The Voice of the People

Pastor Adeboye(L) seated on the chair meant for the Ooni of Ilé Ifè: Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (R)

Kabiyesi, may your days be long. K’ádé ó pé lórí, kí bàtá pé lésè. May Olódùmarè continue to guide and direct you.

Since you assumed office, I, just like everyone who has eyes — and even the blind —have observed your efforts at seeking peace among, as well as progress for all Yoruba, and by extension Nigeria and the black race in general. I pray at the end your sincere efforts shall bear bountiful fruits.

A few days ago, I happened upon the news of you offering your chair to pastor adeboye as a show of your humility toward God. I must say the news really shocked me, as it must have done a great many Yoruba men and women. I was going to say something about it immediately, just like everyone else, but then decided to consider the issue from all sides. At the end, I must say your majesty I see no reason for that act. While I see nothing bad in humbling oneself before the almighty, I also understand that the almighty has created order in all things, so that things may always be done properly.

Your majesty was reported to have made a statement to the effect that no one is greater than the Almighty, and pastor Adeboye was representing the Almighty at that particular time. Regardless of my personal opinion(s) on the latter point, and assuming it to be true, may I be permitted to remind your majesty that every other spiritual leader — from anywhere in the world, and representing any religious organization — also has a right to the claim of representing the Almighty, and I believe your majesty would not take it upon yourself to judge who might have a true claim or otherwise. Does your majesty then plan to repeat this act everytime a religious leader visits the palace (and I mean any one from any religious organization)?    If not, why not?

I am also constrained to remind your majesty that by virtue of being the Ooni of Ile Ife — a post which you have attained only by the will of the Almighty — you are second to the almighty as well as being the sole spiritual head and paramount representative Olódùmarè here on this plane. By virtue of this fact, I daresay that your majesty has no business bowing or scraping to any religious leader regardless of said person’s apparent status.

Keep striving for good Kábíèsí. At the end, you cannot but be rewarded with success.
From a concerned Yoruba man. 

Do What Thou Wilt

I was listening to an entertainment programme on radio this morning. The talk touched on hyperosmia — acute smell perception— then turned to nose shapes and sizes. The one presenter talking about his preference for the African — wide open — nose, while the other said she preferred the Caucasian — “pointy pen” as she called it— nose type. Then on whether she would get herself a pointy pen nose via surgery and she was like HELL NO, no surgery, with the hacking and hammering and all… 

A lot of people, I know would share this same sensibilities. Why put myself through such pain just to have a type of nose, just for the sake of fashion. While I agree with this assessment myself, we must all realize we’re not nearly as practical as we make ourselves out to be. Though we might not be willing to put ourselves through a short period of direct physical pain for the sake of cosmetics/fashion, we do a lot of little things for which we bear little — sometimes imperceptible — long term pain, just for the sake of fashion. Even, a lot of us bear varying degrees of direct physical pain just for the sake of fashion.

Would it not be well for all to be as they would be? 

State of the Nation

For more than a year now, Over 50% of the states in Nigeria have defaulted to some extent — great or small — in the payment of salaries to civil servants.

One of such states currently owes a backlog of about eleven months, which has prompted an almost incessant strike action in one of the state’s institutions of higher learning. Lecturers stay away from work, and students — a great majority being products of mediocre primary and secondary education — suffer the brunt of this action.

Whereas a normal academic Semeter is supposed to last about four months, the semester’s academic work is crammed into a period of about six weeks interrupted intermittently by months-long strikes.

Another problem is the near lack of facilities to provide the students an environment conducive for learning. The only lecture theatre available is an eight hundred seater auditorium without a public address (P.A) system or fans. Imagine the strain on a lecturer having to teach a class of 800 — usually more than 1000 students are crammed into the hall — without a P.A system, or that on students who have to stand under a shed or in a poorly ventilated, over crowded hall to learn mathematics or mechanical drawing…

If at the end of the day, the students, after being subjected to so much strain, are unable to perform up to expectation, can they be blamed?

If the lecturers don’t give their best — as even those who try still can’t make the most of their efforts, due to the prevailing limiting factors — under the prevailing conditions, can they be blamed?

Who’s responsible for rectifying these problems, Can anyone explain their failure to remedy the situation, Is there any way we can aid the solution of these problems??? 

P.S This problem is not limited to just one sector nor one state of the country.