I love April fool’s day. I always find myself in a good mood on the 1st of April and ready to play a prank on someone. So when I woke up yesterday morning, my mischievous little head began to think of ways to play a prank on someone and that lovely moment when I get to shout “April Fool!”
The first one I tried didn’t work out so well. I know how much my “dearest one” hates any distraction when he is watching a movie he loves. So I decided to pull him off his seat with the information that his mother had come for a visit and was outside the house, calling on him. He got up reluctantly and when he got outside I shouted “April fool!” But he wasn’t so angry and so I wasn’t satisfied.
But the second one was naughty and it got him!
You know how much men, especially Nigerian men love their meat or fish or better still meat and fish served together. A meal isn’t complete without it. Even if they are drinking Ogi (pap), they still want that meat or fish served with it. So you can imagine the surprised look on his face when I served him rice and stew with no meat or fish. He lifted the cover of the dish and just opened his mouth wide with this confused look on his face and that moment was golden for me. I screamed “April fool” and started bobbling up and down like a child before I went to get the very important meat and fish. That made my day.
However, there were other pranks I read online that made April fool’s day interesting.
The one that really got to me was CP-Africa’s news of the Federal Government increasing the price of fuel. I actually believed this. I remembered the way the Federal Government greeted us early in the year with news of increased petrol price. So when the site was reporting that there had been another price increase, I thought it was true.
This first paragraph read: “In what has been described as a shocking move by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the price of Premium Motor Spirit/Petrol has been increased back to N156 per liter.” The report continued saying that the Nigerian Labour Congress would embark on a strike action to protest the increase and just as I was about thinking of some derogatory words for the Federal Government, I saw the “Happy April Fool’s Day.”
Linda Ikeji in her characteristic mode of playing pranks every April fool’s day hit another big one. I approached her blog with caution knowing she wouldn’t miss out on a chance to play a prank. But her joke was almost real. She almost got me. Everyone knows that Tuface and Annie Macauly got engaged recently so it wouldn’t have been such a surprise to hear of a quiet wedding between the two. So when she announced that they did and she had exclusive pictures from the wedding, I also clicked on “read more” to see the non-existent pictures.
Another blogger, Alabamauncut announced that he nude pictures of Funke Akindele had hit the internet which was also another big prank.
Some jokes were also circulated on Blackberry. Someone said that James Ibori had died in a London prison. Now that wasn’t really funny.
So how was April fool’s day for you? Did anyone play a joke on you that really got to you or did you play one on someone? What is the most memorable joke you’ve played or someone has played on you on April 1st?
Wishing everyone a great month!
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