Fertile Deserts, Barren Paddies.

 

Good, yet incurably bad.

Stinking, sweet aromas.

Sad, smiling faces.

We loath and love simultaneously

We are of course being ourselves.

***

Barren rice paddies, filled with

empty husks, none to thresh.

Yet bellies awaiting filling,

bodies needing fuelling.

All shorn of themselves.

***

Deserts so fertile

with gore so sore.

No, not of produce.

Alas of pogrom.

Tragedies for us all.

***

Opposites, converses,

our discuss, all warped!

Common ground narrowed

by conversations so blithe,

offspring o’ fertile deserts, barren paddies.

 

© Adewale Adeniji. May 2018.

Alatika* United

 

A gallery attendee here,

A window dresser there.

That’s the way of it!

Pressure! Pile it on…

Except you deign another

4 years of dryness!

 

 

Another season of being

for all, yet for none!

Come on now, write yours ..

Yes, a letter you dimwit.

Pressure! Pile it on…

No more shoe string living.

 

 

Oh, how great were dem days

Breakfast in Dubai! Choi!!!

Croissant from Paris,

Caviar from Petersburg.

Cometh this man, cometh

starvation, privation!

 

 

Pile on the pressure!

He cannot even kaput in peace

Fool! Tight-fisted bastard.

Cause confusion, anarchy.

Trust our people, they’d

lap it all up. Write, grumble.

 

 

All aggrieved, unite!

Come, complain, harangue.

No more years, no more 

for the scroungy old fool!

Confuse every issue, 

Confound every one!

 

 

Coalition, yes! Nice word.

Tell the farmer, he is leading

the charge! What nonsense!

How can we live through 

another season of this man?

We are united. We love ourselves.

 

 

© Adewale Adeniji. 05/02/2018.

*Alatika – a local word meaning revellers.

Our Nation_MESSIAH COMPLEX AT IT AGAIN.

Our Nation_Obasanjo-buhari

At every point in our nation’s electoral preparation, my ‘towns man’, former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, turns up with what he believes to be pertinent interventions, on the incumbent.

Did that to his own anointed successor, Umaru Musa Yar’adua; did it to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who he had ‘anointed’ a few years earlier; and now to incumbent president Muhammad Buhari. And the narrative is usually the same – “he was not who I thought he was”, or “he is not as good as I thought” etc.

And how the media laps it up! Many who need little encouragement, who seek for justification for their views that nation really is bad, and irredeemable, wallow in it, and trumpet it abroad.

Well, not this fellow Egba man. Not just an Egba man, but from the same section as him (Owu)! Our villages are a in fact a few kilometres apart (he claims Ibogun Olaogun. Yours truly is from Abalabi). So, permit an ‘Insider’ to put across his humble take on this latest intervention.

Unlike most Nigerians and I daresay foreigners, some of us from the same neck of wood as OBJ know him wella! (permit my Nigerianese for “very well”). Which is what? If it is not of him, by him and for him, then it is not good enough. Anyone honest enough from the area I referenced above will tell you the same thing. Ask Owu people about what went down in the appointment and enthronement of the current Olowu of Owu. Ask the Awori people of Otta about some large tracts of land etc.

My take is this, OBJ has a messianic complex, which circumstance has ‘used to confuse’ him that he has a big say in all things Nigeria. But he is wrong. He is a mere mortal, with failings as or more than most! Yet, we continue to humour him prescience that no human being has. He is living long, yes. So do many other Nigerians. He has been thrust in leadership positions, yes. So have many other Nigerians, in other fields of endeavour. When was the last time you heard the doyen of Accountancy, Akintola Williams, pass caustic comments about the leaders of his profession after him, for example?

If Obasanjo, who has led Nigeria for almost 12 years – as Head of State for 3 years, 11 months and as civilian president for 8 years (the latter at an advanced old age! Note, he himself really does not know his age. He claims to be 80, whilst his surviving class and play mates as a kid are well into their 90s, some of who used to call him ‘egbon’ in primary school!!!), could not solve Nigeria’s multifarious problems, it is hypocritical of him to vilify those who have had less time in running the affairs of this nation!

Yar’dua had all of 2 years+, Jonathan almost 6 years. Both were his choice (directly and indirectly) PMB had had just over 3 years in total managing the affairs of Nigeria – 8 months as military Head of State, 2 years+ as civilian leader. Yet, OBJ, our OBJ, wants all to believe these leaders failed, while he succeeded? Okay o. Me, I get my thinking faculties intact!

Abegi, ebora Owu, pack common for road! Allow Nigeria some peace. Last time I checked you cannot be confused with being the God over Nigeria. Why not counsel privately? Why must it always be your voice heard on the roof top?

With respect from your “towns man”.

I WANNA WAGER A BET. IF OBJ REALISES THE RESPONSE TO HIS LATEST INTERVENTION IS NEGATIVE, EXPECT A DISCLAIMER! No, you people did not read the thing correctly; or (I love this one), it was sent out without my approval! Or, Trump-like, it is fake news!

© Adewale Adeniji. 23rd January 2018.

2017 SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITBITS. WEEK 50. GOALS & IMAGINATION.

GOAL SETTING
GOALS & IMAGINATION.
(First Published in December 2016)
 
According to the time of man, a new year is just around the corner as the current year enters into its throes of expiration. And as usual, many are setting out plans for the coming year. But how can you do this effectively?
 
The Almighty God is the best project manager in the world because He does nothing without planning. And that is His expectation for mankind – to plan in order to in a position to execute. Anyone who wants to build must first sit down and do a cost analysis, so that he would not become embarrassed, He counsels. SO IT BEHOVES EVERY SMART (WO)MAN TO SET GOALS TO SUCCEED!
 
Trust me, setting goals and achieving them ‘no be beans’ as we say in Nigeria’s local parlance. Meaning it usually is hard to match plan with reality. But there is a way out that I want to share today. That is where your IMAGINATION comes in.
 
A dictionary definition of ‘imagination’ is “forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses”.
 
Now, imagination is a sweet thing! I just love it. In your imagination, you can own the world! Nobody can interrupt your imagination, no negative comments can rain on the parade of your imagination, because the picture is in your mind. You own it and can apply it to your plans!
 
But the sweetest thing about imagination for me is that IT IS THE WAY GOD HAS OPERATED from time immemorial; the way He has achieved all He has and will continue to achieve! In fact God knows how potent a power the imagination is that He confessed that not even He can stop man’s imagination when deployed!
 
So, how can you deploy your imagination to set and achieve your goals?
 
First, you must learn to engage your mind in seeing the invincible. Remember our operative definition of ‘imagination’ above.
 
In other words, you must become a dreamer! Sit down and begin to picture in your mind where you want to go, what you want to become. Trust me, while the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the deep at re-creation, that was exactly what He was doing. Visualising in His mind’s eye the possibilities. By the time He commanded light to be, He already saw it happen in His imagination! And light had no choice but to burst forth!
 
Second, live with your imagination. What does this mean? Stay with the vision you have dreamt up! Never give up, NO MATTER THE OBSTACLES. Become another Brother Joseph. Of course, anyone who has not lived in your imagination; who does not know what you have dreamt up will tell you your plans can’t be achieved, or that it will be hard! Reference Joseph’s brothers and the Lord of Samaria upon who the king leaned!
 
Living in your imagination will also help when it appears nothing dey work, nothing dey shele! Just adopt a ‘no shaking’ attitude. The thing go work eventually if your liver no fail you! {Persist even when it appears nothing is happening. Do not chicken out!} So train your mind to keep your eye on the ball!
 
Finally, remain with an attitude of thanksgiving. Do not be your own enemy. Whilst waiting, keep doing the right thing, never cutting corners. Do not compromise; do not take the short cut. Keep trusting and praising He who owns the universe! Your period of waiting is just a test. Remember the tallest buildings must have the deepest foundations! Remember also that God does not measure time as man does, because He is time Himself. So, a long time to you might just be a blinking of an eye to Him!
 
I perceive in my spirit that the coming will be your best year yet. So, engage your imagination and plan your goals to success, good health, prosperity, enviable family etc. See that future you want in your mind’s eye – engage your imagination. YOU SHALL EXCEL! We love you.
 
For help, please contact us at salvationhouse@gmail.com or +2348098445165. Go and achieve!!!

Our Politics_ATIKU ON THE MOVE AGAIN!

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Atiku Abubakar

 
It is not in doubt that Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar is a politician with gravitas. A former Vice President of Nigeria, he cannot be called a novice, neither can he be accused of lack of political sagacity. In fact, former President Obasanjo, one of Atiku’s greatest critics, would be the first to admit so much. For those in the know, Atiku almost made OBJ a one term president! So, I acknowledge Atiku as a great politician. So, he would be a FORMIDABLE opponent to anybody any day. But he has been without desired success for the ultimate price so far …
 
If it is not fake news, then we have just heard that he has moved from the APC to PDP, completing as it were a cycle, having begun the 4th Republic politics in the PDP, serving as the second most powerful (some would reckon the most powerful)…

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Our Politics_ATIKU ON THE MOVE AGAIN!

 

Atiku Abubakar

 
It is not in doubt that Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar is a politician with gravitas. A former Vice President of Nigeria, he cannot be called a novice, neither can he be accused of lack of political sagacity. In fact, former President Obasanjo, one of Atiku’s greatest critics, would be the first to admit so much. For those in the know, Atiku almost made OBJ a one term president! So, I acknowledge Atiku as a great politician. So, he would be a FORMIDABLE opponent to anybody any day. But he has been without desired success for the ultimate price so far …
 
If it is not fake news, then we have just heard that he has moved from the APC to PDP, completing as it were a cycle, having begun the 4th Republic politics in the PDP, serving as the second most powerful (some would reckon the most powerful) political leader in the land. Waiting for him are PDP colleagues who saw him ditch the PDP, first for Action Congress (AC), then for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in hunt of that Golden Fleece – keys to ASO ROCK, the seat of Federal Executive power. And all of them know that he is still waiting for Godot regarding the said Fleece! So, they know what his motives are, ab initio, regardless of the reason adduced for his leaving the APC!
 
Every political strategist should know that you ought to obfuscate your real intentions in a game of thrones scenario! But now, he has lost that element of surprise! His potential rivals for the same Fleece can see him coming from a mile off! And the knives would be sharpened, would they not? What do I know? Am I even a politrickcian? (No error in the spelling, please).
 
But the real point of this piece is this: HOW WOULD WE AS A PEOPLE NORMALLY DESCRIBE A MAN OR WOMAN WHO CHANGE PARTNERS AT THE DROP OF A HAT?
 
The answer, my friends, cannot seriously be that because others do it, then it is alright! Otherwise, we all would be hypocritical, wouldn’t we? You do not agree? Tell me this, truthfully:
 
WOULD YOU AS A MAN OR WOMAN TAKE BACK A SPOUSE WHO HAS GONE ON A CIRCUMNAVIGATIONAL LOVE ROUTE? Would you say, yes there is freedom of movement in the constitution, so welcome back great lover? REALLY?
 
A truthful answer to that question IS THE POINT ABOUT TURAKI’S LATEST POLITICAL MOVE!
 
Pray, what will happen if he contest for (as is most likely) and still does not get the presidential ticket for the PDP?
 
I WISH THE TURAKI WELL, BUT HE WOULD NOT BE HAVING MY VOTE FOR THE REASON ADUMBRATED ABOVE.

African Politics_Crass Opportunism of ZANU-PF

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As a young man, I invested a lot of time, energy and my meagre resources to understand African political Renaissance, post-colonial era; and I believe I still understand the dynamics. So, my take on the crisis the major state that evolved from the Monomotapa Empire – Zimbabwe – is a bit deep.
 
That Robert Mugabe (now only de facto president of Zimbabwe) has overstayed his welcome as leader of this great people, is commonly accepted by all. Apart from being dictatorial (which many seem to focus on), he is also too old to understand the nuances of his nation and appears bereft of understanding what the real economic issues are anymore. On this last bit, Zimbabwe’s economy is comatose, primarily due to his inability to understand the major role free agricultural enterprise (read Zimbabwean white farmers) has with the overall well-being of the country!
 
But he alone cannot, and should not be allowed to carry the can, for this misrule of almost 4 decades! Main point of this piece.
 
And many are complicit, from his contemporary, Joshua Nkomo, who has since long gone; but under whose watch Zimbabwe slid into dictatorship, when he lamely consented to his ZAPU party to be swallowed by ZANU to form ZANU-PF (Unity Accord of 1987, pursuant to the GUKURANHUNDI – low level civil war between Mugabe’s government and the opposition). What if he had withstood the persecution but stood firm for the sake of Zimbabwe; after all evil thrives were good men keep quiet!
 
Also complicit is the so-called Zimbabwean National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). From their waged ‘war’ against white farmers (who were truly also Rhodesians/Zimbabweans) which led to the death of a once thriving agricultural base for the economy, to their active persecution of real and perceived enemies of Robert Mugabe, leading to a state of fear. What if they had as priority Zimbabwe and not Robert of Zimbabwe?
 
Also complicit is Morgan Tsvangirai, who traded the electoral victory of his Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) in the 2008 parliamentary elections to become a frustrated Prime Minister, in a brokered deal, only to lose in an official landslide to the party (ZANU-PF) he defeated 4 years earlier! What if he had not consented to South Africa’s pressure to trade his victory and opportunity of becoming president for the title of PM? Mugabe would have been long gone!
 
Then comes the ZANU-PF party itself. Carved in the image of Robert Mugabe just after the war of independence, it became the machine through which the enterprise of state was conducted with its attendant systems of patronage; thereby weakening state institutions! If Zimbabwe failed, a bulk of the blame should lie at the feet of the ZANU-PF!
 
Zimbabwe’s economy lies comatose, not just from the misrule of Robert, but from the collaboration and connivance of most of the leaders and bodies mentioned above, causing to fall flat on their faces these once proud Shona and Ndebele peoples.
 
So, you see my disbelief that these set of fellow travelers in ‘Bob’s’ party now seek to throw just their president under the proverbial bus! If Mugabe is liable to be kicked out of office, so should they all be thrown out! Where were they before Grace Mugabe became Robert’s wife? Were they not the same lot who said Mugabe’s first wife and revolutionary partner, the Ghanaian, Sally Mugabe, was a foreigner, not fit for government role? Yet they watched as Grace schemed her way into politics and verged on presidential power that threatened their collective survival before they woke up?
 
They are complicit in what Zimbabwe has become today, all these leaders, and particularly this party. They have no moral ground to abandon Bob of Shona land!
 
© 20/11/2017. Adewale Adeniji