Social media is quite an interesting place to see as many things that are shared that can stir up emotions.
A video that went viral on Nigeria’s social media space yesterday has touched the emotions of many Nigerians.
Children discipline is normal in African culture but it appears that new generation kids have ways to appeal to their parents in order to avoid getting punished.
A mother recently shared a video of her son’s reaction after he pleaded in the most unique way when she tried to flog him.
As seen in the video, the little boy tells his mother to calm down as she scolds him.
The mother who appears to be from Yoruba Nigeria could be heard scolding the boy for apparently a naughty thing that he did. It is unclear what the child did.
“Mummy calm down. Don’t be angry. I am just telling you to be calming down. I want you to be calming down, so you can now rest small..small. You must rest. You must rest a little. Just rest like this (he walks up to the chair and simulates by sitting). I am sorry,” he says.
With his mom insisting that he still has to be flogged for the wrongdoing, the boy sticks two index fingers in the air and says: “This is my last chance…my last chance in the world.”
When the mother insisted that she was going to beat him because he was fond of touching things he was not supposed to, the little boy resorted to begging his mother if he could ask her a simple question.
Check out the video below
The footage has generated lots of reactions, memes and laughter from Twitter users in Africa’s most populous country.
Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, Nigeria jumped on the trend, Wednesday, saying he’s been inspired by it all.
Sanwo-Olu wants a chat with this kid who has become an example of how to plead your case under pressure.
“I saw a video of a charming young boy online asking his mom to ‘calm down’ as she was set to punish him for a misdemeanour. I was moved by his sobriety, which reflected in his promise of “last chance”, when confronted with the fact that he is a regular offender,” the governor shared on his twitter page.
“The exchange was indeed funny, but it depicted the efforts parents put in moulding children into responsible adults. I want to assume that his mom indeed calmed down because the appeal was moving enough to make anyone change their mind.
“Interestingly, the video inspired this special message to the good people of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning it conveys.
“Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity.
“It is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s heart of sacrifice and faith in Allah. We need to emulate and demonstrate his sense of self- restraint at this time the world is combating the scourge of #COVID19.
“We need to be moderate in our celebration and observe prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus. The world needs the responsibility and commitment of its people to oust coronavirus.
“I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months. Let’s calm down!
“As an aside, I would like to meet the young boy since we both now have exclusive rights to the phrasal verb ‘calm down’,” the governor added.
I saw a video of a charming young boy online asking his mom to ‘calm down’ as she was set to punish him for a misdemeanour. I was moved by his sobriety, which reflected in his promise of “last chance”, when confronted with the fact that he is a regular offender.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) July 29, 2020
‘Calm down’ and ‘this is my last chance in the world’ have since replaced ‘Honourable Minister, Issokay..issokay,’ in Nigeria’s social media lexicon this holiday week.