The Purple Review | Up Nepa By Iyanu Adebiyi

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Escape, A Short Fiction

What Many Nigerians Don’t Get

Imagine yourself in total darkness, no access to light or anything that will bring you electricity. After what seem like eternity, your light bulb laughed. There is light, what do you say? Up Nepa!

On October 1st, when I was still contemplating if I should make a blog post celebrating Nigeria or not, that was before I saw some disturbing green white green photos, I came across a brilliant spoken word piece, unique in its style with a bit of open curiosity. When Iyanu adebiyi showed us the teaser of this poetic piece on the shoreline of Facebook, I didn’t know what to expect. I wondered what she meant by Up Nepa and I was amused. Little did I know what was up her sleeves. 

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Nigeria At 56 | What Many Nigerians Don’t Really Get

If you are very sure you are a Nigerian, you are welcome to read, if you are skeptical, it’s pointless but still read and turn a new leaf, if you are lost or have no idea, your case is in the supreme court, you are disowned.

Nigeria’s 56th jubilee was yesterday and it didn’t quite dawn on me until I checked Facebook and saw the air across the blue white interface.

Then I came across something I will soon touch on. This post is late but it is worthwhile. Yes Nigeria is in recession, ( please leave President Buhari out of this matter oh, na wetin e meet for ground)  yes things are hard, people are fuming and probably cursing. Dollar rate is high and every thing seem tough. Continue reading “Nigeria At 56 | What Many Nigerians Don’t Really Get”

The Battles Are Inside: reflect on the happenings around you. | Because We Are Evil

In a world of possibilities, how come there are limitations? In a world of advancements, we hear there is a new technology everyday, social media is high on flick, our lives are made easy day by day by certain principles, ideologies as well as innovations. People are doing something and making plans to push things forward, push ideas that benefits mankind.

Yet in a world of possibilities, endless in its form, Oh I read somewhere Germany made a visible car- see through, just at the corner, echoes of killings of people: didn’t fifty and three die in a gay club in Orlando? And then there are the twins getting married to one husband, one lady making weird transformations to her body to look like an alien, reality shows are on rampage, artists are born everyday, should I go on? What do you say?  I say yet in a world of possibilities and positives, how come there are limitations and negatives?

In a world of advancement, how come there are plenty evils?

Aches and pains,
People are groping everyday.

How come we fight the very things we create everyday of our lives, we toss and turn in our beds hoping things would get better but it doesn’t?

The developed countries think they are rich when actually they are poor. Poverty is everywhere. Poverty of the soul.

The underdeveloped countries are sick, sickness in the soul.

The developing countries are dying, death by the cross they bear, by the tugging powers of people’s dying souls. People dying because they won’t let go of themselves.

These things are not about you. These things are more than you and these things are not about you I say. The strongman of the world is getting stronger while the man in us gets weaker.  Of course, we don’t know.

In a world of possibilities, can you see the flaws and caricatures of agony down the abyss called life?

How come these darkness, the crisscross upside down virtues we call hope in life is truly upside down?

I tell you what I think. I hear we are made of two natures, evil or bad and good. The side we choose to nurture determines who we truly are. Who are we? We are evil. I think we are evil. So evil we have completely lost ourselves.

I think these battles we war everyday are nowhere to be found because the very places we are looking at these battles are in ourselves. How can you be looking for something that is already within you? The truth is the battles are inside, the wars are inside. If one person, just one take a drive down reflection lane and sit by the mirror of life, ask yourself,  in what ways have (will) you contribute(d) to the society or world and how are you impacting your world, just take minutes, minutes are not enough in these matters greater than you, because it was never about you. Take hours and ask yourself, this life is not about me.

This world is not a you and me affair. if we ask ourselves questions, probe our souls,  I probe my soul, you probe your soul, he probes his soul, she probes her soil and we reach a conclusion, that we want to be good and no evil should spring forth from our lot, would the world not be a better place? That when evil approaches, it would be afraid?

But no, we are too greedy, self centeredness  is our walking spine and selfishness is our watchword.

No, we are too vain, everything else don’t matter except that which we want for ourselves, that which you want for yourself alone, you have nobody in mind, no life to touch, no world to move or contribute to.

No, we are too serious, too serious with ourselves that we don’t care about any one else. Maybe that’s why psychopathic tendencies are never left farther behind.

No, it is that we are too evil. Evil has taken a seat in our hearts. And everything is now upturned.

The truth is we are the enemies of ourselves. Greed is eating away Nigeria, the developed countries and America are full of themselves, moderation has lost its fame and the Waring nations who wake and sleep with only thoughts of war in their heads forming groups I can’t decipher their propaganda are thorn away by contempt, covetousness. Don’t ask me the what’s and whys because I do not know. But what I do know is we are the battles we are fighting.

The battles are inside and until we win this war inside ourselves, all we would always have is loss and grief with poverty, lack and everything negative smiling at the corner.

Until you win the war against yourself, until there is a separation between you and those things that condemns you, until what’s inside you is strong enough to overcome every resistance of evil, because everything now is evil, greed is evil, poverty is evil, murder is evil, pride is evil, hatred is evil, strife is evil…

Until this, we are all at war with ourselves and will never be free.

Perhaps, this is why I particularly love the vision of shared values being circulated by Mr Fela Durotoye especially for the country, Nigeria. That if we can believe in a set of shared values and follow through to it. Everyone would have the same mindset of achieving goodness all round.

And perhaps,  the world would once again dance on the floor of true greatness and no loss, what we had many million years ago but couldn’t properly define.

( Join me in the coming week as I walk you through these values and you can request for the Ten values that would change your life, it is free and easy to adhere to. If you need help with following these values, I can help you through, I was trained to do so.)

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