News Brief

Alternative Proverbs: Trump's Favorite "Irish" Blessing Is Actually a Poem Written By a Nigerian

Trump shares his "favorite Irish proverb" during his St.Patrick's Day address, but it's actually a poem written by Nigerian writer, Albashir Adam Alhassan.

Last night Donald Trump gave his first St. Patrick's Day address alongside Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny.


He began his speech by addressing the importance of America's relationship with the Irish. "As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of an Irish proverb – and this is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it," said Trump.

He proceeded to share the following quote: "always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you."

It turns out that this "Irish proverb" that Turmp claims to love so very much is actually a poem credited to Nigerian writer and banker, Albashir Adam Alhassan, born in Kano State, with no known ties to Ireland.  Read the alternative Irish poem below.

A White House spokesperson told The Hill that the poem was “originally supplied in an email on March 8 by the State Department via the National Security Council, as building blocks in advance of this event. These building blocks were supplied in the context of the Shamrock Ceremony and were ultimately used in the prepared remarks for the luncheon."

Ok, whatever.

All of this is just too good for folks to not make fun of. I mean, where do we even begin?

Though an opportunity to roast Trump should never be missed, there has been some speculation as to whether or not the poem is actually written by Alhassan, as it appears on a number of websites as an Irish proverb. The Guardian is reporting that the quote first appeared in a journal back in 1936. There's been no confirmation from Alhassan as of yet, but either way, we're not letting Trump live this one down that easily.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Featured
Supplied

Ugandan Sports Maven Usher Komugisha Is Preparing To Spread Her Wings

After successfully commentating at the recent Basketball Africa League held in Kigali, award-winning sports journalist and analyst Usher Komughisha is dead set on pursuing a new challenge.

Most times, when we think of sports industry personalities, especially in Africa, the first name that springs to mind is usually that of a male. Women, however, are increasingly breaking barriers and taking up their rightful positions everywhere in society. And it's so inspiring to watch!


Usher Komugisha continues to defy the odds, and she is rising to become a household name in the sports industry in Africa. If you followed the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) competition that kicked off on May 16, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda, then you definitely know who we are talking about. With great power, control and a unique voice, Usher commanded the attention of basketball lovers in the 215 countries it was broadcasted to.

Usher's bubbly personality, which shone through when I first contacted her telephonically, brought warmth, a sense of comfort and for a minute it felt like we'd been friends for eternity. Below, she fills us in on her sports career and (near) future plans...

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.