THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORDS
I rushed into the Senior Common Room (SCR) with a sense of responsibility knowing that punctuality is the sole of business. Amidst the tense atmosphere of electoral processes which have engulfed the students, I found my way to the High table as one of the Pressmen fit to interrogate and scrutinize political aspirants at the Press Night of a Hall of Residence in the University of Ibadan.
It was an interesting session as the aspirants displayed their charisma and provided answers to questions. Soon afterwards, it was the turn of the four presidential aspirants to engage in an intellectual debate. The flood of questions came tumbling down from the High table. Due to the mixed audience of pressmen and observers, the room was lost in a pool of noise and serenity was far from the corridors of the room.
I took hold of the microphone and addressed the audience in a bid to restore tranquility back to the room before dropping my questions on the table of the aspirants.
I said these very words which angered the audience; “FROM THE CHAOTIC ATMOSPHERE I HAVE SEEN HERE TODAY, I THINK THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR RESTORATION OF SANITY TO THIS ROOM”.
I implied sanity as a state of calmness and orderliness since the “degree of entropy” of the room was going beyond control. They implied restoration of sanity as regarding them as mad men and that was how they got mad at me.
The students of the Hall went haywire and demanded all sort of things from me which I was not ready to do.
My words made me the target of an angry mob as they threw bottles (Thanks to God, plastic ones) at me, poured water and barrages of punches as they switched off the light which illuminated the room.
Rumour peddlers told members of the Hall that I called them animals and that exasperated them the more as they could not wait to see the guy who said such demeaning words.
I was smuggled out of the SCR to the room of the Hall Chairman by those who believed that I did nothing wrong. The students blocked all the entrances to their Hall as they were determined to ensure that I don’t escape unpunished. After tonnes of persuasion from different corners and the presence of University security unit.
I walked out of the Hall of Residence unscathed through the front gate at about 9:40pm. I was left with memories to ponder on as I dusted the file of that night and kept it in the archives of my brain. But then I understood something profound.
I DISCOVERED THE POTENCY AND POWER OF WORDS.
A misinterpreted expression of 23-WORDS threw a Hall of more than 600 students into Pandemonium as they were ready to beat up the speaker of such words. THIS IS THE POWER OF WORDS!
On June 12, 1987, the 40th President of the US, Ronald Reagan delivered a historic speech in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate with thousands of East Germans at the other side of the Berlin Wall. The wall built in 1961 with more than tonnes of concrete but borne out of a decade-old of Cold War between the US and Soviet Union. Two years later, the wall came crashing down as a result of Reagan’s words. The Berliners tore down the wall as unity was restored to Germany.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Catholic Nun of Albanian ethnicity, Mother Teresa
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – American actor and comedian, Robin Williams
THE VALUE YOU PLACE ON YOUR WORDS DETERMINES ITS POWER AND POTENCY – OSHO SAMUEL ADETUNJI
WORDS carry TREMENDOUS POWER,
WORDS can BUILD UP or TEAR DOWN,
WORDS carry the LIFE TO CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS,
WORDS travel FASTER than LIGHT,
WORDS can infuse STRENGTH into the WEAK,
WORDS can OUTLIVE the SPEAKER,
WORDS RESONATE through HISTORY,
WORDS SPOKEN create an INVISIBLE link between HEARTS,
WORDS can birth LIFE or DEATH,
WORDS are loyal to their SPEAKER,
WORDS are too PRECIOUS to be WASTED.
A man with GREAT WORDS can win the PRAISE of MULTITUDES.
When you SPEAK, you either earn MORE RESPECT or you LOSE the ONE you have before.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Osho Samuel Adetunji is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Nigeria’s premier University, University of Ibadan. He is a budding poet, a blogger, a Public Speaker, an on air personality with a knack for short stories, inspirational articles and poems. He is a great thinker, creative and dexterous young man who does not only believe in excellence but also extols the tenets of discipline, hard work and effectiveness.