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Nigeria’s Post World Cup Era

By Ikeddy Isiguzo

I KNEW that something memorable was bound to be registered for Nigeria from the 2010 World Cup. What it would be I had no clue.

My friend and brother Paul Bassey (he wants to be known as Kofi until further notice, a tribute to Ghana’s World Cup showings) sent me this email about the new English word KAITA. It seems that many Nigerians have already latched on to it and how created their own usages.

KAITA (Kai_ta) v. Kai*ta, Kai*tas, kai*ta’ed, kai*ta’ing

1. To single_handedly dash the hopes and aspirations of one’s nation in the full glare of other nations. 2. To karate_kick your way out of the greatest stage/spotlight ever known to man. 3. To destroy/zap/siphon the energies of team mates plus 140 million people through unexplainable stupidity. 4. To act foolishly, unintelligently or irrationally and

IMMEDIATELY regret the action by falling on your knees

(Etymology: Derived from the dreadful match between Nigeria and lowly Greece at the 2010 Soccer World Cup)
Usage: “Please, please, do not KAITA what we have been building for 50 years o!” “I don’t care what people say, I will KAITA the multi_billion dollar plan!” “That man, you know, the hopeless, useless, visionless, KAITAing guy!” “I was

KAITAing until I met Jesus!”

Synonyms: 1. Sabotage 2. Incapacitate 3. Destroy/Demobilise 4. Jeopardise 5. Impair 6. Implode 7. Shege Banza!

KAITA (Kai_ta) n. Kai*ta A term that describes a temporary but kaitastrophic loss of mental competency and faculty.  See also Instant Amnesia. (Source: davidylan)

KAITAISIS (Kai_ta_i_sis) n. Kai*ta*i*sis 1. A new mental sickness recently discovered by neurosurgeons.  It affects the victim’s ability to think right or make right judgement especially when it matters most. 2. Victims often confuse the game of football for a karate session. It is derived from the new word KAITA (Source: tlops)

KAITARISATION (Kai_ta_ri_sa_tion) n. Kai*ta*ri*sa*shen Kaitarisation is the act of being turned into a useless Mongol OR a Shaolin Temple soccer player. (Source: chichi234 & colomb)

KAITA_KAITA (Kai_ta_kai_ta) n. Kai*ta*kai*ta Kaita_Kaita means unprecedented confusion and unimaginable pandemonium

Usage: “Kaita_kaita don burst!” (Source: lizzybabe1)

KAITA (Kai_ta) n. Kai*ta A highly explosive bomb needed more in Iraq than in Nigeria. Usage: “Allied Forces just dropped the K_Bomb! Yes! The Kaita! Ladies and gentlemen, the war is over!” (Source: ActiveMan)

KAITARACT (Kai_ta_ra_ct) n. Kai*ta*ra*kt. A one_of_a_kind eye defect that makes a soccer player sees another player as a Jabulani ball to be kicked. Usage: “Pity, he suffered from a sudden chronic case of Kaitaract” (Source: we_lycans)

The above is a tribute to the Eagles (at least one of them) as they wind their way out of South Africa and possibly, to the Nigeria Football Association, which again lived beyond our expectations in the management of the World Cup.

One cannot deny the NFA credit for its ability to exceed the widest latitudes for non_performance. This time it added to its profile with the organisation of the initial parts of its elections in South Africa.

If you are agonising over the Eagles be consoled by the fact that the present NFA – shameless as it always has been – cannot have the face to present itself for election either today or in future.

The matter should be that simple. We were told that Nigeria should with the calibre of coach it procured and the class of the player it has be in the semi_final of the World Cup. Those who made the promise are alive. We all know what we got out of South Africa.

Nigeria is already in the post_World Cup phase, but enjoy the fame (may be fortune) that Kaita has brought himself. I urge you not to despair about the future, it would be in the hands of better people, prayerfully.

To Alhaji Raheem Adejumo
TRIGO Egbegi, who made his name reporting boxing decades back was the first to bring to my notice the passing on of Alhaji Raheem Adejumo, former President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

I chose not to believe it. At 89, death did not come to him too quickly, but it is sad to lose him. Elias Usman Gora, who served a term under Alhaji Adejumo as Secretary_General of the NOC, confirmed the news.

He started as a policeman, then retired to run his own businesses, notably Adejumo Fam, which still has a farm in Alagbado, in Lagos.

Alhaji made a name for his dedicated service to tennis and later to the NOC, which he left in 1997 after sharks in government linen took over the NOC. The story is told in bits, otherwise those who mourn the current disintegration of the NOC should know that the 1997 election marked the beginning of government entrenchment in the NOC and the arrival of most of those who have run the organisation into the ground.

They wanted the NOC so badly that they never spared a thought for the future of the organisation. They are already reaping generously from their sowing, though some of them descended to ignominy long ago.

In disappointment over the scavenging of the NOC, Alhaji relocated to England where he lived his last 13 years.

He would be missed by many who enjoyed his generosity with his spirit and resources, his humility, his banters that drew from his own experiences, and the examples he set about living a Spartan life though he could afford almost anything he wanted.

May the Great One grant his gentle spirit eternal rest and the family the fortitude to carry on without him.

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