Former Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi and some other Nigerians on Wednesday say that young girls are still accepting flowers and cards as gifts during Valentine season.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the advent of the computer age and introduction of smart phones has not stopped the age long tradition.
NAN reports that there was a school of thought that said that giving flowers and cards as gifts during Valentine’s Day had become obsolete and overtaken by sms messages and other creations on smart phones and android phones.
According to the immediate past Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, flowers have strong emotional value in the hearts of girls which cannot be likened to prints on the social media.
“I strongly believe that cards do have an indelible emotional attraction to both sense of sight and touch unlike the messages on social media,” she said.
An entertainment expert, Adelokiki Adeyomi, said that flowers were still in vogue but usually presented as gifts in a more matured way.
“Flower says a lot from the giver to the receiver compared to cards; it shows an accurate expression of love from the giver, unlike the cards that merely inform,” he said.
The Executive Director of Girl Child Circle, an NGO, Olaoluwa Abagun explained that the motive behind the gift was more important than the physical worth.
Similarly, Richard Akinlade, an event manager, and a Master of Ceremonies, (MC) said that flowers carry more emotion than print from the giver.
“Giving flowers, though an alien practice is symbolic because it tells a better expression of one’s feelings of love and beauty that flower represents,” he said.
However, Adebowale Akanbi-Akinlade, the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Ogun, believed some Nigerian girls presently were not accepting flowers as gifts on Valentine’s Day because of the craze of materialism.
“ I wish to say that 30 percent of those not exposed might still accept it and I think Nigerian girls accept more valuable gifts, such as Iphones, wigs, shoes and bags,” she said.