Alas, The creditor knocked on the door
On the full-moon’s New-moon.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Francis Omode,a graduate of Mathematics from the University of Ibadan. I will share just two events from my life. First, on 12th April 2014, in a meeting of Business Executives of a company I worked part-time, I was told to my face what looked like I’ve wasted 3 years of my life. In minutes I realized how the educational system failed in preparing me for the reality of life. I made up my mind to work on myself. I have not looked back since then. Two, “you can build your own things that other people would use” were the words of Steve Jobs that changed the way I look at life. It opened me up to the idea that a way to change the way people work,think,eat and love in Nigeria/Africa is to produce/promote “Made in Nigeria” products. For me, this is the future of Business in Nigeria.
The Àkùko gàgàrà bears her gossips from town to town
Gossips of me being nothing but a greedy clown
The rat at home tells it to the farm rat and to the squirrel
Even the Irúnmolè informs the ancestors of our quarrel
This woman that I married was once sweet and delightful
Her hourglass figure and fair face that looked so beautiful
But now, the roar of a lion is nothing compared to her intimidating tone
Chai! Mama Déró’s words are quick and sharp — cutting into my very bone
The talking drum of Àrèmo murmurs something about my manhood
My own friends and relatives are afraid to visit me in the neighbourhood
They are not even sure if I am the true son of my Father, the great warrior of Ìjèbú land.
My God! I wonder if my manhood is still intact.
Mama Déró is a terror to all — to the Chiefs and even to the Elders.
She once tried to poison me but the Lord was my Shepherd
The old women shake their heads at me when they see me pass
I live under the tyranny of a woman called Bashòrun Gaa
Kai! I married trouble. Perhaps I was under a spell
Perhaps she was an angel of Lucipher from the pit of hell
Her fair skin that glowed in the dark hid her true colours
I actually thought she was a woman with learned cultures
Aso-òpá mewa, fifty gorodom of epo-pupa
Forty-two tubers of yam and two cows, she asked for her son’s birthday
Haba! Kílódé? Is it a sacrifice to appease the gods?!
Where does she want me to get the money from?!
In fact I wonder if Déró is truly my son or a bastard
O jìgbìjìgbìjìgbì! I cannot even send my own son on an errand.
“Don’t kill him for me,” she says, “Go and get it yourself.”
Egbàmí kè! Can’t I send my own son on an errand?
Oh! I should have known Mama Déró was not a saint
I should have known when she cursed the deaf man that lives down the street
I should have known when she agreed to marry me against her Father’s wish.
Little did I know her father was only trying to warn me that his daughter is a witch.
O wretched man that I am! Who shall save me from the tyranny of Mama Déró?
P.S. Symbolic characters: Mama Dero represents the Government, the wailer represents the people of Osun state, and Dero depicts the economy of the state.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
OLUTAYO JOY OWOJUYIGBE is a 500L medical student of the University College Hospital, Ibadan. She believes in immortality via writing and loves to write about mysteries. She is currently working on her first novel.
Tola Ijalusi is a native of Ado Ekiti, resides in Ibadan, Nigeria. He writes to address certain issues in the society.
His poems are published on various literary journals and magazines such as PIN Quarterly Journal, Tuck Magazine, The Poet Community, Lunar Literary Poetry Page, Literary Vox etc. He was also featured in the 2015 31 Days of Poetry on EGC CREATIVITY.
Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist and short story writer. He is currently studying Philosophy at the University of Ibadan. His works have been featured in national newspapers and an international publication. An unrepentant idealist, he believes in the power of words to change the world.
Blessing to the BFMI, MMI, Body of Christ, the world and to me
They were agents of change, Dr. MM use to say God lives in the Bahamas
He got married to his wife as a virgin at age 25 – both of them were
He was the sixth child out of eleven children
He started reading the Holy Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John at age 13
He wrote his vision on paper at age 14
He was the most famous teenager of his Country because of the Bible he memorize at age 17
There are five questions you must ask yourself Dr. Myles Munroe use to say
Who am I? Where am I from? Why am I here? What am I capable of doing? Where am I going?
He use to say get your Bible and your Note book and let’s go to work
He had a unique style of teaching and preaching the word
Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe
Blessed Dr. Myles Munroe was a man of many parts
He was a public speaker, pastor, educator, business consultant, Global Adviser and author
He wrote over 57 bestselling Books
Author of the Spirit of Leadership who was a great leader and mentor to many
I met him for the first time April 18, 2010 in COZA at ICC Abuja two days before his birthday
The second time on Saturday December 11, 2012 in COZA at Metro Plaza Abuja
The third time on Sunday December 12, 2012 in COZA at Thisday Dome Abuja
The 4th and 5th time is 9 & 10 June 2014 in HarvestHouse Christian Center Ibadan
He sang that prayer song I give myself away, so you (God) can use me
Indeed, God used him to affect lives positively and he left a great legacy
He said you and I should maximize our potentials and die empty
He use to say success is predictable because life is designed for your success
He use to say God is committed to your success than you are
That God will do what he said he will do for you for His name sake
Dr. Myles Munroe had a great sense of humour with a special laughter
This Global personality Dr. M. Munroe said some things about life and purpose
When the purpose of a thing is not know abuse is inevitable
The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose
He said nothing is worst in life than being alive and not knowing why
He said life has no meaning without purpose
Dr. Myles and his wife Pastor Ruth Munroe lived a life of purpose
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kolawole Olaoluwa Longe is an intelligent, creative, outspoken, friendly, multi-talented. analytical, gifted, good looking, encouraging, poetic, purpose driven , result oriented Public Speaker who is graced by God to bring out the best in people. A cheerful person with an expressive personality created to make significant and lasting difference in the world.
A graduate of Educational Management/English from University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. A Career Facilitator, Relationship Instructor, A Poet, Song Writer and Composer and A Master of Ceremonies.
He is from the State of Osun, born in Kano State and lives in Abuja. He is known for Creativity.