For the benefit of those of you who don't speak Our First Language (and that includes most Irish people) an madra dubh means ‘the black dog’. I've had a number of posts from a Nigerian cultural enricher here, who has appropriated this name, and I reproduce an extract below.
Inter alia, he congratulates me on the fact that I publish contrary views. For his benefit, and for anyone else’s, let me be clear that I print all comments with the exception of the highly repetitious (e.g. if I get 100 comments saying ‘absolutely brilliant post, superb, fantastic’ I’ll publish just one or two) or the totally incomprehensible And as you know, I've also published quite a number which have been offensive and deeply hurtful to me, and my beloved Lady S, especially those focusing on our somewhat full figures. So I'm not afraid of opposition.
Now to what an madra dubh says. Here’s an extract
“I laugh at you all...Such petty bickering when people are dying of starvation, disease, in the third world, while the western world is in the midst of economic crisis (Nigerians to blame??).
I pity you all, for while you haggle for scraps of who has higher IQ's, or supremely cultured beings, my Nigerian/Irish children will grow up to sort out your petty problems, just like Obama....Please wake up!!
I salute you Irish Savant! Ive probably had a pint with you at some stage, and "yes" I'm black, smart, succesfull, and famous. Guest of the Áras an Uachtaráin on two seperate occasions, with both Robinson, and McAleese....Integration is the only way. Tiocfaidh ár lá”
Note: Tiocfaidh ár lá means ‘our day will come’ and it is, or was, the catch cry of the Provisional IRA. But I'm sure he doesn’t mean it in that sense, rather that the native Irish will be overrun by the, er, New Irish, in due course. And of course he’s right in this.
And no, Dubh (may I call you Dubh?) I'm afraid we haven’t broken bread together. I've been to the Arus but not with the present incumbent, who shamelessly plagiarises the multi-purpose speech I specially wrote for her. And I wouldn’t get carried away with such an invite. I think every cultural enricher who’s made it to our shores has been invited by that pain in the arse.
Clearly Dubh doesn’t have much regard for you guys, the readers who provide such witty and informative comment to this blog. “Such petty bickering when people are dying of starvation, disease, in the third world, while the western world is in the midst of economic crisis (Nigerians to blame??).”
No, I don't think you’re to blame for the west’s economic crisis. But I sure as hell think – make that know - you’re to blame for the fact that “people are dying of starvation, disease, in the third world”. Africans have made Africa what it is, and when they – you – come to the West you remake the West in Africa’s image. And that, Dubh, my friend, is the reason I'm not enthusiastic about vast numbers of your fellow countrymen making Ireland their home.
But, maybe I'm wrong in your case. You tell me you’re “smart, successful and famous”. I believe you, really. But in what field? Surprise, nay, stun me, by telling me you’re a neurosurgeon, a physics professor, or have incubated a technology company and brought it to international success. Maybe you have, and if you have, God bless you.
But I think it’s far more likely, make that totally certain, that you sup from the Diversity Industry trough, which is, as you doubtless know (being smart and successful), funded by Irish taxpayers such as me. And I certainly hope your success hasn’t come by way of the nefarious activities carried out by almost all your fellow Nigerians.
Tiocfaidh ár lá? Yes, your day will come. But unfortunately it will be by way of a leveling down for everyone. Something like what we see in South Africa today. Or in cities like Cleveland or Detroit.
Anyway, you’re welcome to the blog – in fact the difference between what I say and what ‘smart successful Africans’ think isn't that great. Because I know plenty!