National Association of Seadogs: Capoon or Capone?

National Association of Seadogs: Capoon or Capone?

The Leaders of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) a.k.a. the Pyrates Confraternity are commonly known in public as “Capoons”. The word Capoon is a slight corruption of the “Cap’n” which in turn is a slight corruption of the word “Captain”. The leaders of the international body and chapters of NAS are thus Captains, colloquially Capoons. Some scribes of NAS have even chosen to use the more formal term “President” to match corporate ambitions.

It begins to be puzzling when the Leaders of NAS eschew the aforementioned nomenclature ascribed to them and choose to adopt the term for the leader, “Capone”. It is true the effects of novel and film, The Godfather, on the psyche of Nigerian males is inestimable. (See Nevertheless, no one expects an organisation guided by the” lofty” 4-7 Creed and “sworn” to ‘fight the ills of society’ to be obsessed with ‘Al Capone envy’ or ‘Al Capone imitation’. Well, Al Capone envy and imitation is, perhaps, now a part of NAS Leadership expectations. Al Capone himself would have been impressed. No one within NAS can plead ignorance of the term “Capone” and its implications, most of them know US mafia history like they had studied it at university.

Why is Capone the preferred term of choice for the Leaders of NAS over Capoon, Cap’n and President? It will continue to remain a puzzle.


Grimot Nane


  1. Hello Dr Nane, as usual its a very interesting article. My take on it is that names are important or else parents would name their children after Lucifer and the Devil. Pyrates who are named after these evil spirits might wonder why they have been named so. Whatever the case a name is a significant identity and is a valuable asset whose reputation has to be protected throughout the life time of the bearer. May be the Pyrates Confraternity is changing its identity and modus operandi. Only time will tell……

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