A waste of space
I visited Stonehenge today. In researching about it before coming, I learned that the place attracts more than a million visitors a year!
Look at it this way: an adult ticket to Stonehenge is £22. You are encouraged to make a £5 donation as well, but let’s stick with the lower figure…
By the time we finished the tour, you can’t leave the Stonehenge ground without passing through the gift shop. Unless you are an absolute Philistine, you are going to leave the gift shop probably £30 lighter. So we’re looking at £52.
As you’re stepping out of the gift shop to head to the car park, the sweet smells of the kitchen assault your nose and remind you that you have been walking around for the last four hours.
Meal: £10, so the whole excursion (minus travel and lodging) cost me £62.
Stonehenge gets an average of 1,000,000 visitors a year… Just by having a set of stone slabs, Britain generates more in revenue each year than 34 of Nigeria’s 36 states.
We have Iya, the Great Bini Walls in Edo.
We have Sungbo’s Eredo in Ogun.
We have the Kano Walls in Kano.
Though not as old as Stonehenge, these are pieces of evidence that our ancestors were every bit as creative and great as their European counterparts. Yet what have we done? Sit on our arses and wait to share oil proceeds each month.
To quote the late, great Pius Adesanmi, “Nigeria exists so that the world will see how not to run a country.”