong; I didn't get up to spray this time. Me and hubby even looked like misfits there with everyone dressed in native attires and us wearing jeans and Tshirts and not taking any of the drinks offered except water and juice. Sure they thought we were aliens...hehehe

Anyway, so they were spraying money and it made me wonder if the law would ever hold water in Naija! Or if it will go like the way of most policies that are implemented for a short while and soon after they're forgotten.

What do you thing guys, can we ever stop spraying money at our parties? Is it a good law or is it unimportant? Does spraying money mean we don't value our currency??? I really don't know where I stand, to be honest...but I can live with any!

I have a testimony, PHCN has finally decided to give us a routine and for the past one and half weeks, we have power supply between 12 midnight and 12 noon...praise the Lord!

Have a great week y'all!


misspumping said...

me too i dont like the idea but what can a girl do short of being called stingy , tightwad, scrooge ,etc the list is endless

aloted said...

the only time money wont be sprayed at parties or weddings is like mine..when u invite a Deputy Governor of CBN to be the chairperson at your party.

other than that..make una carry go..keep spraying

i also dont have a stand though I am upset I wasn't sprayed at my wedding!!!!

rayo said...

so phcn gave u a routin, wow, its been inverter and gen in my place for over a month now, nepa lyt neva blink.
and on sprayin money, what can i say, it seems to have evolved into tradition

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Afrobabe said...

so you have been enjoying light...amen oh, hope the light will still be there when I decide to relocate..

money spraying...hmmm I doubt they can erase it has become a part of us...

Standtall said...

To tell u the truth, I have hated spraying money or squeezing money b4 CBN decided to do something or nothing abt it. I prefer enveloping the money. And I will still continue to do just that CBN campaign or not

And believe me, the "don’t spray money campaign"can work if they r ready to arrest peeps publicly when they spray money!!! But I was told they showed Soludo on TV at an occasion backing someone that was spraying money. The TV captured that and I am sure he wld claim he did not see it!!!

PHCN is long dead in my life

Allied said...

Spraying money doesn’t mean we don't value our currency. They are other countries who practice the same thing, maybe the money doesn’t fall to the ground but pinned to the bride and grooms attire but still they are spraying jare.

Regarding PHCN – for how long?

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LG said...

@aloted, no vex oya come make i spray u now, lollllll
me, i 'm indifferent to spraying thing o, but d abuse of naira i cant stand is wen i see ink, soup, stew or even she-it stain (yes na) on it, dat one fit make me craze,lolll

BTW iyawo, thanks for making my baffday fun, mwaaaah

darkelcee said...


dont let us fight oh

when i never marry ow dem go ban spraying for party? warn urself oh lollll

it something we niaja peeps cant stop.

big up for NEPA

its our way of life ,our CULTURE. :)

Writefreak said...

@miss pumping

Well if u're spraying money, you gotta be doing it for you and not what anyone has to say!

shall we rewind? I can change mint o and spray you again!

so sorry bout your light situation o, it was that way here for almost two months! maybe they'll soon get to your turn, i was scared when we didn't have electricity for 2 days, thinkin they heard me praise them and decided to change their!
what is holding you? lol..come home girl, i will talk to nepa to give whatever area you are light! lol
aren't we being a lil extreme o i don't want anyone arresting all my family members! lol
ok i agree...please o i am praying we will be in this bliss forever! and well, thank God for gen as backup! or main source sef
i agree...those instances na real abuse...and hey why will i be absent? you're welcome!
ok no vex, the ban will be revoked very soon! lol

Uzezi said...

it depends on the individual. if nobody decides to stand up, eventually it will be outdated. that spraying things, makes most people feel like outcasts. I so do not like it. I have a girlfriend who loves to spray, and when she is at it, she makes u feel like u have no money cost she sprays in one dollar notes.

Buttercup said...

wow, theres a 'no sprayin' law?? yea, i knw some ppl just throw it like its paper, but is it actually abuse of money? just askin!