Saworoide: A Future in Retrospect.
Given the opportunity, even I want to be President. Only one thing slows me down: the angry cries of “Yes! We Cans” by the average Nigerian youth. Indeed, we really can. Yes! We can. Complain? Criticize? Oh, Yes! We can herald the songs of “Over here? Nothing works”. To the point of criticism being a start, I require the knowledge of a destination.
To my generation, political awareness lies in twitter participations and nearly blasphemous regret of citizenship; which, of course, is influenced by the sudden explosion of realization to governmental faults. Many schools of thoughts are sponsored by the green Colorado market that caters to pharmaceutical indulgence, in and out of America.
However, it was not always like it is. I saw “Saworoide” again. It was not always like it is. Once upon a movie, political awareness went beyond aborted occupation of space that did not extend to the place of change. Political participation, then, inquired, demanded, protested and followed-up on the socio-economic and political administration of Jogbo. Political orientation recognised the role of a citizen in the maintenance of check and cultivation of balance. International relations did not intimidate the young youths to settle for a feast of oriental dinners hosted by the timber cutters. Tunde Kelani must have for-seeing eyes.
Nevertheless, there are similarities. For one, the king’s dancers twerked respectably. Also, the young Princess- Araparegangan started a trend that went as far as even twitter would carry it. Key players still compromise protests in a twist of bills. Do not think speech idiosyncrasies started with the Shoeless administration; No! They have had it for as far back as the time of Jogbo. If you do not believe me, listen to the words of the King’s spokespeople.
According to research material of Dr. Ekanem M. Ekanem of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning and Dr. Ukana B. Ikpe of the Department of Political science and public administration; both from the University of Uyo, Nigeria: Nigeria is said to have about 85.5% of its population falling among youths (within 0-39 years of age)- giving a blatant evidence of population domination.
Ideally, this telling statistics should reflect in the political representation of our nation; with advantageous effects that should stem from the dependable human mental resources of a class of people that are popular for vibrancy and growth room (youths, of course). Perhaps, the cultural inherence of our society may not allow much room for official manifestation of our political duties; yet, this is not to excuse us from acknowledging and executing our socio-political duties to the nation, through ardent political participation.
Again, I must clearly state, said participation goes beyond mere casting of votes in support of either the highest bidder or responsible candidate conviction. It basically boils down to the question of how much we know of the system and how much conviction we have about the competence of selected ruler-ship. After all, the Nigerian society is said to be a product of “both independence and democracy”! The pattern of our socio-political dealings depict a culture of unawareness that is of alarming depth and proportion; and- contrary to the message of a popular idiomatic expression- what we do not know may be death of us. If your mind’s glasses through its hue of rose to see a reason to doubt the credibility of my “assumption”, please make an enquiry among citizens around you about their local political representation and get ready for the shocking blow of misinformation and disinterest.
Furthermore, the point of our society lacking in the provision of a conducive political atmosphere for legitimate and unbiased orientation may make a good excuse, but it will be a lazy one. As much as we may argue that power is mostly held by the both ancient and somewhat selfish generation, it is also important to know that it is only fair for the dominating age group also be held responsible for the in-discrepancies we all complain about.
This is neither a satire to evoke unrest or protest nor a simple clarion call to incite change; rather, it is a clear statement of political irresponsibility. Someone who is reading this may disagree with my stance, but I will require a strong, evidential counter view of reasoning. If only it can be denied that some of us still receive monetary gratification in exchange for our votes and voices, then there may still be chance to credit the general population with a knowledge of national politics, its current evaluation and what the conclusion implies for the future of Nigeria; which is closer to the present than we seem to recognize.
Quite frankly it is simply inadequate to commence social media campaigns that almost always fizzle out without warning, or even reason (except it is selfish cowardice and unfavourable compromise count). In fact, election days should no0t be spent as public holidays meant for relaxation (we have quite enough of those), they should be regarded as a time for the execution of our civic responsibility. Using these modern resources; not provided by the Nigerian government, as we did for personal economic advancement, we can arm ourselves with knowledge and media to exercise our political freedom (which we have to take like they did in the days of John The Baptist- by force).
How do you chastise a bastard without calling his mother a whore? This abstract tale of how Nigeria, like a negligent mother, has left her children to the ignorant and dubious devices of a selfish caretaker must stop before it reaches the next evolving mind. We must stop whining on the psychologist couch that is our hopelessness and buck up. Adult “children” do not need nannies; they engage competent service. When we do not scrutinise our leadership, we leave free room for shoddy administration. We must do more than deliver a thumb print; we must be involved in the making of our political history. It is in your custody,
Sound the Saworoide!