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Who has done this thing?

Boom! The bomb goes
Screams all around echoes
Man,  woman,  boy and girl in pain’s throes
Condemnation from one and all rolls

Who has done this thing?
The question continues to ring
The white will blame the darker skin
Profiling has become king

It’s the Muslims, those terrorists
Such generalisation who can resist?
But if in this path we do persist
We might as well settle all scores with our firsts.

People are terrorists.  Terrorists are people
Tribe and tongue may not resemble
but they serve in one temple,
Religion steeped in same principle
Their quest to bedevil
Society with one affliction, 
their mission
to call attention
to their commission
Of atrocities instigating fear, terror

So when you are asked
How do we terrorists unmask?
In ignorance do not  bask
Give your self this one task
Say: People become terrorists
Terrorists are people

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Poetry

 

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Let us be vulnerable for a while

Let us be vulnerable for a while
Let’s climb a tree and reach for the sky
Let’s drown our fears and not ask why
Let’s chew on grass, watch clouds float by

Let’s get naked,  come on don’t be shy
Lets open our hearts, hide no guile
Touch the recesses where treasures lie
Open up the vaults, without my having to pry 

Let’s be vulnerable for a while
I know it’s just a week since we said hi
Let’s just be open,  no you won’t die
See how much you’ve grown…
O my O my

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Poetry

 

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I do not have answers…

I do not have answers,  only questions.
Questions,  to draw out intentions
Questions to show correlations
Questions that birth suggestions
Questions that precede revelations
Questions,  forcing recollections
Questions that bar all restrictions
Questions that break inhibitions
Questions masquerading as temptations
Questions leading to transformations
Questions generating palpitations
I have no answers,  only questions

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in General

 

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The Search for the Nigerian (Twitter) Intellectual

Two unrelated events in the past week got me thinking about the Nigerian Intellectual.  The first is the pulling out of five teams from the fast rising football event known as Twitter Premier League also known as TPL and the second is the vote by the Nigerian Senate to throw out a motion seeking to force the Federal Government to pay the N5,000 in stipends which they had promised 25million Nigerians living in extreme poverty.

I did say the two events are unrelated.  That is not altogether true. These two events and others before them are in fact very related.  They have helped unmask the dearth of intellectualism on Nigerian Twitter.  And if as people say Twitter is a microcosm of the larger society,  then at this time we should begin a rigorous search for the Nigerian Intellectual.

Let me start by talking about who the Nigerian Intellectual should be.  According to Webster’s, an intellectual is someone that is smart and devotes time to study and thought.  These may be little words but are very deep in meaning.  I shall concentrate on one of the words which for me is very definitive of who the Intellectual should be: “thought”.  The intellectual should be a thinking person.  One,  who when they see a matter will sieve and sift through until they discern true meanings and intentions.  They will not be one to jump on any passing mantra or who will accept ideologies because they are a fad.  The intellectuals position is borne out of careful examination.  His mind is able to entertain a thought even if he won’t accept it. And when he does accept it, he does so out of deep seated conviction.

Now let us get back to Twitter Nigeria.
In the run up to the last elections,  a clear trend could be seen. There was a redefinition of the Nigerian Intellectual. A person would be seen as intellectual or not depending on his political affiliations. The Twitter Intellectual carried on like there were only two choices: You were either pro-Buhari or anti-Nigeria. Things got to the point where the slogan was, “any vote not for APC is for Jonathan”.  It  didn’t matter that there were at least eleven other political parties who floated candidates in the elections. 

Thus it was that the Nigerian Intellectual took the lead in the polarisation of Nigerians.  People who were hitherto seen as a voice and who had been “apolitical”  became the voice of a particular political party.  Everything and anything was viewed through the lens of whose political interest it would serve.  When the army recorded a victory,  it was not celebrated because it was “Jonathan’s”  victory.  When Nigeria was rid of polio, it was played down because Jonathan was President.

So,  when APC game up with an unrealistic,  unimplementable and unexecutable socialist policy with which to run Nigeria should they win,  the Twitter Intellectual ran with it. The Twitter Intellectual put away all logic and employed every brand of fallacious argument to push the APC narrative: Nigeria is a rich country,  we can run these policies, all we need is to get into government. 

And now they are in government.  Oh ye Intellectual what new sermon preachest thou? Do you really think you can strike Nigerians with a collective amnesia? Suddenly,  the army is no longer Jonathan’s army,  you won’t let us call them Buhari’s army either,  you would rather they be properly designated the Nigerian army?  Now,  you want us to accept good things that come to Nigeria not as the President’s victory but Nigeria’s victory? Suddenly the buck no longer stops at the President’s table? Have you no shame? Where is your pride?  I forget,  you sold it for a pot of change! Speak no more,  for you are dead!

This brand of intellectuals,  the Longhairs and Highbrows have by their partisanship shown that they can no longer be trusted with shaping opinion. All that proceeds out of their mouth is divisions and partisanship and polarisation, a lack of depth and an aversion to objectivity. They must be disowned and stripped.  They no longer deserve to wear the toga!

But Look!  A voice in the wilderness. A lone voice,  nay two three and then some more.  Neo Intellectuals shall rise and I predict that they shall rise from the very unpopular Fencists. They will drive conversations and they will not be bought over by any political parties.  They shall grow a new thought and new ideologies.  They  shall wail,  they shall criticise not as the opposition but as an independent voice of integrity.  They may be lumped together as opposition by the pseudo-intellectuals but as time progresses and light becomes lighter all shall be exposed.  They shall grow and be the ones. You can already see them emerging if you look and see with wisdom. For they are the ones who can truly say: I belong to everyone and I belong to no one.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in General