Posts Tagged ‘brotherhood’

It has been one year since Ayo Odebisi went on a another kind of going abroad trip. When I heard and looked at his photo, I spontaneously named him “Jimmy”. All the people I love I give them pet names, Paramole’s has been the only posthumous one. In the eulogy “I Will not Mourn for Ayo Odebisi (Paramole)” I wrote what many have said encapsulated his life and what he represented on one page. I will not repeat such here. What I valued most about Odebisi was his perspicacious construction of eudaimonia in the image of the 4-7 Creed, the Creed of the Pyrates Confraternity. His approach to creating the better society could never have been more sincere or practical but it somehow remains on the lofty side to many, apparently.

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Whether university campus grown fraternities (UCGF) have done either good or evil to societies in their countries of origin (e.g. the USA) is debatable. American-style, without idealisation, their “honour codes” are both formidable and strictly adhered; “honour” among brothers matter inestimably. Interestingly, their Nigerian imitators as ‘free-for-all fraternities’ are observably oblivious to very meaning of honour and devoid of working honour codes. This may be the reason UCGFs in Nigeria are more like “street gangs” than collectives of educated men. (more…)

When a man has been becraped by friends and brothers within the tacre of brotherhood on so many occasions that it becomes a hard and fast law of  his interaction, well because of the people mostly,  he  unconsciously starts to lessens his rancour till there is not even an atom of it left in him i.e. only if adversity does not break but bends his spirit till it develops a powerful tercque of inner strength. (more…)