BEYONCE ORNYEH ARTUH NM,
SERENA AEZEEGBOH NM,
you know,
i guess some of us black, Nigeria kids then wondered
why we couldn’ t get i.e why there wasn’t a doll that was
just a simple, black, negro doll
and that had no funny racial? name linked to it.

it’s funny that this throughout all the years since then
and as far currently as this December 2020,
whenever i have gone to the markets
( .. which is where the ordinary, everyday Nigeria residents buy their stuff from )

whether in

● Onitsha City

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ONITSHA MAIN MARKET, ONITSHA

● Awka City

● Enugu City

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OGBETE MAIN MARKET, ENUGU

● Owerri City

all in Igbo-land Nigeria / Ibo-land Nigeria

or

in Lagos City, Yoruba-land Nigeria, for example, at

Sabo Market, Yaba or

Tejuosho Market, Tejuosho or

OyIngbo Market, Oyingbo

all the doll babies I see on sale are dolls of white, aryan, caucasian folks
and there is no doll of a black, negro folk anywhere in sight.

so, i guess it’s a one-up for Qai-Qai.

and given the sad reality of the value/strength of the Nigeria Naira
which currently exchanges at
anywhere around
NAIRA 300 OR MORE to UNITED STATES DOLLAR 1
and
NAIRA 400 OR MORE to UNITED KINGDOM BRITISH POUNDS STERLING 1

which means, in real terms, that
many Nigeria residents may not be able to afford it at

$21.99 ( discounted price ) + $56.72 ( for shipping to Nigeria from USA ) = $78.71

which at at today’s ( Monday, 27/12/2020 ) exchange rate for the US Dollar
in the Nigeria parallel market of

NGN 379:00 = USD 1 :00 { source = Google }

gives

[ $21.99 x NAIRA 379 ] + [ $56.72 x NAIRA 379 ] = [ $78.71 x NAIRA 379 ]

NAIRA 8,258.41 + NAIRA 21,496.88 = NAIRA 29,755.29
i.e approximately N30,000.00

i wonder, if perhaps,
you might consider the possibility of a cheaper variant,
probably of less quality, for example, perhaps all entirely plastic,
for the Black Africa market
e.g

● Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra-Leone …….. Western Africa

● Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan …….. Eastern Africa

● Zambia, Zaire, The Congo, Gabon …….. Central Africa

● Botswana, Lesotho, Angola, Namibia …….. Southern Africa

that doll i was talking about used to be NAIRA 0:05 if my memory serves correctly.
the story? / rumour? about it back then was that
it was manufactured here in Nigeria by a company / manufacturing concern based here in Nigeria.
perhaps.
perhaps not.

in any case,
NAIRA 0:05 of 1975? X NAIRA 379 = NAIRA 18:95 of today 28 December, 2020 price.
that’s approximately NAIRA 20:00.

and I guess that’s probably the price to place it at
as Nigeria
VERY STUPIDLY
DOESN’T HAVE EITHER THE NAIRA ONE NOTE OR THE NAIRA ONE COIN IN CIRCULATION AND USE

such that
if for instance

a buyer wants to pay NAIRA 18:95 exactly for example
and such a buyer is able to come up with a NAIRA 10 NOTE and a NAIRA 5 NOTE to make NAIRA 15
IT WILL BE AN IMPOSSIBILITY FOR THAT BUYER TO GET
3 ONE NAIRA NOTES TO MAKE THE MONEY UP TO NAIRA 18:00

and
IT WILL ALSO BE A FURTHER IMPOSSIBILITY FOR THAT BUYER TO GET
ONE 50 KOBO NOTE +  FOUR 10 KOBO COINS + ONE 5 KOBO COIN
TO MAKE UP THAT 95 KOBO THERE IN NAIRA 18:95
.  

very stupid.
isn’t it ?

anyway, because of all of that no change stuff in Nigeria,
i guess that NAIRA 20:00 is probably the sort of selling price
you should be looking at
if
it is going to be very affordable for the ordinary people
and just about anyone can buy it.

and if those are the considerations, viz :
► very affordable for the ordinary people
► priced such that just about anyone can buy it
i guess you might also consider variants that may sell at
◙ NAIRA 50
◙ NAIRA 100
◙ NAIRA 150
◙ NAIRA 200
which are the sort of prices that the
economically-battered and devaluation-bruised
ordinary, everyday Nigeria resident of today’s Nigeria
can ( hopefully ? ) afford

By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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