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THE MESSIAH COMPLEX

If you are new to the drama and glamour that is the Nigerian Election just wait till 2019. Oh boy! are you in for a treat. The campaign jingles will be catchy and memorable, The Promises to serve will be grandiose and verbose, People will get arrested, others freed, the Media and Social Media houses will experience a content frenzy. The excitement of the FIFA World cup pales in comparison to the quest for leadership in this Nation. And yet, after the high that the process gives, all we are left with is the crushing disappointment of reality. This is due in part to what I call…

 

THE MESSIAH COMPLEX

 

For some time now the Nigerian people have been fond of searching for “The One”. The Political Saviour who will arrive and completely change the country’s fortunes overnight. The Religious sensibilities of the people will reach a peak every four years. It would seem that every Electoral candidate comes with the promise of performing miracles.

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I had no shoes” said President Goodluck Jonathan in the battle for 2011. It was a tale of Legend, a young boy whose lack of footwear could not hold him back from pursuing an education. We were intrigued to learn his secret. Four years of the most gruesome allegations of misappropriation later, a new warrior unsheathed his blade…

 

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“I am going to kill corruption” said President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. We jumped at the opportunity. Finally, a man who killed vices with his bare hands. The change we needed became the change we never expected. The youths were reported to the colonial masters. “They want everything free”. It was an unkind critique of the human condition.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

I eagerly anticipate the Miracles that will the claimed by the next set of aspirants, where every campaign banner will be photoshopped to the last hair, with quotes that illustrate a heaven within the reach of the people. If we have learnt one thing from our 58 years of independence, it is that the old ways do not work. Why then, would we continue to use them?

It would seem that the nation is aging in reverse. Personally, I would expect a leader to be the best representative of the people. If I had wanted someone to represent me, I would look for the strongest, the most intelligent, the most well spoken. A leader to me, is not a miracle worker, but one that inspires hope and gives a sense of direction. It is why we Africans idolize the Nelson Mandelas and Martin Luther Kings.

But maybe that’s just me. There is no escaping the conundrum. One must lead for others to follow, otherwise we all ply the roads with no direction. Would you rather drive your car into a ditch knowingly or unknowingly? My major gripe with the Nigerian people is that in the wake of religious and ethic disunity,
we have been so busy searching for answers that we forgot to ask questions. The only solution is inquiry. This time around,

 

ASK QUESTIONS

 

Ask for debates, Ask for town hall meetings, Ask for manifestos. Your candidate, who is he? Who is she? Where are they from? What have they done? What do they wish to do? What qualifies them for public service? How can they help the nation?

Ask and ask again, otherwise your voters card is just a tool for your slavery. For another four years at least.

 

PS. My name is OB KeengI’m a Creative Writer and Musician. This is where I share my weird thoughts with the world.

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THE ADVENTURES OF BEN BRUCE

The year is 2015… Our hero, Ben Bruce, ponders his new surroundings and surveys his environment….

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… and thus concludes the world’s very first Meme Comic.  Hope you found it as weird as I did.

P/S Don’t forget to check out my Amazon page for books, comics and lots more content. Thanks for reading. Feel free to Comment if you like. *smile emoji*

BLACK GUYS TAKING PICTURES OF WHITE GUYS PAINTING FELA’S GRAVESITE

This may well be the longest title for anything I’ve written. ANGU comes close, but no cigar.

At first glance the statement doesn’t seem like a big deal. Fortunately, in the modern age, racism is steadily being addressed, so a white guy painting a black guys grave it’s like.. nothing to see here; but to those who are accustomed to Fela’s music it’s pretty damned ironic, to me it’s downright hilarious…

Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti

For those who may not know him, the late Fela Kuti is a grammy nominated musician and human rights activist. His music was made famous in the 80’s for its funky sound, and its issues that ranged from corrupt politicians to promoting African tradition to fighting European imperialism.

So basically Fela would make fun of Nigerians for venerating the white man. It’s pretty amazing then, that when the compound for his gravesite, the famed “kalakuta republic” was repainted recently, it was done by white Europeans. No doubt it validates his music, but it shows an ugly side as well..

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Fela is a piece of African history, and wanted to be seen that way. If so, his message is surely lost if his legacy isn’t protected by Africans. It’s funny enough that he is viewed as a Nigerian artist, many of his catalogs are controlled by European companies. Those that were produced in Nigeria were ultimately destroyed by err.. Nigerians.

Which brings us to the crux of the matter, the reason why Africa underdeveloped itself (shout out to Walter Rodney), that Africans do not (did not? could not?) protect their own legacy; or just do not want to.

And it’s not just Fela Kuti that’s affected. For some reason, Nigeria’s greatest products will somehow find themselves being exported to the west.. whether it was the looted Benin bronze art collection, or it’s unrefined crude oil, or computer genius Philip Emeagwali.

It has gone on for so long that even presently, there is a lingering notion that Nigerian creativity isn’t important till it has been “outsourced” to the west, take for example soul singer Asa, or literary giant Wole Soyinka, or the late Chinua Achebe, or even Jay Jay Okocha and Kanu. Now, some 18 years after his death, African music has taken on more European themes, so has fashion and religion. There’s been an entire culture shift in fact, hell I might never have reached you if this article wasn’t done in Queen’s English.. The west must have done something right.

ELECTION 2015: WHO TO VOTE FOR

No doubt this is already one of the hottest topics of the year.

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When I started writing this, the presidential candidates were signing a “pledge” not to resort to violence in the coming elections. I watched the president sign it too, which was totally hilarious. It’s not everyday your president promises not to kill you on live TV… Anyways, at least it helps put the message across – If you choose to fight, you’re on your own bruh.  INEC chose Valentine’s day for the election too, so you’d be like.. a total wierdo if you attacked someone on Valentine’s I guess.

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GEJ chillin’ #boss

 

When a friend told me GEJ was the best president we ever had, I really couldn’t argue with him; mostly because another friend had told me GEJ was the worst president we ever had. And I couldn’t really argue with him either.  Because let’s face it, if there was an award for “most stressed out president” dude would probably make the top 5. He inherited an entire series of bad decisions from past rulers, and everyone expected him to fix the country in four years. Mostly because he told us he would.. but that’s not the point.

I think we can agree that the administration hasn’t been so great. Nobody denies that. It’s had it’s moments tho. The airports were spruced up for one, and many roads. There’s the railways I keep hearing about, which are really cool. Then agriculture improved, I think. Hey, the eagles won the nation’s cup! and we killed Ebola. But then there’s a whole catalogue of terrible things that went down..

First there was the subsidy removal, then soo much money lost or misappropriated or just not found. Stuff blew up and girls got kidnapped – that’s really the mildest way of putting it. The many many strikes. Oil prices and gas getting lost and electricity getting worse and the military having issues and I think I should stop now..

The king of Iron fist
The king of Iron fist

From all indications, his major opponent is GMB, a former Military ruler. At least I think he was.. Word on the street is that no one can find this guy’s school certificates; which could mean his schooling was poorly documented OR, he’s the greatest criminal mastermind of all time. Also, he’s 73 years old apparently (is this an Obama vs McCain thing??). Some people say he’s anti-corrupt, like the antiviruses. Others say he’s a dictator, and by others, I mean his opposition.

Then there’s the views that he’s been in ‘hibernation’ for like 30 years, I mean he didn’t release a book or anything. So I guess it’s reasonable to question his motives. There’s views that he’s a religious zealot too. The infamous Boko Haram sect nominated him as a spokesperson. He refused by the way, but that’s interesting..

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I just want to wish everyone a safe and successful election. and a happy valentine’s coincidentally. I can only wish for more accountability in leadership. You should be electing a president, not choosing a King. I hate that the elections are presented like a famed boxing match, then the real issues end up skirted. Such as, how do you lead a country without knowing how many people are in it?  stuff like that. I guess it’s not that simple..

Any comments you have.. about who to vote for, or things you think I missed, I’d really like to hear them