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Your sundry hoary strands

Stand as beacons

To navigators

cruising from all seafronts

To the island of bliss, astuteness, scarred proficiencies

and maneuvers that beat fulfillment

without animosity, without lust

with the stoical

expression of tunes, that take flight

on the fins of watered units.


For the umpteenth time, controversies have trailed the appointments made by Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, which have been adjudged lopsided. It has happened again and again, the most recent being the appointment of Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) along with three other appointments.

However, at all such time-points in the history of Nigeria, there have been Nigerians similarly against and in favour of the appointments on the altar of tribalism, on one hand and competence, on the other; with both parties churning out their petty or Continue reading WS@82: “POLITICALLY CORRECT IDEAS VS. CULTURAL OPENNESS” by Kunle Jaiyesimi

MyReaction: Tope Alabi, Prophet Ajanaku and the Public debacle

topeeFollowing the public (facebook, twitter, blogs, bbm, whatsapp, brothels, pubs etc) outrage over what is seen as indecency and maybe worse, hypocrisy on the part of the ace songster, Tope Alabi and her spiritual father, Prophet Iretiola Ajanaku, now late, one is tempted to look at the issues all over again, maybe with a little more insight, probably differently. This becomes necessary considering the mysteries surrounding the entire incident.  The prophet died, according to the grapevine, more than once. Thanks to the mystery world. Prophet Ajanaku, “who was famous with popular gospel singer Tope Alabi’s fame was, before his death, in the public eye when he opened up that the singer had demanded s*x from him.”tope

Let’s say the grapevine is justified to peer into the private life of Tope Alabi especially with regards to who she sleeps with and who she doesn’t sleep with. Of course, not peer into, but the grapevine was offered the information. Okay. Let’s say the grapevine is justified to pass comments and judgments, some sentimental, on the songster, who they perceive to be, or expected to be without a flaw; some not. By this, we are assuming and maybe also taking for granted the fact that even if she has demanded s*x from her spiritual father, I don’t know what it means (I’m not sure I remember what that means anymore, that’s if there’s any office, position or familial relationship like that ever but let’s assume once again that there is such a title, unordained I guess) but I’m sure the grapevine knows. It’s not like we have quickly forgotten that the world, our world has never stopped since the many many many years that humans, you and I have always demanded s*x from one another, one way or another. Hence, I doubt that by doing it, if she did, that she has done ‘something’ that has never ever been done before.

Again, this piece of news:

“Tope Alabi who is currently on a missionary journey to Canada heard the news that Prophet Ajanaku was dead and she is saddened that they could not settle their dispute before his death.


In her words:

”I am currently in Canada where I am ministering and will go to New York from here. I was sad when I heard the story and it saddened me that we didn’t settle before his demise. If I had known, we would have sorted out our differences” http://news.naij.com/45319.html

The public, of course faceless as usual and monumentally amnesic of self-sins, would quickly bounce at her and banter about english words especially denouncing this in unthinkable ways.

This gets worse as the news pages began to publish the news of the Oro traditionalists performing the final rite for the corpse of Prophet Ajanaku. Here:


” What is so amazing is the role the occult people popular called Ogboni Fraternity played in his death. A very reliable source whispered to us that, two days ago, 27 Ogboni people visited his place and said to have asked every occupant to evacuate. Having spent some time with his corpse, they left, an informed family source revealed.

Not only that, it was also revealed that Oro, the deity that comes out and is forbidden to be seen by women, since his travails, has been shouting his name and all sort of.
The man, according to his church, was confirmed finally dead last night and his remains, the church said, has been deposited in the morgue but the Ogboni people, a source hinted us, has warned the church not to go ahead with his funeral without consulting them first; what this simply implies is that, the late pastor might have fraternized with this sect to aide his pastoral ministries. But can a man help God?” Quoted from Osundefender.


This I find quite absurd and unthinkable. By unthinkable, I mean ‘something’ that I cannot think of or imagine its possibility even in the realm of impossibility, especially in the African context. However, I’m very much aware that a parallel act, if performed outside the borders of Africa, or in any developing world (if you care), located in the cities that we have shamefully grown to envy with the last of our pride, in a more refined way and by individuals dressed in ‘publicly acceptable’ outfits and whose voices are kept low during ‘convoyed’ procession and who try so much as to still maintain the camouflage of a Christian front, maybe (actually is) if performed so, we would smile, shake hands and smile again at the triumphant exit of ‘a true man of God’.  I need the public definition of that. And that would be it.

A friend of mine may want to content himself, and if he does I may not be willing to argue with him soon, with his fact that he doesn’t see the disagreement between several traditional worships and Christianity. “That’s the Christianity under the one true God and not the real hypocrisy (I don’t know which, but the ones God will ultimately identify as such) of the Church leaders we see around”, he would say. Of course, this will never pass without some fight from several quarters for arguably obvious reasons. He believes even the Oro worshippers are so meticulous in their service to the creator of the universe, as they see fit their personal context that they should actually be envied by Christians who he perceives as been disoriented, confused and at loggerheads as to the original or true path to God, maybe or maybe not.

What may be unacceptable to many is the fact that if Prophet Ajanaku flirted in any way with the Ogboni, why did he never mention it? Well, that may be the code of the group – secrecy. And he probably didn’t see any reason why, as a Christian, he could not so flirt with the group as he did (if he truly was a member, that is) and, as an Ogboni flirt, any reason why he couldn’t be a Prophet. Maybe, he believed the interests both serve the same purpose, he might have been wrong. But who’s not prone to errors, misinformation and all-what-nots? Not even the Ps (Prophets, Pastors, Pope, Preacher, People) with their many interpretations of religious texts are without theirs.

And finally, there was a news piece on Osundefender published August, 29th that went on to attempt ratifying or disapproving of the general public appearance of our songster, Tope Alabi. Here’s a quote:


“Her mode of dressing/flashy and reddish skin of late as a gospel artiste has been a major concern to many of her ardent fans.

They were of the opinion that indecent dressing is ungodly and inimical to the growth of the Christian faith.

They believed that dressing is part of the worship but these days gospel artistes say God looks to the heart. It is what the heart sees that the body says.

Others were of the opinion that the sonorous singer is looking much lighter these days; suggesting that she’s bleaching her skin.

But the highly revered gospel singer has remained unperturbed about uncomplimentary remarks flying around about her mode of dressing and color of her skin.

According to her “My current marketer (Galaxy) released a life performance, Amazing Grace, where City People gave me an award as The Best Gospel Singer For the Year. People started criticizing me from churches, telling me that the way I dressed in that video was inappropriate.

They even said because I now apply makeup that I would go to hell. And funny enough I have been putting on earrings since I came out with Oore Ti O Common, I have been putting on trousers to follow my husband wherever we go, except church programmes.But what about my husband, won’t I dress to satisfy him?

My husband does not complain. He actually complains whenever I put on something like ( Iro and Buba).

He prefers it when I wear western clothes. He will even come back home and tell me whatever he saw ladies put on outside that he will like me to wear.

I can’t be going out shabbily dressed because I am singing gospel music” she squealed


The above quote may be sufficient in explaining itself. Who cares how she dresses? Her husband or the press? Well, maybe both but differently. Her husband wants her to sustain her style. The press, or grapevine if you mind, prefers she changes her style. Who would you rather obey? Your husband or the words of people you don’t know, have never met and possibly will never meet in your entire lifetime? No responses required.


Off all the above, lAkUnLeScReWs may simply be okay with the impact rather than the private life, a life I’m sure Tope Alabi will herself want to keep private, of a songster on the people of the world. I have never really been a fan of Tope Alabi until a few hours before writing this reaction to the outrage after seeing a few of the songster’s musical videos. I think they are great and what the world should give to her is praise. She dresses decently in her videos unlike the many acclaimed musicians who parade nude or almost nude ladies to gyrate their round bu**ocks at the recording camera with an intent to pique the erotic sense of the members of the audience; even the ones who are innocently out simply to kill their boredom.


The possible impacts of the many songs of Tope Alabi cannot in anyway be captured here. It can only be advised that in order to glimpse this, you need to see them for yourselves and for what they are without bias. Deep praises to the Almighty Creator of the Universe, Prayers, Encourage to work, service and devotion to man, maybe, and God, and a major concern in terms of prayer and advice for the development of her motherland, Nigeria.

How else to be a good woman? In concluding, Tope Alabi has come out to say his wife never demanded for sex as said in the press. Maybe some respite, maybe not. We are humans and thomases. JustThoughts




The Governor that either gets a SNAP or a SLAP. Students to study Ifa?


There are some, who might have grown and remained controversial especially in terms of what they do and their utterances. Of course, usually caring less what reactions such controversial gestures may elicit.


Interestingly, these personalities usually achieve excellently even in those waters that many of their subjects deem unsettled. If properly scrutinized, they may come across as people who know what they want and are clear about it in spite of what people have got to mouth-munch.



Are they the special ones, who deserve a SNAP?

Or clearly the damned ones, who deserve a SLAP?


Well, such is the personality of the incumbent Governor of Osun State, Nigeria, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Continue reading The Governor that either gets a SNAP or a SLAP. Students to study Ifa?

Retracing Biblical tales from Genesis to Jesus in Pictures

lAkuNlEsCrEwS walka go Spiritual Journey with Christiane Amanpour as she retraces Biblical tales from Genesis to Jesus.

The Bible tells us the Garden of Eden was near four rivers. Two of them, the Tigris and Euphrates, are in modern-day Iraq, which leads scholars to believe the Garden was likely located in the fertile crescent region of Mesopotamia. The lush garden could have looked something like this Iraqi marsh
The Bible tells us the Garden of Eden was near four rivers. Two of them, the Tigris and Euphrates, are in modern-day Iraq, which leads scholars to believe the Garden was likely located in the fertile crescent region of Mesopotamia. The lush garden could have looked something like this Iraqi marsh

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Ijebu people, stinginess and Juju: The Alare apology

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It has been many thousands of years since the establishment of the city of Ijebu somewhere in-between the city of Lagos and the old Oyo Empire within present-day Nigeria. Interestingly, whether one can say the city was established at all or that it has always existed with the advent of the Universe (just like any other city for that matter) should ordinarily constitute a complexity.

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There are a number of things that are unique about Ijebu and the Ijebu people; talk about an Ijebu participation in the war against colonialism, the Yemoja war (the war was christened Yemoja because this was where the war was hottest between the Ijebus and the British. There is a Yemoja natural swimming pool, where the British used to relax during war-breaks located in the Ijebu town, Yemoja till tomorrow).


‘Segun Osoba, a renowned Professor of History, once ended a narrative on a similar subject with a funny anecdote about one of the few Ijebu converts to Christianity. This particular man became a ‘Pastor’ as is commonplace today; once, a member of his congregation vexed him (names and details withheld) to a degree that he had to take off his pastoral regalia (not sure what they used to call that), thus revealing the hitherto concealed attire of a Juju Priest.


That anecdote represented the suspicion with which the Ijebus held Christianity while yet practicing it. Insufficient to confirm though, but this suspicion is quite ubiquitous today that even the Europeans themselves have come to establish same with their attitude of faith-needlessness. One of the reasons why the current Pope has chosen to launch his twitter account @Pontifex ‘to reclaim lost sheep’. However, this is far from being the subject of discourse here.


What the interest is herein is the attitude of the world to the Ijebu race. I refer to the world because everything you hear about the Ijebu people and spoken by ‘just’ anybody around the world is almost bound to be derogatory. This has gotten so endemic (you can say pandemic, if you want) especially in contemporary times that everyone seems to want to distant itself from an Ijebu ‘CityMan’; last time I even noticed a baby suspiciously eyeing an Ijebu man. I no know wetin the guy do the pikin o!




Ijebu people are stingy. Ijebu people are Juju-rich. Ijebu people are wicked. Whatever bad, wicked, wrong, unwholesome you can think of or need a definition for, just think about any Ijebu person you know and you have your definition. That’s how the world thinks. The bandwagon effect!


There is a general belief in the world today and that is, if a man has three children for instance and one of them marries an Ijebu person; that child is counted lost. So, the man is deemed to have only two children. It is said that a man or woman completely forgets its home as soon as it marries an Ijebu spouse. It’s worse than you may think if you have never heard these lines before.


One piece of advice parents passionately give their children or guardians, their wards, over and above any other, is never to marry an Ijebu, never even date such. In fact, the thought that friendship sometimes leads to intimacy and then to dating and then marriage makes parents advise their children against friendship with any Ijebu personality. I would wonder, is this not a calculated crime against the humanity of Ijebu to keep them perpetually isolated? Well, who cares?


The case against the Ijebus is premised on the presumption  that they are extremely fetish. Unfortunately, this writer is unaware of an adequate word to describe the extent to which people passionately describe how fetish the Ijebus are. So, we’ll content ourselves with fetish…just fetish!


This is what gives birth to the fetish enslavement (nay, brainwashing) of spouses by their Ijebu partners to the point where the latter forget their families. A necessary extension from this is spouse-ritual, especially money-rituals or the like.


Another, most-unfortunate, personality trait ascribed to the Ijebus by the world is stinginess. The Ijebus are said to be a stingy tribe of people. They will rather die of hunger (no other tribe in the world dies of hunger but malnourishment except the Ijebus) than spend their ‘hard-earned’ money on themselves; talk nothing about giving people anything.


The world (by this, I mean children of the children of the children of the great great super great grand children of certain people in an almost forgotten past, who have had varying degrees of experience – mostly unwholesome – with Ijebus) has come to tag Ijebus as stingy, fetish and all that doomed adjectives. But that’s not to say, in contemporary times, there are no such Ijebus known to be stingy and fetish.  Of course, they abound!


In fact, this writer has met more ‘stingy-er’ and ‘fetish-er’ Ijebus, probably much more than anyone else. Maybe! He has, as a matter of chance, also met generous Ijebus; pious Christians and Muslims, even to a fault. If anyone hasn’t, it will do everyone a lot of good if such provides that information.


Hence, this Ijebu representation of all that is good and bad can, of human nature, not be peculiar to the Ijebu peoples of the world but an essential part of human need for self-preservation and existence (as selfish as that may be).


To resolve this stalemate, this writer went out to interview a number of people and what kept coming up, outrightly absent on Internet pages, is Alare! Alare! Who or what is Alare?


It was gathered that Alare was (is, pardon me) a god of the entire Ijebu people. As a god of the Ijebus, Alare demanded and secured absolute allegiance from his subjects. This allegiance embodies the entire ownership of all Ijebus as entities and in extension all properties belonging to the Ijebus. Follows the old saying, “Eni tó l’erú ló l’erù” – that is, he who owns the slave owns his properties.



It was therefore generally believed that all Ijebus were properties of Alare and as such all properties belonging to an Ijebu were in extension properties of Alare. No Ijebu person was allowed to make use of his own property without the permission of Alare. How much more, if he needed to give out same to someone else. Usually, Alare would not permit that.


So, it was that Ijebus were thrifty with the use of their properties for selves. That probably was where the idea of stinginess came about. I doubt if that really still happens today.


However, the possession and use of juju coupled with spouse-murder allegations against the Ijebus may not be in anyway linked with Alare. As a matter of fact, there probably could be no explanation for this especially if the concerned persons are not ready to see reasons and the fact that this too isn’t peculiar to the Ijebus, if at all it happens.

This will constitute a good discourse if there are contributions from all concerned or affected; after which there will be sequels to detail personal experiences and possible way-out.


In conclusion, the city of Ijebu exists till today with a paramount ruler, a system of governance, monarchical and democratic. There are successful marriages as much as there are failed ones, just like it happens everywhere else. Today, there are non-Ijebus married to Ijebus and who have lived to ‘ripe’ old age (if there’s anything like that) before dying naturally or still living. And their children (part-Ijebu, part-non-Ijebu) are living, growing and succeeding.


Just a few popular mentions:


– Uncle Tai Solarin was Ijebu, yet he gave his life – not just his money – for the advancement of the course of humanity. He never killed his wife; she only just died recently, many years after Uncle Tai has gone.

– Chief Obafemi Awolowo needs no mention regarding what he also did for humanity. Obafemi Awolowo University, Cocoa House and Free Education (not only for his children but for children of the country). What better way to be generous? And his wife? Anyone can still pay her a visit at her home in Ikenne , kicking, after 25 years of Pa Awo’s exit.

–  Prof. Wole Soyinka…what can (or can’t?) you say about this iconoclast?

–  Mike Adenuga, M.D. Globacom nko?

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We therefore close the curtain on the scene that, as an enlightened generation, we have responsibility to ourselves and to the unborn generations; to make history and the future a palatable drama of life.


I am Ijebu and I see all allegations against the Ijebu  as diversionary to say the least.