Commit Or Commot!

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Commot- A common Nigerian word derived from broken English/slang, meaning “leave here” “get out” “go away”… you get the drift? and it’s usually used in scenarious where a person wishes to be assertive.

Commit- As we all know in the English language is to pledge, bind or devote yourself to a certain cause.
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You may wonder where I’m going with all this, so let me break it down to you why I’m choosing this phrase- “Commit or Commot” as my mantra this year, and perhaps from now onwards.

It all started on new year’s day when I and a group of friends came together to celebrate my good friend’s birthday who was born on the 1st of January. As the dinner carried on, we talked about our vision for the new year and so many other things, and as it usually does when a group of young men and women come together, the subject of relationships came up.
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As we shared our experiences and traded displeasure at varying attitudes we dislike about the opposite sex, one of the ladies aptly proclaimed that she was tired of all the games men of our generation play and then continued, “Any guy that I’m going to date this year, after 3 months had better commit or commot!” We all burst into laughter, but the phrase stuck with me, as you can imagine I’ve had my fare share of heart woes so I readily agreed and repeated: “Yes o, commit or commot!”
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However, although this was initially used to refer to relationships, days later after thinking about the conversation that night, I took it a step further to include various aspects of my life. So in my case, “to commot” wouldn’t only mean leaving unfulfilling relationships, but includes unfulfilling and unrewarding things in general that stagnate my growth in life- whether in work, love, friendships, relationships or energies.
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We all know someone that is all talk and no action. I hate to be that way and actively ensure that my actions back up my talk. So to you reading this post, I hope you’re not that person that is all bark and no bite, all talk and no walk or all dreams and no plans.
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Whatever your reasons or excuses are in life that are keeping you from going for your goals and that which you really want, you need to tell it/make it commot.

Yes, you heard me right, it’s time TO COMMIT OR COMMOT!
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No longer will you look at the obstacles and back away in fear. No longer will you sum up 101 reasons why what you really want in life will not work.
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You’ve got to pull all the source of energy in you and the inspiration around you and go for it. I want 2017 to be a launch pad, a successful and great year for you as I hope and work hard for it to be for me.
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Don’t be the talker, joker or class clown always.

Dear reader, commit or commot!


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…. and if you choose the latter, then you didn’t really want it anyway.


Love(albeit it tough) always,

Lize xx

Pictures taken in Essaouira, Morocco.



  1. Qutie

    February 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Nice piece.. im stealing dat “commit or commot”😊

    • Lize

      February 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Steal away 🙂

  2. Moji

    February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I really loved everything about this post!

    A barefeet shoot…Yass girl!
    You should totally make #CommitOrCommot a hashtag.😉

    • Lize

      February 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      haha thank you. I like the idea of the hashtag. Thanks babe.

  3. Charles

    February 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    What a pleasant and incisive read garnished with a Lil bit of humor. I hereby adopt “Commit or Commot” as my personal motto.

    • Lize

      February 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Charles. Sure, use away!:)


    February 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Commit or Commot.
    Na u go choose…

    • Lize

      February 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      yup. everyone has to make that choice

  5. Finja

    February 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Ohhh i love this!!! Just what i needed to hear tonight! Thanks for this. Xx finja

    • Lize

      February 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      you’re welcome Finja. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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