Oppression as a Test: A metaphor for the Nigerian Youth

Those who have come to know and trust death embrace it with love. This is the very foundation of freedom. Oppressors, love no one, not their wives, not their children, not their friends. How can such a person love death? Behind the empty shell of the oppressor he fears all the tests of his worth that matter” – Grimot Nane

Oppression is a test or testing event. There are strange men who habitually oppress others and they commonly do so by the actual practice or simulations of “bone testing”. Bone testing works because it is the violent use of bones by those who claim to be “strong” [bullies?] and can in varying degrees damage the bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves of others, thus securing their submission. Bone testing not only causes ache and hurt, it can. maim and kill too. Why would the oppressed and opressable not fear it? This is oppression by fear. All resistance is broken The next level of oppression is effected by “word testing”. The words of mouth is perhaps the most effectively used human instrument of domination known especially where the hypocrisy of peace and doing good exists. This is the domain of intimidation, scaremongering, perplexity and verbal dehumanisation on one hand and deception, persuasion, feel-good-factors and the sale of hope on the other. This is oppression by mindcontrol. All dissent or oppositions is crushed. Bone and word testing as used to oppress are very physical and psychological, respectively, derived from a wide array ponerological incentives. Continue reading

The Bad Brother’s Victims 3: Namadi Sambo

Namadi Sambo is yet another victim of Wole Soyinka’s and the Pyrates Confraternity’s mischief. As an ambitious and bright student, in 1974 Sambo as an architecture undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria) chose to join the Pyrates Confraternity. Namadi Sambo later became Governor of Kaduna State and subsequently the 13th Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria. It must be noted that Islamic Northern Nigerians particularly of the Hausa-Fulani stock rarely ever join University Campus Grown Fraternities (UCGF) since their ethos goes against the plain sensibilities of Islam. Sambo’s (and others) interest as an Hausa-Fulani to join the Pyrates Confraternity seemed like a breakthrough in expanding the network of membership among Northerners. Nigeria is lucky today to have him alive considering the consequences of his initiation into the Pyrates Confraternity.

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I Will Not Mourn for Ayo Odebisi (Paramole)

Ayo Odebisi a.k.a. Paramole was one of the three persons [cum mentors] who never ever stopped loving me as the human being I am, despite my apparent unusual and often disconcerting approach to life, perhaps because he was a far more unusual fellow with an even more disconcerting approach to life. Death has changed this dynamic, taking me totally unawares.

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The Logic of One

Two Men Drinking

Whenever Fifties and Rong met up it always turned out to be a promising event for ethanol use. Bottles of whiskey evapourated without trace but bottles of beer were traceable to the sewers found in any town they met up, courtesy, their using. However, both guys appeared to be in denial of the edification they got out of drinking together. They never met up for trivial or leisure purposes but ended up using ethanol most creatively using the ‘logic of one’ in a self-deceiving way. Continue reading

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