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What is the other name for “ponmo”?

By Sam Umukoro
24 September 2022   |   2:39 am
Not exactly, but he reportedly has a band that goes with him sometimes to public functions; Wizkid, Davido and new sensation Asake should watch out. The Governor already has a hit song with a very popular chorus

[FILES] Nigeria | Ponmo displayed in the market for sale.<br />

“Welcome back my friend”

“Thank you”

“How was your retreat”

“It was good for reflection”

“What did I miss while away?”

“A lot, where do I start from? Gov Wike and his music band; lingering ASUU strike, or the recent proposed ban on Ponmo…”

“Is Gov Wike a musician now?”

“Not exactly, but he reportedly has a band that goes with him sometimes to public functions; Wizkid, Davido and new sensation Asake should watch out. The Governor already has a hit song with a very popular chorus…”

“Hahaha, please I have missed your stories, you must be kidding?’’

“No, I am not kidding! The song goes like this: As e dey pain dem, e dey sweet us, as e dey sweet us, e dey pain dem …”

“Hahaha, what kind of song is that? as suggested by some Gen Zs, the country should truly have a show on Netflix.”

“Anyway, what is the story around the local cow skin delicacy popularly called ponmo?’’

“Before I tell you the story, you must tell me the answer to this question?”

“Please go ahead with your question, better be an intelligent one’’

“What is the other name of ponmo?”

“Seriously, how do you want me to know the answer to that question?”

“Then no story for you…”

“Please I can google the story you know”

“How can a story about ponmo be in the search history of a man of your standing? A posh fella for that matter’’
“Please be serious, what is the story?’’

“Anyway, for your education, because it is important you know the answer – well just in case I participate in one of those game shows and I need to call a friend. The other name of ponmo is showboy.”

“Hahaha never heard that before, now I can see that you have truly earned your stripes as a loyal customer of Bukas and Mamaputs. For someone who’s got a skin in the game, the story about the ban on ponmo must really be of great intertest to you”

“Yes o, I will not deny that. What is stew without ponmo? Or Afang soup without ponmo? It is like Paris without Eiffel Tower, New York without the Statue of Liberty, London without Big Ben, Lagos without…”

“Please stop waxing lyrical about ponmo, who wants to ban your favourite local delicacy?”

“According to news report, a government agency is proposing a ban on the consumption of ponmo for lacking nutritional value. This was made known by Mohammad Yakubu, Head of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State”

“I want to believe lack of nutritional value cannot be the only reason…”

“Well, he said, the consumption is contributing to the downward slide of production in Nigeria’s leather industry.”

“As they say in social media parlance, is he trying to chase clout, or this is a real societal problem?”

“Sincerely, I don t care what his reasons are, but someone should inform him, that ponmo is a popular delicacy and supplements in many homes – especially with the economic situation. Beyond the current economic situation, the man must be informed that ponmo appeals to every stratum of the society – rich, middle class, poor …many people like ponmo”

“Calm down, calm down. The government agency must have very good reasons in addition to the ones you mentioned for proposing the ban. I am sure it is for the greater good of the society”

“Whatever! Please there are other important issues of urgent national attention”

“Hahaha, you are just a very foolish man, you are thinking with your stomach now. You better brace up for your stew without ponmo.”