Archive | October 2016

What Goes Round ….

That chief, fortunate bagger, he be.

Ligali marries two women at once!

Alas, he neither of them loves … but

the King has decreed it, coloured as ‘favour’.

She whom he truly adores, his eleyinjuege*

this aponbepore* for who, day and night, he pines, 

Another’s love captive be!

Who says life cannot a shrew be?

Recompense for his progenitor’s sin.

Tale told of his grand daddy, a chieftain

who for power sake, two women slay,

on the road to the market place;

frenzied to show his might as Balogun*.

Got away with murder, he did, but the women’s kin, 

Aworo, the diviner, noted for vengeance, 

swore Balogun’s generations will love in vain!

Who says life’s not Karma? Two generations 

hence, Kigali, Abese Oba*, dogs

the Oba’s every movement, even as

Royalty visits his harem, where he swoons

on the favours of she who Abese adores.

Of a truth, Abese must egg the Oba on:

“Well done sire, grind harder!”

What goes round does come round.

Glossary:
* eleyinjuege – Beautiful doe eyes

* aponbepore – Light complexioned beauty

* Balogun – Head of King’s Army

* Abese Oba – Chief that accompanies the King on all missions
© 26th September 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

The Harem … Part 3.

How on earth did they cope,

Rulers of dynasties old?

What strength possessed them

To rule roost o’er these cesspools?
Kingdoms ruined, alliances bust

By shenanigans of the Harem politics

Fortunes, hard won, easily lost

Yet, this institution endures.
Why on earth do men do this,

Pursuit of flesh to gratify flesh?

Who can man save from this pull of

the sweet and sour taste it bodes.
Harems, meant to show man’s prowess

Yet in deed shews forth women’s might

As birds a nectar draws, men always drawn

To that which eventually his death makes!
(The end… Or is it?)
© 25th September 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

Our Nation_The Curse of Nollywood

Fellow Nigerians, I, like you, have been assailed in the last two days by 2 ‘burning’ issues in our polity (No, not the recently hot topic of the DSS/’Corrupt Judges’ saga). These are the twin issues of Aisha Buhari’s BBC Hausa interview, where she publicly gave counsel to the man she sleeps in the same house with; and Reuben Abati’s discourse on the ‘cursed’ Aso Villa, seat of Nigeria’s presidency, a sort of hammer house of horror tale.
In fact, yesterday evening, a dear friend and brother, (tagged in this post) called and urged me to start a discussion on Abati’s article published in a national daily. 
I have resisted that particular invite until this evening when my Babe casually mentioned something in a discussion on an unrelated issue.
What strikes me in the manner of our discuss these days is that it appears we have lost all propriety and balance. Vitriol (often transferred aggression more than any thing else) dominates almost all discussions. The implication is that we just jump on every issue without recourse to introspection, and just unload. 
I have quite a number of friends I follow on social media – and it always amuses me no end when having unloaded their preconceived views at the beginning of every new issue, they gradually climb back down when better reasoning surfaces! Maybe you have also noticed? 
So, how does this affect these twin issues I identified above? 

PMB was in Germany when ‘Aishagate’ (as a friend uncharitably called it) broke. And to town we all went, talking about ‘the other room’!; about the fact that PMB has been abandoned by his wife; and the like. You get my drift?
Can anyone recall why our president took the trip, or what he achieved in Germany, if at all? How would our tottering economy benefit from that trip? All many saw was Angela Merkel’s face when PMB uncharitably publicly replied his wife!
Then Reuben Abati’s tales by moonlight surfaced. And everyone, initiated and otherwise, began to see ‘sense’ in the fact that Babalawos and Mamaalawos have buried whatever at the seat of power. ‘No wonders!’. ‘I talk am!’ began to surface. 
No one paused to think – what the world reference of the purveyor of this mumbo jumbo is? And trust Fani-Kayode to pour petrol on a cindering issue! Is this not an attempt to explain away the obvious, and now admitted, incompetences of past leaders? How about Abdulsalam Abubakar? What evil(s) assailed him whilst he occupied Aso Rock? How do you explain that none was obvious during his tenure? I can go on and on. So, why do a hasty generalization, as Abati did? Maybe because many still live in fear and awe of what they cannot understand? Why not sit down and think deeply on this? What is the state of health of the average Nigerian, in or out of Aso Rock? Is one an indication of the other? Oh, that is a long thing? (Apologies to the Koko master!)
My conclusion? Nigeria has become (to our collective shame) a land of educated folk who choose not to think, but allow others (a few, calculating agenda setters) think for them. 
Welcome to Naija’s Nollywood generation. A world of make belief, awada kerikeri generation. More of salacious topics. Let’s go get them mentality. The sad thing? This happens not just in public discuss o; but in private interactions too. It pervades every area of our existence now! 
For the next couple of days, you will see murals, cartoons etc. on Aisha and Buhari’s OTHER ROOM. It will carve itself into our lingo just like Mama Patience’s ‘Diaris God o’ did, as did that artiste’s ‘Iyalaya anybody’!
Fellow compatriots, can we not think deep for a change? So that we can ask ourselves and our leaders hard, probing questions, devoid of primordial connotations, shorn of fears?
When would we begin to set ourselves and our leaders a long ‘to-do’ list for our selves and our nation?
Isn’t it time we left Osuofia, Lalude and Bala in Nollywood where they belong? Let us begin to live as we ought to. In tune with reality, captains of our own destinies. 
Reactions to this will determine if we are able to do this. 😜
{My sincere apologies for the length of this. Nah! Didn’t mean that!}
© 15th October 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

The Harem … Part 2

A place of sordid tales, a coven of jealousies

One’s misfortune, another’s joy

Oh, harems are sodden with plots

All are drawn in, willingly or coyly.
It’s taste turns oft to wormwood

Relish its waters are your own risk

Whatever pleasures are dished

Rest assured you’d be pissed.
Harems, a place of plots, sub-plots

Envies are shaped, talons sharpened

The happy, rendered sad,

The sad, raucously happy at other’s misfortune 
Men, thought powerful, brought low

Dignities ruined, egos bruised

Your ride today, another’s tomorrow

A place indeed best for vipers … Or is it?
(To be continued …)
© 25th September 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

The Harem … Part 1.

 

The rivalry of the harem, benefits who?

He has the pick of the litter, doesn’t he?

That poisonous jostle, all that treachery

Who does it really avail?

 

 

They rule his roost, strutting supple behinds

He, lord of his manor, conqueror of sundry escort

Unquestionable Duke of the fattening cortèges

But who does it really favour?

 

 

Not the flesh pressed … not all the time

Nor the flesh that presses? Nay, not always

Who doth best say, “I am well served”?

The question, my friends comes in bundles

 

 

Yea, bundles of heart a flutter but broken – yes

In swathes of finery well-worn but shorn – oh yes

Assortments of fine leather, all worn out! – well, yes!

No bazaar or boom for Solomonic harems. Or is there? …

 

 

(To be continued …)

 

 

© 24th September 2016. Adewale Adeniji.

MY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OCTOBER 2016.

 

 
I would be reading these books this month. What books would you be reading?
 
Cultivate a consistent reading culture, preferably outside your area of core competence; and expand your mind.
 
By the way, have you noticed how it is that saucy posts that hardly add anything to your nous, gets the most attention? Why join the crowd. Stand out by enlarging your mind!
 
Fun? Why, yes!!!

Happy 56th Imdependence Day, Nigeria!


Fellow Nigerians,
Happy Independence Day Anniversary.
I have absolutely no doubt that Nigeria go better – none whatsoever.
However, let us ponder awhile, these few truths:
1. What do we know that thrives when incessantly knocked down? I cannot see it. Even when things are not working as it should for a child, psychologists counsel parents to keep speaking positives to that child. Not knock him down, for doing so will seal her fate.
So, things currently do not seem to be where we great Nigerians want it to be for our nation, but must we CRITICIZE all and everything? Can we not discover and celebrate the positives, even when few and far between? Would we rather others trample all over us when we mess up?
2. Yes, I know and understand free speech. Yes, we all have a right to air our opinions? But do we really hold the moral high ground to be EVER critical of our nation and its leaders?
Let us ponder and ask ourselves this? Do we as citizens of Nigeria do right by our nation ALL THE TIME? Do we pay our taxes on time, and where we do, are they the fair share we ought to pay? How well do we treat our own neighbors, yes, those we are able to help; not only those living a few blocks away from us? 
How do we treat our own spouses, children and family members? If it is akin to the way we conclude our nation and its leaders treat us? If I just touched a raw nerve, let us ask this of ourselves – how should we then be treated by those around us?
3. Not making excuses for our leaders at the local, state and federal levels, but GIVEN THE MORAL STATE OF OUR NATION, would any of us fair better if entrusted with power? 
Yes? Well, how well do we treat our workers or employees, or those over whom

we have charge or supervision? Are we faithful with work time, tasks and assignments? Can we say if a truth that if we are trust into the spotlight of local government leadership (not to talk of state or federal leadership) we would fair better?
Now, all these are to show that yes, Nigeria is not where we want it to be; but is it not true that all other nations of the world we hasten to leverage in condemning ours also had developmental problems at this stage of their development? As a student of politics and governance, I know this for a fact.
My fellow Nigerians, our nation is a summation of the moral traits of its citizens and their religious and ethnic biases; and if we do not condemn our selves as its citizens for the ills that manifest even at our street or village level, we really in truth cannot condemn the whole of our small! Because Nigeria mirrors all out lives!!!
Nigeria becomes what we desire only when we become what our own microcosm desires. Unpopular but universal truth.
So, in celebrating Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, I choose to see the positives, Naija’s potentials. Maybe, too late for my generation, but surely possible for the generations of my children and their own children’s children.
My name is Adewale Adeniji; and I say with conviction – NIGERIA GO BETTER!!!
Care to join me?