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My Patriotism Story: A Joke in Action

am never giving up on Nigeria

am never giving up on Nigeria

Its yet another Independence anniversary for Nigeria and i have thought: what should i ramble about? Nothing pops up in my cheezy breezy weezy brain… i carried out a survey with two friends.

Sunday, my naughty friend suggested i write on “patriotism”. I declined because that would amount to betraying my conscience going by the connotative implication of the word “patriotism” hence, i cant say for sure ‘how patriotic i am’ judging by the fact that; i never recited the national anthem during NYSC orientation in camp; never remembered the nation in my sparingly morning devotion; have never worn anything green white and green(don’t even know what that connotes) and i have never made any known sacrifice for the nation aside forfeiting my meals in camp……so Mr. Sunday. What is patriotic about me when patriotism is not viewed from the perspective of the innateness school of thought?.

Mr. Suleiman suggested i, (his exact words) “write about the urgent need for a change of leadership, orientation of the masses about the brewing crisis and a host of other known issues”.

What my hommy meant by “host of other known issues is what am yet to decipher, since there was no known conference organized to itemize known issues after the Kutigi led romance that ended in 2014 and is already known.

Then as for his protest for a change of leadership, am wondering; could he be referring to a shift in political party? (I don’t think so, hey! No way, this dude is too sensitive not to know that the ruling party and the oppo-attacking are the same; could he be referring to the military taking over power? Nah! That guy enjoys his swags and freedom of expression and choice, especially with matters unconnected with the opposite sex, no way he will advocate for TYRANTS

Maybe he was referring to the youths. But how can that be? I remember him telling me during our undergraduate days….”oboy if i get dey opportunity na to enrich myself and my family oh…no time” ( his exact word). How can the same person advocate for his types to take over the helms of affair for change..nah.

Less I forget, he equally mentioned the orientation of the masses against the brewing crisis. Why the question of who the masses are in Nigeria is making the local pharmaceutical store in by neighborhood rich in the sales of paracetamol each time I search my head for the answer. I think the Anus-Horribilis of some slapsticks comedians from the south who are planning genocide and separation of Nigeria or the ongoing political genocide by the scariest element in the north should not be viewed as brewing crisis or the mindset of the masses (just thinking aloud).

With my glass of champagne raised acknowledging; Nelson Mandela, Fella Kuti, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Shehu Shagari, Michael Kombol,Ezekiel Asemah, Ngugi, Brutus, Achebe, Soyinka,Birago Diop, Gabriel Okara, Gever Celestine, Kayode Teslim, Ogujobi Jeremiah, Ifeoluwa, Timi Yesiebo, wordpress, Suleiman Isiaka, Dickson Ajogu, Opeyemi, my humble self and other black heroes who fought and are still fighting for the physical freedom of the black race……. i wish you guys a happy independence anniversary………thanks for flying with me.

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Freedom of the Body, Enslavement of the Soul

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
Reverberation of pains in my heart heaps.
Not for the open gate of obtainment;
Not for the apparent restiveness of my generation;
Not for my labouring mother;
Nor for my toiling father.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
I weep with melancholy glued to my face
Not for my mal-nutritional meals;
Not for the darkness of the night;
Nor the presences but lack of water.
Not for the liberation of your children,
For twenty children do not play for twenty years.
But, alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For this pain I shall but no longer bear.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For your light is now made visible darkness
And we must follow the path with no other light,
If we don’t, they say demons possess your body,
If we don’t, they say we question you,
If we don’t, they rebuke us;
They carry out all form of ritual to maim us.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For I am given to much ramblings
But what can I do with this vulnerable body of yours?
I fear that I may be converted.
Converted but not to the wisdom of thy doctrine.
But I fear I may be converted;
To the visible dark path they conjure.

Alight my uncanny heart oh! Creator,
For I too seek the root of all evil,
But in my quest I yearn for your undiluted wisdom,
To lead the untwisted path,
For thy time draw nigh,
When thy true illumination gives immortal life.

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My Believe and Unbelieve

I am push to this rambling after reading an exchange of book sorry, comment published by two walking encyclopedia on a post….@

The comment in parts reads…
“And who helped the white man steal the slaves that crouched in the belly of the whale on the way to the plantations in America? Tell me who? The white man has gone and Africans stagger, drunk from the rich red of millions that flowed in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.” (Stacilys)
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent”. (MLK)
“In any case, I guess it’s time for us to take responsibility we have dreamt of the past, we need to see the future and live”.(Timi)

Now, my thoughts aloud… What then is the problem with Africa’s backwardness. Could it be as a result of slavery or the long stay of the Whites?

                 My unbelieve

I don’t believe it’s from slavery. Every nation in the world had a form of slavery for longer than the transatlantic slave trade. For example, the Hebrews were taken from Israel by the Babylonians for years. Egypt had entire slave classes. In Eastern Europe the racial designation “Slavic” comes from the word Slav or “Slave”. Slavs as a culture were slaves for 1400 years. First by the Byzantines then by the Rus or Vikings. Not until the Communist Revolution were the Slavs free. They were owned by their Rus masters. I don’t believe it’s from the long presence of the White either, South Africa boast of being the most developed country in the continent is credited to the long overdue presence of the white man.

I don’t believe Africa is undeveloped because of the imperialism in Africa by Europeans. Europe may have; enslave,rape,colonize, brought diseases and stoled all of Africas resources like a thief at night. I Accept they attack Africans with their backs turn and now whites are paying the stupid Africans to kill each other for blood diamonds. Just so they can enjoy their diamonds in their western world. Yes, but it is the Africans who accept the pay to kill each other; it is them who kill each other not the guns handed them by the whites. Hence, gun don’t kill people, people kill people (DMX), it is them who bent their back to be ridden by the whites. Its them who are impoverishing themselves.(ask the hutu and tutsi people of Rwanda)

I don’t believe Africa is backward as a result of slavery. I believe it is a reason, but also because european colonization completely disturbed the political systems in many african countries. Few were able to avoid it like Ethiopia because they were strong militaristically and were led by good rulers, but the deterioration of the last Emperor due to Old Age, and the unwillingness to give in to a changing Ethiopia led to a coup and the placement of a corrupt Marxist government. Now the country is corrupt and not as mighty as they once were. The same could be said of many Eastern European countries who were occupied by the Soviet Union. Once the Soviets left, the new countries governments were left very weak and in the hands of the corrupt because many did not know how to run a country effectively and were looking out for their own self interests. When controlled by a power for so long, it is hard to establish a prosperous, stable, efficient government. (The case with my country).

                My believe

Different cultures have different stimuli, and react differently. Europe was lucky enough to benefit from both technological breakthroughs and mental attitudes that promoted exploration and conquest. In Africa those factors played out differently….Had West Africa not brought the idea of reserving a very fertile land for the gods therefore forbidding the cultivation of such land at the time agriculture was booming, perhaps history would have played differently in the field of agriculture for them….Had they value female education as much as male and never indulge in killing of twins, perhaps more brain would have been made available to contribute to nation building…..In many parts of Africa, they could wonder around and pick food, no effort, little thinking, no need to develop too much….. Had Islam not dominated northern Africa. limiting trade and information exchange , perhaps history would have played differently. It is one of the fun things about history. We can speculate endlessly on the what ifs and the might have beens, as well as the why did it happen in the first place….but at the very end we should learn to take the blame for our state of being is our doing and the earlier we stop looking back and pointing accusing fingers..the better for us….now over to you…tell me your believe and unbelieve……peace.

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