For many years, I’ve always tried to come up with essays that would either educate/entertain even more than my usual attempts, before January ended, and this started from the period of weekly newspaper essays.
Such essays, which you MAY read AFTER having read Tao’s paper through the link below, have included “serious” subjects, i.e. those that tug at my heart such as:
https://emotanafricana.com/2013/01/19/st-andrews-oyo-1903-2003-a-century-of-andrian-legacy-tola-adenle/ St. Andrews had the centenary of its move to Oyo, Nigeria from Abeokuta, its first home, in 1913. [An old essay from The Comet essay of Sunday, January 5, 2003]
There were even those that took me a while to fish out from old write-ups for this blog like the essay on Rev. Johnson’s manuscript on History of the Yorubas in late 19th century that was purportedly “lost” by the English publisher. I eventually found it in March used it immediately before I could misplace it, again.
Such is this essay, a seminal papaer on the African and specifically Nigerian ondition. It is an essay that everyone should read, and if you are one of those with access to the so-called corridors of power in Nigeria, Ghana – where I have readers from – and the rest of Africa, please take words out there, everywhere. Bloggers can re-blog it because we all have hands in turning the fortune of our countries on the continent around.
When one hears Nigeria’s “lawmakers” and big/rich politicians talk of being “stakeholders” while excluding all citizens , they merely confirm what most Nigerians believe of governance in Nigeria: government of a few to enrich a few, the “Nigeria, Inc” classification of this blog. Their use and interpretation of the word “stakeholders” tallies with dictionaries’:
“a person or business that has invested money in something (such as a company). : a person who holds the money that people have bet on something” We must not let this be.
Doing our part includes speaking out on issues so that those in power can know how the masses feel.
Mr. Tao’s very comprehensive essay has done just that. He has continued to do his part as he’s always done. Please read, and if you have comments, post such.
The Ikeja computer village and the Punch story reflect our weaknesses and the resistance of our primitive circumstances to a world roaring away and leaving us to follow a long way behind, still as hewers of wood and drawers of water.
To begin to change this , the ruling elite have to and must:
1. Recognize the sad and saddening situation of the A SI ‘NI W’AIYÉ ARA ILU ÈRÒ Ẹ̀YÌN , a race that has not and is showing no sign of being able to join nor contribute to, and drive the modern world and the future of mankind. Yorubas idiomatic saying translates simply to “one whose existence on earth is simply to enhance the lives of others” – the hewers of wood and drawers of water; in Aime Cesaire’s harrowing wail: ” THOSE WHO NEVER INVENTED ANYTHING”.
6. Remove the deceptive presence and illusion of being part of the technological developments and progress typified by the continued failure of bought and paid for systems – roads, health and agricultural socio-economic infrastructures which are often mismanaged or poorly maintained, their failure revealing Africa’s nakedness and Fanonist wretchedness … REX NETTELFORD’S …”A BUTU IN A BENZ IS STILL A BUTU”
The Lagos State Government and its Local Governments can organise its house, and beginning with the Computer Parts and Repair Market, clear the mess, clean the eyesore that the village represents and which typifies our lowly existence in today’s world. A starting point is to begin by BY LICENSING ONLY A LIMITED RATIONALLY-CALCULATED NUMBER OF OPERATORS. In all markets, including the number of danfos plying our roads in every city, and limiting the long haulage vehicles to night movement. Government through licensing, enforcement and control can make Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” succeed here! Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai … and all those far away places that have been transformed by the sheer will of leadership can happen here.
Read the whole enlightening essay through this link:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016. 5:30 a.m.[GMT]