Saturday, October 6, 2007

Traditional wear in global politics: Does it make sense?

I watched a world debate on the importance of the BBC to the developing economy. The participants included some eminent professionals:

  1. A Colombian university professor
  2. An Afgan former Finance Minister,
  3. The chairman of a natural resources company
  4. A representative of the world bank
  5. A Nigerian
I can't remember what he does because I spent more time looking at the designs on his Agbada (and trying to figure out how cool I would look on it). Everyone refered to him as "my Nigerian friend" (I think his agbada had something to do with that) .
He was articulate and was a force in the debate. But thats not the issue.
Besides, the chairman of the resource company, no other participant was from the West; yet they were all in suits.

My issue is what are our dignitaries trying to prove? There is an image that the Agbada portrays; it fails to exhibit professionalism, humility and self control. It depict a superfluous culture with no self imposed limits.The word is dress as you would like to be addressed! I have seen, on TV, a senator been interviewed and praise singers were doing their thing in the location!

I think stronger national statements can be made by designing policies that work!

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