US president, Donald Trump has mistakenly make Nigerian poet famous when he mistook the poet’s work for an Irish proverb.
As part of events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s patron saint’s holiday,Trump had welcomed the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny to the White House. And the twitter-loving president decided that the time was ripe to share a piece of wisdom of the ages.
“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that 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, who then went ahead to quote the ‘proverb’.
“‘Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.’ We know that, politically speaking, a lot of us know that, we know it well, it’s a great phrase.’’
But the citation prompted bewilderment from many Irish social media users, who professed to have never heard the phrase in their lives.
After much online merriment, one user managed to identify the apparent source of the proverb: a poem entitled “Remember to Forget” by Albashir Adam Alhassan, a Nigerian poet who reportedly hails from the northern state of Kano and is in his 30s.
As well as Ireland, St. Patrick is also the patron saint of Nigeria. So, maybe Trump did not stray too far off.