Imagine Fela was never a musician (Some things parents could do better)

I was listening listening to the radio last night and a popular Nigerian juju musician was being interviewed. His parents had decided he studied medicine but four years into university he left to join an established juju musician’s band.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti

This story is akin to that of Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti who studied music instead of medicine which parents desired. At my convocation about a fortnight ago, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, an agricultural economist per excellence also relayed his own experience on a path that led him away from his father’s desire to see him become a medical doctor to one of becoming a very viable figure in  Africa’s development as well as global economic and agricultural growth.
I myself was had a similar experience as my parents -both nurses- tried all they could to convince to study medicine and all to no avail -ambition projection? 

I’ve imagined a lot of times myself how such musical genius as Fela’s, the economic brilliance of an Akinwumi Adesina or the good works of a lot of others who’d veered off path could have been lost to us had they walked the path their parents or guardians desired, unthinkable you say?

Well, that seemingly dreadful occurrence is commonplace in our society today as it has been for centuries. It appears most parents have foundered dreams which they cost on their off springs in order to attain some level of closure-however inadequate.

Just as it is with career, a whole lot of us find that all aspects of our lives have been mapped out at least to some extent by family and society. The parents’life choices are foisted on the children without any thought of giving even a cursory notice to the children’s points of view(s). The child is automatically associated with the parent(s) religious creed, are expected to develop an interest in the parent(s) occupation and so on.

I understand parents do all they do with the prime aim of heroin their children get the best out of life, but I am also of the opinion that it would bode well for the family as well as society at large if individuals are enjoined to develop as individuals and carve their own niches instead of being raised with the expectation of growing into a pre-formed mould. Life is sometimes best considered with the simple minds of a child, no?


One problem I have with most religions in Africa

I was in church the other day with my parents when the pastor (prophet actually), fired up with the spirit of Nigerian Pentecostal Christianity started to give instances of miracles and wonders that had come to be as a result of his prayers. He relayed the story of a young lady who had been diagnosed with “schizophrenia or something like that” a condition that made her see things that weren’t there and how he cured her with the power of prayers, and personally I have no problem with him or his claims until he mentioned that sickness -physical and mental- are all caused by evil spirits and looking around, I saw healthcare practitioners (doctors and nurses who have witnessed the efficacy of physical treatment and drugs in improving health) nodding in agreement.

Now, I know there are ailments caused or worsened by an unhealthy state of mind, but to claim that ALL AILMENTS are caused spiritually and such a claim be accepted by supposed experts shows one of the major problems we have in this part of the world, which is undue appeal to inexpert (mostly religious authority)…

Beasts of Nigeria

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland…

For those of us who’ve come across the animal farm on George Owell’s estate, we know the concluding part of that poem.
I was just going over that poem and it dawned on me that Nigeria is filled with “Beasts of Nigeria” toiling for “Tyrant men and Pigs“, and aren’t concened about breaking off of the chains of tyrany…
Any opinions on why this is so?