World Post Day Nigeria 2018

WORLD POST DAY NIGERIA 2018 – POSTCARDS AND STAMPS, THE SIAMESE TWINS

WORLD POST DAY NIGERIA 2018

As some of you are aware, I have been celebrating World Post Day since I got to know about it in 2011. World Post Day is celebrated every October 9th to bring awareness to the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses. It is also set aside to appreciate Postmen and Postwomen who ensure we get our letters and/or parcels everyday. During this day, I’m usually remained of Postman Pat, one of my favorite childhood cartoon characters *smiles*

To commemorate World Post Day in Nigeria, Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd collaborated with the Lagos Philatelic Club to host an event. The Lagos Philatelic Club is a group of stamp lovers and collectors in Lagos, Nigeria. There are other Philatelic Clubs around Nigeria who also celebrated World Post Day.

 

ABOUT THE PHILATELIC WORLD

Philatelist are those who collect and study stamps. Some philatelist do not collect stamps, they just prefer to study them. Many casual stamp collectors, like me, collect stamps for fun without worrying about the tiny details. Like I prefer collecting stamps that come with postcards.

During the World Post Day Nigeria event, we discussed the history of Philatelic and how countries all over the world are keeping the stamp collection hobby active and alive. In Nigeria, the hobby is still growing, though it is mostly among the older generation. The younger generation are hardly aware of the hobby and only a hand full are actively involved.

There is need to keep the hobby alive in Nigeria and to create awareness about the importance of Stamp collection. Some of the benefits of stamp collections are as follows:

(1) Connecting with people from around the world: You get to experience cultural exchange through collecting stamps from within and outside your country. You also get to make new friends with those you swap stamps with from around the world.

(2) Making money from collecting stamps: The famous Penny Black stamps go for a very high price, because it is the first made stamp in the world. It is a Stamp Collector’s most wanted collection. Collectors do swap and sell their stamps. Rare stamps are usually the best sellers.

(3) Trains one to be patient and careful: Collecting stamps is no easy feat, especially when looking for particular stamps that you want. You will need to hunt for them everywhere. Because of stamps’ fragile nature, one needs to also be careful while handling them so that they do not spoil. To preserve them you will need to put them in a proper place, usually in a stamp album.

(4) Information about others countries and culture: This is my favorite reason. I love stamps that show the culture of where it comes from. Most stamps have pictures of artifacts, natural resources, monuments and things that represent the country’s culture and history.

 

There are other opportunities that come with being a Stamp Collector. But the ones I mentioned above are the major reasons. Even though sending mails through post offices have become ‘old school’ in this digital age, the Postal Service in some countries are still very much active. People still send parcels, mails, postcards, perishable and non-perishable goods around the world. For example, The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has revamped their services and have been quite effective. The only issue I have with NIPOST is their tarrif that they recently hiked. It has made sending postcards which was among the cheapest thing to send, very expensive. The cost of sending postcards outside Nigeria has doubled.

 

POSTCARDS AND STAMPS – THE SIAMESE TWINS

Deltiologists are people who collect postcards as a hobby. As a Postcard collector, I love the feeling of receiving and sending postcards. I love the fact that someone takes their time to write me a handwritten note and that the postcard goes through many places to get to me. For most postcard collectors, the picture side of the postcard is of the greatest interest because it tell stories about the place it comes from. There are some postcard collectors who prefer postcards that have not passed through the mails. While most Stamp collectors are usually not interested in postcards until they have passed through the mail.

Both postcard and stamp collectors recognize the connections  between the two hobbies. Meriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a postcard as “A card on which a message may be written for mailing without an envelope and to which the sender must affix a stamp”. This definition clearly shows how important both postcard and stamp need each other to thrive. That’s why they are identified as ‘The SiameseTwins’.

Postcard collectors also have the same benefits with stamps collectors, as mentioned above.

 

POSTCROSSING PLATFORM AND LAGOS LAIDBAC POSTCARDS

During the event, I had the privilege to talk about two of my favorite brands that make sending and receiving postcards fun and educative.

Sending and collecting Postcards in Nigeria is seen as a wired hobby. I always have people asking me why I’m interested in such an ‘out-dated’ hobby. For me, I see postcard as one of the best ways to learn about other people’s cultures though travelers and locals. Postcards are marketing tools for promoting tourist destinations and a perfect cultural exchange program. That’s why I am a huge fan of Postcrossing. Postcrossing is a social media platform that allows people to send and receive postcards from random postcard lovers around the world.

I joined Postcrossing in 2014 by sending my first five (5) postcards to Asia, The Americas and Europe. I remember how excited I felt when I finally received my first post cards from a Postcrossers. My friends thought I was weird, and they still do! I had a great time explaining the process of how Postcrossing works during the event.
Joining Postcrossing is not fun if you don’t have real postcards to send. I got to know about Lagos Laidbac when I went on a quest looking for quality postcards. I got frustrated with the postcards I found at shopping malls. Most of them were either outdated or picture quality was not exciting to share with others. So I resulted to checking online and that is how I found Lagos Laidbac. They are an urban merchandise company that curates and manufactures gifts and souvenirs inspired by the Culture of Lagos. Their  postcards are affordable and depict the Lagos culture.
The Co-Founder of Lagos Laidbac, Chuck Nwachukwu, was a guest speaker. He shared his story about how his love for postcards started in his childhood days. He and his partner started Lagos Laidbac because they noticed the scarcity of quality merchandise such as postcards for tourists. To celebrate World Post Day, Lagos Laidbac donated postcards to the Lagos Philatelic Club.
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NIPOST CELEBRATING WORLD POST DAY

Our 2018 World Post Day Nigeria event held at Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) General Postal Office at Marina, Lagos. During the event, the Deputy General Manager Philately, Nigeria Philatelic Bureau (NIPOST), Mrs. Olufunmilayo Ogunlana, gave a brief history about NIPOST and how they celebrated World Post Day with a road show. She also gave out free NIPOST Philately t-shirts to attendees. The President of the Lagos Philatelic Club, Mr. Bayo Fadiro thanked Mrs. Ogunlana and her NIPOST team for accommodating us and presented her with a gift, a key-holder with a Nigeria 1921 King George V 1d stamp. These stamps are very scarce and  rare. I loved the look of excitement on Mrs. Ogunlana’s face when she recognized the stamp….it was priceless! *smiles*

SENDING OF POSTCARD AND CANCELLATION

In the spirit of World Post Day and in honor of all our Postmen and Postwomen who serve us in all conditions, we sent out postcards to family, friends and even to ourselves. Our postcards were also stamped with 9th October, 2018 Cancellation to celebrate the commemorative day. A Cancellation is a postal marking applied on a postage stamp or postal stationery to deface the stamp and prevent it from being re-use.  You can learn more about Cancellation mails here.

APPRECIATION TO THE LAGOS PHILATELIC CLUB

I will like to say a heartwarming “Thank You” to the Lagos Philatelic Club, most especially the President, Mr. Bayo Fadeiro and the Vice-President, Mr. Laja Shoniran, for collaborating with Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd to celebrate this commemorative day.

MY NACK STAMP DRESS

My NACK Stamp dress was the talk of the day and I was asked to do a fashion parade to show it off. People loved the colorful Nigerian stamps on the dress. I remember when I first saw this dress, I knew I wanted to rock it for World Post Day. And I am glad I did.
N.A.C.K which is  defined as the Nigerian Articulate Culture Kullection, is a casual fashion brand that promotes both Nigerian and African culture. You can get the NACK Stamp dress here. You can also get other NACK stamp outfits here.

2019 WORLD POST DAY NIGERIA PICTURES

Enjoy more pictures of the commemorative day. All photo credit goes to Sir Inyene Photography.

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