The Beard: A hot trend or a terrorist threat?

Snapshot_20151223I was apprehended by my landlord earlier today whilst I was on my way out to shoot some 8-ball and it wasn’t to give me some Christmas cheer I assure you. He asked me what I thought about the ongoing crisis in and out of Nigeria i.e. terrorism. I told him it was all rather unfortunate that the present government cannot give the public the assurance that there is adequate security in place. All that was left, I concluded, was to pray for a positive change. He agreed. But what he went on to say was not what I was prepared for. He expressed his concern for my full beard.

Apparently my landlord believes these are dangerous times where my bearded look can easily have me mistaken for a terrorist. I beg to differ. If terrorists could only be identified by beards and this was common knowledge then the directive from government should be thus: ‘Any man caught sporting a full beard will be imprisoned and assumed to be a member of Boko Haram or ISIS‘.

My question now to you dear readers is this – Do you think I should shave my beard off completely come 2016? I’ll put a poll up and leave you to decide for the rest of 2015. The power is in your hands…

8 thoughts on “The Beard: A hot trend or a terrorist threat?

  1. The subject came up in one of Shakespeare’s plays and was addressed thus by one of the characters: ” He who wears a beard shows that he is more than a youth, he who does not shows that he is less than a man.” So you see, terrorism has nothing to do with it. Wear your beard with pride, my friend and worry not what others might think!

    • Thanks Benn, I really appreciate the Shakespeare reference. I’ve been wearing it all this while not caring what people think even at the office, so I can relate with what you’ve said. Eventually I envisage I will get tired of the look – it’s fast becoming an ‘epidemic’ in my neck of the woods. Well, well Mr. Bell time will tell 🙂

  2. Sorry brother, but when I saw your photo, scrolling through my WordPress app, first thing I thought was “Why is the crazy Nigerian sporting a terrorist beard?”

    Your landlord was right. Of course, on the other hand you could call it camouflage. 😉

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