Aje Butter Vs Aje Pako
The above expression are seemingly exclusive to Nigeria and Nigerian. They came into common usage following the distinction between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. While Aje butter refers to the rich, Aje Pako is a tag for the poor and struggling class. These terms are Yoruba slangs. Aje butter literally depicts a person that eat butter, one who enjoys a rosy life, usually pampered and often lazy. Aje Pako on the other literally means a person that eat 'stick '. It refers to a person going through serious stress and hardship in life. It is the sharp contrast of the Aje butter.
These adaptation emerged from the general Nigerian conception that only the children of the rich had their bed buttered, while the ghetto and the hard-lifers seldom had bread, not alone affording the luxury butter. If they had bread at all, then it was often the cheap and low-quality type that tastes like stick. If a Nigerian says 'God has buttered his bread', it definitely points to material fortune. Hence, butter upon bread simply depicts a good life.
However, not loosing sight of this disparity, we beseech the rich to always do good to let some butter fall off their table for the waiting Aje Pako. The rich should know that life is not a freezing chill of air conditioned room for everybody. Not everybody can afford the luxury of butter! Yet we all have the image and likeness of God. When the Aje butter fails to come to the aid of the Aje Pakos, the country possibly becomes Jaga jaga. JAGA JAGA is a Nigerian slang that describes a state of disorder, chaos and rancor.
Now the country becomes jaga jaga when the butties are not sensitive to the plight of the Pakos. If the Aje butters refuse to give a piece of bread to the Aje Pakos during the day, the Aje pakos might just be compelled to come take the loaf at night. So, the poor can not sleep since they are hungry & the rich can not sleep since the poor are awake.
We are tired of this jaga jaga situation. We need the Fresh air. We know it will come;but how soon, we do not know. While we wait, let us pray!