Nigerian teachers joined their counterparts in the world to mark the World Teachers’ Day on Saturday but an error spotted on the banner displayed during the celebration got many talking on social media.


World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day, is celebrated globally every year on October 5.

In commemoration of the event, a march-past was organized by some teachers in Abuja.

A photo of the march-past, however, surfaced online showing some teachers carrying a banner in which the “march” was wrongly spelt as “match”.



Quite a number of Nigerians including Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, could not contain their disappointment as the blunder got many talking on Twitter

“Dear Lord. So no one checked that banner to see that a “match” should not be brought near that banner while the teachers are on their March Past? What a day, it has been in our Land. “Cry the Beloved Country”. May our weeping only endure for a night& joy come in the morning,” she wrote.

While some users tackled the teachers for the failure to spot and correct the error before the event, others faulted the printer of the banner.


“You know that is just a mistake by the artist and they probably didn’t crosscheck it. It happens to everyone. Even CNN and BBC with all their professionalism still do such mistakes and billions of viewers see it. Let’s not take this little mistake as one big issue,” a Twitter user said.

“This country though…. match kor…. lighter nii….the future is bleak oooo,” another user said.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:









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