What’s the opposite of Opportunist?

21 Mar

Lately,  my blog has been getting hits from Drima’s Blog since he included me in his latest post about Sudan. Therefore, I decided to take advantage of this free publicity and update my blog. Yeah, that’s right, how Lubna of me. I noticed that some of you commented on the fact that Lubna is an opportunistic gold-digging whore (not exact verbatim but you get the point.) I find this fascinating because I don’t personally see how her being married to Jiddo Ghani is in anyway linked to her being screwed over by her government and other journalists while she’s actually putting her reputation/future on the line to defend their very freedom to write crap about anyone else they wish to? I would call Lubna another O word other than Opportunist: Oprah. No, just kidding. I think she’s an Optimist. Lubna simply turned a very unfortunate situation to…a fortune. The woman had to leave her position with the UN, her family in Sudan, and move all because she wore pants. If she doesn’t deserve to write a book, I don’t know who does?

The disappointing stereotype about Sudanese people around the Arab world is that we are lazy. For a long time I suspected that this was because an Arab person stumbled into the house of a Sudanese person and saw that they have beds in their living room. Or a checkout lady in a store who was wondering why the Sudanese Lady at her counter was buying so many melayat (bed sheets) and concluded that Sudanese life must be one big slumber party (which isn’t so far off from the truth.) While my hypothesis might hold some truth to it, I think I might have a better understanding of where that stereotype came to be by simply observing the Sudanese psyche.

The opposite of Opportunist is: Sudanese. Folks, I wouldn’t critisize my people unnecessarily but for God’s sake have you seen the country recently? Have you seen how nonchalant people are about the state of their country? A lot of people seem to think that Omar Al Bashir will inevitably win the elections because he will manipulate the results. I personally think he won’t even have to because he’s luckily operating in an environment where no one is working hard enough to rise as a strong and decent contender. No one, as far as I’m concerned, is ceasing the opportunity of this upcoming election and it’s rather alarming. I only hope that more Sudanese people are going to become opportunists and take advantage of our country, because after all, successful capitalist countries were only built by opportunists.

I, the Sudanese Opportunist, approve this message (but disapprove of the laziness stereotype. It’s not funny)

7 Responses to “What’s the opposite of Opportunist?”

  1. Eu March 23, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    I think Lubna is an opportunist and I think that she’s living her dream right now, being based in Paris.

    Anyway I agree with your diagnosis of the collective Sudanese psyche – nonchalance and ‘tabkhees’ which is shooting initiative down from the word go – that can reach hateration levels at times.

    But the only constant…is change…

    The world is more inter-connected than ever before and the diaspora are making their mark.

    Taking a word off of your page I am…optimistic.

    Our co-linguists from the Gulf cannot call ‘anyone’ in the world ‘lazy’.

  2. Eu March 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm #


    I’m baffled as to why she completely misses out the historical and unprecedented significance of Sudan’s Presidential contest including a woman.

    I wish she would contextualise her views a bit by for example comparing Sudan’s electoral line-up with the democratic experiences of other developing countries – India for example.

    Not that I’m justifying it, on the contrary hereditary politics is despicable, but a Ghandi has to lead the NCP (of India) and a Bhutto the PPP of Pakistan…
    That being the case a world class economist Sikh was chosen to lead India’s NCP government, unfortunately we lack that concept of ‘merit’ in Sudanese politics.

    She also completely overlooks the issue of ‘policies’ – who is proposing what?

    Does the fact that Arman is new and different mean that he will be a panacea to Sudan’s pressing challenges?

    The lack of prescriptive policy proposals is what irks me – especially those who have been heads of parties for 50 years – they have no excuse not to offer a documented political manifesto.

  3. Sudanese Guardian March 25, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    Please, please, please, please Sudanese optimist. Please blog more 🙂 I am waiting 🙂

  4. Concerned Sudanese April 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I think the whole ‘laziness’ stereotype is more than just groundless assumptions.

    When researchers want to analyze the reasons why a country prospered, they would generally look at indisputable facts and tangible evidence.
    They tend to ignore the ’causes’ of these reasons.

    For example,

    “Japan was able to reach a developed-country status in the early twentieth century because, approximately 50 years prior to that, the Meiji government initiated various political, economic and social reforms. The reasons for such rapid development in such a short duration were many, amongst these is Japan’s yearning to become a respected world power and to secure its place in the modern world. ”

    Researchers would not normally go so far as to mention the innate characteristics of the Japanese people that caused the political activism of that period. My point is, the reasons why African countries nowadays are so backward could be more inherent than due to widely-accepted reasons such as civil wars and such. I’m not saying that we are doomed to suffer eternally or anything, it’s just that we may be lacking the characterisitcs needed to get up on our feet.

  5. Eu April 6, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Japan was never colonised…

    Africa was of course and the proponents of colonialism were enthusiastic social-Darwinists – tweaking science to ‘prove’ that Africans were less inclined to success than other races…

    Japan is also one of the very few ‘nation States’ – with one ethnicity and one language – unlike Africa which is heterogenous and ‘tribal’.

    Did the Meiji spend a ridiculous amount of money on a monument symbolising the rise of their nation or did they just get down to it?


    Shame on President Wade!

    Regardless of everything I remain optimistic.

  6. Moe Sudan July 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I accidentally came across this precious blog & I agree with every word of your post,
    well said sister.

  7. sudaneseoptimist August 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks Moe! 🙂

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