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Baba’s house


Dear Dede,
I know you probably won’t be expecting this from me. To be honest, I didn’t expect this from me too. You were that boy at Baba’s house that I never really liked because of your teases. I remember all the times your mummy dropped you over at Baba’s house and all the disaster you convinced me into causing with you at the kitchen.

Do you remember when you used to laugh at my hair? You used to call it a basket and say it was ugly and I will chase you round the while house trying to grab your mouth. You were my number one bully and I was your number one victim.

When I came again to Baba’s house for the summer as a teenager, you were absent and was told you travelled out for school when I asked around. I felt dull in my heart. May be, I missed you. I had no friend except you at that place.

Seeing you today at the local cemetary where baba was buried was something. It was a rush of feelings that I couldn’t really place. I was a teen all over again and right there I was stricken with how much I had missed your attention even though you were such a bully.

Don’t mind this weird me that wrote this. May be I just need a friend to reminisce all the moments and memories created at Baba’s house with. That’s if you will remember.
From your childhood friend, Lola.

P.s you still have that scar on your jaw that came from when we went to the stream disobeying Baba’s orders and you ended up on the stone trying to jump like a super man into the stream. I still laugh whenever I remember. Do you too?

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There seems to be divided views among some Yorubas over the action of the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was pictured sitting while greeting the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) during a coronation ceremony of Oba Oniru at the Iru Palace, Victoria Island, on Sunday, 6 September 2020. It was gathered that the Ooni came in and was walking to his seat when he stopped to greet Tinubu who was sitting on the same table with Oniru of Iru-land, Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal (Abisogun II) Some of the Yorubas on Twitter who kicked against the action of Tinubu say they expected him to have stood up even if he could not prostrate as it is of the Yoruba tradition for greeting kings: Men prostrate while the women kneel down, and he is addressed as ‘Kabiyesi’. This was the situation as reported by the Vanguard newspaper.      But before we consider the divided views of the masses, mostly of Yoruba extraction, it's imperative to assert that the superiority complex between political authorities and those of traditional authorities is that of  deciding which is older between the hen and the chick; there seems to be a conundrum. The above scenario not withstanding, life and politics must be lived and played within the social melieu and so, it goes that politics in Africa must go with traditional African colouration. It therefore suffices that, when a political office holder meets a traditional office holder, the former must pay homage to the latter. This practice will certainly give credence to our roots and strengthen our traditional institutions over the individual. No matter how Mr Asiwaju Tinubu has become influential in the present political dispensation, no matter how highly he is thought of, the ancestral title of Oba rises above him  and he must not desecrate it. Apart from the ambit of traditionalism, it is generally unethical to sit and shake others, meaning, we must stand as a show of courtesy and etiquette.      Our African culture has come a long way surviving the repression and degradation. We can't afford to rubbish it the more in the pretext of modernism and globalization. I totally throw my weight behind those condemning the derisive act of Mr Asiwaju Tinubu.


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