#NoiseofRevolt: Madiba Will Not Die – By @Obajeun

Published:13 Jan, 2013

mandelaMadiba Will Not Die…

This is the story of a heart in search of gripping solace, perhaps in the pains of his strife. Today, I will not rant like a typical frustrated social commentator on good governance. I will, for the period my heart permits, fiddle with the essence of my existence. I am not rich, I have not arrived, I have no food to eat, I have a skinny bank account, yet I dream dreams and hope not to be rich but to be comfortable, still keep moving and have food to share with others. I will continue to live my life for others and still keep motivational books at arm’s length. But in all, I will not die; neither will Mandela die until the handshake comes, the handshake of the gods.

Madiba will not die…

The broadcast came into my blackberry phone, queuing behind other unread senseless broadcasts waiting for my angry finger to tap the ‘delete’ button. That morning, the end of the world came so close. For the first time, I lost my sense of tomorrow momentarily. I remembered the trials of the SOWETO clan, troublous and disheartening peregrinations of a people from joy to sorrow; from sorrow back to joy; from hope to despondency and from despondency back to hope.

Madiba will not die…

My perspiration resisted the cold ambience of the Osun-Osogbo grove when I paid a visit to the gods with my ipad. Goose bumps took over my skin and tears cascaded down my cheeks. The early morning harmattan failed to douse my temperature for beads of sweat began to form under my armpits, on my chest, under my temple and under my feet. The creases on my forehead moved in tempo with my palpitating heart. Few minutes after, I realized it was a rumour and instead of mourning Nelson, I cursed the sender of the broadcast and pre-mourned him. The gods are on his case. Just like Udo in Ubujuonu’s Pregnancy of the gods, Mandela has become an avatar of Complex Paradox; even if he dies, he will still live in the story of the world.

Madiba will not die…

Blame me not, for the gods have also failed. Blame me not, for I ended as an Engineer when I could vocalize with my thoughts. Blame me not, for I will marry, not to my today’s friend, but to my yesterday’s friend. Blame me not, for my failures have set me up when the dreams are not close. Blame me not, for I am not bothered about today when the merry is going round. Blame not my mum, blame not my destiny, and blame not my dreams, for I missed the chance to make my millions at 22. But blame me if I miss to fulfill my childhood dream of having a handshake with Mandela before he dies.

Madiba will not die…

It will be a handshake of the gods, a feast of palms where the gods will gyrate to the rhythm of accomplishment. Once this is done, then I am ready, I am on the warfront. Clear the path for me, the prime mower dreams, let me see the tall building I am aiming at its roof tops. Let the SOWETO trees clap and bow for the son of the soil, the black soil of distrust and love. Good morning SOWETO, here I am for the handshake. Let the neighbours be aware, for we will play the music of AMALA AWETU. This is my story.

It is me, @Obajeun

Jonah Ayodele Obajeun blogs @www.obajeun.com. Catch him on twitter via @Obajeun

  • http://lordrooz.wordpress.com @lordrooz

    And it is me too, @lordrooz!
    Touching one, madiba will not die!:)

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Flight MS804: Egypt Hires Foreign Companies To Locate Black Boxes

Egypt hired two foreign companies on Wednesday to help locate the black boxes of Egyptair flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last week with 66 people on board. Egyptair Chairman, Safwat Muslim, said the Egyptian investigators tasked the firms, one French and one Italian, with locating the electronic recording devices, presumed to be sitting on the seabed at a depth of 3 kilometres, told reporters in Cairo. He said the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, known as...

FG Appoints New CEOs Of 6 Information Agencies

The Federal Government on Wednesday appointed the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of six parastatal agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The appointments were announced in Abuja on Wednesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. A statement issued by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to the Minister, named Mr Bayo Onanuga as Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria. The statement also named Mr Yakubu Mohammed as Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority and Mr Osita Okechukwu...

UK, Australia Deport 40 Nigerians For Various Offences

The United Kingdom and Australia on Wednesday jointly deported 40 Nigerians alleged to have committed various offences in both countries. The deportees comprising 33 males and 7 females arrived at the Hajj Camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7:25 a.m. with two chartered aircraft. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 36 of the deportees were flown into the country in a chartered aircraft with registration number ZTA -4741. The other four were repatriated through an Air Seychelles...

N400m Scam: Metuh’s No Case Submission Fails At Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday in Abuja upheld Federal High Court's ruling which dismissed Olisa Metuh's no case submission. Metuh, a National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is standing trial on an alleged N400 million money laundering which he pleaded not guilty. In their judgment, Justice Abdul Aboki-led two other justices, held that the appeal lacked merit. Aboki said the trial court in Abuja led by Justice Okon Abang , was right in rejecting the no case submission. ``Having...

INEC Wants SIECS To Adopt Technology In Elections

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has advised states’ Independent Electoral Commissions to emulate the commission in the deployment of technology for conduct of elections. Yakubu gave the advice when he received the Executive of the Forum of States Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) led by its Chairman, Mrs Gloria Ukpong, in his office on Tuesday in Abuja.   He said that the time had come for SIECs to adopt the use of technology in conducting elections, saying that...

FG Begins Process Of Appointing Ambassadors– Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, yesterday  said the Federal Government had begun the process of appointing a new set of ambassadors to represent Nigeria in various countries of the world. Onyeama stated this at a news conference to mark one year anniversary of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration Twenty-six  non-career ambassadors and ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary on tour of duty abroad were recalled in June 2015. They were among the 93 envoys...

Power: We Are In Very Bad Situation– Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is facing a very dire situation on power supply. He was speaking in Lusaka, Zambia, yesterday at the commencement of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual general meeting, with the theme "Energy and Climate Change". According to Osinbajo, 45 percent of those who lack access to power in the world are from Africa with "almost half of that African share are in Nigeria." "We are faced...

Kaduna To Install CCTV Cameras To Fight Crime

The Kaduna State Government is to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the state to fight crime. Coordinator of the state security outfit,  “Operation Yaki”, Col. Yakubu Yusufu Soja, disclosed this at a news conference marking the first anniversary of the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna state. He said work on the installation of...

43,000 Ghost Workers Uncovered In Nigerian Security Agencies

The Head of the Continuous Audit team of the Federal Government, Mohammed Dikwa, on Tuesday said N50 billion was saved so far through the audit of security agencies payroll. Mr. Dikwa said this in Abuja at a meeting between the Continuous Audit team, Minister of Finance and Heads of Para-Military agencies. President Mohammadu Buhari had set up the Continuous Audit team to look into the payroll of all Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Court Rejects Metuh’s Request To Travel Abroad For Treatment

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed an application by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, asking for the release of his passport to enable travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment. Justice Okon Abang in rejecting the request in a ruling, held that the court lacked jurisdiction to order the release of Metuh’s passport having earlier directed that it should be deposited with the...

Nigerian Genital Cutters Give Conditions For Ending Female Genital Mutilation

The Circumcision Descendants Association of Nigeria have advocated the provision of alternative means of livelihood for their members as a way of curbing Female Genital Mutilation practice in south-west Nigeria. At a Summit? to End FGM in Nigeria held in Ibadan, Monday, the group said the FGM agenda would be difficult to achieve without the “full involvement” of their members. “The practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) has generated heated debates in the international development...

Buy From Street Hawkers, Go To Jail– Kaduna Govt

The Kaduna state government has enacted a law that makes it a criminal offence for any person that buys from a street hawker, making both the hawker and buyer liable for prosecution. The Spokesman of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya, who made this known to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday said, Governor Nasir El-Rufai should be credited for new act passed last month. The member who also spoke against the allegation that the...

Court Jails Man For Stealing N3,060

A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court on Wednesday sentenced a 22-year-old businessman, Kingsley Okoh, to three months imprisonment for stealing N3, 060. The Judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, however, gave the convict N 20,000 option of fine. Ogbede said that: “I have no option than to sentence the convict accordingly since he had pleaded guilty to the charge.” He also ordered the convict to pay the complainant N3, 060 restitution.

FG Confirms Six States Hit By ‘Tomato Ebola’

The federal government on Tuesday confirmed the six states hit by a pest called the Tomato Leaf Miner or Tuta absoluta, commonly referred to as ‘Tomato Ebola.’ The states are Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau and Lagos. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, revealed that the pest responsible for the massive destruction of tomato in farmlands had currently invaded six states of the federation.

World Leaders Gather In Japan Ahead Of G7

US President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for a Group of Seven summit, kicking off a historic visit that will also take him to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima. Obama was joining other leaders from the club of rich democracies for a gathering set to be dominated by the lacklustre state of the global economy. Heads of state and government from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and host Japan were also making their...

Niger To Hand Over Scores Of Boko Haram Militants To ICC- President Issoufou

The Niger Government has arrested scores of Boko Haram militants and will hand them over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trial, President Mahamadou Issoufou, has said. This is contained in a document from the World Humanitarian Summit, ongoing in Istanbul, Turkey, made available to reporters in New York. The document said Mr. Issoufou made this known on Tuesday during a high-level leaders’ round table titled “Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity”. He...

Trump, Johnson Kiss In EU Referendum Mural

A giant mural showing Donald Trump passionately kissing Boris Johnson has appeared on the side of a building in Britain, one month before its referendum on EU membership. The mural shows the likely US Republican presidential nominee and the former mayor of London — both populists intent on shaking up their countries’ political establishments — locking lips. Trump is cradling Johnson’s shock of blond hair in his hand. The mural in Bristol, southwest England,...

FG Saves N185bn From IPPIS, Gets Rid Of 65,000 Ghost Workers

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah says the Federal Government has saved over N185 billion since the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Abah said this while presenting the ``Status Report of Reforms” at a five-day Specialised Reforms/SERVICOM Training Programme in Abuja on Tuesday. He said a lot of remarkable reforms had taken place in the civil service, including removal of 65,000 ghost workers from IPPIS.

EFCC Declares Omisore Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. The EFCC said this on its official Facebook page on Tuesday. The commission said Omisore allegedly received N700m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) The anti-graft agency said Omisore had been evading arrest for several months and it thus had no choice but to declare...

Boko Haram: Air Force To Kit Unmanned Vehicles With Weapon Systems

As the Military pushes into the Sambisa Forest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists’, the Nigerian Air Force said on Tuesday that it has intensified efforts to get its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fitted with missile guided weapon systems for combat roles. The Chief of Army Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with the management of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). According to Abubakar, the Air Force...

FG Appoints New Prisons’ Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru as the new Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS). This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Bassey Akpanyung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. Until his appointment, Ja’afaru was an Assistant Controller General of Prisons and was serving at the Prisons Headquarters in Abuja. NAN reports...